U.S. Scientist Develops New Rice Varieties for Hot, Dry Climate

Aug. 14, 2012

A researcher working in the arid U.S. state of Arizona claims to have developed two strains of rice that can withstand hot and dry conditions after about seven years of research.

According to the University of Arizona researcher, Dr. Paul Sanchez, the new strains of rice have survived the hot and dry conditions of Arizona this year. Moreover, the strains are growing and multiplying in Arizona for the first time, said the researcher.

Dr Sanchez says that he plans to expand his research to develop heat resistant corn and wheat strains as well. This year, dry and hot conditions in the U.S. has led to a massive drop in corn production.

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