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Syngenta demonstrates leadership at the World Soybean Research Conference


Syngenta is a sponsor and participant of the 8th World Soybean Research Conference held in Beijing from August 10 to 15. Representatives from Syngenta NAFTA Seeds, SBI and SBC attended the event. Syngenta logo was printed on the cover of the conference notebook, and over 1, 000 copies of “grow more from less” flyers were distributed among the professional audience.


Dr. Glenn Bowers, Southern Head of Soybean PD, Syngenta NAFTA Seeds delivered a speech on Wednesday on “Biotechnology and the Environment: Are GM soybeans a Sustainable Choice?”. Dr. Que Qiudeng, Senior Research Scientist, Syngenta Biotechnology Inc., as the Chair of the Symposium of Genomics, made a presentation on “Novel Agrobacterium-Mediated Immature Seed Transformation Method for Large -Scale Transgenic Soybean Production”. Guoqun Hu, IP Attorney for Syngenta Biotechnology China gave a talk on “Intellectual Property Protection for Plant-related Inventions in China” on Friday, in which he introduced the Chinese Plant Variety Protection system and patent system to a broad audience.


Held every five years, the WSRC is a premier international conference, providing a unique platform for scientists from around the world to share the latest research. It also allows participants to meet with leading players in the soybean industry, enabling valuable discussions on how novel technologies can contribute to agriculture sustainability. It was the first time that the WSRC took place in China.


Co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Crop Science Society of China, the WSRC VIII covered a range of topics from soybean germplasm, genetics and breeding, biotechnology, physiology and crop management, plant protection, to soybean storage and processing, and more. This year, the program was extended to include a Soybean Industry Forum aiming at "developing a global blueprint for a safe, secure, and sustainable supply of soy for food, feed, fuel, and fiber", which was the overall theme of the WSRC VIII. At the forum participants discussed various issues concerning the development of the soybean industry, including international trade, biotechnology, IP protection, sustainable farming practices, food safety and quality management.


"China is among the largest countries of soybean production and consumption, and the place of origin of the crop,” says Dr. Jihong Liang, Head of Research Programs & Business Development for Syngenta Biotechnology China. “As a global leader in soybean research and development, Syngenta is committed to working with the global scientific community to unlock the tremendous nutritional and economical potentials of the crop. This conference offers a great opportunity for us to exchange learning and ideas with soybean researchers from across the world.”