China holds varietal trials for 300 new salt-tolerant rice

 Alaric Santiaguel   |  

The Saline-Alkali Tolerant Rice Research and Development Center has started testing 300 new high-yielding salt-tolerant rice varieties that can be potentially grown on about 20 million hectares of China’s salty-alkaline soils.

The center plans to identify seven rice varieties to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs for evaluation and all certified varieties will be promoted for large-scale cultivation nationwide.

Salt-tolerant varieties are expected to help safeguard food China’s food security by offsetting the impact of shrinking arable land areas and water resources.

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