Seeks more prominent role in global barcoding community
The Memorandum was signed on May 29th, 2012 at the Kunming Institute of Botany in Yunnan with representatives of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Science and Technology in attendance.
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Prof. Dezhu Li, director of the Kunming Institute of Botany, signed on behalf of the Chinese National iBOL Committee and Dr. Pete Hollingsworth, chair of the iBOL Scientific Steering Committee Executive, represented iBOL.
Among the dignitaries at the signing ceremony were: Prof. Ronghui Su, deputy director, and Dr. Zhiping Lou, division head of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Bureau of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Prof. Qingli Wang, president of Academy's Kunming Branch, and Dr. Wenjun Chen, head of Department of Basic Research at the Ministry of Science and Technology. The signing ceremony was chaired by Prof. Wang Wen, deputy director of the Kunming Institute of Zoology.
In his address Prof. Ronghui pointed out that, as a new technology for species identification, DNA barcoding has great value for both science and society. The Chinese Academy of Sciences is a main driver of DNA barcoding in China, he said. Guided by the Chinese National iBOL Committee, academic institutions have made strong progress in many fields of barcoding science. They implemented standardized techniques for molecular experiments and developed molecular markers for animals, seed plants, fungi as well as other microorganisms. China has also made great strides in building core facilities including a BOLD mirror system and a data mining platform.
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According to Dr. Wenjun Chen, the Ministry of Science and Technology as the major official funding agency of basic research in China, plays a pivotal role in the development of the country's DNA barcoding effort. The ministry has already funded projects to standardize technology, to construct an informatics system for DNA barcoding of several important organism groups, to support DNA barcoding of natural reserves, and efforts to barcode the fishes of China.
Prof. Wenjun said that the Ministry will continue to work with the Academy of Science and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to further support iBOL activities in China and to ensure that Chinese scientists play a more prominent role in the international barcoding community.