Rachel Hou/Shanghai Daily news
On June 14, the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences held a special
exhibition of 22 new species of fruits and vegetables it had bred successfully.
The most eye-catching in all the exhibits were the "cluster tomato" and
"bicolored melon". The new tomato variety, which grows like grapes on a vine, is
harvested in clusters. The bicolored melon, with red and green pulp, is a
genetically modified crop that matures earlier and is more resistant to rot than
Another highlight of the exhibition were improved strains
of plants with greater vigor and disease resistance, including cantaloupes that
can grow in China's South (previously not considered a cantaloupe area),
pumpkins that can endure both high and low temperatures, and green soy beans not
Other outstanding creations by the institution include a
small pumpkin the size of an orange and a lantern-shaped green pepper bigger
than a fist.