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IAEA/RCA Regional Training Course on Advanced Mutation Techniques for Induction and Screening of Green Traits in Crops held in Beijing

Source: Institute of Crop Sciences

RCA regional training course on “Advanced Mutation Techniques for Induction and Screening of Green Traits in Crops” was held in Beijing through August 14th to 18th, 2017. Sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and China Atomic Energy Agency (CAEA), organized by Institute of Crop Sciences (ICS) of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), 31 participants from 15 different RCA countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao P.D.R., Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam and China attended the training course. Dr. Gong Xifeng, Director General of Department of International Cooperation of CAAS, and Prof. Liu Luxiang, Deputy Director General of ICS presented at the opening ceremony.

During this training course, IAEA specialist Dr. Li Chengdao and local experts delivered lectures on crop mutation induction methodologies and screening techniques, including theoretical introduction of heavy ion beam and simulated cosmic rays irradiation for mutation induction; mutant detection and selection using genomics approach; TILLING and proteomics platform for gene discovery and breeding; high throughput marker techniques; accelerating breeding approaches; genome editing in main food crops; green super rice breeding technology and screening techniques for target green traits; experiments, technical and practical demonstrations of biological effect of heavy ion beams compared with gamma rays; etc.. Visits of experimental field and facility of heavy ion beam irradiation were also parts of the course.

This training course is one of the most important annual activities of IAEA/RCA project RAS/5/077 “Promoting the Application of Mutation Techniques and Related Biotechnologies for the Development of Green Crop Varieties”. Professor Liu Luxiang, served as the Course Director, is the Leading Country Coordinator and China National Project Coordinator of this project.

By Guo Huijun