Ian Probert教授是世界知名的法国Roscoff海洋种质库（Culture Collection, Station Biologique de Roscoff ）的主任。同时是 Cryptogamie Algologie (Journal of the Natural History Museum, Paris, France) 的总主编。Probert教授的来访合作，极大地促进了本种质库的发展。以下是Probert教授的合作感想，希望有更多志同道合的专家学者来种质库合作。
In 2017 I was honored to be awarded a CAS President's International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) grant to visit the CAS Institute for Coastal Zone Research in Yantai (Shandong province) for a 2 month period. As a marine biologist studying phytoplankton diversity and ecology, I have been fortunate during my career to have had the opportunity to travel quite extensively and experience various scientific and cultural environments in many parts of the world, but I had never previously visited China. When I arrived in Yantai I must admit that I did not have much knowledge about the Chinese scientific system and more generally about Chinese culture and society, but I was very curious and excited to learn. After two 1 month visits to Yantai (in April 2017 and April 2018), I can sincerely say that the experience has been very enriching, both professionally and personally.
On a scientific level I was immediately very impressed with the quality of the scientific infrastructure at the YICZR and above all with the hospitality, openness and scientific ambition of Prof. Qin, Dr Wang, and other members of the host team and the host institute. In this very welcoming environment it was easy to share my interest in studying coccolithophores, which are an abundant and ecologically important group of calcifying phytoplankton that play important roles in global carbon cycling.
Figure 1: Seminar at YICZS on the importance of coccolithophores in the carbon cycle.
Our initial research plan was to collect live samples from different parts of the Bohai Sea and northern Yellow Sea in order to attempt to establish live cultures of the dominant coccolithophores species from these areas. To this end, we conducted coastal sampling in several locations, including day trips to Qingtao and Dalian and a longer excursion to Qinhuangtao. We also received some samples from research cruises in open waters.
Figure 2. An improvised research vessel for sampling in Dalian (April 2017)
We have already been successful in establishing more than 30 culture strains of the two main coccolithophore species present in this area. Our preliminary genetic characterization of some of these culture strains indicates some unusual and interesting characteristics. The strains form the basis of joint studies that we have initiated on the genomics and physiology of coccolithophores from northern Chinese waters. In a professional context, my lasting impression of these visits is that the scientific environment in China is extremely progressive and dynamic. It is very exciting to be associated with this in what I hope will be a long and fruitful future collaboration.
The PIFI fellowship has also been very rewarding on a personal level. Thanks to the generosity of my hosts, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit some very impressive historical and cultural landmarks and to gain some experience of modern Chinese culture (notably by visiting many fantastic restaurants!). These unique experiences have provided me with some valuable insights into Chinese society, which in some aspects is very different to what I am used to, but in many aspects much more similar than I expected. My experience is that the PIFI program is not only an excellent means to encourage scientific exchange, but also to form strong and long-lasting friendships that inevitably contribute to bringing cultures together.
Figure 3. A scientific and cultural visit to the Dragon’s Head (eastern extremity of the Great Wall) in Qinhuangdao (April 2018).