Science: Mnogolefnia Pshenifza?

It was not all blood and fireworks from Moscow last week. One big piece of news was that Nikolay Tsitsin, the Soviet Union's 46-year-old Luther Burbank, had produced a new annual wheat yielding 144 bushels an acre, quadrupling the best previous yield in the Moscow latitude. He had also got the first live seeds from attempts to cross wheat and rye with a desert plant (Elymus giganteus), which may make it possible to grow those grains almost anywhere, thus opening to cultivation 150,000,000 acres of hitherto untillable Soviet land. The biggest news, however,...

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