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Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

The Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IBCAS) is the oldest comprehensive research institute in China. It has led the development of plant science in China since it was established in 1928. As the presiding organization, IBCAS has acquired 3 First Prizes and 6 Second Prizes of National Science, 2 Second Prizes of National Technological Invention, and other 134 scientific awards of CAS and provincial level.

During more than 90 years, IBCAS has grown into a top influential research institute focusing on 5 main research areas: systematic and evolutionary botany, eco-environment, molecular physiology and development, photosynthesis, and sustainable use of resource plants.

The institute has 2 state key laboratories: State Key Lab of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, State Key Lab of Vegetation and Environmental Change; 3 CAS key laboratories: CAS key Lab of Molecular Biology, CAS key Lab of Photobiology and CAS key Lab of Plant Resources. There are totally more than 570 employees, including 6 CAS members, and about 800 graduate students and postdoctoral students.

The institute also has complete research platform systems. It has the largest herbarium in Asia, which made important contributions to research and compilation of floristic and monographic studies. There are 11 field stations around China, which are important platforms for research of vegetation and environmental change at different ecosystem levels. Beijing Botanical Garden (including West China Subalpine Botanical Garden), is the collection and preservation platform of wild plant resources, which now have more than 6000 species and varieties. Besides, there is a public technical service center and one sub-center of Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN), CAS.

The institute obtains research funds from MOST, NNSFC, CAS and other sources, totally around 2 hundred million RMB per year. It publishes more than 400 SCI papers per year; some of them are published on noted journals including Science, Nature, etc.

Find out more at http://​www​.ib​.cas​.cn

Visit Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences’s website.

Located in: Beijing, China

Associated WFO Contacts:

  • Lui Bing (Taxonomic Working Group Member)
  • Xiao-Hua Jin (Council Member, Taxonomic Working Group Member)