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S. Korea, 4 Central Asian countries to conduct joint study on fruit trees

All News 16:48 June 16, 2017

POCHEON, South Korea, June 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has agreed to launch a joint project to study apple trees and other fruit trees with four Central Asian countries as part of efforts to preserve biodiversity in the region's forest areas, a state-run arboretum said Friday.

According to the Korea National Arboretum, the agreement was reached after forest experts from South Korea and the four countries -- Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan -- held a two-day workshop on the project starting Wednesday in Tajikistan.

The joint project calls for South Korean experts from the state-run arboretum to research the ecology of plants in Central Asia's forest areas including the Tien Shan mountain range that extends through western China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

The Central Asia is home to fruits and nuts such as apples, apricots, grapes, walnuts and pistachios that are well consumed in South Korea.

Under the project, South Korea will implement a variety of programs for officials of the four countries to acquire skills to research the biological resources of their countries on their own.

The South Korean arboretum has established networks with the Central Asian countries on plant classification and preservation of biodiversity, respectively, in 2015 and 2016.

This photo, released by the Korea National Arboretum on June 16, 2017, shows forestry experts from South Korea, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan surveying a site as part of a two-day workshop from June 14 in Tajikistan on a joint project to study fruit trees. (Yonhap)

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