Yuan Longping, director of Hunan Hybrid Rice Research Center, has been removed from office, sources with the center in Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan Province, confirmed on Tuesday [27 October 2015]. Yuan, 85, known in China as “the father of hybrid rice,” will continue his research following removal from the administrative position. Yuan, also an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, developed the world’s first hybrid rice in 1974…Full Article: Xinhua Oct 2015

Key Point

  • In September 2015, Yuan visited Cambodia to promote his super hybrid rice.

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  • In 2013, China had approved 96 varieties of super hybrid rice strains, with cultivation reportedly occurring on 4 million ha or roughly 24% of China’s rice paddy fields.
  • From 2006 to 2008, Chinese rice yields rose from 6.15 MTs per ha to 6.5 MTs, with hybrid rice being grown on 18.6 million ha or roughly 63% of China’s rice paddy fields (Hunan province growing the most).
  • Hybrid rice, or rice that has been crossbred to combine the superior traits from separate parents, was pioneered by China in the 1970s. Hybrid rice helped to sustain the country’s explosive population growth during that decade (833 million in 1970 to 1 billion in 1980).
  • Established in 1999 and headquartered in Changsha, Hunan province, Long Ping High-Tech Agriculture produces and distributes specialized crop seeds. These include hybrid rice seeds, hybrid pepper, hybrid rape, hybrid corn, hybrid cotton, musk melon and vegetables. The company manages various subsidiaries including Hunan Longping High-tech Nongping Seeds, Hunan Xiangyan Seeds, Hunan Longping High-tech Cotton & Rape Seeds, Agrochemical Development Company, Hunan Nongwei Science and Technology, Hunan Kangyida Science and Technology, and Hunan Longke Agricultural Materials.

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