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Rice resistant to global warming eyed
Japan's rice output will fall significantly and most of the nation's beech forests could die off if temperatures rise due to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, according to a report on global warming compiled by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry.

The ministry will work on such countermeasures as developing new rice breeds resistant to heat or lack of water, to be discussed at a meeting April 25 of its global warming task force, the officials said. The measures are to be announced in July.

According to the ministry forecast, if carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere double in density, some prefectures, mostly in central and western Japan, will lose as much as 40 percent of their rice yields. However, some areas in northern Japan will see their rice yields grow.

About 90 percent of areas in northern and central Japan currently suitable for beech forests will no longer be so.

Fruit production is another agricultural sector susceptible to global warming, according to the forecast.

Areas that will become suitable for growing fruit trees will be located north of current production centers, and the quality of produce in the current growing areas will deteriorate.

To cope with damage to fruits and vegetables caused by higher temperatures, the ministry will research new cultivation methods that can better respond to changes in temperatures, the officials said.
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