September 3, Dr. Yulin Jia consulted with Dr. Mujeebur Rahman Khan, Professor of Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India to serve as the foreign examiner for a dissertation of his PhD student. As per Academic Ordinances of the university, the Ph.D. thesis is evaluated by three experts, one from an advanced country (foreign examiner) and two within the country (Indian examiners).
September 8, Dr. Yulin Jia consulted with Dr. James Correll, Professor of Plant Pathology of University of Arkansas to host a discussion and tour with three rice pathologists, Chang-Hsin Kuo, National Chiayi University, Chung Wen-Hsin and Yicheng Chen from National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan. Dr. Jia presented an update of ARS research on rice blast and sheath blight diseases, and ideas for collaboration subsequently led a tour the ARS facility.
September 10 and September 18, Dr. Yulin Jia consulted with Dr. Muthusamy Manoharan, Director of Regulatory Science Center, Associate Professor of Department of Agriculture, University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff (UA PB) to attend a thesis proposal of Mr. Suresh Pokhrel for his master of science as a member of thesis examining and supervising committee. Before seminar, Dr. Jia also supervised blast inoculation and evaluation of rice materials at a UA Pine Bluff laboratory.
September 15, Dr. Yulin Jia consulted with John Ridenour, a graduate student of Department of Plant Pathology to meet with Dr. Richard Wilson, an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska. Additional participants for discussions were Johnathon Smith, UA Plant pathology, Dr. Jeremy Edwards (ARS) and Dr. Yeshi Wamishe of University of Arkansas cooperative extension service, Stuttgart, AR. Subsequently, Dr. Jia led a tour of Plant Pathology lab of DBNRRC.
September 15, Dr. Yulin Jia consulted with Dr. Mike Stout, professor of Louisiana State University for blast infection of adult plants during an investigation of the effect of blast infection on susceptibility of rice to fall armyworm.
September 16, Dr. Anna McClung provided an overview of the research being conducted at the DBNRRC to a group of 6 representatives from the Federal Grain Inspection Service offices in Washington and Louisiana. A tour of the facility was provided with special stops in the grain chemistry, genomics, and germplasm evaluation laboratories.
September 22, Dr. Yulin Jia attended a qualification examination of a PhD candidate Felix Rotich of Department of Plant Pathology, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville with Dr. Yeshi Wamishe, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, and Dr. Klaus Scheuermann, a visiting scientist from Brazil.
During September, 800 rice accessions from the Genetics Stocks Oryza (GSOR) collection were distributed to researchers in the USA and Taiwan.
During the last 12 months 2,149 rice accessions were distributed through the NPGS (Aberdeen, ID) to such countries as Bhutan, Canada, Chile, China, France, India, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and U.S. Although the seed is distributed from the Idaho storage center, all rice accessions are rejuvenated and characterized at DBNRRC using summer or winter (in Lajas, Puerto Rico) nursery facilities.