MINUTES OF THE ICRA-EC SPECIAL MEETING
8.00 to 10.00 AM Eastern Time, 8 January 2021
A special online meeting of the ICRA Executive Committee was held at 8.00 to 10.00 AM on 8 January 2021.
At the outset, the chair and the ICRA EC members unanimously recorded their deep gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Michel Fok for his commendable contributions and leadership as Chair of ICRA from 2016 to 2020.
The following decisions were taken by majority vote
- Postponed the election of new EC members to the next WCRC-7.
- The current Executive Committee will continue until the WCRC-7 with Dr. Mohamed Negm as the Chair
- Eric Hequet has been unanimously elected as the vice-Chair.
- Elections will be held at the General Body meeting to be convened at the WCRC-7
- The ICRA newsletter will be renamed as ‘Cotton Innovations’
- The newsletter will be published at monthly intervals
- ICRA-EC members will take turns to act as editors of ‘Cotton Innovations’
- Mike McCue, Communications Director, ICAC will be requested to be the chief Editor
- Kai Hughes will be requested for permission of ICAC support (chief Editor, design and layout)
- The ICRA Secretariat will circulate the newsletter and solicit feedback from ICRA members
COTTON WEBINAR 5th Edition, 8.00 to 10.00 AM (Eastern Time) 3 February 2021
Prof. Jonathan F. Wendel: Topic: Genes, Jeans, and Genomes; what we now know about the Evolution of Gossypium and the Origin of the Polyploids
Dr. Edward (Ed) M. Barnes: Topic: Increasing Automation & Robotic Applications in Cotton
WCRC-7 Monthly Plenary Lecture Series
Time & Date: 8.00 to 10.00 AM (Eastern time, Washington DC) 6 Jan 2021
Prof. Hezhong Dong,
Director and Senior Principal Scientist, Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Topic: ACHIEVING HIGH YIELDS & FINE QUALITY COTTON WITH AGRONOMIC TECHNIQUES
8.00 to 9.00 AM (Eastern Time)
Prof. Keerti Rathore,
Professor, Department of Soil & Crop Sciences, Texas A & M University
Topic: NOVEL TRANSGENIC TRAITS FOR COTTON IMPROVEMENT
9.00 to 10.00 AM (Eastern Time)
An Australian initiative of global relevance
The project is called “Intimidation and voice of research scientists” and is self-clear by its title. It is based on a survey that is elaborated and endorsed in the following documents:
endorsement letter2-compressed 2020 Participant INFORMATION SHEET-2019459_V2
Participant INFORMATION SHEET-2019459_V2
Efficient research asks for protection from pressure
This is my personal belief and hopefully shared by many. Pressure and intimidation exist. Less than ten years ago, I got to withdraw a paper from a renown journal because of the pressure my co-author faced in his institution less than 48 hours the paper was submitted to the journal.
The extent of the phenomenon is nevertheless hard to assess and hence seldom assessed. This is the reason why I took part to the survey that is open to scientists feeling interest for the topic.
Click here to do the survey:
It took me about 20 minutes and I found the survey properly built.
I hope that that I am not upsetting ICRA members with this non-specifically cotton post.
please find the Dossier of the Candidates nominated for election to the ICRA Executive Committee 2021 to 2024. The Ballot papers are being sent to all ICRA members for voting from 2 December to 7 December on SurveyMonkey.
WCRC-7 Monthly Plenary Lecture Series
Time & Date: 8.00 AM (Eastern time, Washington DC) 7 October 2020
Prof. Rattan Lal, World Food Prize Laureate 2020. Professor of Soil Science Ohio State University, USA
Topic: SOIL HEALTH
Prof. Bruce Tabashnik, Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award 2020, Entomological Society of America Regents Professor, University of Arizona
Topic: BATTLING BOLLWORM RESISTANCE TO BT COTTON
WCRC-7 Plenary Lecture Series
The ICAC and ICRA are delighted to announce the second COTTON WEBINAR to be held at 7.30 to 9.30 AM (Eastern Time, Washington DC) on 4 November 2020. The webinar lectures will feature two presentations (30 min) each day by eminent globally renowned experts followed by a Q& A session. The lectures will be translated simultaneously into French and Spanish. Zoom-Pro has a provision for language preference options which are easy to access.
COTTON AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Time & Date: 7.30 to 9.30 AM (Eastern time, Washington DC) 4 November 2020
Dr. K. Raja Reddy, Professor, Environmental Plant Physiology, Mississippi State University, USA
Topic: Clime Change -Physiological implications and Challenges
Dr. Michael Bange, Former Chief Scientist, CSIRO Australia
Topic: Climate Change -Management Implications and Challenges
Please find the first flyer of the event attached herewith
Link to join the meeting, ID and password are provided below
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 841 4012 6878
I am happy to inform you that Dr Amal Saber Owis, Former Director, Cotton Research Institute, Giza, Egypt, has authored a book on Natural Coloured cotton -Facts and Secrets. The book is in Arabic. Please find a pdf copy of the book here. We will explore the possibility of getting the book translated.