AgriseaGrowing rice in the ocean sounds a little whacky, but ocean agriculture is an emerging form of food production that could have some real potential. A company started by two 24-year-old scientists want to produce salt-tolerant rice and floating ocean farms by 2021, with small pilot farms by the end of 2020. 3.5 billion people rely on rice every day, and with such an enormous impact, people have long been interested in manipulating rice genes to achieve certain goals. They want to grow rice in the ocean by using gene-editing, which would amplify the expression of genes already found in rice that control salt-tolerance. Salt-tolerant rice could be grown in salty ocean water without the use of soil, fertilizer or fresh water.
Source: Forbes February 21, 2020 22:07 UTC