Plant platform of BGI-agro was founded in 2009. Before this, BGI had finished whole genome sequencing of several important agriculture related species including rice, silkworm, chicken and cucumber.Plant breeding platform has 3 major research directions: (1) important crop genome sequencing and bioinformatic analysis, including genome sequencing, genetic map construction and gene mining; (2) crop core germplasm collection and preservation; genotype and phenotype database construction; (3) establishment of the agricultural core technology system, including large-scale gene mining, high flux of transgenic technology, whole genome based molecular breeding techniques, etc.;

Plant breeding platform has several key laboratories, including: state agricultural genomics key laboratory, genomics key laboratory of agriculture ministry, state agriculture genomics group, CAAS-SIBI. It has established long-term collaboration with world famous agricultural institute such as International Rice Research Institute, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center. Our ultimate goal is to propel the development of modern biotech and crop breeding.

Plant breeding platform has launched several demonstrative projects from genome to breeding in rice, millet, soybean, corn and other important crops so far. High-throughput transgenic technology in rice, tobacco, Arabidopsis and other important crops has been established and the throughput reaches 300-500 genes / month. Both breeding and transgenic platform can provide powerful service and technique support for global scientists and breeders.

With expansion of talent team, improvement of scientific research conditions, development of international communication and deepening of scientific research, the plant breeding platform will definitely become the leader in China's agricultural genomics research and application, and make great contribution to the development of China's agriculture.

Tissue Culture Lab
Valuable laboratory instrument

Tissue culture room 
Molecular Breeding Lab

Genotyping Lab