Director: Prof. SUN Hang
Address: 132# Lanhei Road, Heilongtan, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, P.R. China
Phone: 86-871-6522 3080
Fax: 86-871-6522 3094
Located in the Heilongtan scenic spot of Kunming, capital of SW China’s Yunnan Province, the Kunming Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (KIB/CAS), is originally the Yunnan Provincial Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Botany which was founded in 1938, and was affiliated to Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and renamed CAS Institute of Systematic Botany Kunming Station in 1950. KIB became independent in April 1959 with the approval of national science authority. It dedicates to explore the world of plants, especially from Southwest China and the Himalayas, for knowledge generation, sustainable use and conservation of plant diversity.
The research areas of KIB include plant systematics and biogeography, plant secondary metabolites and natural products chemistry, plant germplasm and genomics, economic plants and biotechnology. Based on these research focuses, KIB has a State Key Laboratory of Phytochemistry and Plant Resources, a CAS Key Laboratory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, a Germplasm Bank of Wild Species in Southwest China, and two Botanical Gardens located in Kunming and Lijiang respectively. KIB owns a great many large-scale apparatus, which enable itself the construction of Kunming Experimental Center of National Bio industry Base, the CAS Large-scale Instrument Center of Southwest China, and the CAS Super Computer Center of National Strategic Bio resources in Southwest China. It also has the second largest herbarium (KUN) in China which houses over 1.2million plant and fungal specimens.
Ever since 2005, KIB has achieved a bunch of breakthroughs and won a lot of awards on both basic and applied research. Prof. Wu Zhengyi received the State Supreme Science and Technology Award for 2007, the highest scientific prize awarded in China. KIB has obtained patents for over 200 items, published more than 20 monographs, and been operating three academic journals named Plant Diversity and Resources, Natural Products & Bioprospecting, and Fungal Diversity. KIB has as well made significant progress in scientific publications: articles embodied by SCI index numbered reached 3153 till the end of 2012. KIB promoted vigorously the development of industrialization and has successfully transferred several scientific achievements on new drugs, edible plants, flowers as well as fragrant plants to enterprises.
Up to 2012, there are 569 employees for both scientific research and management in KIB, among which are two CAS academicians, 55 senior research scientists. KIB offers two research oriented study programmes, namely the Doctor’s programme in Botany and Medicinal Chemistry, and the Master's Programme in Botany, Medicinal Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. A total of 869 graduate students have graduated from KIB.
KIB attaches great importance in international cooperation and exchanges. From 1998 to 2012, KIB established scientific exchange and collaboration relationships with 95 organizations and institutions across 23 countries. Three joint research units are established through international cooperation, namely the Center for Mountain Ecosystem Studies co-established with International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), the Lab of Conservation Biology cofounded with Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh (RBGE), and the KIB-Mary Kay Joint Lab focusing on the research of skin care products.