Jan 20, 2018 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Surface Ozone Pollution Greatly Affects China’s Rice Production

Mar 15, 2017 04:31 AM EDT

The high levels of surface ozone pollution are greatly affecting China's rice production. China is the world's largest producer of rice but at the same time, they are one of the most polluted countries.

A part of the rice development is very vulnerable to the surface ozone pollution, reported the researchers at the UC Davis and in China. This very fact will have a huge impact not only to China's rice production but also the international rice market. It will also likely to compromise global food security. "As ozone levels increase in China, this form of pollution threatens to not only decrease the nation's rice production but also affect the broad, global rice market," said the study's lead author Colin Carter, a professor of agricultural and resource economics at UC Davis.

Before creating laws and regulations to better the surface ozone pollution and save China's rice production, it is more important to understand the relationship of the ozone and the development of the rice first, scientists have stated. The study, which was published today in "Nature's Scientific Reports", holds large information about how China and the world will not be rice-less.

China has been one of the most polluted countries in the world; they are competing against India, stated Scientific Reports. Its effect on the ecosystem is still not that much felt but it is slowly showing as many things are being affected, one of it being China's rice production. Not only is the surface ozone pollution their problem but many other types of pollution too. The government is really lax when it comes to their rules and regulations about environmental stuff.

A study titled "Effect of heavy haze and aerosol pollution on rice and wheat productions in China" has been published and it has showed how a different type of pollution is also affecting China's rice production. It was a research from Xuexi Tie, Ru-Jin Huang, Wenting Dai, Junji Cao, Xin Long, Xiaoli Su, Shuyu Zhao, Qiyuan Wang & Guohui Li. It was also published in Scientific Reports last July 2016.

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