Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2016, Vol. 51 ›› Issue (4): 416-472.DOI: 10.11983/CBB16160

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Research Advances on Plant Science in China in 2015

Shuhua Yang1, Tai Wang2, Qian Qian3, Xiaojing Wang4, Jianru Zuo5, Hongya Gu6, Liwen Jiang7, Zhiduan Chen2, Yongfei Bai2, Hongzhi Kong2, Fan Chen5, Langtao Xiao8, Aiwu Dong9, Kang Chong2*   

  1. 1College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100094, China
    2Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China
    3Agricultural Genomics Institute at Shenzhen, China Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Shenzhen 518120, China
    4College of Life Sciences, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
    5Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    6College of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
    7The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatian, China
    8College of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha 410128, China
    9School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
  • Online:2016-07-01 Published:2016-08-05
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Plant science in China has been developing rapidly, with an increased number of original papers published in top international journals. Chinese scientists have made remarkable achievements in insights into important plant scientific issues, such as the structural basis for energy transfer pathways in the plant PSI-LHCI supercomplex, the perception and tolerance of rice chilling, and the molecular mechanism of ethylene signal transduction. In the “Breakthrough of the year: The top 10 scientific achievements of life science in China in 2015”, two outstanding outcomes of plant science were included. Chinese native plant scientists (including Youyou Tu and other scientists) found that artemisinin as a new drug to cure malaria, which won the Nobel Prize for natural science, marking a great achievement in plant chemistry and Chinese pharmacy. The achievement has drawn great international attention and also points to the effectiveness of the model developed by Chinese scientists—to focus on science and technology issues related to the major needs of the country. In this review, we provide a commentary on the significant progress made in plant science in China in 2015, review the latest findings and hot events in plant science in 2015, and share the great achievements made by Chinese scientists.

Key words: China, plant science, research advances, 2015