Salt-tolerant rice bred at Philippines institute
MANILA (AFP) - Scientists have successfully bred a rice variety that is salt-tolerant, which could enable farmers to reclaim coastal areas rendered useless by sea water, a Philippine-based institute said on Tuesday.
Scientists at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) near Manila are in the process of perfecting the salt-tolerant rice before field testing it widely, the agency said.
"They hope to have the new variety available to farmers to grow within 4-5 years," IRRI said in a statement.
The new variety was bred by crossing an exotic wild rice species found in brackish water with one cultivated at the institute.