Kinkel Invited to Speak at Universities in Taiwan
By: Linda Kinkel
Jacque Fletcher and I spent 8 days in Taiwan in early November at the invitation of Dr. Ying Yeh. We were asked to present information on the Phytobiomes Initiative, as well as on our research, career paths, and other elements related to the initiative, including pathways to commercialization and science communication (with thanks to Dylan for help in preparing interactive communication materials!). We presented day-long workshops to students, faculty, and staff at National Taiwan University in Taipei, National Chung-Hsing University in Taichung, and National Chiayi University in Chiayi. In addition, we visited the Taiwan Agriculture Research Institute and the Huisin Forest Station. Our hosts arranged visits to the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, Chimei Museum, the Tropic of Cancer, and many other interesting and important historical sites. Other high points included visits to passionfruit, banana, tea, orchid, rose, bamboo, grape, and betel nut farms. WOW. The visit was amazing. I came back with new candidates for Associate Editors for the Phytobiomes Journal, commitments for participation in our newly-funded Agricultural Microbiomes International Research Coordination Network, prospective students for our graduate program, and much enthusiasm for the initiative.