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China Discovers Electro-Culture

By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

China is the world’s largest country which means that it has a large population to feed. The increased demand in food supply also brings forth the increased demand for water, fertilizer, soil nutrients, and more.

Fortunately, researchers in China discovered a means where more food can be grown without relying on these natural resources. They just have to turn to a different element found all over their community: electricity.

Electrical experiments done by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences found that vegetable crops yields can be increased by 20 to 30 percent.

In large greenhouses, bare copper wires have been suspended three meters above ground level. These cables run through the full length of the greenhouses and carry rapid pulses of positive charge.

These high-voltage bursts are said to kill bacteria and viral plant diseases in both the air and the soil. They also accelerate vaporization by affecting the surface tension of water droplets on the leaves of plants.

Electricity found within the immediate environment of plants also helps the transportation of naturally charged particles such as bicarbonate and calcium ions within the plants. It has also shown results where carbon dioxide and photosynthesis sped up.

The study’s results are leading the use of electro-culture throughout China.

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Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Patricia Taculao, or Patty as she likes to be called, is a content producer for Manila Bulletin Digital Lifestyle. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She loves to spend her free time, reading, painting, and watching old movies.

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