Green shoots in the desert as China creates rice paddy fields outside Dubai
In a vast desert on the outskirts of Dubai, Chinese scientists looked across a field of ‘drought resistant’ rice they had planted in sand and diluted sea-water and realised that a four decade struggle had come to an end.
"The result was extremely satisfying," said Du Dele, an official at the Chinese research centre pioneering the salt-resistant rice, which many believe could solve food shortages in the world’s most uncultivable regions.
"We learned that we can grow rice in the desert, and we were very happy when we analysed the results and saw how much we can produce," he told The Telegraph.
Rice is commonly grown in fresh water and soil, rather than sand and sea water.
And in Dubai, where temperatures…
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