On September 24, 2020, the seminar and field tour on soybean gene pool basic population establishment and elite germplasm creation were held in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province. Prof. Gai Junyi, Soybean Scientist of Nanjing Agricultural University and Academician of CAE, Prof. Han Tianfu, Chief Scientist of the National Soybean Industry Technology System and about 70 team members and post scientists of the system participated in the event. The meeting was chaired by Li Yan, director of the Cereal and Oil Crops Institute. Vice President Zhang Jianjun attended the meeting and congratulated its opening on behalf of Hebei Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences. Vice Director Zheng Fulu, Science and Technology Division of Hebei Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Vice Director Dong Haiyue, Planting Industry Division of Hebei Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs attended the meeting as well.
During the meeting, participants visited the experiment field for gene pool basic population and recurrent selective breeding at Mazhuang experiment station, Shijiazhuang.
At the seminar, Academician Gai Junyi and Chief Scientist Han Tianfu fully affirmed the work of the soybean research team of Hebei Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences. He pointed out, the genetic basis of soybean recurrent selecting population is very rich, introducing our excellent germplasm resources into the natural population and forming the germplasm gene pool and preserving these genes in an open planting system are of great significance for exploring various favorable genes to serve the breeding needs of different ecological regions and to enhance the competitiveness of our soybean industry. Prof. Gai also contributed directive suggestions to each post expert.