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China cultivates 2-meter-high ‘giant rice,’ ‘dream coming true’ moment for deceased ‘father of hybrid rice’
Published: Aug 29, 2021 12:20 PM
Photo:Xinhua

Photo:Xinhua

China has successfully cultivated the “giant rice,” which has grown to over two meters -- twice as tall as regular rice. Netizens called it a “dream coming true’’ moment for beloved “father of hybrid rice’’ Yuan Longping, who passed away this year.

This unique type of rice was cultivated in Southwest China’s Chongqing for 15 mu (10,000 square meters) and is expected to be harvested in September, Chinese media reported. 

Chen Yangpiao, the deputy director of Chongqing branch of China National Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center, said that the giant rice were raised in Chonqing’s Changhong village in April this year and seedlings were planted in May. The yield per mu is likely to reach 750-900 kilograms.

According to Chen, the average height of each rice plant is between 1.8 meters and 2.25 meters, much taller than the ordinary one. 

This type of rice has sturdy and tall rice stalks, it’s also resistant to flooding and salt-alkali soil. It can also bring sufficient nutrients to the plants nearby and provide the best habitat for aquatic and mammals for shelter. 

When rice fields where the “giant rice” is located store a 60–80 centimeter-depth of water, the field would be conducive to raise fishes, shrimps or crabs. From next year, thousands of mus of fields will conduct this type of project in Chongqing. 

Photo:Xinhua

Photo:Xinhua

Chinese netizens hailed it as a “dream coming true’’ moment for China's "Father of Hybrid Rice" Yuan Longping. Many posted online to pay respect to Yuan after reading the news, saying “your dream is gradually coming true, can you see it.”

Yuan had said “I dream that rice will grow as high as sorghum, its ears as long as a broom, and the grains as big as peanuts, while my assistant and I are sitting under the ears of rice to enjoy the cool day.” 

The top rice scientist, who cultivated the first high-yield hybrid rice strain, died at 91 in Changsha in May this year.

Global Times 
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