A new type of rice that can be grown in seawater was successfully harvested by a group of scientists in the seaside city of Qingdao, eastern China.

The "sea rice" can be grown in sea water as well as on tidal flats or land with saline-alkaline soil.

It may be the answer to difficulties posed by barren farmland in China and contribute toward food security by injecting 30 billion kilograms of rice into the economy, enough to support 80 million people.

"Because China has a large population, it's difficult to rely on importing food from abroad and there are logistical barriers,” said Guodong Zhang, Deputy Director of Qingdao Sea Rice Research and Development Centre, in an interview with Ruptly.

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