Strategic objective for asparagus in China: from agriculture into industry

Chen Guangyu
China set up a national asparagus Research and Development system in 2010 by Special Funds for Agro-scientific Research in the Public Interest with the strategic objective of bringing asparagus from agriculture into industry. The main research focuses in agriculture included: breeding, cultivation, pest and disease control, and postharvest management. Several cultivars released from the breeding program are well-adapted to regional climate conditions found throughout China. Cultivation approaches were developed in different regions including organic culture and rehabilitation of sandy, saline and alkaline waste lands, thus combining ecological benefit with the economic benefit. The most significant part lies in advances in medical function and food processing. Three medicines were approved for treatment of cancer. Research on other function such as reducing blood lipid and blood sugar is under way. A series of processed food are developed from asparagus, such as asparagus juice, asparagus tea and asparagus capsules. Extract from asparagus straw was found to be good for improving immunity in chicken and ducks which increases egg production. Asparagus in China is transitioning from an agriculture sector into a profitable industry, attracting more and more commercial capitals.
Guangyu, Chen (2020). Strategic objective for asparagus in China: from agriculture into industry. Acta Hortic. 1301, 225-232
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2020.1301.34
asparagus, industry development,, status and trends, China

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