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Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity

Overview of Project

The Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity (CRCNPB) has developed memoranda of understanding with two leading Chinese science agencies and a university to mount joint research programs aimed at curbing losses of grain and other vital crops to insects, moulds and plant diseases. Worldwide losses to insects and moulds are between 8 and 20% of global annual grain harvest – enough food to feed every hungry person on the planet.

Key Outcomes of Project

The initial research focus of the new collaboration will be in:
• Diagnostics including the timely identification of plant pests and diseases.
• The management of pests in stored grain.
• The aim is to reduce the losses incurred by insects and moulds, but without resorting to increased use of fumigants and other chemicals used in food production.

Project Dates

01 Jan 2013 - 01 Jan 2014


Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine
Chinese Academy of State Administration of Grain
Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University

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