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WSU, Chinese company to collaborate on ag research


By Craig Lawson, International Programs

SHENZHEN, China – Research and economic development in agriculture will be advanced thanks to a memorandum of understanding signed today between Washington State University and BGI, one of the world’s largest genomics companies.

“This MOU establishes the beginning of a long-term strategic partnership that will lead to the two institutions jointly addressing global food security issues,” said Asif Chaudhry, WSU vice president for international programs. “This fits particularly well with WSU’s grand research challenges in the areas of sustaining health and sustainable resources.”

Chaudhry signed the document with Huanming Yang, chairman of BGI.

“By working with each other, BGI and WSU will certainly improve human health and agricultural economics and accelerate new agriculture industry development,” said Yonghong Mei, chairman and CEO of BGI Agriculture Group.

According to the agreement, WSU and BGI will cooperate on a strategic level in efforts to establish and conduct programs and activities of basic and applied research, technology and information transfer and economic development.

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