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A new variety of genetically modified rice could provide agricultural stability to regions where heavy floods often wipe out entire crops.

The seeds, known collectively as Sub 1, are modified to resist flooding, making crops in areas threatened by monsoon less volatile. The effect on crop yields may be similar to the revitalizing green revolution of the 1960s, when new seeds nearly doubled crop production in Asia.

Sub 1 may also be the first step in creating seeds resistant to drought, saltwater, and heat, which would further stabilize the supply of Asia’s most important food staple.

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