Thursday, August 20, 2009

paddy growing in flood

A new rice plant has been developed which grows "snorkels" when exposed to floods.
How the plant elongates rapidly in response to being submerged in flood has been publised in journal Nature.
One of the scientists, working on this project Motoyaki Ashikari from Nagoya University in Japan, said "the impact is huge".It shall be boon for Asia and Africa. it will boost the production of crops too much as 40% of crops are affected by floods.
Laurentius Voesenek describes how the Japanese scientists discovered the "snorkel" genes in flood-tolerant rice in journal Nature.
"Snorkels" grow as hollow tubes from parts of the plant called internodes, preventing it from drowning.
you will be amazed by the growth rate that when the floods arrive, the super rice plants can grow up to 25cm per day.

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