THELMA PADOLINA: Toprate Rice Breeder

THELMA PADOLINA: Toprate Rice Breeder
THELMA PADOLINA: Toprate Rice Breeder
THELMA PADOLINA: Toprate rice plant breeder.

At the recent Vietnam rice forum we attended, we met a veteran rice breeder at PhilRice, Ms. Thelma F. Padolina who holds a degree in chemistry and an MS in crop science. She heads a group that has been responsible for producing various outstanding rice varieties that are commercially grown by farmers today. She also heads a technical working group that tests certain lines before they are approved as varieties by the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) for commercial planting.

Two well known varieties developed by Ms. Padolina and her team are NSIC Rc 160 and 218. These have excellent eating quality and are well liked by consumers because they are soft when cooked. These varieties are good for both the wet and dry seasons, yielding five to six tons per hectare. It is said that these two varieties are also the favorite of rice millers because they have a high milling recovery.

THELMA PADOLINA: Toprate Rice Breeder
THELMA Padolina and your blogger, Zac B. Sarian, at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel Conference Hall, October 16, 2015.

Some millers use the two varieties in coming up with what they call ramble rice. This is a mixture of several varieties that will be acceptable to most customers. Why do they have to do that? Well, there is an inbred variety NSIC Rc 222 which usually yields 30 cavans higher than most other commercial varieties. The problem is that when cooked, the rice is hard because it has a high amylose content. So by mixing the varieties with more desirable eating quality, they can come up with the ramble that can be acceptable in price and eating quality to many consumers.

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