Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Former IRRI scientist now heads agricultural biology of RDA

Kyu-Seong Lee has been named director general of the Department of Agricultural Biology under the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) of the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of South Korea.

Dr. Lee is formerly visiting research fellow at IRRI's Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology Division, seconded from RDA where he was senior rice breeder.

Dr. Lee's appointment comes after years of excellent leadership and experience in research and management, especially toward developing new agricultural technologies for the future. He was recipient of the 2010 Senadhira Rice Research Award.

In his new position, Dr. Lee will be responsible for improving the sericulture and apiculture industries through research on the fusion of composite technologies, creation of new value-added products from insect resources, and management and use of microbial resources for profitable and sustainable agriculture.

Prior to his latest appointment, Dr. Lee was director of the Research and Development Coordination Division of RDA's Research Policy Bureau in Suwon.

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