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Grain Research

A farmer harvests rice with a combine harvester in a paddy in Sayo city, Hyogo, Japan. Getty Images photo.

Michigan Tech Research May Lead To Hardier Rice To Feed New Billions

As the Earth’s human population marches toward 9 billion, the need for hardy new varieties of grain crops has never been greater. It won’t be enough to yield record harvests under perfect conditions. In an era of climate change, pollution and the global spread of pathogens, these new grains must also be able to handle stress. Now, researchers at Michigan Technological University have identified a set of genes that could be key to the development of the next generation of super rice.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/01/2014

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