Senior Scientist I, Drought Physiology, at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines
The main focus of Amelia Henry’s research has been to support the drought trait development pipeline at IRRI. Her research group’s activities include identification of new accessions for drought and direct seeded breeding based on physiological mechanisms, characterization of the mechanisms behind major-effect drought-yield QTLs, and improving our basic understanding of water uptake by rice roots under drought, with an emphasis on root hydraulic properties. Amelia has also engaged in an intensive environmental characterization involving partners across India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. These activities are in line with IRRI’s mission to train and collaborate with partners in rice-growing countries to disseminate new technologies and help develop the next generation of rice scientists.