Farmers dry soybeans in Liaocheng, in the eastern province of Shandong. Scientists have developed a new species that can be grown in places where salinity is a problem. Photo: AFP
Farmers dry soybeans in Liaocheng, in the eastern province of Shandong. Scientists have developed a new species that can be grown in places where salinity is a problem. Photo: AFP
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Chinese scientists develop salt-tolerant soybean that may reduce reliance on imports

  • Team in Shandong say species can yield 4.5 tonnes per hectare – more than twice the average – in saline-alkali soil
  • They say that if China can grow more of the crop it could help to reduce deforestation in places like Brazil

Farmers dry soybeans in Liaocheng, in the eastern province of Shandong. Scientists have developed a new species that can be grown in places where salinity is a problem. Photo: AFP
Farmers dry soybeans in Liaocheng, in the eastern province of Shandong. Scientists have developed a new species that can be grown in places where salinity is a problem. Photo: AFP
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