The UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN) is a unique mechanism established by the Chinese and UK Governments in 2008 to provide a coherent framework for carrying out sustainable agriculture cooperation activities. Its objectives are to: (i) stimulate innovative thinking and research on all aspects of sustainable agriculture; (ii) communicate information on sustainable agriculture issues and disseminate best practice to key audiences; and (iii) contribute to global sustainability through wider sharing of expertise between developed and emerging economies. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Knowledge Sharing and Mutual Learning Platform has been established to: (i) support the implementation of UK China cooperation initiatives in agriculture, food and environment sectors; (ii) promote cross-disciplinary collaborations; (iii) enhance communication and engagement amongst existing initiatives and stakeholders to maximize synergies and support policy development; and (iv) foster new cooperative partnerships.

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August 19, 2018

Seeding a New Green Revolution

Researchers at the University of Oxford and the Chinese Academy of Sciences discover a new gene which improves yields of cereal crops such as wheat and rice, using less fertilizer. “Elite crops” can be grown to maintain their current high yields with less fertilizer, according to a paper published online this week in Nature. The new study led by Professor Xiangdong Fu from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Beijing, and Professor Nicholas Harberd from the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford, and part-funded by the BBSRC-Newton Fund Rice Initiative, have discovered a gene with the potential to reach sustainable global food security by understanding of how plants metabolize nitrogen. The worldwide “Green Revolution” began in the 1960s and saw yearly increases in global cereal grain yields. The revolution was fuelled by the development of new high-yielding dwarfed varieties of cereal, known as Green Revolution Varieties or GRVs. These dwarfed varieties still dominate today’s wheat and rice crops. Because they are dwarfed they have shorter stems, and give relatively greater yields than the taller plants they replaced. They are also less susceptible to yield-losses from wind and rain damage. But the growth of GRVs requires farmers to use large amounts of nitrogen-containing fertilizers on their fields. These fertilizers are costly to farmers, and cause extensive damage to the natural environment. The crops themselves are less efficient at using nitrogen — a side effect of a growth-inhibiting protein called DELLA.  This means farmers must apply high doses of environmentally unfriendly, nitrogen-based fertilizers to compensate. The researchers in this project compared 36 different dwarfed rice varieties and identified a new natural gene variant that increases […]

April 05, 2018

Funding opportunity: China-UK AMR Partnership Hubs 2018

The UK Cross Research Council AMR Initiative and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are pleased to invite proposals to the China-UK AMR Partnership Hubs under the umbrella of the Newton Fund. This initiative will provide funding for high quality collaborative research partnerships focused on addressing the growing global burden of antimicrobial resistance, specifically antibacterial resistance in China. In total, up to £8m will be made available for this initiative on the UK side with up to 10 million RMB per Partnership Hub from NSFC. Key Dates Closing Date for investigators to indicate their intention to submit a proposal 30 April 2018 Deadline for investigators to submit proposal 14 June 2018 External Peer Review 2 July – 14 September 2018 PI response to peer reviews 17 September – 24 September Panel Meeting w/c 15 October 2018

April 03, 2018

UK-China collaboration to tackle antimicrobial resistance

UK researchers can apply for a share of up to £10 million for joint projects with Chinese partners to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Competition opens: Tuesday 3 April 2018 Registration closes: Wednesday 30 May 2018 12:00pm The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is working with Innovate UK to invest up to £10 million of Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding. This will be in bilateral research and development (R&D) projects between the UK and China. The funding will address the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This competition is for innovative projects that support the development and, where appropriate, clinical evaluation of new products or services. These products or services must be of value in addressing the threat from AMR. The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) will invest up to 60 million RMB to fund the Chinese partners. UK applicants must demonstrate that projects are primarily and directly relevant to the needs of people in low and middle income countries (LMICs), including China, as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). There must be a clear economic and societal benefit to LMICs from their proposed project.


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