I interrupt regular personal blog posting to give way to some insights from the Global Rice Science Partnership Asia review. Let's shift towards more scientific stuff, sort of...
During the 2012 Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) Asia Review, the youngest speaker (Nonoy Bandillo) talked about MAGIC.
No, MAGIC isn't about wizardry and witchcraft at all, it turned out. MAGIC stands for Multi-parent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross. Mr Bandillo explained that several of rice varieties were cross-pollinated with other varieties at different combinations. In this way, genes that are desired from the different parents are pooled (hopefully) into permanent mapping populations.
Now I understand a bit. That's a benefit of sitting in a session about a topic that I have limited knowledge on.