Researchers at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) are set to help alleviate cadmium contamination affecting rice growing areas of Hunan province, China.
Professor Alan Jenkins, CEH director for water & pollution science, signed a collaboration agreement with the Hunan Provincial Agriculture Committee, a Chinese government body, earlier this month (5 November 2016).
The collaborative research and development activity will work towards meeting national irrigation water standards with CEH pollution scientists and environmental modellers assessing remediation and future mitigation options. Research will focus in the Changzhutan area.
Hunan province is one of China's largest rice producers. Cadmium contamination of rice growing areas poses risks to both human health and food security and, if serious enough, can affect global rice commodity pricing.