Professor Li’s story
Professor Ling is a world-leading biologist specialised in the cultivation of mushrooms. He gave up the favourable living conditions in the USA and came to Ningxia to develop the “double-headed mushrooms”, a new kind that was known for the better taste, productivity, and nutrition. In an attempt to monitor the growth of the mushrooms, he slept by the mushroom shed regardless of the cold night temperature. When the mushrooms were unsalable, he and the fellow workers built the cold storages immediately and saved part of the farmers’ harvest. Meanwhile, he led his team setting off to different parts of China to find the buyers.
This character is based on a real person, Lin Zhanxi – the inventor of the Juncao technology. He could have stayed abroad and had a well off life, but he chose to return to the motherland and dedicated himself to the establishment of China. Before him, the cultivation and collection of mushrooms had fully relied on the forest resource, growing and collecting them on the chopped trees. This was unsustainable. Given that, Lin’s contribution has marked an important step in the aspects of environment, agriculture, and diet of the country and worldwide.