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Visiting FAO dignitary promotes collaboration in agricultural biotechnology

April 21, 2007

Juan Izquierdo, Senior Crop Production Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO, visited CIMMYT’s El Batán research station on Thursday 19 April 2007. His discussions with center management and staff focused on the Drought Research Consortium of REDBIO, a technical cooperation network for agricultural biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean launched in 2005 with participation of CIMMYT. He expressed particular interest in the application of plant breeding and biotechnology tools within integrated plant breeding programs, work that CIMMYT is intensively pursuing at present. Among other things, Izquierdo extended a broad invitation for center staff to the upcoming REDBIO symposium, “VI Encuentro Latinoamericano de Biotecnologia Agropecuaria,” to be held in Viña del Mar, Chile, 22-26 October 2007.


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