Original title: Xu Weigang was elected academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Henan ushered in the first “Wheat Academician”
Source: Henan Daily
On November 18, the reporter learned from the Provincial Association for Science and Technology that in the results of the 2021 academician co-election announced by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Xu Weigang, a researcher at the Henan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, was elected an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, becoming the first “Wheat Academician” in our province.
So far, the number of academicians in our province has reached 25, including 6 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 19 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, covering more than 10 fields such as electronic information, energy and mining, civil engineering, water conservancy, and agriculture.
The academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering is the highest academic title in engineering science and technology established by the state, and the academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences is the highest academic title in science and technology established by the state. Both are lifetime honors. The co-election of academicians of the “two academies” is carried out every two years. This year 149 academicians of the two academies were elected, among which 65 were co-opted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 84 were co-opted by the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Xu Weigang, born in October 1958, is a doctor of agriculture, researcher, and doctoral supervisor. He is currently the chief expert of the National Expert Committee for Major Scientific Research Joint Research on Wheat Varieties, the director of the National Wheat Engineering Laboratory, the representative of the 13th National People’s Congress, and the executive director of the Chinese Crop Society. He has successively won national “outstanding professional and technical personnel”, national outstanding science and technology workers and other honors, won the first prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award, the Henan Science and Technology Outstanding Contribution Award, the He Liang He Li Foundation Science and Technology Progress Award, and the Chinese Crop Society Crop Science Achievement Award and other awards.
Xu Weigang is one of the leaders of wheat breeding in my country. He has been engaged in wheat genetic breeding for more than 30 years and has made important contributions to the development of wheat production and wheat breeding in my country. The strong gluten and high-quality wheat variety Zhengmai 9023 bred by him has a cumulative planting area of 250 million mu, which has played an important role in improving the quality of commercial wheat grains in my country; the new high-quality, strong-gluten, disease-resistant and high-yield new variety Zhengmai 7698 bred by molecular marker technology has driven my country’s quality The yield of strong gluten wheat varieties has reached 700 kilograms per mu; in recent years, the green wheat varieties such as Zhengmai 1860, such as Zhengmai 1860, which are fertilizer-saving, high-quality and high-yield, have been used in large-scale production.
Xu Weigang’s election as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering is a great encouragement to the vast number of scientific and technological workers in Henan. The person in charge of the Provincial Association for Science and Technology said that it is necessary to further give full play to the role of the Provincial Association for Science and Technology in the selection of academician candidates from the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Scientific and technological workers shoulder the mission of self-reliance and self-reliance in science and technology, and strive to devote themselves to the construction of the national innovation highland.
Academician Xu Weigang is the third academician in the field of agricultural scientific research to come out of the Provincial Academy of Agricultural Sciences after Zhang Gaiping, an animal immunization expert, and Zhang Xinyou, a peanut expert. The relevant person in charge of the Provincial Academy of Agricultural Sciences said that the Provincial Academy of Agricultural Sciences has become a gathering place for high-level talents in agricultural science and technology innovation in our province. It will implement the strategy of innovation-driven, science and education to rejuvenate the province, and talented talents to build a modern agricultural province. Add new kinetic energy and make new contributions. (Reporter Yin Jiangyong, Master Zhe)