Seeing as we’ve water-boarded you with enough bad food news lately, here’s some good news: researchers led by 2012 Confucius Peace Prize winner Yuan Longping, known as “the father of hybrid rice,” have set a milestone for hybrid rice production by yielding an average 988.1 kilograms per mu (0.0667 hectares)! Global Times reports:
Deng Qiyun, a member of the team, told Xinhua Sunday that the new progress has pushed China’s hybrid rice study to a new level and greatly boosted the team’s confidence to achieve the targeted production of 1,000 kg per mu.
The new record was confirmed by experts from the China National Rice Research Institute, the Wuhan University and the Fujian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, who actually harvested three lots of a farm of 101.2 mu growing the new hybrid rice known as “Y liangyou 900” on Saturday.
The farm is located at Niuxing Village, Longhui County of central China’s Hunan Province on Saturday.
What is hybrid rice (besides a lame pitch for a B monster movie)? It’s rice produced by crossing two different parental strains so it has better use of soil nutrients, more weed and disease resistance, and higher yield. In the past, super rice’s development was hindered by rice’s inherent knack for self-pollinating, but the ‘rice’roy Yuan Longping circumvented this in 1974, and created the world’s first strain.
Amidst mounting concerns over pollution, and limited land and water resources, Yuan’s research will prove increasingly vital to China’s agricultural industry.