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Ambassador of Iran to Sierra Leone at ABRII
Ambassador of Iran to Sierra Leone at ABRII

Hujjat al-Islam Seyyed Khalil Sadati Amiri, the esteemed ambassador of Sierra Leone, and Dr. Tooraj Valinassab, Director General of Academic Relations and International Affairs at Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO) visited ABRII on 26 July 2022. At the outset, the delegation toured the research departments. The head of departments introduced the ongoing projects of faculty members.




After the visit to the laboratories, a meeting was held at the directorate office and was hosted by Prof. Gholamreza Salehi Jouzani, Director General of ABRII, Asso. Prof. Mehran E. Shariatpanahi, Deputy for Research, Asso. Prof Pejman Azadi, Deputy for Technology, Prof. Saeid Pourdad, Director for Administrative Affairs and Assis. Prof. Forough Ghasemi, Director of International Scientific Cooperation Office.


Prof. Gholamreza Salehi Jouzani presented ABRII’s research activities, outputs, outcomes, and impacts. He stated that ABRII had developed more than 70 technologies some of which have transferred to the private sector via 35 different contracts. For instance, the transfer of potato minituber technology to 25 private companies has saved over US$ 45 million in the last 15 years. Other examples include the handing over of the technology required to mass produce Malling-Merton apple rootstocks to four private companies, commercialization of biofertilizers based on fungi (Trichoderma) and bacteria (Actinomycetes), developing of GM crops, Reverse breeding, and doubled hapliidy for F1 hybrid seeds production in vegetables, mass propagating Medjool dates and UCB1 pistachio via tissue culture, designing bioprocess for rapid production of enriched biocompost and humic acid from agricultural and municipal solid waste, developing nanosensors, nanofertilizers, and nanopackaging systems, and developing new cultivars of almonds, lime, pomegranate and sheep using marker-assisted selection and GWAS.

Hujjat al-Islam Seyyed Khalil Sadati Amiri stated that the effort made in ABRII has led to the development of the country’s agriculture and provided a basis for self-sufficiency. He expressed his eagerness to cooperate with ABRII through the researchers’ short-term visits and technology transfer to Sierra Leon.

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