Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2022, Vol. 57 ›› Issue (2): 139-152.DOI: 10.11983/CBB22090

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Achievements and Advances in the Plant Sciences in China in 2021

Fan Chen1, Hongya Gu2, Xiaoquan Qi3, Qian Qian4, Jianru Zuo1, Shuhua Yang5, Zhiduan Chen3, Lei Wang3, Rongcheng Lin3, Liwen Jiang6, Xiaojing Wang7, Langtao Xiao8, Yongfei Bai3, Kang Chong3,*(), Tai Wang3,*()   

  1. 1Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    2School of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
    3Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China
    4Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
    5College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100094, China
    6The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatian, China
    7College of Life Sciences, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
    8College of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha 410128, China

Abstract: In 2021, the numbers of original research articles published by Chinese plant scientists in international multidisciplinary journals and mainstream plant science journals increased significantly compared with that in 2020, and important advances have been made in the fields of male and female cell recognition and fertilization, stem cell fate determination, mycorrhizal symbiosis, photosynthetic membrane protein complex, nitrogen and phosphorus nutrient utilization, innate immunity, crop de novo domestication and genome design. Among them, ‘rapid de novo domestication of allotetraploid wild rice’ was selected as one of the ‘Top Ten Advances in Life Sciences in China’ in 2021. Here we summarize the achievements of plant science research in China in 2021, and briefly introduce 30 representative important research advances, so as to help readers understand the developmental trend of plant sciences in China, and evaluate how to better connect plant scientific research with major national needs.

Key words: China, plant sciences, research advance, 2021