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Founded in 1958, Institute of Vegetables and Flowers, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, was the only national nonprofit professional research organization in the field of vegetables and flowers. Its primary missions are: in accordance with major developing needs of industry and discipline of vegetables and flowers, to carry out research on application and application basis; innovate applicative technology and basic theory; to transform scientific and technological achievements; to organize national major scientific collaboration; to conduct domestic and international academic exchange and training; to foster high-level professional and technical talents; and to edit and publish academic journals.
The Institute occupies a total area of 70 hectares for 5 experimental farms of which the protected area account for 10 hectares, coupled with an area of 13,000 square meters for research buildings. The Institute also owns more than 500 equipments worth 90 million yuan, of which every single piece is beyond 10 thousand yuan, as well as a medium-term repository of national vegetable germplasm resources that preserves 38,500 pieces of vegetables germplasm resources.