Washington State University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese genomics company, BGI to partner in agriculture research.
Vice President of International Programs Dr. Asif Chaudhry said working with BGI could give University researchers a 10-year advantage.
“The possibility of bringing additional technology to do additional research and perhaps variation of crops which would be helpful and useful for production in this part of the world, giving economic benefit to our farmers in the Pacific Northwest and especially in the Palouse.”
The first research project will be on millets and the benefits they can bring to farmers in breaking disease cycles, helping with soil and much more.
Chaudhry said BGI choose Washington State because WSU is one of the best ag research facilities in the country.
“We as a region, especially Washington state has a role to play to deal with a global issue of food security. And since Washington State University is looking at the grand challenged and key issues we work on, one of them being global food security, they’re going to play a very significant role in dealing with a global challenge and a global issue and that is a very unique and special thing.”
Chaudhry noted that they could see the testing and research portion of the partnership begin as early as the next crop cycle.
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