Source: Tecoya Trend

By Our Staff Reporter

According to the September 2019 edition of Cotton This Month released by International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), the outlook for 2019/20 is already facing some deflating news: production will surpass consumption, and global stocks are projected to grow to 18.3 million tonnes. That combination will exert downward prices on prices in the coming year.

About 43% of the expected global production of 26.9 million tonnes will come from China and India alone, and the competition between the two to be the year’s top producer should be close. Despite ongoing trade barriers, area in the USA is expected to increase 24% and production is expected to climb by 23%, informed a communique received here fromInternational Cotton Advisory Committee. US exports, weakened by the trade impasse with China, fell by 8% to 3.16 million tonnes in 2018/19, although the current forecast calls for the global cotton trade to expand 2% to 9.5 million tonnes in the coming year.

ICAC Names Dr John Zhihong Yu the 2019 Cotton Researcher of the Year

Meanwhile, announce that Dr John Zhihong Yu, Research Geneticist with USDA-ARS in College Station, Texas, is the 2019 ICAC Cotton Researcher of the Year. ICAC honours a leading cotton researcher each year by awarding a certificate of recognition, a shield and an honorarium of US$1,000. Dr John Yu was selected by an independent panel of five eminent experts from five different countries.

Dr John Yu has been working with the USDA-ARS since 1995. He earned his PhD in plant genomics and molecular genetics at Cornell University. He demonstrated outstanding dedication, with 36 years of professional experience, and received significant recognition as an international authority in cotton genomics for developing genetic resources that are currently being used by scientists worldwide. He made major contributions on cotton genomics and germplasm, including:

* Genome mapping and sequencing,

* Characterisation of gene pools, and

* Identification of QTLs for molecular breeding.

Dr Yu developed the world’s first integrated genetic, physical and transcript maps of cultivated tetraploid cotton chromosomes with large insert DNA clones, molecular markers, and EST genes; and high-density cotton genetic maps of portable SSR and SNP markers. He has freely filled numerous requests from the global cotton research community for genomic resources and information.

Dr Yu has received several national and international awards and published more than 100 peerreviewed papers, which have 8,945 citations. Dr Yu has also delivered more than 60 talks/ seminars to the global scientific community. Dr Yu demonstrated dynamic, outstanding organisational capacity in a leadership role to benefit the global cotton community.  This includes his election in 2005 — and re-election in 2015 — by the global cotton community as Chairman of the International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI), the first international organisation to facilitate global collaborative research work on cotton genomics and genetics.

Dr Yu led international efforts to develop and release genome sequences for G. arboreum, G. raimondii, and G. hirsutum, among other cotton species. The research opens a new paradigm in cotton genomics that revolutionises genetic improvement of cotton plants through better exploitation of genetic variation otherwise buried in Gossypium germplasm.

His discovery of gene-rich islands and subgenomic roles in upland cotton provides critical information for genetic applications. His development of new concepts and methodologies for standardising characterisation of Gossypium germplasm makes it possible for cotton researchers worldwide to collaborate, relate and utilise genetic diversity data among cotton germplasm collections. (Source: Tecoya Trend)