Third-generation hybrid rice achieves high yields in China
CHANGSHA, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The third-generation hybrid rice developed by Yuan Longping, the "father of hybrid rice," and his team underwent its first public yield monitoring from Monday to Tuesday and achieved a major breakthrough in output.
The final yield came to 1,046.3 kg per mu (about 0.07 hectares), based on two plots of land in Qingzhu Village under the city of Hengyang in central China's Hunan Province.
The whole process was organized by the Hunan Society of Agronomy under the supervision of experts from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the China National Rice Research Institute, Hunan's agriculture and rural affairs department and multiple Chinese universities.
Experts agreed that the rice has a stout stem, fertilizer tolerance, lodging resistance, large spike and more grains.
Yuan, who developed the world's first hybrid rice in 1974, has set multiple world records in hybrid rice yields in previous years.