Yuan Longping inspects a trial plantation of hybrid rice. Photo: Xinhua
Why didn’t Yuan Longping’s hybrid rice catch on outside China?
  • The ‘father of hybrid rice’ took China from famine to feast with his 1970s breakthrough that boosted yields by 20 to 30 per cent, yet today much of Asia remains wedded to local forms of inbred rice
  • Funding problems, limited research, low genetic diversity and good old fashioned taste buds all help to explain why. But experts say there’s no reason we all can’t learn to love the hybrid variety
13 Jun 2021 - 12:00PM