Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences opens laboratory in Brazil

9 August 2012

The virtual laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Brazil officially opened Wednesday in Brasilia during a ceremony held at Brazil’s Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock and Supplies, the Brazilian press reported.

The virtual laboratory, which is the result of a partnership between the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Brazilian Agri-livestock Research Company (Embrapa), is part of scientific cooperation between the two countries and is intended to share knowledge and technology in the agricultural sector in order to increase production and productivity.

The chairman of Embrapa, Pedro Arraes said that the main aim for Brazil in this partnership was exchange, characterization and evaluation of genetic vegetable resources and China’s Minister for Science and Technology, Wan Gang said that the Chinese institution planned to boost exchange of research in advanced biology, in areas such as molecular biology and genetic modification.

In April 2011 President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated the Embrapa virtual laboratory (Labex China) in China at the headquarters of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, in Beijing.

Labex China is Embrapa’s fourth virtual laboratory set up in the world’s main centres for research.

The initiative, which is intended to encourage scientific cooperation with other countries, was launched in 1998 when the Labex United States laboratory was opened, which was followed by laboratories in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and South Korea. (macauhub)