CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 11

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 11

CAE Reading and Use of English Part 3

For questions 17-24, read the text below. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the lines to form a word that fits in the gap in the same line. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Super Rice

Rice crops fail in drought conditions or where the soil is too 0 salty. So work is underway to ‘climate-proof’ rice so it can grow in even the most 17 of conditions.
Drought affects 23 million hectares of rice annually, and salt is equally 18 ; it reduces yields by 40% and consequently 19 the pressures on food supplies. Further reductions in yields are likely due to climate 20 .
Scientists are attempting to produce a super rice by mixing genes from drought-tolerant plants with those from another that exploits nitrogen 21 , thus enabling it to grow without fertiliser.
Comparing the new rice’s 22 with that of ordinary rice, the super rice produced 17% more than the ordinary variety in individual trials and 42% more when subjected to a combination of stresses.
In addition, researchers are working on improving other crops.
For example, one team has developed a potato that is 23 to certain diseases. It is hoped that developments such as this will 24 the impact of climate change in developing countries.

0. SALT
17. FAVOUR
18. PROBLEM
19. INTENSE
20. STABLE
21. EFFECT
22. PERFORM
23. RESIST
24. LESS

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