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RiceTec's Gumina on The Evolution of Hybrid Rice

by Bobby Coats - January 11, 2018

In this presentation we chart the evolution of hybrid rice development starting with the fundamental need for more calories in China during the 1970s. We explain the 20 year journey of the germplasm development to the meet the needs of western hemisphere markets. The program provides an update on the global adoption of hybrid rice in production systems. We give an update on the effort and progress on improving grain quality in conjunction with high yields and the grower’s role in driving quality. Finally we provide a view on how hybrid breeding can tailor grain quality to meet the needs of specific markets and how that will improve overall competitiveness for US exports.




Michael A. Gumina, Global CEO RiceTec AG Bio Photo

Mr. Gumina has been engaged with production agriculture and the seed industry for over 35 years. He is currently the lead executive for RiceTec AG which is a privately held, leading global hybrid rice seed business.

Prior to joining RiceTec, Mr. Gumina was an executive with DuPont Pioneer where he was responsible for global seed production operations and a member of several key global and regional management teams.

Mr. Gumina has played an active role in the broad seed industry as a member of the American Seed Trade Association Board of Directors (Chairman 2011/2012) and the International Seed Federation Board of Directors.

Mr. Gumina has been a member of numerous non-profit boards and advisory panels including the Iowa State Seed Science Center, Iowa 4H Foundation, ChildServe and most recently the First the Seed Foundation.

Mr. Gumina is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Agronomy.

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