Climate-smart African rice

We will identify novel genes or QTLs involved in flood or salinity tolerance to breed climate-smart rice cultivars for East Africa. We use African rice and wild rice relatives to uncover trait capacities for flood or salinity tolerance. The project output is 1-2 high-yielding rice cultivars that helps sustain rice production under abiotic stress.

Professor Ole Pedersen coordinator of Climate-smart rice explains: We have gathered leading scientists in the field with the aim of delivering modern rice cultivars to farmers in Africa in order to ease the calamities of the ongoing climate changes. This project will also result in novel scientific discoveries and thereby strengthen research in Africa and Denmark.

















Training workshop are regularly being organized at IRRI’s headquarters in Los Baños, the Philippines and at IRRI Africa in Burundi. Training of staff also takes place at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania and for more advanced phenotyping in the Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen.

See also the official protocol for Phenotyping protocols for abiotic stress tolerance in rice

1, 2, 3, 6, 8 & 10 December 2021

SNPs to GWAS: Advanced Course Course - apply here

15, 17, 19, 22 &24 November 2021

SNPs to GWAS: Introductory Course - apply here

22-26 November 2021

Basic Experimental Design and Data Analysis (BEDDA) - apply here

1-4 December 2020

Bioinformatics Training Course: SNPs to GWAS offered online by IRRI. This course will provide an introduction to tools for SNP discovery with a focus on filtering SNP data, performing diversity/population studies, methods for the discovery of genotype-phenotype associations through genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and undertaking post-GWAS studies to define candidate genes and identify supporting evidence for their involvement in traits. Participants will learn to use stand-alone and web-based software for data analyses. See this link for more information.

16 November 2020

Introduction to MicroResp techniques offered by UCPH. Oxygen consumption of plant tissue (aerobic respiration) is a key mechanism affected by submergence. With MicroResp, it is possible to measure oxygen consumption by e.g., root tips, root segments or other isolated plant tissues. The measurements can be taken at various temperatures and a contrasting oxygen availabilities. If needed, inhibitors can be introduced during measurements. This course is a one-day hands-on course aiming at identifying pitfalls and important steps to consider prior or during measurements. The course is taught by Prof. Pedersen, UCPH.








Name Title Phone E-mail
Lucas León Peralta Ogorek PhD Fellow +4530222788 E-mail
Max Herzog Postdoc +4535336020 E-mail
Ole Pedersen Professor +4523747641 E-mail
Shuai Tong PhD Student   E-mail
Zhiwei Song Enrolled PhD Student +4531815093 E-mail

Funded by

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Funding: DKK 12m from Danida
Period: April 2020 to March 2025
PI: Professor Ole Pedersen


Professor Ole Pedersen
Freshwater Biology Section
Department of Biology
Universitetsparken 4
DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø

Phone: +45 23 74 76 41

External members

Name Affiliation E-mail
Susan Nchimbi Msolla Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania E-mail
Abdelbagi Ismail International Rice Research Institute, Kenya E-mail