Koichi Futakuchi

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within countries. For example, surveys in Benin showed large differences between consumer preferences in urban and rural areas (see Futakuchi et al., Chapter 25, this volume). The challenge to develop new rice varieties for such diversity is huge and compounded by the fact that training and recruitment of rice breeders has been neglected across the(More)
We evaluated Al-tolerance in 44 interspecific lines (32 upland and 12 lowland) developed from the crosses of Oryza sativa and O. glaberrima called New Rice for Africa (NERICA) with 2 O. glaberrima lines and 13 O. sativa varieties under hydroponic culture containing 0.15, 0.3, 0.6, and 1.2 mM Al (+Al) and 0 mM Al (−Al as a control). Ten upland and four(More)
Rice is the main crop produced in the Senegal River Valley under the semiarid Sahelian climate where water resource management is critical for the resource use sustainability. However, very limited data exit on rice water use and irrigation water requirement in this water scarcity environment under climate change conditions. Understanding crop water(More)
A method based on a multi-task Gaussian process using self-measuring similarity gave increased accuracy for imputing missing phenotypic data in multi-trait and multi-environment trials. Multi-environmental trial (MET) data often encounter the problem of missing data. Accurate imputation of missing data makes subsequent analysis more effective and the(More)
In order to increase the quality of locally produced rice, the artisanal parboiling process in West and Central Africa was reconceptualized. A novel parboiling unit was constructed using stainless steel (Inox 304) and fitted directly on an improved stove made from fired bricks. The heat profile at different locations in the unit, the physicochemical(More)
Upland environments are situated at the high end of the toposequence, where rice depends solely on rainfall as the water table is out of the reach of rice roots for much of the growing season. At the lower end of the toposequence, rice plants can reach the water table or profit directly from flood water. Along the toposequence, interactions exist between(More)
than white rice in Kumasi (the second largest city in Ghana), but this is not true for other markets in the country (Sakurai et al., 2006). Nigerians generally prefer cooked rice of a 'harder' texture than consumers in neighbouring countries. Watanabe et al. (2002a,b, 2006) showed that many grain quality characteristics such as grain breakage, grain(More)
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