Symposium of Crop Molecular Physiology and Genetic Breeding
Ladies and gentlemen! Dear speakers and guests,
On behalf of the crop science discipline in our university, I am honored to give the closing speech. On the occasion of the 110th Anniversary of SICAU, we hold this symposium of Crop Physiology and Genetic Breeding. Ten distinguished scientists gave presentations. They shared the latest progresses in areas of plant development, signal transduction, stress biology, evolutionary biology, genomics and chromosome engineering. Our faculty and graduate students participated the QA sessions actively and had great discussion with speakers. This symposium is a successful academic event. Thanks to all speakers and participants. I appreciate the organization of the symposium staff.
The theme of this symposium is crop molecular physiology and genetic breeding. It is also the main field of crop science research in our university. The crop science discipline in our school has four research divisions, College of Agronomy, Triticeae Research Institute, Maize Research Institute and Rice Research Institute. We have about 200 faculty and scientists, over 1000 graduate students and 1500 undergraduate students.
Crop science has been the major and most important academic discipline since SICAU was established. Through efforts of generations, we have made remarkable progresses in this area and gained international reputations. Here I have to pay tribute to two forerunners, Prof. Kaiqu Yang and Prof. Yun-Kuei Yang. They are the earliest researchers of modern crop science in China. They made great contributions to establish and develop the crop science discipline of our school. Prof. Kaiqu Yang dedicated himself to rice cultivation and physiology since he returned to China after studying abroad in Japan. Prof. Yun-Kuei Yang got the PhD from USA in 1933 and came back to establish maize genetic breeding research in our school. Both of them had served as the President of our school and led the crop science research with the international outlook.
In the last decades, with openness and inclusiveness, we pursued rigorous scholarship and have made great contributions in genetic breeding and cultivation of maize, wheat and rice. We trained a large number of scientists including two academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Prof. Kaida Zhou and Prof. Tingzhao Rong, and many distinguished alumni, like the four Chinese speakers of this symposium. The outstanding contribution of Prof. Chi Yen in Triticeae research has been renowned in global academic community. International communication and collaboration were indispensable to achieve these progresses. We advocate the open strategy of “bringing in and going out”. We always encourage our faculty and students to communicate with international academia. All speakers of this symposium have collaboration with us. Some of our faculty had been supervised by them while studying abroad.
Dear friends! Our symposium is closing. However, it is not the end but the starting point. We will continue to be open and inclusive. We will dedicate to reformation and innovation. We will strengthen international communication and collaboration. We are looking forward to meeting more international scientists and long-term collaboration. We will continue to send our faculty and students out for studying abroad. We will devote to improving our research quality and contribute to dealing with food and agricultural crisis caused by global climate change, as well as scientist training in crop science.
Lastly, thanks again to all speakers, participants and symposium staff. I now declare this symposium closed.