Pig pens are to be wired with cables and dischargers to generate an electric field, which is believed to purify air. Photo: Professor Liu Binjiang

China’s electrifying idea to stop African swine fever: a high-voltage pigsty

  • Researchers to wire up pens for 2,000 pigs and generate an electric field they believe can kill germs
  • A farm in central China that previously conducted the experiment reported no cases of swine fever
Topic |   African swine fever

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Pig pens are to be wired with cables and dischargers to generate an electric field, which is believed to purify air. Photo: Professor 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.