Japanese researchers using particle accelerator to breed salt resistant rice

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    May 14, 2012 6:27 PM GMT
    http://phys.org/news/2012-05-japanese-particle-salt-resistant-rice.html

    Japanese researchers at the Riken Nishina Centre for Accelerator-Based Science have been using their particle accelerator to cause mutations in rice for over two decades with the aim of breeding rice that is more resistant to saltwater. Up to now their results have been limited; just one new salt resistant rice variety has been created and it faced mixed reactions regarding taste. But now, because of the tsunami in that country last year that contaminated a lot of farmland with seawater, efforts there have picked up and researchers are reportedly coming close to developing a whole host of new saltwater resistant strains.


    Related - technology is solving hunger problems globally. Only a few decades ago, many environmentalists predicted massive famines in places like India. Today, India has far more wheat than they can even put away into storage.

    "India’s bumper crops of wheat rot in open fields due to lack of storage"
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indias-bumper-crops-of-wheat-rot-in-open-fields-due-to-lack-of-storage/2012/05/10/gIQArwF9EU_story.html
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    May 15, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
    riddler78 said


    Related - technology is solving hunger problems globally. Only a few decades ago, many environmentalists predicted massive famines in places like India. Today, India has far more wheat than they can even put away into storage.

    "India’s bumper crops of wheat rot in open fields due to lack of storage"
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indias-bumper-crops-of-wheat-rot-in-open-fields-due-to-lack-of-storage/2012/05/10/gIQArwF9EU_story.html

    Yes, hunger with these technologies isnt the problem, the hunger problems can be solved without them too icon_smile.gif

    BTW, when i was there last time.. there was still a rice problem... and a food crisis due to lack of rice... one crop does not hunger alleviation make
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    May 15, 2012 5:22 AM GMT
    I seldom eat grains, because they usually don't get digested properly. This is interesting. I wonder how digestible this type of rice will be.
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    May 15, 2012 6:05 AM GMT
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    May 15, 2012 6:07 AM GMT
    TheBizMan saidNow we b lyk

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    May 15, 2012 6:07 AM GMT
    Just found out I'm prehypertensive. I've to watch my carbs... though it's not THAT bad... Hopefully rice won't make my body salt resistant!
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    May 15, 2012 6:36 AM GMT
    JoyfullyRandom saidJust found out I'm prehypertensive. I've to watch my carbs... though it's not THAT bad... Hopefully rice won't make my body salt resistant!
    Hopefully it WILL make your body salt resistant, as in it will resist salt's urge to make your body retain water. Then you can have the "dry" (ie. shredded) look without having to dehydrate. icon_wink.gif