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Thursday, December 16, 1999, updated at 09:44(GMT+8)
Sci-Tech China Creates New Hybrid Wheat

Chinese experts have successfully created a hybrid wheat using plants of different genuses, a breakthrough for China's cell engineering and breeding research.

According to researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, this is the first such cross-fertilization in the world, which has attracted the notice of scientists worldwide.

The hybrid wheat was created by the combination or blend of wheat cells with a weed originally growing in Australia, and has been successfully planted on an experimental basis. More than 3.3 hectares of the new wheat have now been harvested.

The high-quality wheat is resistant to salt and thus able to grow in highly saline soil, making it possible to grow wheat in saline-alkali land, of which there are large areas in China.

The new wheat was achieved by a research group in Shandong Province, east China, headed by Professor Chen Huimin who has been working on this research for more than 30 years. (Xinhua)

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