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Date published: 2006/08/10

The BBC says:

Scientists say they have identified a gene that will allow rice plants to survive being completely submerged in water for up to two weeks.

Most rice plants die within a week of being underwater, but the researchers hope the new gene will offer greater protection to the world's rice harvest.

Farmers in south-east Asia lose an estimated £524m ($1bn) each year from rice crops being destroyed by flooding.

The findings have been published in the science journal Nature.
Although rice production has doubled over the past 40 years, demand is continuing to grow. The crop is the staple food for more than three billion people around the globe.

It's early days but this sounds like an important advance.

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