China is stepping up efforts to revise its regulation on new plant varieties, affording them greater protection. It was announced at an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the country's entry into the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants. The event was held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, and the National Intellectual Property Administration. Over the past two decades, some 26,000 applications for new plant varieties were filed in China, enabling the country to rank top in the world for them in 2018.

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