A New Japanese Rice Strain Bred to Feed Africa

Here’s an interesting NHK news story about a Japanese/African agriculture conference.

Takashi Oritani, a Japanese rice specialist, has spent long years breeding a quick-maturing Japanese strain of “wasei” rice with an African rice, in order to make rice that can finish growing before Africa’s two-month rainy season ends. This rice is designated E111. The news video also shows a taste-test for the rice.

Oritani has also done experimentation with a strain of rice designed for Mongolia, and nicknamed “Chinggis Gold” (after Genghis Khan).

There seem to be a lot of biology and agriculture scientists with the family name “Oritani”.

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