Agronomy: Paving the Way For More Food

For the agricultural scientist, the world's exploding population combines with its dwindling food supply to pose a twofold problem: how to increase the crop yield on existing farmland, and how to make use of acreage previously considered uncultivable. In the Philip pines, Rockefeller Foundation scientists have successfully tackled the first part of the problem by developing a short, stiff rice plant that may increase the average yield of each crop as much as 800%. Planted in test plots alongside the standard brand, the new rice rises in lush plants that make its...

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