Agrochemistry, Environmental, and Geochemistry

Opportunities and Advancements in Rice Research and Aquaculture Research (#282)

Rice and fish are important sources of nutrition for the world’s population. Rice production and aquaculture research provide critical advancements to permit feeding of the growing world population in the face of accelerated climate change, pests and disease. This symposium will include chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology-based research that focuses on improving productivity (in traditional and non-traditional rice and aquaculture environments), adapting to climate change, increasing resistance to pests and disease, improving nutrition, food safety (including chemical residues and treatments to mitigate natural toxicants), and regulatory-trade considerations. The symposium will also include presentations on the connections between rice cultivation and aquaculture. Presentation topics will include: 1) global importance of rice production and aquaculture and their effects on each other, 2) analysis and public health risk of heavy metals (As, Cd, Hg) in rice and fish, 3) genomic approaches for producing healthy rice (low Cd, low As, high nutritional value), 4) genomic approaches for improving rice and/or fish yield and quality, 5) water management strategies for optimizing health and safety of fish and rice (including the reduction of heavy metal and pesticide content and the improvement of nutrient balances), 6) transgenic approaches for developing improved cropping systems, 7) rice nutrient and pest management options and their effects on aquaculture , 8) chemical based approaches for improving aquaculture yield and disease control and their effects on rice production, 9) rice-shrimp integrated farming systems to reduce public health and environmental risks, 10) regulatory, trade, and certification systems relevant to food safety and sustainability of rice and aquaculture systems.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015