Int'l plant science conference to open in central China

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-14 20:43:59|Editor: Xiang Bo
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WUHAN, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Over 1,000 scientists from 40 countries and regions will present and discuss their new discoveries at a top plant science conference next week in central China.

The 30th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) will be held from June 16 to 21 in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province, its organizer the Huazhong Agricultural University said Friday.

Arabidopsis is a small flowering plant native to Eurasia and Africa. It is a member of the mustard family and one of the model organisms widely used for studying plant biology.

In 2016, Arabidopsis and rice were grown on China's Tiangong-2 space lab for scientific research.

More than 300 participants will come from foreign countries, including the United States, Germany, Britain, Canada and Japan, as well as over 10 academicians invited from home and abroad, according to a spokesperson of the organizer.

The ICAR is an important academic annual conference in the world's plant science community. It was held in Beijing in 2007 when plant research first took off in China.

This year, the four-day conference will showcase the research achievements of Chinese plant science and promote exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries.

Wuhan is a major transportation hub and rich in scientific resources. The Huazhong Agricultural University is a leading Chinese research institute specializing plant botany and zoology.

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