National level laboratory with outstanding research strength and quality
To meet the immense demand for innovation and creativity arising with the fast growing economy, the Chinese Government has pledged to develop and establish a national innovation system through coordinated multidisciplinary research in elite institutions and top universities. The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has taken the lead for evaluation, assessment and approval of Chinese top laboratories, with outstanding research strength and quality, for the establishment of State Key Laboratories (SKLs) in specific strategic research areas with a mission to carry out frontier research to meet the urgent social, scientific and economic needs. The Chinese University of Hong Kong has obtained approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China to set up the State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology (CUHK) in 2008, a joint State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology with China Agricultural University (CAU), but operating independently.
The State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology (SKLA) aims to build a World Class International Research Center in China with mission to uplift China’s agricultural technology, increase agricultural productivity, safeguard national food security, and improve people’s nutrition. By combining the strength of modern biotechnology and the traditional wisdom of breeders and farmers, we pledge to serve the society by generating new knowledge, producing novel technological platforms, products, and training high caliber technologists and thereby boosting technical reserves and agricultural productivity in China and beyond.