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Scientists say that more than 100 thousand varieties of rice have been safeguarded for the future. Samples in the world's largest rice gene bank in the Philippines are being used to help farmers develop rice crops that can survive drought and flooding. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) gene bank has secured permanent funding from the Crop Trust. It is part of international efforts to store seeds in gene banks to protect food supplies in a warming world.

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"These seeds are miracles - we believe that in this natural diversity of rice you have almost any trait that you would want to look for," said Marie Haga, executive director of the international non-profit organisation, the Crop Trust.

She said rice is relatively easy to store, and should survive preservation for hundreds of years at low temperatures.

The rice contains the genetic diversity that can be used to breed new rice crops capable of withstanding pests and disease as well as flooding and drought.
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Thank Gawd.

Can't live without rice at least a few times a week.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-10-13 07:46 AM | Reply

One recent advance from IRRI, which is based in Los Banos, Philippines, is a strain of rice that can survive areas hit by flooding.

"Scuba rice" has been introduced in Asia and is now being adapted for growing in Africa.
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Now THIS is science that helps people, RIGHT NOW!

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-10-13 07:49 AM | Reply

For what purpose? The people in charge are going to destroy EVERYTHING. Then a few elites will live in special controlled environments, paid for by all the rif-raf they killed, for several hundred thousand years, until it is safe to return to the surface and make more rif-raf to grow a thousand varieties of rice.

#3 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-10-13 06:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What would be funny is, if all the rich had to eat after the apocalypse was rice.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-10-13 11:42 PM | Reply

The people in charge are going to destroy EVERYTHING. Then a few elites will live in special controlled environments, paid for by all the rif-raf they killed, for several hundred thousand years, until it is safe to return to the surface and make more rif-raf to grow a thousand varieties of rice.

Dude.... that is so depressing....

Believe me when I tell you this... the world is full of bad intentions. But 99% of what bad people wish to happen to you, WON'T HAPPEN.

You know why? Because "the people in charge" are also INCOMPETENT. They can only help themselves so much and REALLY hurt others even less.

Take it easy. We'll all be fine.

#5 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-10-14 12:46 AM | Reply

I have a Filipina wife. I buy rice in 50 lb bags. We eat rice almost daily with our meals. The rice cooker in my kitchen runs practically 24/7. I think half of my electric bill goes to running that rice cooker.

#6 | Posted by shane at 2018-10-14 03:17 AM | Reply

You must be very healthy and alert.

Rice is perfect food for keeping weight under control, for example.... as long as you are not doing anything else unhealthy like drinking or smoking.

#7 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-10-14 03:33 AM | Reply

#5, JT,

Anyone familiar with history knows, mankind has repeated the collapse of civilization many times in many places. Nobody ever planned for that to happen, but it happened anyway because of the incompetence of failing to foresee the consequences of stupid selfish behaviors. Today we live under a cloud of nuclear annihilation and climate catastrophe. Our moronic leader is in denial of it all, making such an event more likely. While the complete collapse of civilization is not a certainty, rising ocean levels are.

The longest lasting empire was Roman lasting 1480 years, while most last 6-700 years. Environmental destruction, corruption and marauding armies account for their inevitable collapse.

#8 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-10-14 01:28 PM | Reply

To stay keto friendly, you need to limit yourself to less than half a cup daily, and consume no other carbs.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-10-14 04:33 PM | Reply

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