Bangladeshi scientists are claiming a breakthrough after developing a special rice variety that is resistant to floods and salinity.
The milestone has the potential to improve food security in the region.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Mirza Mofazzal Islam, who led the team of scientists, said the new rice variety will come to the rescue of Bangladesh and other Asian countries.
Through a genome sequence, scientists have discovered three new types of rice varieties that are different from the mother type, the chief scientist said.
New rice seeds produced from this genome sequencing will be several times more tolerant to water submergence and salinity.
The research for the breakthrough began in 2015 as a joint project between the Bangladesh Atomic Agriculture Research Institute and Bangladesh Agricultural University.