Seed Science Center Scientist and Senior Engineer Yuh-Yuan Shyy hosted a delegation of 12 senior scientists from the Jilin Academy of Agricultural Sciences (JAAS) in Ames August 7-25, 2017. The group from Jilin, China, traveled to Iowa State to study about agriculture, seed science, and the seed industry.
Led by JAAS Vice President Qiyun Li, the delegation included scientists from the academy’s corn, crop germplasm sciences, and environmental research institutes.
Faculty and staff from Iowa State, the USDA, and others provided lectures for the group on seed quality and production, seed health and conditioning, GMO risk, germplasm management, maize and sorghum breeding, soybeans, modern breeding technologies, and grain quality and utilization.
While in Iowa, the delegates attended an ISU Horticulture Field Day and visited ISU’s Research and Demonstration Farm, BioCentury Research Farm, and Schnable Lab. They also toured the USDA Plant Introduction Station and visited Syngenta, DuPont Pioneer, Stine Seeds, and the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board.
Shyy was responsible for operation of the delegation’s program and designing the training agenda. He worked with ISU Global Program Director Denise Bjelland who facilitated the group’s lodging and logistics.