As the world's population grows, climate change causes the weather to become more erratic, and water for agriculture gets scarcer, it is becoming increasingly urgent to find ways to increase rice yields while combating resource depletion.

At the Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), scientists are trying to solve this problem by producing smarter rice varieties that are more tolerant to drought, flood, salinity, and heat.

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