Lettuce growing in an electro culture chamber developed as part of China’s giant experiment to find out if electricity can boost plant growth. Photo: Liu Binjiang

China is making its vegetables grow bigger, faster and stronger ... using electricity

Scientists hail breakthrough as results of the world’s largest experiment confirm fruit and vegetable output can soar without chemical pesticides and fertilisers

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Lettuce growing in an electro culture chamber developed as part of China’s giant experiment to find out if electricity can boost plant growth. Photo: Liu Binjiang
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.