Log in

a new way to grow rice? - Considering the odds of survival for homo sapiens technicus [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
Brent Eubanks

[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

a new way to grow rice? [Jul. 22nd, 2008|09:55 pm]
Brent Eubanks
This Cornell prof has a technique for growing rice that he says can double (or more) yields while using alot less water and less seed. Pretty cool, if it works. I am a bit skeptical: humans have been growing rice for an awfully long time, and if improvements of this order were available, you would think that someone would have figured it out in the last 4000 years. But the principles behind the technique are sound, so it probably works at least reasonably well.

[User Picture]From: dawn_pillsbury
2008-07-23 05:36 am (UTC)

Another interesting technique

This guy says he can grow food and biofuel on desert using salt water, enough to prevent catastrophic flooding from sea level rise. Amazing, if it can be done sustainably.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: mindstalk
2008-07-23 07:02 am (UTC)
Well, peasants are often said to be really, really, conservative about messing with their food supply.

Makes me wonder why flooding in the first place. I'd assume rice was some semi-aquatic plant that grew better that way. Now it sounds like it's just resistant to flooding, unlike weeds, but grows better with aerated soils like most other things.

Seawater/halophyte agriculture sounds exciting.
(Reply) (Thread)