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Consensus Reached on Green Super Rice

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On April 8th 2010, over 100 delegates from southeast Asia and Africa attended the GSP project annual meeting at HZAU. The experts work together to lay out research objectives and plans for the next move of "Green super rice for the resource poor of Asia and Africa" project (financed by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). And the "Green Super Rice"(GSR) Key Project (National 863 Program) was launched on our campus the previous day. 
The two projects show the “GSP” advocated by Academician Zhang Qifa has become a common objective of rice experts at home and abroad.  Thus, the second “Green Revolution” featured by “low input, high output, being environment-friendly” is on the way. At the beginning of the century, HZAU Rice Research Team proposed the conception of GSR project based on strategic objectives of the second “Green Revolution”. It aims to develop new rice varieties that are rich in nutrients, resistant to pests and drought and require fewer fertilizers. 
Green Super Rice for the Resource Poor of Africa and Asia project, which received 18 million U.S. dollars of fund from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is the largest joint research program in China, which Zhang Qifa and other 3 scientists are responsible for. The project was launched in 2008 with the goal of breeding high-yielding rice varieties and then providing them to 15 Asian and African countries as well as four provinces in southwest China. 
It is reported that the project has now provided more than 150 varieties of hybrid rice combinations and over 50 varieties of conventional rice to 15 target countries, increasing rice yield by 20 percent. At the same time, three doctoral or post-doctoral students from these countries have also received training. 15 graduate students from the target countries will also attend a three-year training program.
The promising cause of developing “GSR” requires scientists’ persistent effort of many generations. Academician Zhang said GSR will be upgraded from its "early version" like the development of Microsoft. The early GSR is expected to come out in 2015.

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