China science, technology news summary -- Oct. 9

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BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.


Scientists have discovered well-preserved fossils of Cambrian arthropod Sidneyia in east China's Shandong Province, which is believed to be the first time that the genus has been found outside of Laurentia.

The new discovery suggested a much greater distribution of the genus. It was also suggested that north China be another trove of exceptionally preserved fossils.


China has set up a technical committee within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to formulate international standards for the research and protection of karst, according to the China Geological Survey (CGS).

Coordinated by the Institute of Karst Geology under the CGS, the technical committee is the world's first organization that focuses on standardization in the field of karst terminology, sustainable development of karst resources, environmental protection as well as disaster prevention in karst areas.


Banded leaf and sheath blight (BLSB) is a fungal disease leading to low yields in maize. Chinese researchers have identified a gene conferring resistance to BLSB in maize, providing insight into developing disease-resistant crop varieties.

According to the report published in the journal Nature Genetics, the researchers analyzed 318 maize samples with BLSB and found a gene called ZmFBL41 is linked to the disease. Enditem

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