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Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences

2018-03-05   Hits:26003   Source:SAAS

    Situated in the beautiful Jinan city which is also called the “City of Springs”, the Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SAAS) is a comprehensive, non-profit agricultural science and technology research organization under the Shandong provincial government. The early history of agricultural research in Shandong province started with the Shandong Agricultural Trial Station, which was set up in the eastern suburb of Jinan in Qing Dynasty 1903, and was expanded into the Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences in 1959. Its main responsibilities are as follows: organize the development of modern agricultural research and basic, pioneering, public welfare agricultural science and technology research, provide advice for major decisions of the provincial government and relevant departments; undertake the cultivation of new varieties of agricultural and animal husbandry and agricultural technology extension services; undertaking the collection, collation, preservation, research and utilization of Crop Germplasm Resources in the whole province; carrying out agricultural science and technology cooperation and exchange, construct and manage innovation platform of agricultural science and technology and train high level agricultural scientific and technical personnel.
    Major research fields cover more than 50 disciplines essential for agricultural development of Shandong and even that of Huang-Huai-Hai Region, including food and economic crops, fruit trees, vegetables, livestock and poultry, sericulture, resources & environment, plant protection, quality safety of agricultural products,deep processing of agricultural products, agricultural microorganisms, agricultural biotechnology, and information technology pesticides, agricultural machinery etc.
    At present, SAAS has 11 management divisions, 24 research institutes, 18 branch academies and 1 post-doctoral station. There are more than 2000 in-service staff members, among which, 726 are senior post of professional and technical, 435 are doctors; There is 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 2 persons of National plan for ten thousands of people, 4 candidates of the National Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talent Project, 6 outstanding agricultural scientific research talents and innovation teams, 31 Taishan scholars, 29 middle-aged and young experts who has outstanding contributions in the province, 88 persons enjoy special government allowances issued by the State Council.
    SAAS undertook the construction of Huang-Huai-Hai Innovation Center of China Agricultural Science and Technology, built Shandong Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation Center, and established 60 National-level and provincial-level innovation platforms, which have greatly improved the scientific research conditions, and has laid the foundation for continuously enhancing the comprehensive strength of SAAS. The National Engineering Laboratory of Wheat and Corn is the first national engineering laboratory for crop engineering in Shandong province.
    Since the National Science Conference in 1978, SAAS has made more than 1616 scientific achievements of various types, of which, 779 achievements won provincial and ministerial level awards. Since the implementation of breed assessment in 1982, 633 plant varieties or animal breeds developed by SAAS scientists have passed the national or provincial examination and approval. In Shandong province, the planting area of wheat, corn, cotton, peanuts and fruit trees has exceeded ten million acres each, strains bred by SAAS have occupied dominant positions, and made important contributions to the increase of food production, agricultural efficiency and farmers' income.
    SAAS insists on the "introducing" and "going out" of the open-up strategy, deep docking the Belt and Road Initiative, and established scientific and technological cooperation with more than 60 countries, 10 international organizations, set up a group of international joint laboratories and overseas Agricultural Research Center. SAAS was named International Science and Technology Cooperation Base by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the organization of foreign aid training by the Ministry of Commerce.
    Through reform and development for more than a century and efforts made by several generations of staff members of SAAS, SAAS has now developed into a leader of agricultural science and technology innovation in Shandong province and has become an important force supporting regional agricultural development in Huang-Huai-Hai.