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New rice plants against world hunger

Rice gives hope

Does he have the solution to hunger in his hands?

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


Chinese agricultural engineer Fengyi Hu helps develop a new rice variety.


Silvia ChoiCommunity Editor

Rice is a staple food in many parts of the world. But farming is labor-intensive: every year, rice growers bend over for weeks and plant each seedling separately. So international biologists and agronomists have been searching for a lasting contrast for decades.

Biologists from Yunnan University of China made such an alternative available to southern Chinese farmers for cultivation at the beginning of 2018. The new strain called Perennial Rice 23 (perennial rice 23) comes from the crossbreeding of an Asian rice species with a variety of African wild rice.