President Zhang Tielong attended and addressed the 11th Huang-Huai-Hai region soybean breeding cooperative network conference, which was held in Shijiazhuang from March 28-30 of 2019. The conference was organized by Institute of Oil and Cereal Crops and chaired by vice-director of the institute Prof. Li Hui. 268 participants from 15 provinces (municipalities) were presented at the meeting.
Zhang extended congratulations to the 10th anniversary of the soybean breeding cooperative network, affirmed the ten-year contributions of the network and raised higher hopes for cooperative units and soybean breeding. Prof. Zhang Mengchen, honorary director of the network, reviewed the history of development of the cooperative network in the past ten years. The conference invited Prof. Ge Junyi, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Prof. Han Tianfu, chief scientist of the national soybean industry technology system, Prof. Wang Huijun, former president of Hebei Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, and Prof. Ma Zhiying, vice-president of Hebei Agricultural University, to give keynote reports.
The conference also organized Youth Forum, 12 young scientists had given presentations, experts made comments for each report and selected out first, second, third and encourage prize. Dr. Na Ren from Institute of Oil and Cereal Crops got first prize and graduate student Tong Ya from same institute got second prize. The network's main tasks in 2019 had been arranged and deployed during the meeting.