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Botanists visit local parks and firms
    2017-July-27  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THOUSANDS of botanists attending the XIX International Botanical Congress (IBC) visited places on four routes mapped out by the Congress’ organizing committee over the past few days.

They included the Fairy Lake Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Orchid Conservation & Research Center of Shenzhen, the China National GeneBank, the Agricultural Genomics Institute at Shenzhen under the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and two local high-tech firms, Tencent and DJI-Innovations.

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Data collected by the organizing committee suggests the Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, Shenzhen and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has been the most-visited venue by IBC attendees. As many as 429 Congress attendees signed up for the excursion to the botanical park yesterday afternoon.

The park, located in Luohu District, was founded in 1983 and first opened to the public in 1988. The park has the country’s largest collection of Cycas revoluta and ferns and is home to an abundance of mosses.

A researcher, Stefan Porembski, from Rostock, Germany, was one of the visitors who toured the Garden yesterday. His interest is mainly in plants native to karst landforms. The researcher said that the study of these plants that survive in harsh and dry environments could help solve the problems of drought in many dry areas around the world.

Another botanist from Scotland, Peter Moonlight, said it was interesting for him to observe Begonia plants in the Garden. Before the tour, Moonlight and dozens of other botanists from around the world discussed the conservation and study of Begonia plants. He said that this year’s IBC was very well-organized and provided a good opportunity for botanists from different countries to associate.

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The other tour location that has attracted a large number of Congress attendees is the Orchid Conservation & Research Center of Shenzhen (also known as the National Orchid Conservation Center of China, NOCC). The center was founded in September 2006 for the development of conservation strategies and the promotion of orchid conservation in China. NOCC is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the orchid center and its base.

In addition to collecting and conserving, the Center is also tasked with orchid reproduction, rejuvenation, research, monitoring and identification, as well as providing technical consulting on endangered orchid species in China.

The herbarium of NOCC has the largest collection of endangered Chinese orchids, comprising more than 921 species. Among them are all of the species of the endangered genus Paphiopedilum from around the world.

A visitor from Australia, surnamed Zhou, said the Center’s dedicated work on protecting orchids amazed him. Another Congress attendee from Henan Province said she had been looking forward to this excursion to see the orchids for a long time, and that it was the first time she had seen so many orchids in one place.

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For those who are interested in life science, the China National GeneBank (CNGB) and the Agricultural Genomics Institute at Shenzhen (AGIS) under the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in eastern Shenzhen are must-see places.

In 2011, the National Development and Reform Commission decided to launch the CNGB project. Established by BGI-Research, CNGB has become the largest genomics research facility in the world.

After five years of development, CNGB has built an integrated infrastructure of “Three Banks and Two Platforms”. The “Three Banks” represent the Biorepository, the Bio-informatics Data Center and the Living Biobank, while the “Two Platforms” include the Digitalization Platform and the Synthesis & Editing Platform. The Living Biobank is committed to building China’s Noah’s ark, which is intended to protect and save the life resources of almost 300,000 species of plants, a million species of animals and over 10 million species of microbes.

AGIS is affiliated with the CAAS, and is a government-supported scientific research institute with particular strengths in agricultural genomics, molecular breeding and crop and food metagenomes.

It has a scientific research staff of more than 140 persons, including 12 CAAS innovation teams, three awardees of the National Outstanding Youth Foundation, three finalists from the National High-level Personnel Special Support Program, nine national talents from Shenzhen and one from the Shenzhen Peacock Team. The estimated annual funding received by AGIS is about 50 million yuan ($7.41 million).

While visiting the institutes, a professor from the Royal Botanic Gardens in the U.K. said the fast development of botany in Shenzhen has impressed her. She had worked in Guangzhou, a city neighboring Shenzhen, for a short period while she was a university student. She had not even heard of Shenzhen at the time, and now the city surprises her with its rapid progress.

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Shenzhen is known as the hub of high-tech corporations from China and increasingly around the world. The organizing committee selected two high-tech firms based in Shenzhen as proud names of the city. Though the majority of the botanists have chosen to visit places that match their research interests, the two firms also managed to attract quite a number of visitors yesterday.

Tencent is an Internet company well-known among almost all Chinese netizens. It has become a leading provider of value-added Internet services in China. Tencent provides various social platforms and digital content services under its Connection Strategy. Tencent’s leading Internet platforms, including QQ (QQ Instant Messenger), Weixin/WeChat, QQ.com, QQ Games, Qzone and Tenpay, have gathered China’s largest Internet user community.

DJI, located in Shenzhen, benefits from direct access to suppliers, raw materials and young, creative talent for its sustained success. Drawing on these resources, DJI has grown from a single small office in 2006 to a global workforce of over 6,000 with offices in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Beijing and Hong Kong.

As a privately owned and operated company, DJI focuses on its own vision for technology that supports creative, commercial and nonprofit applications. Today, DJI products are redefining industries. Professionals in filmmaking, agriculture, conservation, search and rescue, energy infrastructure and more trust DJI to bring new perspectives to their work and to help them accomplish feats in safer and faster ways and with greater efficiency than ever before.

Forty-one Congress attendees, along with six journalists, toured the bases of DJI and Tencent in Nanshan District yesterday. The staff at the companies gave presentations on their latest technologies and products for the visitors.

(Zhang Qian)

 

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