URI to create demonstration garden in China
Caofeidian, the largest man-made island in the world, was formed by sucking and then drying the sand out of the Yellow Sea, creating a deepwater seaport twice the size of the much-heralded Palm Island in Dubai. Though still under development the island is already home to China’s largest steel mill and biggest container port in the world. China designed the island to be a model of an environmentally friendly industrial base. Yet the island has some of the saltiest soil in the world. Trying to get something environmentally friendly to grow and thrive there has already stumped two national teams from Sweden and Japan and now University of Rhode Island plant scientist W. Michael Sullivan has taken up the challenge of turning the moonscape-like site into a flourishing demonstration garden.