On September 18,"Intelligent Agriculture Forum-Crop Informatics and Modern Breeding" was successfully held on line by Huazhong Agricultural University and CIMMYT (International Centre for Maize and Wheat Improvement). The Director of the CIMMYT Global Maize Project and the CGIAR Maize Research Project Dr.Prasanna, Distinguished Scientist of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and Head of the International Wheat Improvement Project Dr. Ravi Singh, Distinguished Scientist of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center Dr. Crossa and Dr. Yang Wanneng and Dr. Lan Caixia of the College of Plant Science and Technology were invited to make presentations. Dr. Li Lin from the College of Plant Science and Technology and Dr. Zhang Xuecai, Senior Scientist of CIMMYT co-chaired the meeting.
At the beginning, Professor Yan Jianbing, vice president of our school delivered a speech. He thanked the foreign experts who actively participated in the forum and introduced the construction of our school's intelligent agriculture specialty. The joint forum is an important activity to promote international and domestic exchanges and cooperation and an important part of the construction of intelligent agriculture specialty.
Experts at the Forum reported on "Improving Productivity and Nutrition in Asia, Africa and Latin America by the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement "," Building a Crop Phenotype Platform in Central China "," Development and Application of Statistical Models in the Age of Big Data on Crops "," Comprehensive Resistance to Wheat Leaf Disease Control and its Application in Wheat Breeding ", and" Contribution of CIMMYT Maize Improvement to Global Food Security ", and discussed with the participants warmly.
The report of Dr. Prasanna reflected the important contribution of CIMMYT to global food security, particularly efforts to address the issue of maize production and insect resistance in Africa, which had been unanimously recognized by the international community. He said he looked forward to working with scientists from China, especially Huazhong Agricultural University, to integrate resources from China, CIMMYT and Africa in the future, using bio-big data, high-throughput phenotypic group technology, machine learning and artificial intelligence to promote intelligent breeding in modern corn breeding and contribute to solving global food security problems. Jalal Chol from South Sudan thanked CIMMYT for his concern and contribution to Africa. He hoped to join CIMMYT and use the biotechnology he had learned in China to contribute to food security in Africa and the world.