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July 2017 ，Shenzhen, China, the Global Genome Biodiversity Network workshop on Linking DNA and tissue collections in Asia was successfully held by GGBN (Global Genome Biodiversity Network) and the China National GeneBank—BGI. Hundred guests and delegates from more than 50 organizations in 15 countries attended the meeting.
At the beginning of the workshop, professor Yang Huanming, co-founder of BGI Group and current chairman of BGI-Research, delivered a welcome speech to all participants on behalf of China National GeneBank.
Professor Ole Seberg, the chair of GGBN executive committee, made an introduction speech to GGBN, which made attendees impressed and interested in this international network platform. To illustrate its structure and function more clearly, Dr. Jonathan Coddington, the director of Global Genome Initiative, represented GGBN executive committee to make the presentation which focused on GGBN Data Portal and Data Standard. Moreover, both GGBN’s support on ABS and GGBN Document Library are introduced directly by Katie Barker, the program Manager of GGBN.
ABS(Access and Benefit Sharing), one of the most significant topics in the workshop, launched different presentation among speakers. Dr. Liu Dongmei from Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences took Nagoya Protocol as the springboard to show Chinese national strategy for biodiversity conservation and the legal measures of international cooperation. In addition, as the director of Bioversity International China Office, Dr. Zhang Zongwen demonstrated Chinese policies, procedures and practices of crop genetic resources’ ABS issue.
During the meeting, Dr. Xu xun, Director of BGI-Research and Executive Director of China National GeneBank, concentrated on Genome Big Data for Biodiversity and Agriculture through China National GeneBank’s various research project such as 1000 plant transcriptome project and Ginkgo biloba’ s genome project. The speech received positive responses and discussion from delegates due to the bio-genome project including Digital Seeds for Better Agriculture and Digital Lives for Better Earth being announced.
In the two-day-sessions, various local and foreign biodiversity expert took part in the keynote speech of the preservation and research on biodiversity, including Wei Fuwei, the deputy director of Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Wang Qingfeng, the director of Sino-Africa Joint Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Li Shule, the researcher from China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation; Nakamura Yasukazu, the database manager of DDBJ (DNA Data Bank of Japan) and various scholars from Korea, Vietnam, Pakistan, India, Thailand and Bangladesh. In the meantime, the rapid development of China National GeneBank obtained accordant appreciation from all participants.
China National GeneBank persistently focuses on global biodiversity genome preservation as a core member of GGBN. Aimed at provide a platform for long-term preservation of non-human genomic samples in Asia, the Global Genome Biodiversity Network workshop helps to build up mutual benefit and win-win situation for Asian non-human biodiversity network with the most advanced global technology and concept. In the future, China National GeneBank will continue to work with GGBN on global biodiversity network establishment and bio-resources sharing.