Month: January 2021

CAAS dryland agriculture during the “145” period will focus on water saving

According to MEI Xurong, vice president of the CAAS, dryland agriculture provides 43 % of the country’s grain and more than 75 percent of beef and mutton supply. More than 40 % of the wheat grown in China is drought-resistant and water-efficient, reducing the water consumption for agriculture. China has introduced and cultivated more than […]

CAS researchers produce diosgenin in yeast, using methods of synthetic biology

Diosgenin is an important raw material for the synthetis of cortisone and other steroid hormones. The groups of JIANG Huifeng and ZHANG Xueli at CAS Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology have sequenced the genome of Dioscorea zingiberensis and applied bioinformatics analysis to identify important gene clusters for diosgenin synthesis and analyze the biosynthetic pathway of diosgenin. Based […]

CAS QIBEBT publishs improved microbiome mining platform MSE 2

The Single Cell Research Center of Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Processes, Chinese Academy of Sciences released the second-generation microbiome search engine MSE 2 ( to support more comprehensive, deeper, and more convenient big data mining of flora. MSE 1 contained already 100,000 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing samples, nearly 270,000 samples covering 16S rRNA amplicons, […]

Freight train traffic between China and Europe increased strongly in 2020

According to QI Dan, general manager of Chongqing Logistics, there were 2,063 trips from Chongqing to Europe in 2020, up 72%, transporting over 2.7 billion yuan value of medical supplies and basic necessities alone in 2020. The Chang’an China-Europe freight train service from Xi’an to Europe operated 3,720 trains last year, 1.7 times that of […]

China will build 30 factories fully connected by 5G during the next 3 years

According to the “Industrial Internet Innovation Development Action Plan (2021-23)” recently notified by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), 30 5G fully connected factories will be built in 10 priority industries. New business formats such as smart manufacturing, network cooperation, personalized and custom-made products, service expansion, and digitalization management are expected to become […]

Results of the “135”-period in livestock breeding

According to the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China’s meat production in 2020 reached 76.39 million t and egg production reached 34.68 million t, both ranking first in the world. Within “135”, the country has set up 199 national-level breeding farms, conservation areas and gene banks for livestock and poultry genetic resources. More than […]

Chinese consulting group sees China’s frontier research second in the world, but gap in high-end talents

Since 2019, the Science and Technology Strategic Consulting Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission publish jointly the “Global Urban Basic Frontier Research Monitoring Index”, trying to monitor basic frontier research at the national, regional and city level. According to the 2020 report, China now ranks […]

45 from 336 COVID-patients were children

January 12, 2021 China Internet Information center(CIIC) reported the new cases of COVID-19 infections in the capital city Shijiazhuang of Hebei Province. “Hebei epidemic prevention and control press conference informed that as of January 9 (Beginning from Dec. 27 2020). there have been 45 children infected with the COVID-19, the youngest 3 years old; among […]

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