Among the attendees were the scientists involved in all 6 six projects, the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Mr. Tran Quoc Khanh, the Italian Ambassador Ms Cecilia Piccioni, the Director General for Research and Innovation of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fabrizio Nicoletti and the Italian Scientific Attaché Mr. Mariano Anderle.
The bilateral programme between the ICGEB Trieste Bacteriology Group is undertaken together with the Group of Dr. Dinh Thuy Hang of the Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology (IMBT) of the Vietnam National University (VNU) and is a three-year project envisaged to study the role of the plant microbiome in rice health.
The overall goal of the programme is to understand the role of the microbiome in the establishment of two bacterial diseases in rice; one found in Italy and the other, found in Vietnam. The long-term objective is to develop plant probiotics to help fight these diseases in a more sustainable way.
Vietnam has been a full Member State of the ICGEB since 1993.