China’s “father of hybrid rice” is planning to expand its production of sea-rice at a newly founded research center in Qingdao, a port city in the eastern province of Shandong, local sources said Saturday. Within three years, the sea-rice research and development center, headed by scientist Yuan Longping, is expected to expand the yield of sea-rice to 200 kilograms on each “mu,” the Chinese unit equivalent to 666 square meters, according to local authorities in Qingdao’s Licang District, where the new research body is located…Full Article: China Daily Oct 2016

Key Points

  • The newly founded Qingdao Sea Rice Research and Development Center will use gene sequencing technology to breed new strains of sea-rice.  The center received CNY 100 million (US$14.8 million) as initial funding, with total funding expected to reach CNY 2 billion [~US$295 million] in the future.
  • In April 2017, the sea rice center will plant 2 hectares of sea rice on an experimental plot situated north of Jiaozhou Bay (Qingdao), Shandong Province.

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  • In 1991, Chen Risheng identified ‘Sea-rice 86’ as a new species of seawater rice that could grow in saline-alkali soil along coastal areas. It is estimated that China has 100 million hectares of saline-alkali soil.
  • In 1986, China’s Chen Risheng (Zhanjiang Agriculture College alumnus) discovered a wild rice variety with high saline-alkali tolerance in Suixi County, Guangdong Province.

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