New Center of Excellence for Dryland Agriculture in China in collaboration with ICARDA and ICRISAT

October 7, 2009 at 11:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

China, ICARDA and ICRISAT: partners at the inauguration of the new Center of Excellence

China’s national agricultural research system – the world’s largest – is expanding collaboration with ICARDA. A new Center of Excellence for Dryland Agriculture was inaugurated in Beijing last month. It will be managed jointly by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, ICARDA and ICRISAT. Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, visited three key research centers in China – the Institute of Crop Sciences, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, and the Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences – to discuss research plans for the new Center of Excellence.

Following these meetings, ICARDA scientists and their Chinese counterparts are developing plans for collaborative research programs, exchange of research staff, and training programs for young Chinese scientists. Research programs will be developed in several areas: plant breeding (barley, wheat and faba bean), control of Hessian fly and other insect pests, rust diseases in cereals, water management for dry areas, rangeland management, and sheep and goat husbandry methods.

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