Native American tribes began the domestication of Zizania aquatica L. by growing the crop in wild lakes and rivers. As scientists began studying the domestication of the crop to produce a highly functional system, the rice paddy system was developed. Although highly productive in both California and Minnesota, the rice paddy system still contains flaws. Things like disease pressure and seed shattering varieties make the cultivation of wild rice difficult. In order to adjust to these challenges, a recommendation of a hydroponic greenhouse system is made. In the end, the hydroponic system hopes to minimize seed shattering, while allowing for a faster maturation of the crop.
Zizania aquatica L., Wild Rice; An Evaluation of Cultivation, Domestication, and Production For Use in The United States.
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