Jiangsu Center for Research & Development of Medicinal Plants is one of high-tech Jiangsu Province Key Laboratory of established in December 2000, which is located in the Institute of Botany, Jiangsu Province and Chinese Academy of Sciences. The scientific research team of the center is competent and capable, now 26 middle and high-grade researchers mainly under 45 years old have formed the backbone of scientific research group. Disciplines studied include medicinal plant chemistry, genetics, physiology, classification, cropping, and so on. The center is a conferring point for masters degree for botany, totally 52 postgraduates, 8 dual-cultured doctorate students. The center now owns Medicinal Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory, Medicinal Plant Cultivation Technique and Germplasm Improvement Laboratory, Medicinal Plant Resource Chemistry Laboratory, Extraction Laboratory and Pilot Plant Test Laboratory, also possesses specialized equipment such as high performance liquid chromatograph, gas chromatograph, UV spectrophotometer, infrared spectrometer, atomic absorption spectroscopy, TLC scanner, ultra-low temperature freezer, ultracentrifuge, PCR instrument.
Director: Xu Zenglai, Tel: 84347027
Deputy Director: Liang Chengyuan, Tel: 84347133
The centers research direction is orientated on the medicinal plant resources, including basic applied research of “three drug” creation project which is based on the modernization of Chinese medicine by using a multidisciplinary approach:
1. Phylogeny research related with medicinal plants;
2. Germplasm conservation and utilization on medicinal plants, including: the collection of medicinal plant germplasm resources, quality evaluation, germplasm innovation, and basic research such as variety breeding and improvement.
3. Separation of active ingredients of medicinal plants, purification and structural identification, optimization of leading compounds and biological activity, and pre-clinical drug research in accordance with accreditation requirements of new drugs;
4. Separation and clone of functional genes on medicinal plants, including: gene clone of the key synthesis enzymes of important active ingredients on medicinal plants, function analysis, molecular modification, and transgenic research.
In recent years, the center has undertaken 19 research projects funded by central government, more than 60 by ministries and 30 by enterprises and social organizations, and 10 results transferring projects; published more than 280 academic papers and 18 monographs, among which 35 papers have been quoted by SCI; obtained 5 scientific research achievement rewards of national and the provincial department level, 15 patent applications, obtained a patent in 2009. Established and opened a Chinese Herbal Medicines GAP Web site, co-editor of the "Journal of Plant Resources and Environment ", " Research and Practice of Chinese Medicines " and other periodicals.
The center has 25 staff, of which 19 with master degree or above, 8 of them with doctoral degrees. At present, the center totally has 52 postgraduates, 8 joint-cultured Ph.D. students, 3 in-service Ph.D. students. A scientific research group with staff under 45 years old as its backbone has been formed.