Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2021, Vol. 56 ›› Issue (2): 119-133.DOI: 10.11983/CBB21071

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Achievements and Advances in the Plant Sciences Field in China in 2020

Hongya Gu1, Jianru Zuo2, Xiaoquan Qi3, Shuhua Yang4, Zhiduan Chen3, Qian Qian5, Rongcheng Lin3, Lei Wang6, Langtao Xiao6, Xiaojing Wang7, Fan Chen2, Liwen Jiang8, Yongfei Bai3, Kang Chong3,*(), Tai Wang3,*()   

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


In 2020, 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 2019, and important advances have been made in the fields of plant development, stress tolerance, crop biology, genomic phylogenetics and evolution. Among them, “Cloning, functional characterization and application in wheat breeding of the Fhb7 resistant gene to Fusarium head blight”, and “A new mechanism to improve the nitrogen-utilization efficiency in crops” were selected as two of the “Top Ten Advances in Life Sciences in China” in 2020. Here we summarize the achievements of plant science research in China in 2020, and briefly introduce 30 representative important research advances, so as to help readers understand the developmental trend of plant sciences in China, and conduct their future research to meet the national needs.

Key words: China, plant sciences, research advance, 2020