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China develops way to grow rice in salt water

Posted on Tuesday, 24 October, 2017 | Comment icon 26 comments

The new rice could feed millions. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Gunawan Kartapranata
The remarkable agricultural breakthrough could help to feed millions of people over the coming decades.
Scientists have succeeded in not only growing rice in salt water, but in also producing a yield of 4.5 metric tons per hectare - enough to begin commercialization.

According to research leader Yuan Longping, the breakthrough could ultimately increase China's overall rice production by nearly 20 percent and feed upwards of 200 million people.

It may take a while for the new strain go mainstream however as, at 50 yuan ($7.50) per kilo, it is currently a whopping eight times more expensive than conventional rice.

Sales of the new variety are expected to reach 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) by the end of the year.

Source: Russia Today | Comments (26)

Tags: Rice, China

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #17 Posted by pallidin on 24 October, 2017, 22:33
Ah, seasoning... just now getting into that (besides the common salt and pepper)
Comment icon #18 Posted by third_eye on 25 October, 2017, 0:00
Ahhhh ... that never occurred to me, now I am wondering if the rice will taste drastically different I wouldn't say we know best but that's just the way we likes it I guess ... ~
Comment icon #19 Posted by jarjarbinks on 25 October, 2017, 0:33
future nobel prize
Comment icon #20 Posted by taniwha on 25 October, 2017, 8:08
Sounds to good to be true.
Comment icon #21 Posted by kartikg on 25 October, 2017, 8:25
great achievement by the scientists. rice is a staple food of most Asian countries and takes up lots of water to cultivate, hope they make this strain freelyor cheaply available.
Comment icon #22 Posted by seanjo on 25 October, 2017, 10:31
Wow, wouldn't that be something if China has solved World hunger, something for the West to think about.
Comment icon #23 Posted by kobolds on 25 October, 2017, 10:35
I have question. This will benefit for island country like indonesia . but is there a benefit for china which is mainly land ?
Comment icon #24 Posted by paperdyer on 25 October, 2017, 20:17
Hi 3rd Eye - No offense taken. Using a carbon treatment can be expensive but when you're hungry and thirsty the cost doesn't seem quite as bad. Necessity is the Mother of invention. Some other break through might found while looking for ways to make carbon filtration more economical.
Comment icon #25 Posted by DieChecker on 25 October, 2017, 20:35
After reading the comments on the OP link.... It seems the Chinese did not "invent" this rice, but took salt tolerant specimens that already existed and have tried using good old agriculture time tested practices and tried to breed a variety that produces larger yields. Still is good progress. Maybe after the ocean sea levels rise? Lots of area that are barely above sea level will then be prime rice country.
Comment icon #26 Posted by third_eye on 27 October, 2017, 13:11
I understand, I am saying from a practical and pragmatic point of view, rice doesn't really top that high among the grains nowadays, and it really does require a very large area for a long term sustainable yield ... another point of contention is the maintenance and upkeep of these carbon filtration systems. There is low enough numbers among the Agro sector as it is for the time being, its not exactly the younger generation is that keen on getting into. ~ If the sea levels ever reaches that kind of levels, I doubt rice harvests would be anywhere near the kind of priority that would make any ki... [More]

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