Researchers in Xianyang in China and Kent in the United Kingdom have made interesting discoveries about disease in strawberries.
The joint research effort between Northwest A&F University and NIAB EMR discovered new strains of strawberry disease Verticillium wilt.
This will help growers to plant varieties that are more resistant to the disease than previous crops.
The story is the latest in a series of recent developments in British and Chinese agricultural cooperation.
In what was hailed as an exciting and innovative partnership between Xisen Potato Group and James Hutton Limited, £3 million was invested by the Chinese firm in a new potato research center in Shandong Province.
It is hoped that the center will be able to breed new varieties of potato, which are apparently the fourth most important crop in China.
The new varieties will apparently not only be bigger – but also more appealing to the eye.
Just as importantly, however, the new center will be aiming to research ways in which the resistance of potatoes to pests and diseases can be improved.
The 2018 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference is scheduled for April 8 to 11 in Boao, Hainan Province. The forum will be themed "An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity."
— The Daily Mail - People's Daily