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Water shortage pushes China toward aerobic rice production

October 23, 2007

Reuters (October 23, 2007) — China, the world’s top consumer and producer of rice, is turning to a new kind of rice that can grow on dry soil like wheat as the country faces a serious water shortage due to industrialization and global warming.

China, a pioneer in aerobic rice, plans to expand acreage for it to about 30 percent from about 1 percent now as the water shortage limits expansion of traditional water-flooded rice, or lowland rice, said Wang Huaqi, an aerobic rice breeder at China Agricultural University.

Together with the International Rice Research Institute, the university has been working on aerobic rice that is grown like the upland crops of wheat and corn ….

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