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ARS Hosts 13th Annual Joint Working Group with Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) - September 3, 2015

On September 3rd 2015, ARS hosted the 13th Annual Joint Working Group Meeting with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Berkeley, California, as part of the annual review of the USDA-MOST Protocol for collaborative scientific exchange. The event was chaired by REE Undersecretary, Dr. Catherine Woteki, and MOST Vice Minister, Mr. Zhang Laiwu. Participants  provided updates on the USDA-MOST flagship projects for agricultural biotechnology, water saving technology, and gene bank technology, as well as a report on the priority research areas stated within the Protocol. The proceedings concluded with a signing ceremony renewing Annex VI and VIII of the protocol which both address topics in food safety, a priority of mutual interest. ARS Associate Administrator, Dr. Steven Shafer spoke at the meeting. Also in attendance were ARS staff, Drs. Eileen Thacker, Peter Bretting, Jack Okamuro, Steve Evett, Ms. Marcella Witting and Mr. John Shekailo.


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