Rice Breeders Report ‘Eye-Popping’ Productivity Gains
|04/09/2018||Posted by BusinessMediaguide.Com under General World News||
The grain that feeds half the world may have taken a big leap forward.
Scientists report the biggest improvements in rice productivity in decades.
If the results hold up in further tests, it could greatly increase harvests of a critical staple crop at a time when global population growing rapidly.
Researchers found one version of a gene that increased the number of branches in the flowering part of the plant. Each plant produced more rice as a result.
They used conventional breeding to introduce this gene version into five rice varieties. These varieties produced from 28 to 85 percent more rice than the parent read more >>>