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New science links to China will benefit NZ

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Science arrangement: A joint handshake to mark the signing. People involved being Dr John Dyer of AgResearch (right), Vice Dean of CAU College of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering, Professor Shuntang Guo (middle) and the Chief Scientist of COFCO’s Nutrition and Health Research Institute Dr Xinghe Niu (left). Science arrangement: A joint handshake to mark the signing. People involved being Dr John Dyer of AgResearch (right), Vice Dean of CAU College of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering, Professor Shuntang Guo (middle) and the Chief Scientist of COFCO’s Nutrition and Health Research Institute Dr Xinghe Niu (left). COFCO

AgResearch intends to form a joint international research centre with China’s largest state–owned food company and largest university research department specialising in food science and nutrition.

A Collaboration Arrangement was signed earlier this year in Beijing with the Nutrition and Health Research Institute (NHRI) within the China Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO), and with the College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering (CFSNE) of China Agriculture University (CAU).

The parties will explore opportunities to work together formally in the name of a “Joint International Research Centre for Food Science’ to promote international exchange, research and productivity, with a particular focus on further enhancing a China/New Zealand relationship”.

The arrangement states: “The overall goal of the collaboration is to initiate activities that are of mutual benefit to the parties in terms of knowledge development, scientific and technological innovation and economic benefit”.

AgResearch chief executive Tom Richardson says the relationship with such influential institutions – from the world’s most populous country with a rapidly expanding middle class – opens up a host of opportunities for AgResearch, and agriculture and agribusiness in New Zealand.

“We are fortunate to have world-class scientists in New Zealand. Being able to reach out and work with some of the best scientists elsewhere in the world bolsters what we are doing, and what we can offer to enhance industry here.”

“Some of the key research areas where  AgResearch expects to work closely  with COFCO and CAU are food science, processing, food assurance and safety, and human nutrition.”

For those seeking further information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact:

Jarrod Booker, External Communications Manager, AgResearch Ltd.

03 321 8612

021 832 351

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