Biotech Updates

Hainan University Develop High Yielding Salt Resistant Rice

January 8, 2014

Scientists from Hainan University and Hunan Provincial Academy of Agricultural Sciences developed high yielding salt resistant rice which could give an output of six tonnes per hectare. They planted 18 varieties in 3mu (0.2 hectare) in eastern Jiangsu province and after the harvest in October, one variety exhibited similar output as varieties growing in normal farmland. The progress marks a big breakthrough in the experiment because the varieties were planted in real saline-alkali soils rather than in laboratory, said Hainan University professor Lin Qifeng. Lin also added that the experimental plantation will expand to 100mu in 2014 to further evaluate the performance of the salt resistant rice varieties.

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