Co-organized by the Government of Hainan, CAAS, FAO and CGIAR, the 5th Global Forum of Leaders of Agricultural S&T (GLAST-2016) was held in Lingshui Li Autonomous Region of Hainan. Mr. Qu Dongyu, Vice Minister of Agriculture, Ms. He Xiqing, Vice Governor of Hainan, Mr. Tang Huajun, President of CAAS, Ms. Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director General of FAO, together with Mr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI, presented the opening ceremony of meeting. Mr. Wu Kongming, Vice President of CAAS, chaired the opening ceremony.
With the theme on “Eliminating poverty and hunger through S&T innovation”, the two-day forum provided a platform for participants to exchange ideas, shared experiences in poverty reduction through S&T innovation, and finally reached a consensus by releasing “Lingshui Declaration”. All the participants strongly appeal that scientific and enological innovation is vital for sustainable agricultural development, and is therefore critical to global food security and poverty elimination. Read more >>
The tumor suppressor p53 is involved in the regulation of innate and adaptive immune responses, which plays an antiviral activity. However, whether p53 has anti-bacterial function remains unclear. In the present study, the research results showed that p53 knockout (p53-/-) mice were more susceptible to LM infection, which was manifested by a shorter survival time and lower survival rate. Read more >>
In the study, researchers from China National Rice Research Institute (CNRRI) and Yangzhou University performed CRISPR/Cas9-mediated QTL editing (GS3 and Gn1a) in five widely-cultivated rice varieties and obtained 10 novel genotypes. The results revealed that in all genetic back grounds the grain lengths of the gs3 and gs3gn1a mutants were increased compared to the WT. In addition, the grain number was also enhanced when Gn1a was mutated. Read more >>
Recently, scientists from Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology (SIPPE), Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences and China National Rice Research Institute (CNRRI), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences successfully informed on the genomic architecture of heterosis for yield traits in rice. Read more >>
International Cooperation Update
They first visited the Daxing Plant Nursery to study ornamental plants such as anthurium scherzeranum and marantaceae. Then they went to the Daxing Agricultural Technology Extension Station to learn about intelligent control systems for protected agriculture and other technologies. This year, over a hundred international PhD students came to CAAS. Their research fields range from horticulture and entomology to biochemistry.
"The field trip was very informative. I was especially impressed with the Active Heat Storage-Release System for Greenhouse. I will learn more and apply that technology in my country," said Alia Anwar, one of the students. Read more >>
2016 High Level Dialogue on “Lessons from Experience for Future Development of Biogas in Asia” Held in Chengdu
The theme of the dialogue was on biogas development in Asia with the focus on experience, opportunities and challenges. Read more >>
Scientific Cooperation Action Plan in Crop Protection was signed between Institute of Plant Protection, CAAS and Science and Technology Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
This was a fruitful visit in exchange of agricultural science and technology. DDG ZHANG Bujiang and Director Manjeet Sethi signed the Scientific Cooperation Action Plan in Crop Protection between IPP, CAAS and Science and Technology Branch, AAFC. Both Parties agreed to implement the Action Plan to cooperate and collaborate in following research fields: biology, genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics of agricultural crop pests and their infection and invasion mechanisms; Development of novel pest management technologies; Pesticide residue and food safety. Read more >>
Dr. Hu said that BIOMA attached great importance to this training course and sent an experienced faculty team to Mauritania to implement this program. Under the concerted efforts of different parts, this training course has proceeded smoothly and received positive feedback from participants. The training course lasts for 56 days, including theory presentations and practical training. It aims to help participants to master the technology and establish a foundation for the future application of biogas technology in Mauritania. Read more >>