Hello world! As some of you know, I have been out of the U.S. for the summer. While I was thinking about what to blog, I figured that I would start by getting you caught up on my first trip:
In May I traveled to Los Banos, Philippines to take part in a 3 week training course on rice research and production. That is correct, 21 days of rice…and nothing but rice. It was a great experience held at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), an international research organization focusing on improving rice production in developing countries. I learned everything from rice genetics, molecular breeding techniques, soil nutrient management, all the way to how to prep and plant a rice paddy using a water buffalo. Instead of boring you with all the details, I thought I would post some pictures instead. Make sure to check out the captions for details!