Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2018, Vol. 53 ›› Issue (4): 391-440.DOI: 10.11983/CBB18177

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Research Advances in Plant Science in China in 2017

Chen Fan1, Qian Qian2, Wang Tai3, Dong Aiwu4, Qi Xiaoquan3, Zuo Jianru1, Yang Shuhua5, Lin Rongcheng3, Xiao Langtao6, Gu Hongya7, Chen Zhiduan3, Jiang Liwen8, Bai Yongfei3, Kong Hongzhi3, Chong Kang3   

  1. 1 Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    2China National Rice Research Institute, Hangzhou 310006, China
    3Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China
    4School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
    5College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100094, China
    6 College of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha 410128, China
    7College of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
    8The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatian, China
  • Online:2018-07-01 Published:2018-09-11
  • About author:† These authors contributed equally to this paper

Abstract: Plant science in China continued to maintain high-speed progress in 2017, with frequent remarkable achieve- ments and a steady increase in the number of original papers published in international top journals. Researchers in plant science in China have made brilliant achievements, such as the discovery of new broad-spectrum disease resistance mechanisms, the genetic basis and mechanism of rice broad-spectrum disease resistance, and the mechanism of Phytophthora infestation. Two achievements were included in the “Breakthrough of the year: The top 10 scientific achievements of life science in China in 2017”. Rice biology, evolution and genomics and hormone biology were highlighted. Also, academician Li Jiayang, who researches the molecular network of higher plants and metabolic pathway as well as rice design breeding, won first prize of National Natural Science in 2017 for his research "Molecular Mechanisms and Variety Design of High Yield and Quality Characters of Rice". This groundbreaking contribution with significant international impact marks the leading position of Chinese plant science in the international scientific frontier of this field. In this review, we give an overview of the significant progress made in plant science in China in 2017, review the latest findings and hot events in plant science in 2017, and share the great achievements made by Chinese scientists.

Key words: China, plant science, research advances, 2017