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has achieved another break­through as chief sci­en­tist in a rice crop ex­per­i­ment. Four types of rice reg­is­tered an es­ti­mated out­put of be­tween 6,480 to 9,300 kg per hectare, Qing­dao Saline-Al­kali Tol­er­ant Rice Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter an­nounced on Septem­ber 28.

In spring, more than 200 types of rice were planted in Qing­dao, east China’s Shan­dong Prov­ince. Sci­en­tists used di­luted sea wa­ter in the soil to test which types could sur­vive and pros­per in saline en­vi­ron­ments. Vast farm­lands with saline-al­kali soil in China are ex­pected to pro­duce qual­ity rice in the near fu­ture.

Yuan, 87, is known as China’s “Fa­ther of Hy­brid Rice” for his con­tri­bu­tion to de­vel­op­ing new hy­brid rice types, which have sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved rice qual­ity and in­creased grain yield. Yuan be­came a mem­ber of the Chi­nese Academy of En­gi­neer­ing in 1995, and he won the top na­tional award for sci­en­tists in 2000.

In Oc­to­ber, 2016, Yuan helped found the Qing­dao cen­ter and or­ga­nized a group of sci­en­tists to carry out the ex­per­i­ment to de­velop com­mer­cially vi­able rice tol­er­ant of saline and al­kali soil.

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