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The Southwest China Germplasm Bank of Wild Species
An initiative of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) Knowledge Innovation Program (KIP) and one of China's most important scientific projects, the Germplasm Bank is a comprehensive storage facility for germplasm of rare and endangered wild plant and animal species and microorganisms. Fifteen years after its foundation, the Bank will have established itself as a prime storage facility for Asian species, and make significant contributions to the development of the biotechnology industry and life science research by providing valuable resources, information and expertise. Scrupulously conforming to international regulations, it is a key player in China's biotechnology industry and a forerunner in the nation's biodiversity conservation and bioresource conservation strategy.
The Bank comprises a seed section, an in vitro micropropagation unit, a microorganism bank (founded by Yunnan University), animal germplasm bank (founded by the Kunming Institute of Zoology, CAS) a DNA bank, an information centre and attached garden. Fifteen years after its foundation, the bank's collection will contain 19,000 species (190,000 accessions). Within the next five years, the bank's collection will be 6450 species in total, including 4000 plants as seeds.