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Salt-tolerant rice bred at Philippines institute

Published on Apr 16, 2013 3:56 PM

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.

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