Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


Leeds-China collaboration sees first virtual joint laboratory

A new research partnership between Leeds and Beijing is to help meet the challenge of feeding China’s fast-growing population.

Plant scientists from the University of Leeds and applied agricultural specialists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences will work on joint projects looking at the role of genes within crop plants, particularly rice. Potential areas of collaboration include how plants react to environmental stress, such as high salt levels, and ways to mitigate the impact of crop parasites.

The project will also see the creation of a ‘virtual laboratory’, where researchers can share information and research data.

The Plant Sciences partnership between the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds and the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing is the first UK link for this prestigious Chinese research institute. Professor Phil Gilmartin, the Faculty’s Pro-Dean for Research, hopes it will lead to further collaborations between the Faculty and the Academy in other research areas.

“Leeds’ Centre for Plant Sciences already had strong links with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which is how this agreement came about,” says Professor Gilmartin. “The project brings together two internationally renowned research groups with complementary areas of research and we expect the partnership to lead to long-term projects and future joint appointments.”

The agreement has been helped by the appointment of plant scientist Dr Bing Liu as the Faculty’s Director of China Liaison. Dr Liu’s role has been to build links between the two institutions and coordinate collaboration and exchanges at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Director for the Centre for Plant Sciences, Professor Brendan Davies has just returned from China with Professor Gilmartin, where they signed the ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ that seals the collaboration.

Says Professor Davies: “China has seen an enormous growth in funding for research into improving agricultural yields to feed its population and the Academy is its ‘centre of excellence’ in plant sciences. A recruitment drive has brought back many of the very best Chinese researchers who left to work in the US and Europe, making it a truly global player. Leeds’ strength in plant sciences makes for a perfect partnership and together, a very exciting research environment.”

Dr Jinghua Cao, Deputy Director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Bureau of International Cooperation says: “What makes this new collaboration particularly exciting is the combination of the complementary strengths of two top institutes in plant sciences. Such collaborations are what China needs, and I offer my full support to this initiative.”

Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Jiayang Li says: “The successful signing of the MOU is the fruit of continuous hard work from both sides. I warmly congratulate this achievement, and sincerely hope the link between two internationally strong institutions will greatly enhance the values of our research output.”

The initiative is supported by a China Partnering Award from the BBSRC and a grant from the University of Leeds’ international fund, designed to assist the development of high-level international partnerships.

Abigail Chard | alfa
Further information:

More articles from Agricultural and Forestry Science:

nachricht “How trees coexist” – new findings from biodiversity research published in Nature Communications
21.03.2018 | Technische Universität Dresden

nachricht Earlier flowering of modern winter wheat cultivars
20.03.2018 | Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

All articles from Agricultural and Forestry Science >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Researchers at Fraunhofer monitor re-entry of Chinese space station Tiangong-1

In just a few weeks from now, the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere where it will to a large extent burn up. It is possible that some debris will reach the Earth's surface. Tiangong-1 is orbiting the Earth uncontrolled at a speed of approx. 29,000 km/h.Currently the prognosis relating to the time of impact currently lies within a window of several days. The scientists at Fraunhofer FHR have already been monitoring Tiangong-1 for a number of weeks with their TIRA system, one of the most powerful space observation radars in the world, with a view to supporting the German Space Situational Awareness Center and the ESA with their re-entry forecasts.

Following the loss of radio contact with Tiangong-1 in 2016 and due to the low orbital height, it is now inevitable that the Chinese space station will...

Im Focus: Alliance „OLED Licht Forum“ – Key partner for OLED lighting solutions

Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, provider of research and development services for OLED lighting solutions, announces the founding of the “OLED Licht Forum” and presents latest OLED design and lighting solutions during light+building, from March 18th – 23rd, 2018 in Frankfurt a.M./Germany, at booth no. F91 in Hall 4.0.

They are united in their passion for OLED (organic light emitting diodes) lighting with all of its unique facets and application possibilities. Thus experts in...

Im Focus: Mars' oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions

Oceans formed before Tharsis and evolved together, shaping climate history of Mars

A new scenario seeking to explain how Mars' putative oceans came and went over the last 4 billion years implies that the oceans formed several hundred million...

Im Focus: Tiny implants for cells are functional in vivo

For the first time, an interdisciplinary team from the University of Basel has succeeded in integrating artificial organelles into the cells of live zebrafish embryos. This innovative approach using artificial organelles as cellular implants offers new potential in treating a range of diseases, as the authors report in an article published in Nature Communications.

In the cells of higher organisms, organelles such as the nucleus or mitochondria perform a range of complex functions necessary for life. In the networks of...

Im Focus: Locomotion control with photopigments

Researchers from Göttingen University discover additional function of opsins

Animal photoreceptors capture light with photopigments. Researchers from the University of Göttingen have now discovered that these photopigments fulfill an...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>



Industry & Economy
Event News

Virtual reality conference comes to Reutlingen

19.03.2018 | Event News

Ultrafast Wireless and Chip Design at the DATE Conference in Dresden

16.03.2018 | Event News

International Tinnitus Conference of the Tinnitus Research Initiative in Regensburg

13.03.2018 | Event News

Latest News

TRAPPIST-1 planets provide clues to the nature of habitable worlds

21.03.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

The search for dark matter widens

21.03.2018 | Materials Sciences

Natural enemies reduce pesticide use

21.03.2018 | Life Sciences

Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>