AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State University has signed an agreement with a Chinese institute to develop research opportunities between the two, the school said.
The agreement was signed by ISU's college of agriculture and the Institute of Natural Resources and Regional Planning at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing.
It will bring visiting scientists to ISU from China and allow faculty to conduct research in China, said David Acker, director of international agriculture programs at Iowa State.
Last summer, ISU President Martin Jischke traveled to China to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese Academy, Acker said.
``We want to pick research issues that are important to both institutions so both will benefit,'' he said. ``We'll focus initially on economic issues related to agriculture.''
The agreement also will allow scientists at the Chinese institute to do research related to natural resources, the environment, sustainable agriculture and rural development, Acker said.
The five-year agreement will allow one representative from each institution to visit the other each year.