Doctor grows vegetables for Antarctic team

Dr Hu Miao, from Shanghai East Hospital, has been working at China’s Great Wall Station in the Antarctic since December 4. As this year’s doctor in the polar region, Hu not only treats scientific investigation team members if they get sick, but also grows vegetables.

Vegetables contain vitamins that are necessary for health, he says. However, due to the extreme climate, it is rare to see the natural development of plants. Hu said: “The weather is terrible with heavy snow and high winds even if it is summer in the Antarctic.” 

Eating fresh vegetables was just a dream of the team members. However, that dream became reality after a greenhouse was established at the Great Wall Station in 2015. Several types of vegetables are grown in the greenhouse now, such as squashes, pumpkins and pak choi, or Chinese cabbage, Hu said.

He added: “There are over 10 people at the station and everyone can eat a cucumber every two days.” 

Read more at Shine (Qian Tong)


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