The Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Uganda have collaborated with BGI Genomics to conduct research trials on perennial rice. Because wild rice species develop rhizomes, perennial rice can reduce production input costs by more than 50% compared to cultivated rice, according to researchers at BGI Genomics.
With less intensive field management, perennial rice achieved a single-season yield of nearly 82 kilograms per acre indicating its adaptability in Africa
Further adoption of perennial rice could significantly contribute to the food supply of African countries.
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