CSIRO partners with Chinese Academy of Sciences to tackle food security

Posted by Rita Mu

A new partnership between the CSIRO and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) will focus on tackling the growing challenge of global food security.

Researchers from both organisations will meet in Australia next week to share their latest findings in plant genomics and discuss future research collaborations, with a focus on rice and wheat – two of three of the most widely grown crops in the world (the third is corn).

CSIRO Plant Industry Deputy Chief, Dr John Manners, said the collaboration between CSIRO and CAS would help improve crop production in both countries.

"China is not only an agricultural powerhouse but also a scientific powerhouse and they face many of the challenges that we do in Australia, including drought, hostile soils and plant diseases,” he said.

"This collaboration is about bringing leading scientific minds together to tackle a global issue. Our joint research efforts will be centred around plant genomics – looking at the genetic make-up of these crop plants to improve yield, sustainability and disease resistance."

The three-day CSIRO-CAS scientific forum will begin in Canberra on next Tuesday, 15 March.

Image: Harvesting wheat, CSIRO

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