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Two National 863 Program Passed On-site Inspections in HZAU

From March 18 to 19, two major research projects of National 863 Program in the field of modern agricultural technology at HZAU was examined on-site and approved by experts from Ministry of Science and Technology(MST), accompanied by leaders of Rural Center of MST, Academician Fu Tingdong from HZAU. One is Development and Application of Rape Hybrids with Strong Heterosis, the other is Exploration of Massive Functional Genes of Maize and Platform Construction of Resource, Technology and Information in Genomics Research.

The experts panel consists of research fellow Zhu Zhen from Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS), Mao Long from Institute of Crop Science of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences(CAAS) and Zhang Xuekun from Oil Crops Research Institute of CAAS. They carried out on-site inspection of the production of new cultivar - Huanong Rape Hybrid 62 in Shayang County, Hubei province, listened to reports about implementation of two research projects, and passed those two projects.

The first research project on rape hybrids with strong heterosis was led by Prof. Shen Jinxiong from College of Plant Science and Technology. His team had bred 16 new rape hybrids with strong heterosis and increased more than 100 million mu of growing area. The Huanong Rape Hybrid 62 had passed national examination and approval with a growing area of over 10 million mu which had been listed as the popularized variety; the oil content of new varieties was 3% above the national average, among which the oil content of Zheza903 and Qinyouza19 had exceeded 49%. Besides, they had developed new sterile system like inap SMS and 5 safe and efficient seed production technologies like mechanical film mulching with pol CMS system and obtained 11 achievement awards, including 1 Second National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology and 10 provincial awards.

The second research project was headed by Prof. Yan Jianbing from College of Life Science and Technology. His team had collected and assessed over 8000 maize germplasm resources and materials, including 527 core germplasm resources, thus establishing the database of heredity and phenotypic information. Furthermore, they had finished whole genome sequencing of maize’s monoplast, analyzed the crossing-over law of genetic recombination in the meiosis of maize’s microsporocyte and published 43 papers, including 27 SCI papers and 3 with IF> 9.

(By Shi Yafen)