Prof. Maria B. Formica, executive director of the germplasm center of Argentina National Institute of Agriculture Technology (INTA), made an academic visit to the Institute of Food Crops and Jiangsu Germplasm Protection and Utilization Center of JAAS (Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences).
During the visit, Prof. Yuan Jianhua, deputy director of the Institute of Food Crops (IFC), made an introduction of the history, current situation, research strengths and development goals of IFC and JAAS. Dr. Cai Shibin and Dr. Fang Xianwen of IFC had separate reports on the research progress on wheat and rice germplasm collection of JAAS. Prof. Maria B. Formica, briefed on the collection, conservation, evaluation and utilization of plant germplasm in Argentina. The two sides held discussions on germplasm exchange between China and Argentina and signed the letter of cooperation intent between INTA and IFC. After that, Prof. Maria B. Formica had a guided tour to the germplasm bank and wheat germplasm nursery in JAAS. The visit laid a sound foundation for the strengthening of germplasm exchange and cooperation between JAAS and INTA.