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Variety Spices Up Chinese Rice Yields

Science  18 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5482, pp. 1122-1123
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5482.1122b

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The results of Chinese field trials reinforce the accepted scientific wisdom that planting different varieties of a crop in the same field holds down the spread of certain diseases and improves yields. And this time researchers seem to have convinced farmers, too.