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The Zhengzhou Fruit Research Institute (ZFRI) is a national research institute studying deciduous fruit and some cucurbits (watermelon and melon). ZFRI focuses its research on fruit genetics and breeding, cultivation, integrated pest management, postharvest research, and fruit quality and safety inspection.
ZFRI now has 206 staff members, among which 60 are senior researchers. As a training base , it offers three doctoral and four master’s programs, enrolling more than 50 students totally.
The institute comprises 170 hectares of experimental fields and 15,000 m2 of shared scientific laboratory space equipped with state-of-the-art instruments. ZFRI’s affiliated research facilities include the National Grape and Peach Repository (Zhengzhou), the National Watermelon and Melon Gene Bank, the National Fruit and Cucurbits Improvement Center, the Key Laboratory of MOA for Fruit Breeding Technology, and the Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Testing Center of MOA for Fruit and Nursery Stock (Zhengzhou). ZFRI is also the host institute for the Professional Committee of Watermelon and Muskmelon under the Chinese Society for Horticultural Sciences, the Peach Branch of the Chinese Society for Horticultural Sciences, and the National Association for Watermelon and Muskmelon.