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ARS Hosts 13th Annual Joint Working Group with Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, September 2015

On September 3, 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, and ARS staff attending were Drs. Eileen Thacker, Peter Bretting, Jack Okamuro, Steve Evett, along with Ms. Marcella Witting and Mr. John Shekailo of the ARS Office of International Research Programs (OIRP).

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