A China-UK consortium to reduce environmental pollution with novel grass varieties

Lead Research Organisation: Aberystwyth University
Department Name: IBERS

Abstract

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Description Potential Cadmium tolerance in IBERS bred grass
Exploitation Route This is a BBSRC China Partnership Award and we continue to collaboration with our Chinese partners and intend to submit a grant application for further research funding
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment,Healthcare

 
Description Publicity in National press: China Daily
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Environment
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Chinese Government Scholarship 
Organisation Sichuan University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supervised a 1 Year visit by Masters student Yajuan Cheng (2015-2016) Sichuan University
Collaborator Contribution Funding through a Chinese Government Scholarship for travel and subsistence for 1 year research at Aberystwyth University
Impact Two publications: (1) Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (2016) 4(89): 1-12 (2) Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution (2016) DOI 10,1007/s10722-015-0324-5
Start Year 2015
 
Description Chinese Partners 
Organisation Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution IBERS Aberystwyth University has: (I) provided Festulolium, perennial ryegrass, and meadow fescue seed for Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Science for experimentation on cadmium tolerance leading to a joint publication. (2) hosted two workshops for Chinese Universities and Institutes (3) organised a scheme for a high impact joint publication on comparisons on grassland agriculture developments and priorities in UK and China
Collaborator Contribution (1) Hosted a workshop at Shanxi Agricultural University attended by 3 IBERS researchers (2015) (2) Hosted a workshop at Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Science (BAAFS) (2016) (3) Dr Guo (BAAFS) lead author on a joint research publication on cadmium tolerance found in Festulolium (2017)
Impact Publication: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 112 (2017) 270-277
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with Chinese partners in funded research projects 
Organisation Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Visit by Dr Scullion to BAAFS in June 2017 to discuss his involvement in two research projects awarded to BAAFS.
Collaborator Contribution BAAFS funded and hosted the visit separately from the collaboration grant.
Impact No formal impact as yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Hosted visit by research leaders from BAAFS 
Organisation Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funding for expenses in the UK and meetings with range of research staff in IBERS, including those working in areas directly and indirectly related to the initial project scope.
Collaborator Contribution Time and travel costs of visiting researchers
Impact COFUND application for visiting Research Fellow Dr Chen Chao - result pending
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting research fellow 
Organisation Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hosting visiting researcher from BAAFS to work on soil metals-plant root interactions
Collaborator Contribution Funded bench fee, travel and subsistence costs for visiting researcher Dr Yi Zhu
Impact Three papers in preparation - one on plant responses to different concentrations of metals in layers of varying thickness (Environmental Pollution) and two others on methylation responses in roots to metal exposure and to the presence of roots to one another.
Start Year 2017