Chinese scientists develop rice variety using ion beam technology

THE rice variety is called Zhongkejing No. 5.

“Zhongke” means the Chinese Academy of Science in Chinese, and it was developed for the advantageous production areas of glutinous rice in Anhui province. Zhongke No. 5 is early maturity, has strong resistance and high nitrogen fertilizer utilization efficiency. It has passed the regional appraisal test in Anhui province and received support from the local government.

“We have been focusing on Ion Beam Bioengineering for decades. It will help to alleviate the shortage of good varieties of glutinous rice,” said Dr  LIU Binmei, breeder of the rice variety.

In China, more than 100 new varieties of rice, wheat, and corn have been bred through ion beams in 2020, making important contributions to the advancement of agricultural science and technology.