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Can rice really prevent future droughts? January 15, 2010

Posted by WaterWise Consulting in Water & Business, water conservation.
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Rice, the world’s most consumed crop, has immense power to either increase or decrease the world’s water use. By increasing the efficiency of such widely-grown crops, immense amounts of water will be saved.
Jerome Bernier, a student at the University of Alberta has discovered a potential method of increasing the efficiency of rice. If successful, certain cultivars of rice could become up to twice as productive. This could help in two ways: by increasing the amount of rice produced per acre, or by reducing the amount of water used to produce the same amount of rice.
By increasing the amount of rice produced per acre, farmers could potentially grow twice as much rice while using their current amount of water. This has the possibility of creating financial and economic sustainability for farmers by being able to sell substantially more crops.
By reducing the amount of water used to produce the same amount of rice, our global water needs could be significantly decreased. In theory, rice farmers could consume one half as much water as current consumption, and produce the same amount of rice. By doing so, the water would be available to fill underground aquifers and be consumed for other uses such as residential, commercial, industrial, or institutional.
Read more at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081120162847.htm
Brian O’Neill
boneill@waterwise-consulting.com

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