The Germplasm Bank of Wild Species, or GBOWS, in Yunnan province, is a research and preservation facility for rare and endangered plants and animals. Collections offer source of new hope in event of global catastrophe.
As home to more than 8,840 plant species, the garden in Kunming－the provincial capital that is hosting the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity－is firmly expected to become a hot spot for tourists. Researchers at a major botanical center in the province have helped save several species from extinction.
Chinese researchers have discovered that increased expression of a type of protein in rice could possibly boost its absorption of phosphorus and reduce the use of agricultural phosphorus fertilizers. The discovery could lead to new solutions for the sustainable development of agricultural production.
Chinese scientist GUO Huadong won the Science for Sustainability Award at the first International Science Council (ISC) Awards for his contribution to sustainable development goals on Wednesday.
In the words of Richard Corlett, a world-renowned British conservation biologist, it was China's sincere commitment to biodiversity conservation that brought him to the country's Yunnan province in July 2012. Before then, Corlett had studied tropical plants for over three decades in Southeast Asia. After receiving an invitation from the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he happily packed his bags and embarked on a new research journey.
Kevin C. Jones, Distinguished Professor at Lancaster University (LU) in the UK, received the Guangdong Science and Technology Cooperation Award earlier this year for his outstanding contributions to scientific collaboration between the UK and China's Guangdong Province, with the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry (GIG) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as one of his nominators.
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