Growing Rice Alongside Aquatic Life Reduces Need for Pesticides

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Takeaways:

  • A new study from the College of Life Sciences at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China has found that growing rice alongside aquatic animals (such as carp, mitten crabs, or softshell turtles) help prevent weed growth.
  • These animals also improved decomposition of organic matter and help provide better yields compared to rice grown alone.
  • “In terms of rice production, adding aquatic animals to paddies may increase farmers’ profits as they can sell both the animals and the rice, spend less on fertilizer and pesticides, and charge more for sustainably grown products” said  Xin Chen, co-senior author of the study and an ecology professor at Zhejiang University.

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