Xinhua media + | seed industry innovation: what happened? Overall consideration should be given to conventional breeding and biological breeding
Zhang Taolin, vice minister of agriculture and rural areas, said at the 2021 China Seed Conference and Silicon Valley Forum on Southern Breeding held in Sanya on Monday that conventional breeding and biological breeding should be promoted in a systematic way, instead of neglecting one or the other. At present, the innovation and application of modern biological breeding should be emphasized on the premise of maintaining the advantages of conventional breeding.
The picture shows the scene of 2021 China Seed Conference and South Propagation Silicon Valley Forum. (Xinhua/Yuan Yongdong)
Zhang Taolin pointed out that conventional breeding is the basis of variety improvement, and during the 13th Five-Year Plan period, more than 80 percent of approved varieties in China were selected through conventional breeding. Modern biotechnology can create breeding materials on the basis of conventional breeding and improve the orientation and precision of breeding. Conventional breeding and biological breeding should be comprehensively and systematically promoted, and one should not be neglected.
He said that ensuring the safety of national grain and important agricultural products as the core task of variety innovation, give full play to the advantages of conventional breeding, the use of biological breeding technology, speed up the cultivation of high yield, high efficiency, green quality, water saving and feeding, suitable for machinery and other multifunctional, diversified varieties to meet the requirements of agricultural seed improvement. On the basis of respecting science and strict supervision, the industrial application of biological breeding should be promoted in an orderly way and breakthroughs should be made in key core technologies. (Journalist Luo Jiang Yu Wenjing)
Zhang Qifa, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, delivered a keynote speech during the forum. Xinhua News Agency reporter Zhao Yingquan
The forum set up a booth to show new crop seeds to the participants. (Xinhua/Yuan Yongdong)