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Licorice turns desert green, fertile in Inner Mongolia

By Yuan Hui, Xu-Pan Yiru, Wang Keju | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-07-24 19:58

One vertically grown licorice can cover 0.1 square meters of land. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

Licorice in the Amugulong Licorice Industry Demonstration Park is grown horizontally. Therefore, it can cover one square meter of land, amplifying the greening efficiency by 10 times.

Photo taken in Kubuqi Desert, North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region on July 23, 2018. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

Because the root of licorice can fix nitrogen and thus fertilize land, watermelons and other plants are able to grow in desert after licorice has helped soil regain integrity.

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