2012 Symposium on Canola Industry & Technology in the Lower Reaches of Yangtze River was successfully held in Nantong, Jiangsu from April 16 to 18, 2012. The symposium was undertaken by the Institute of Industrial Crops of JAAS and Canola Special Committee of Jiangsu Crop Societies, and co-hosted by the Institute of Industrial Crops of JAAS, the Institute of Crop Sciences of Anhui Academy of Agricultural Sciences (AAAS), the Institute of Crop Breeding of Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SAAS) and the Institute of Crops and Nuclear Technology Application in Agriculture of Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences (ZAAS). More than 100 scientists and graduates from Nanjing Agricultural University, Yangzhou University, Anhui Agricultural University, crop cultivation stations of major canola production cities, and research institutions attended the symposium. Prof. Fu Tingdong of Huazhong Agricultural University, academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering; Prof. Wang Hanzhong, director of the Institute of Oil Crops and chief scientist of Canola Industrial Technology System; Prof. Tu Jingxing of Huazhong Agricultural University; Prof. Wang Longjun, deputy director of Jiangsu Crop Cultivation Station and other government officials of Nantong City were invited to the symposium. JAAS Vice President Yu Wengui attended the symposium and made important speeches.
The symposium was chaired by Director Qi Cunkou of the Institute of Industrial Crops of JAAS. Academician Fu Tingdong, Director Wang Hanzhong and Prof. Tu Jingxing made separate reports on Status Quo and Trends of Hybrid Canola Development, Molecular Mechanism of Oil Content Control and Application in Canola Breeding, and Bio-genetic Researches of Yellow-hulled Brassica napus No. 2127. Prof. Hu Baocheng, vice president of AAAS, was also invited to the symposium and reported on Effects of Climate and Change of Farming Methods on Canola Insects and Diseases.
During the symposium, the representatives held extensive discussions on canola germplasm innovation, genetic and physiological studies, breeding methods, cultivation managements and molecular bio-technology in canola research. After that, they had an academic visit to the demo area for new hybrid canola variety Ningza 19 with high yield and quality of JAAS and the large scale canola production areas in Tongzhou, Nantong. All the representatives spoke highly of the plant type, disease resistances and yield of Ningza 19.