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China's "father of hybrid rice" receives 2011 Mahathir Science Award

(Xinhua)

08:14, February 01, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- China's leading agricultural scientist Yuan Longping was presented the 2011 Mahathir Science Award on Tuesday for his contribution in developing hybrid rice, which has lifted millions of people from starvation.

The award was presented by Malaysian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, whom the award was named after. While promoting scientific research for tropical areas in his speech, Mahathir also said he's looking forward to access the result of Yuan's future research.

If research institutions in China and Malaysia cooperate with each other, both countries as well as the rest of the world can benefit, Mahathir said.

Set up by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia in 2004, the award bestowed on scientists, institution or organizations worldwide in recognition of contributions and innovations towards solving problems in Tropical Medicine, Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Architecture and Engineering as well as Tropical Natural resources.

Yuan was awarded "in recognition of his courage in independent thinking out of the norm in rice breeding resulting in the innovative development of hybrid rice, a staple food of the tropics, that has revolutionized global rice production and sustainability," the Mahathir Science Award Foundation said in a statement.

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