On October 30, 2018 the delegation of the National Organization for Agricultural and Food Research of Japan (NARO) visited the Rosselkhoznadzor subordinate FGBI “VNIIKR”. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The main topic of the international meeting was the control of major pathogens and insect pests of potatoes using sustainable genetic resources.
Director of the All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center Alexander Sapozhnikov told the Japanese colleagues about the activities of the Center and its priority areas of development.
In response the Japanese experts showed the results of their research on Candidatus Liberibacter species and the methods for detection and identification of this bacterium, which are being developed by Japanese scientists at the moment. Special attention of the NARO experts was paid to Ca. L. solanacearum, because this species affects solanaceous plants, including potatoes, which is highly significant in the Japanese culture.
After the meeting the NARO representatives had an opportunity to visit the laboratories of the Testing Expert Center of the FGBI VNIIKR, familiarize themselves with the research methods used by the Institute, and personally assess the high level of laboratory equipment and competence of the institute's specialists.
In conclusion the NARO representatives who noted that the research activities of the FGBI "VNIIKR" scientists went ahead, expressed their extreme interest in the development of scientific and practical cooperation.
The All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center is an advanced scientific, methodological and practical center of the Rosselkhoznadzor in the field of plant quarantine. It regularly participates in international processes on scientific and regulatory interaction, and it is an internationally recognized arbitration expert center.