Month: January 2020

Chinese pavillion at Cairo book fair

Egypt opened on Wednesday the 51st Cairo International Book Fair CIBF, the largest and oldest book fair in the Middle East and the second worldwide after Germany’s Frankfurt Book Fair, featuring 808 pavilions and 900 publishing houses. China contributes a 90-meter wide pavilion, decorated with big red lanterns. Prices of books translated from Chinese vary […]

Chinese consortium wins tender to upgrade railway line in Namibia

Three Chinese companies, China Gezhouba Group, Qingjian Group and Unik Construnction Engineering, have won contracts to upgrade the railway line between Walvis Bay and Kranzberg, Namibia. The project is being funded through part of a loan secured by the Namibian government from the African Development Bank. Chinese companies have completed infrastructure projects in Namibia including […]

CAS Institute of Microbiology launches national service system for new coronavirus typing

The service provides information on the first new virus strain isolated in China by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, electron micrographs, novel nucleic acid detection primers and probe sequences. It integrates global coronavirus genes and genomic big data, and helps to establish a global coronavirus data platform. Voice broadcast, CAS Institute of Microbiology

Ministry of Agriculture intends to implement digital agriculture plan by 2025

The plan will build a digital resource system with five types of data:  agricultural natural resources important agricultural varieties resources rural collective assets rural housing bases, farmers and new farmers, and  digital agriculture It is designed to promote computerization of cultivation industry, smarter livestock industry, smarter fisheries, digitalization of seed industry, diversification of new business […]

CAS President announces 1.5 billion US$ investments for new facilities and major equipment

During a meeting on January 18, 2020, CAS president BAI Chunli announced that the CAS plans for the world’s largest high-energy synchrotron in Beijing’s Huairou district. With other major equipment and 11 new scientific and educational facilities in the park, total investment will sum up to 10.4 billion CN¥ or 1.5 billion US$. The academy […]

China has established 121,000 hydrological observation points for flood countermeasures, many for quality control

According to a press conference of the Ministry of Water Affairs, China has now established a network of hydrological observatories of its large rivers and their major tributaries, for flood countermeasures and water quality control. Observation points now number 121,000, with 3,154 stations, 14,286 surface water quality stations and 26,550 groundwater quality stations. Japan JST […]

Photosynthetic capacity at night makes “mile-a-minute” weed a particularily harmful invasive plant

Mikania micrantha, dubbed “mile-a-minute” weed, is one of the top 100 worst invasive species and one of the most harmful invasive plants, also in south China. WAN Fanghao, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and colleagues have prepared a 1.79 Gb reference chromosome map and have shown that half of the genome is composed of long terminal repeat retrotransposons, including […]

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