At the invitation of Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Prof. Li Junlan, Prof. Geng Junyi and Prof. Guo Baosheng from Cotton Research Institute of HAAFS visited the CSIRO Black Mountain site and Australian Cotton Research Institute from May 5 to 10, 2019.
During the stay in Black Mountain Site, the delegation met with Dr. Filomena Pettolino, Dr. Danny Llewellyn, Iain Wilson and Dr. Zhu Ganhao, listened to their introduction on the research progresses of molecular marker-assisted selection of cotton disease resistant materials and application of transgenic breeding, respectively. At Australian Cotton Research Institute (Narabrai), the visitors met in succession with cotton breeders Dr.Warwick Stiller and Dr.Liu Shiming, cotton field plant nutrition expert Jon Baird, director of the Northern Summer Crop Center Rod Jackson, cotton field soil and planting system expert Dr. Michael Braunack, cotton field plant pathology expert Dr. Duy Le et al. The two sides also had an in-depth and extensive exchange of views on cotton disease resistance, high quality and high yield machine-picked variety breeding, cotton field irrigation and cotton drought resistance research, soil and fertilizer management, cotton field pest monitoring and prevention, etc. Meanwhile, the delegation also visited the seed processing plant and seed testing laboratory of the Australian Seed Company, Mr. Brett Rose introduced the seed production and quality control system in Australia.
Through this visit, we learned about the latest development of cotton research in Australia as well as the advanced technologies in cotton production management and seed processing through exchange. We discussed with Australian experts on disease resistance breeding and mechanized breeding technology and reached a preliminary cooperative intention.