Crop Biotech Update

CAS President Calls for S & T Innovation

March 27, 2009

"Agro-biological research must rely on the innovation of science and technology. We need to upgrade our agriculture industry framework, and develop a high quality and effective agricultural ecosystem. Establishing a high value bioindustry that guarantees food and agriculture product security is imperative," says Professor Lu Yongxiang, vice head of the National People's Congress Standing Committee and president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He made these remarks during a visit to the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) where he also discussed activities of the Plant Gene Research Center, Molecular Agro-biology Center, Developmental Biology Center and National Plant Gene Platform of IGDB.

Dr. Xue Yongbiao, director of IGDB, said that there is a need to set up the science and technology innovation system for modern agriculture. Dr. Zhang Zhibin, Director of Bureau of Life Science and Biotechnology, CAS and Director Pan Jiaofeng of Bureau of Planning and Strategy, CAS also attended the meeting.

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