ICARDA and Swedish partners expand collaboration

November 10, 2009 at 10:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Swedish delegation at ICARDA: new partnerships with a leading European university

The Swedish University of Agriculture (Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet, SLU) and ICARDA will be scaling up collaboration, following a visit by an SLU delegation to ICARDA’s headquarters in October. The key areas: biotechnology, plant breeding, seed systems development, and capacity building programs for graduate students from developing countries.

The delegation met with ICARDA management and senior scientists to identify how best to maximize synergies between the two institutions. Dr Tomas Bryngelsson, Head of the Department of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology at SLU, expressed his appreciation for the wide scope of ICARDA’s research. “There are good opportunities for the two institutions to work together,” he said. SLU expressed interest in collaborating in an ongoing ICARDA-CIMMYT project to identify new sources of disease and pest resistance in wheat-rye translocation lines. The ICARDA-SLU component will focus on resistance to insect pests. There was considerable interest in linking SLU’s Masters and PhD students to ICARDA programs – specifically the Seed Health Laboratory and the wheat breeding and pathology programs. ICARDA and SLU will also be working together to develop proposals for future joint projects.

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