Breeding and Research Services (BRS) Senior Director, Dr. Sharifah Syed Alwee, returned to the International Rice Research Institute Headquarters (IRRI HQ) to spearhead the first BRS general meeting on 01 February 2024 at the IKS Network Commons. The meeting was attended by members of the Enterprise Breeding System (EBS) team and IRRI’s laboratory services: Grain Quality and Nutrition Services Laboratory (GQNSL) and Genotyping Service Laboratory (GSL) teams.

Under the CGIAR Genetic Innovation (GI) Science Group, BRS aims to unify modern breeding practices, technologies, and analytics to enable data-driven breeding in CGIAR Centers. BRS transitions from being an initiative to a formal service in 2024, with four (4) key units: Global Shared Services, Business Process Management, Breeding Analytics, and Digital Solutions.

First BRS general meeting conducted for EBS and service laboratory teams at IRRI HQ
Dr. Sharifah Alwee shares the mission and vision of the Breeding and Research Services (BRS).

Dr. Alwee co-leads BRS with one of IRRI’s Senior Scientist, Ng Eng Hwa. They are joined by the rest of the leadership team: Gustavo Teixeira for the Global Shared Services unit and Andre Embersics for Digital Solutions, where EBS is situated.

The meeting also provided the opportunity to share news of the hosting services agreement between GI and IRRI, where BRS and IRRI’s Rice Breeding Innovations (RBI) department partner to scale and improve the services available for all Centers and all crops.

Ng Eng Hwa acknowledges that “…the signing of the hosting arrangement with IRRI is really a very significant milestone for us and actually for One CGIAR as well. This is really the original spirit of One CG[IAR]—to have well-incubated activities and work delivered to the Centers,

The collaboration also promises more efficiency with reduced transactional costs and better operational structures.

We want to have better bang for your buck with every research funding that comes to us,” Dr. Alwee shared.

Reporting lines, implementation teams, and structures were further elaborated in the meeting.

This year, BRS eyes to integrate with breeding programs and National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES), establish quality culture through Quality Management System (QMS), and pilot a business model for EBS.

Development of EBS is guided by the needs of its users, both current and future. 
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