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Rice is the main food for about one-third to one-half of the worlds population A mature rice plant is usually two to six feet tall In the beginning one shoot appears It is followed by one two or more offshoots developing There are at least five or six hollow joints for each stalk and a leaf for each joint The leaf of the rice plant is long pointed flat and stiff The highest join of the rice plant is called the panicle The rice grains develop from the panicles Jodon 300 Rice is classified in the grass family Gramineae Its genus is Oryza and species O sativa It is commonly cultivated for food in Asia Some varieties of rice include red rice glutinous rice and wild rice Jodon 303 The kernel within the grain contains most of the vitamins and minerals 298 The kernel contains thiamine niacin and riboflavin 299 Rice has many enemies that destroy a majority of the rice crops The larvae of moth stem borers live in the stems of the rice plants Some insects suck the plant juices or chew the leaves Birds such as bobolink Java sparrow or paddybird would eat the seeds or grains Disease causing factors such as fungi roundworms viruses and bacteria also destroy the rice plants Blast disease is caused by fungi which causes the panicles containing the grains to break Jodon 300 There are various types of rice grown all over the world A majority of rice grown is cultivated rice When rice is grown with water standing on the fields it is called lowland wet or irrigated rice Rice plants grown in certain parts of Asia South America and Africa are called upland hill or dry rice because they are raised on elevated lands that cannot be flooded but with plentiful rainfall Wild rice is grown along lake shores of Canada and the Great Lakes It is usually eaten
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