Peking University has established the College of Modern Agriculture Science to launch first-class agricultural science research, and cultivate talent for the country’s agricultural development. Xu Zhihong from the Chinese Academy of Sciences was appointed as dean of the college…Full Article: Xinhua Jan 2018

Key Point

  • Peking University’s College of Modern Agriculture Science will contain the departments of Crop Genetics and Developmental Biology, Agricultural Biotechnology Science, Agricultural Economics and Management, and Food Safety and Nutrition.

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  • In October 2016, a professor of Economics at Peking University noted that the relaxation of China’s one-child policy would likely increase the number of births by an average of 2.5 million births per year. This would equate into an additional CNY 75 billion (USD 11.1 billion) in consumption expenditures.
  • In November 2015, Sinica, a subsidiary of the Jiangsu-based Boyalife Group, signed an agreement with the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA to establish a cloning center. The Tianjin cloning center will be built by a consortium including by Sinica, Peking University’s Institute of Molecular Medicine, the Tianjin International Joint Academy of Biomedicine, and the Republic of Korea’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation. Once operational, the center will produce 100,000 cattle embryos annually, with the target goal of expanding to 1 million embryos. Sinica specializes on stem cell research and regenerative medicine.
  • In December 2007, DuPont formed a joint venture with Beijing Weiming Kaituo Agriculture Biotechnology Co., Ltd. (BWK) to develop genetically modified crops. Peking University and its affiliate, Peking University Weiming Biotech Group Co., Ltd., are stakeholders in BWK.

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