South China Agricultural University is a “211 Project” university sponsored by both Guangdong Province and the Ministry of Agriculture during the ninth and tenth “Five-year Plan”. The university is strong in its academic researches and well equipped with research facilities.
Of the 160 research platforms, there are 5 key open laboratories of the Ministry of Agriculture, 2 key laboratories of the Ministry of Education, 5 Guangdong Provincial key laboratories, 2 Engineering Research Centers of the Ministry of Education, and 2Guangdong provincial key Research Bases for Humanities and Social Sciences.
The New Plant Variety Testing Center(Guangzhou branch) of the MOA, the Livestock and Poultry Products Supervision and Testing Center (Guangzhou branch) of the MOA, the State Genetically Modified Crops Testing and Supervision Center (South China branch), Guangdong Rural Area Policy Research Center and Guangdong Timber and Wood Products Quality Supervision and Testing Centerare all stationed inside SCAU.
The research outputs of SCAU have been increasing steadily over the years. Since the tenth “Five-year Plan”, SCAU has won 114 research and technology awards at provincial/ministerial level or above, with 77 first or second prizes. The university has applied for 499 patents (412 patents for inventions), and has been granted 198 of them (123 for inventions). The university has also been granted 14 New Plant Variety Rights, accounting for 35% of the total number to be granted until 2020 for Guangdong Province. 73 new plant and animal varieties by the university have passed required review precedures. Researchers and teachers of SCAU have published 10,243 academic papers, including 774 indexed by SCI.
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