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Address from the Director


The year 2016 has seen many progresses at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Most importantly, the “1-3-5”mission proposal and the 13th FIVE YEAR PLAN of the IGDB were approved by CAS.
Scientists in IGDB have made impressive advances in sciences, research funding, and public recognitions in 2016. In total, 342 SCI indexed papers were published, 46 patents and 17 crop variety rights were granted. IGDB scientists secured 53 research proposals including 7 projects from the MOST Key Research Plan initiated in 2016, and earned 20.8 million RMB from technology transfer. Six young PIs were recruited and three of them were funded by the National Youth Thousand Talents Program. IGDB, for the first time, initiated Young Investigator Program for eminent young staff. Dr. Xiaofeng Cao was elected as a member to the Third World Academy of Sciences; Dr. John R. Speakman was elected as fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Dr. Caixia Gao was awarded China Science Stars of the year by Nature magazine; Dr. Qi Xie was one of the highest cited scientists worldwide by Thomson Reuters.

In 2016, IGDB signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Zhongnongfa Seed Industry Group Limited, a member of the China National Agricultural Development Group Corporate Limited (CNDAC), and Tarim University, and formed partnership with Shijiazhuang Modern Agricultural Innovation Center. The Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Science (CEPAMS), jointly established by CAS and John Innes Centre (JIC, UK), was officially launched in Beijing and Shanghai. I strongly believe that these partnerships will further strengthen IGDB’s competitiveness and international visibility.
Finally, I would like to thank our sponsors and funding agencies for their enormous support as well as our staff and students for making this year very exciting and successful. I am pleased to present this annual report and wish you a prosperous year of the rooster.