Tuesday, August 14, 2007

PhilSCAT rice lines adaptable to RP climate

Four PhilSCAT rice lines were found adaptable to the Philippines’ tropical climate after passing the grain quality evaluation conducted by trained and consumer panelists.

The evaluation is part of the standard assessment of rice grain quality in the Philippines made by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the Rice Grain Quality Evaluation Procedures of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

It aims to compare the milling quality, physical attributes, physico-chemical properties or cooking characteristics and sensory or eating characteristics of the Chinese Hybrid Rice Varities (CHRVs), namely; PhilSCAT 1, PhilSCAT 2, PhilSCAT 3 and PhilSCAT 4, to the most preferred variety in the Philippines, IR64.

The milling quality and physical attributes criteria of evaluation were tested by trained analysts from PhilRice while the physico-chemical properties and sensory test were conducted at PhilSCAT.

Hybrid Rice Technology Division’s (HRTD) laboratory staff-in-charge Maribel Mananguit said the assessment is imperative for PhilSCAT lines to be tested for development and adoptability to the consumer.

A similar grain quality evaluation of the PhilSCAT rice lines will be conducted again after the wet-season harvest.