A technique to produce high-yield rice genetically modified (GM) using a gene from maize is still under academic discussion and not ready for practical application, an expert said on Friday [3 January 2014]. Deng Qiyun, chief scientist of China’s hybrid rice national key laboratory and a student of Yuan Longping, known as “the father of hybrid rice,” told Xinhua there is still a long way to go before the technique could be applied to actual production…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2014

Key point

  • The hybrid rice would include the C4 gene from maize. As a rule, C4 crops (e.g. maize and sugarcane) have a better photosynthesis capacity than C3 crops such as rice, wheat, and soybeans

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  • Chinese rice production is spread out across the country, with highest concentration located around the Yangtze River. In 2011, Hunan province produced 25.7 million MTs of rice, which accounted for approximately 13% of Chinese output. The next largest producers were Heilongjiang province at 20.6 million MTs or 10% of Chinese output, and Jiangxi province at 19.5 million MTs (also 10%).

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