School of Biological Science and Technology
School of Biological Science and Technology (SBST) of Hunan Agricultural University was established in March 2005. It was formed by merging the Department of Biotechnology of the School of Science with the Department of Ecology of the School of Agronomy. Since its establishment, the school has made good progress in personnel training, discipline construction, scientific research and social services. As a research and teaching-oriented college, the social influence of SBST has been continuously enhanced.
SBST has 110 faculty and staff members, including 90 full-time teachers and 20 teaching assisting staff members. There are 37 professors and 35 associate professors. SBST has one distinguished professor who is an academician of the American Academy of Sciences, one expert of the Discipline Review Group of the State Council, one of the national young or middle-aged experts with outstanding contributions, one national-level candidate for the New Century Talents Project, four recipients of special allowances from the State Council, four of the One Hundred Experts Program in Hunan Province, one of the “Furong Scholars” Program in Hunan Province, two experts of Hunan Provincial Discipline Review Group, five candidates for New Century 121 talent project in Hunan Province, five discipline leaders of universities in Hunan Province, and one special professor and six lecture professors of “Shennong Scholars” Program.
Disciplines and Degrees
SBST has two key disciplines of the 13th Five-Year Plan of Hunan Province: Biology and Ecology.
The Biology discipline was founded by Professor Hu Dujing, a famous plant physicist in China in the 1950s. In 2006, the school was authorized to confer the PhD in the first-category discipline of biology. In 2007, a postdoctoral research station for biology was established. There are five second-category disciplines, namely, Botany, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Bioengineering and Technology under the first-category discipline of Biology.
The discipline of Ecology was derived from an academic team consisting of well-known professors such as Diao Caoquan, Yu Tieqiao, and Yan Fu, and a disciplinary platform based on the Rice Physiology and Ecology Laboratory in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1998, the school was authorized to confer the master's degree and the doctoral degree in the second-category discipline of Ecology in 2003. In 2007, it was approved to establish the post-doctoral research station of Ecology. In 2011, it was authorized to confer the doctoral degree in the first-category discipline of Ecology.
l Biotechnology: a national-level local specialty and a key specialty of colleges and universities in Hunan Province (1995), and one of the Brand Specialties in HUNAU (2018)
l Ecology (2001)
l Bioscience (2005)
The school has built a system of cultivating talents from bachelor to master, doctor and post-doctoral research station. There are more than 100 doctoral candidates, nearly 400 graduate candidates, and more than 700 full-time undergraduates.
Laboratories and Scientific Research Platforms
SBST has one national experimental teaching demonstration center – “Plant Science Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center”, one Hunan Provincial Demonstration Laboratory–“Biology Laboratory”, one professional laboratory and one training center co-constructed by the central and local governments-“Biotechnology Professional Laboratory” and “Bioengineering Training Center”, four provincial key laboratories in Hunan Province, two key laboratories of the Department of Education (DOE) of Hunan Province, three engineering laboratories of the Development and Reform Commission of Hunan Province. SBST has the “Central South Tobacco Agriculture Experimental Station (the State Administration of Tobacco) ，the “Sino-French International Joint Laboratory of Plant Epigenetics”, and a teaching and research innovation platform with the Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences as the “Mulberry Grass Joint Laboratory”, and 12 off-campus teaching, research and practice bases.
The teaching and scientific research room of SBST is 12,000 square meters and the equipment is worth 70 million Yuan.
Research and Social Services
SBST conducts research in biology and ecology based on key laboratories and central platforms. In the past five years, SBST has undertaken more than 60 projects of the National “863 Program”, “973 Program”, Natural Science Fund, and Science and Technology Support Program. The average annual funding for scientific research is nearly 20 million Yuan. It has won one National Scientific and Technological Progress Award, five provincial Science and Technology Progress Awards of Hunan Province, two provincial Natural Science Awards of Hunan Province, and two Provincial Technology Invention Awards of Hunan Province. SBST has been granted more than 100 patents by the state, and has published more than 20 monographs and 1,000 papers in journals.
SBST actively adapts to the needs of social development, especially local agricultural development, and carries out social services such as the construction of teaching and research bases and technology transfer. The school has organized 16 social service teams to provide thematic services to the development and utilization of biological resources, natural products, edible fungi, cultivation and application of Chinese herbal medicine, development and utilization of modern organic agricultural products, development and utilization of plant growth materials, development and utilization of energy plant resources, cultivation and rapid propagation of high-quality seedlings and ecological environment protection. The school has contributed to the development of the local economy, poverty alleviation and Rural Revitalization Strategy.