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Rice bred to perform well under the toughest conditions is thought to be a step away from farmers, thanks to a major project led by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Green Super Rice (GSR) is actually a mix of more than 250 different potential rice varieties and hybrids adapted to difficult growing conditions such as drought and low inputs. The rice is developed to be grown without pesticides and with limited fertilizer, and the strain includes rapid establishment rates to out-compete weeds, reducing the need for herbicides. Rice Today reports that GSR is now in the hands of national agricultural agencies in key rice-growing countries for testing and development.

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