New rice plants against world hunger

Rice gives hope

Does he have the solution to world hunger in his hands?

Scientists have bred a perennial rice plant that could greatly simplify rice cultivation.

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Chinese agronomist Fengyi Hu is helping with the development of a new rice variety.

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Silvia TschuiGesellschafts-Editor

Rice is a staple food in much of the world. However, cultivation is very laborious: every year, rice farmers bend over for weeks to plant each individual seedling. International biologists and agronomists have therefore been researching permanent variation for decades.

Biologists from China’s Yunnan University made such a variant available to South Chinese farmers for planting in early 2018. The new breed, called Perennial Rice 23, comes from crossing an Asian rice variety with an African wild rice variety.

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