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March 04, 2009

Chinese agro-institute announces global workshop on potato disease-detection

1. Objectives

China's research achievements in seed potato quality-detection and other advanced practical techniques will be shared among the participants. This is to promote the techniques on potato disease-detection in China to the world, as well as the extension and application of its products in developing countries. It will also enhance the capability of resolving problems in potato cultivation in developing countries, so as to strengthen the cooperation and international communication between them and China.

2. Courses offered

* Potato virus detection techniques;

* Potato viroid detection techniques;

* Potato variety purity identification techniques;

* Potato fungi detection techniques;

* Potato bacteria detection techniques.

3. Organizer:

Supervision & Testing Center for Virus-free Seed Potatoes Quality of Ministry of Agriculture of China (Harbin) (hereinafter referred as Center. Harbin is not only the center of politics, economy, education and culture for Heilongjiang province, but also the most important city for potato production.

The Supervision & Testing center established by Virus-free Seedling Research Institute of Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences in 2001, is a quality control and testing center, authenticated by Ministry of Agriculture of China and legalized by China Metrology Accreditation (CMA) in 2001.

The Center is a non-profit and public welfare technical service department. Its duties include virus-free seed potato quality testing, arbitration testing, sample testing from markets, field inspection, study and reversion of quality control and test standards. Its duties also extend to technical consultation and training, etc.

4. Methods

The training program will be carried out interactively, including multimedia lectures, experimention, demonstration, free discussions, etc.

5. Working Language


6. Application details

In order to ensure high training quality, no more than 20 students from developing countries will be taken for the workshop. Priority will be given goes to early applicants. A maximum of four (4) participants from each particiapating country will be accepted. The applicants shall be capable of communicating freely in English, with at least 5 years working experience in agriculture.

Fill in the “Application Form for 2009 International Training Workshop on Potato Diseases Detection Techniques,” which can be requested by writing an email to:

7. Expenses

1. International travel expenses shall be borne by the participants themselves (round-trip tickets between his/her home country and Harbin Airport or Harbin Railway Station of China).

2. Accommodations, group traveling and insurance in Harbin will be taken care of by the Chinese government and all the participants will stay at the same place. However, participants are advised to take some money with themselves for personal expenses such as phone calls, daily necessities and so on.

8. Location and dates

Location: Virus-free Seedling Research Institute of Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Supervision & Testing Center for Virus-free Seed Potato Quality of Chinese Ministry of Agriculture(Harbin)

Course Dates: August 21-September 09, 2009.

Closing date of application: June 30, 2009.

9. Contact Information

Our Center assumes responsibility for holding “International Training Workshop on Potato Diseases Detection Techniques” from Ministry of Science and Technology of P.R. China. It has successfully held “2008 International Training Workshop on Potato Diseases Detection Techniques” and will continuously carry out this plan in the future.

You are welcome to contact us for further training plans, joint research projects as well as academic exchanges.

Address: No. 368 Xuefu Road, Nangang District, Heilongjiang Province, P.R. China.
Postal code: 150086

Coordinators: Liu Weiting, Guo Mei, Ma Ji, Li Xuezhan

Tel: 86-451-86619234; 86-451-86682318;

Mobile:86-138 4512 9354

Fax: 86-451-86619234


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