Saline soil rice breed breaks yield record in east China

Added On October 18, 2020

 A team of Chinese agronomists led by Yuan Longping, dubbed the "father of hybrid rice," has set a record in rice output grown on saline-alkali soil in east China's Jiangsu Province.

The rice breed, developed by Yuan's team, achieved a yield of 12 tonnes per hectare in plots of saline soil.
Following the rice cultivation, oilseed rape will also be grown for further experiments on saline-alkali soils.
China has about 100 million hectares of saline-alkali soil, of which about one-fifth could be ameliorated to arable soil.