Forging new links with China
25 November 2014
President Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, launched the New Zealand-China Joint Laboratory for Kiwifruit Research at an event in Auckland last week.
The Joint Laboratory is a collaboration between Plant & Food Research and the Sichuan Provincial Academy of Natural Resource Sciences (SPANRS). The virtual lab with allow scientists in both organisations to work together to further research into kiwifruit diseases and physiology, as well as conservation of the native kiwifruit germplasm found in China.
Plant & Food Research was one of four companies to formally announce major developments in their relationship with China at the event hosted by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.
From left: Peter Landon-Lane (CEO Plant & Food Research), Michael Ahie (Chairman Plant & Food Research), President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister John Key, Li Mingzhang (SPANRS), Allan White (Manager, Asia Breeding & Biotechnology Plant & Food Research)
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