North China’s first giant hybrid rice crops ready for harvest in October

 Rice Today   |  

An experimental giant hybrid rice variety is in the final grain-filling stage and is expected to be ready for harvesting in October.

Growing up to 2.2 meters tall, the giant hybrid rice has higher yields, drought tolerance, and better resistance to disease and waterlogging than other hybrid rice.

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The Hybrid Rice Development Consortium
The Hybrid Rice Development Consortium promotes innovation and access to new germplasm and information on hybrid rice technology. We are a membership-based organization that helps other organizations collaborate in the research and production of hybrid rice varieties.

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“Father of Hybrid Rice” Yuan Longping’s Legacy: An agricultural innovation that helps feed the world
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