Chinese scientist working to increase rice yield


Plans to increase the yield of salt-resistant hybrid rice to 300 kilograms per mu (667 square metres) within three years were announced by China's so-called “father of hybrid rice” Yuan Longping this week.
Speaking at an academic forum in south China's Sanya, Yuan Longping said that he is working with 28 domestic and international research teams to expand the production, reported China Science Daily.
He plans to increase the yield by using third generation hybrid-rice technology at a research centre in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province.
The salt-resistant rice, also called sea-rice, is resistant to pests, diseases, salt and alkali and does not need fertilizer.
It is believed that using the new technology developed by Yuan's team, China's 1.5 billion "mu" (one million square kilometres) of saline-alkaline soil could be transformed into fertile land.
Nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Yuan started theoretical research about 50 years ago and kept setting new records in the average yields of hybrid rice plots.


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