Prof. Cyrille Saintenac of Clermont-Ferrand Research Center of Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) and Mr. Li Zheng, INRA representative to China, made an academic to the Institute of Bio-technology (IBT) of JAAS on May 8, 2014. IBT Director Ma Hongxiang and Prof. Zhang Xu hosted the reception. Prof. Cyrille Saintenac has been engaged in the study of resistance against fungal diseases in wheat and published several academic papers in Science, Genome Biology and other high-impact journals.
Both sides held in-depth discussions on phenotypic identification of wheat scab, screening of resistant germplasm, resistant molecular breeding, physiological mechanism characterization and other relevant research areas. They reached agreement to carry out technical cooperation on interested research areas.