SCIENTIST OF NEW RICE TYPES Yuan Longping
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.