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New Soybean Could Make China More Self Reliant

Scientists create Henong-71, whose seeds produce nearly four times average yield

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A new hybrid species of soybean could help China get around the higher cost of importing them during its trade war with the US – despite a domestic ban on the high-yield GM crops that dominate the market, reports the South China Morning Post.

Trials of a soybean in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, in western China, have achieved a record yield after scientists from the country’s northeast created a hybrid species that grew extra pods and was more resistant to harsh weather.

Henong-71 seeds produced nearly four times the average yield for soybeans grown in China, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology last week.

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