Six overseas returnees gave academic talks in the Institute of Food Crops (IFC) of JAAS on Nov. 27, 2013. IFC Deputy Director Yuan Jianhua presided over the meeting, which was attended by all IFC scientists, technicians and graduate students.
As a member of the second batch scholars sent to the USA, Prof. Chen Zhide described his academic studies at Texas A&M University, and introduced his latest research results in Arabidopsis PHB gene family. Dr. Wang Xiansheng talked about his experience in the UPOV (the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants) Convention, Ukraine. Dr. Chen Yanping, one of first batch of seed scientists selected for overseas study, recalled her three-month stay in the USA and impressed attendants with the modern breeding methods of large seed enterprises in America. Based upon his visit to Stube Co. (Germany), Dr. Yan Wei proposed further technical cooperation with German scientists on the breeding of wheat varieties with resistance to sheath blight. Prof. Guo Xiaoding introduced the elite sweetpotato germplasm resources and breeding researches in the Philippines after his brief of Tarlac College of Agriculture.
IFC Director Wang Cailin talked about his early learning experiences in the United States and discussed with the attendants on the world's top business management mechanism and enterprise culture. He centered around the key to Silicon Valley’s success and pointed out five necessities for team work, namely, creativity, innovation, team building, scientific decision-making and academic culture. In the end, Wang encouraged the young scientists to work hard, seize the opportunities to study abroad and broaden their horizons.