The Price of Rice

This Catalyst article looks at the production of rice, which is a staple food for billions of people. It describes how crop scientists have identified varieties of rice with favourable characteristics, such as flood resistance, and are using them to develop crops with increased yield. Such crops may help to overcome problems caused by climate change and the increase in demand from a growing population. The article is useful for stimulating discussion on topics such as photosynthesis, sustainable development, genetic engineering and artificial selection.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2012, Volume 22, Issue 3.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

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