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Plants and Future: BGI is Making the World Greener

July 23-29, 2017

July 23-29, 2017

The 19th IBC in Shenzhen, themed “Green and Future”

BGI Collaborates with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Authorized by the International Association of Botanical and Mycological Societies (IABMS), the International Botanical Congress (IBC) is the largest international conference in the fields related to plant sciences. It is held once every six years in locations that rotate among different countries. The IBC not only brings together scientists from many countries/regions, but also from the many disciplines that encompass the plant sciences, including mycology, ecology, agriculture, horticulture, systematics, etc. The congresses provide valuable opportunities for plant scientists from around the world to share new research findings and ideas, to establish international collaborations and to make new friendships and renew old ones.

BGI, the largest research center of genome, showcased its work at IBC and shared research outcomes with the global audience. BGI demonstrated how genome technologies and big data can contribute to biodiversity and agricultural research as well as sustainable development.

BGI held 19 seminars, one public report and one keynote report during the event, focusing on orphan crops digitalization, nutrition-intensive crop breeding, and diversified sequencing. BGI shared details of studies by the large-scale genome system on eukaryotic origin, algal genome, adaptability of land plants, biological nitrogen fixation, diversity and the evolution of C4 photosynthesis.