COLLEGE STATION — A trip to explore the horticulture industry in China is being planned under the leadership of Dr. Mengmeng Gu, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulture specialist, College Station.
The trip, set May 12-26, is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s International Science and Education Program and is recommended for horticulture professionals.
The tour will arrive in Beijing for visits to hydroponic greenhouses, plant nurseries, high-tunnel trials and tissue culture. The group will also tour the horticulture industry in Qingdao, a city on the shore of the East China Sea.
Midway through the trip, the group will take a train from Qingdao to Fuzhou and Xiamen in Fujian Province to visit subtropical fruit production, greenhouse orchids and ornamental production. From there, the group will take a train back to Beijing to tour the Great Wall, Forbidden City and the Summer Palace/Beijing Botanical Gardens or Tian’anmen Square.
The program fee – including lodging, meals, transportation and excursions – is $2,200. Some $1,000 scholarships are available, if applied for by Jan. 4. Participants must also cover airfare and visa costs. More information and scholarship applications are available at http://greenviion.wordpress.com/announcement/.