Yuan Longping. [File Photo: Baidu]
Yuan Longping, renowned Chinese developer of hybrid rice, said recently during an academic forum in south China's Sanya that his team plans to increase the yield of salt-resistant hybrid rice to 300 kilograms per mu (667 square meters) in three years, the newspaper China Science Daily reports.
Yuan is working with 28 domestic and international research teams to expand the production of salt-resistant rice, using third generation hybrid-rice technology at a research center in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province.
The salt-resistant rice, also called sea-rice, is resistant to pests, diseases, salt and alkali and does not need fertilizer. With the new technology from Yuan's team, China's 1.5 billion "mu" (one million square kilometers) of saline-alkaline soil could be turned into fertile land.
Known as China's "father of hybrid rice," Yuan started theoretical research about 50 years ago and kept setting new records in the average yields of hybrid rice plots.