Prof. Ma Daifu, chief scientist of National Sweet Potato Industry & Technology System; Prof. Xie Yiping, PI of plant diseases and insect pests of Xuzhou Sweet Potato Research Center; Prof. Li Hongmin, PI of sweet potato and Assoc Prof. Hu Lianglong, PI of Agricultural Machinery of Nanjing Research Institute for Agricultural Mechanization, Ministry of Agriculture (NRIAM, MOA) made an academic visit to JAAS on June 18, 2011.
During the visit, Prof. Ma had a seminar with scientists and technicians from JAAS Sweet Potato Comprehensive Test Station and the research group of soil and fertilizers. Director Chang Zhizhou of the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Environment and Director Yuan Jianhua of the Institute of Food Crops presided over the seminar. During the seminar, Prof. Ma listened to the R&D reports made by Prof. Xie Yizhi, head of Nanjing Comprehensive Test Station and Prof. Zhang Yongchun, PI of soil and fertilizers. He spoke highly of the early stage progress, proposed requirements for future work and held an in-depth discussion on pest disease and control techniques in sweet potato cultivation. After the seminar, the delegation had a guided tour to the sweet potato seedbed, testing fields and screenhouse in Nanjing Comprehensive Test Station.