Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)


Planting talent at its core

The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences launches new talent plans to drive innovation at the country’s premier agricultural research institution.

The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) is China’s leader in agricultural technology. In the 60 years since CAAS was founded, it has always put its scientists at its core and has thus managed to accumulate a rich pool of talent.

CAAS has built a number of well-resourced research platforms. These feature: the world’s largest somatic cell bank for domesticated animals and poultry; the second largest genetic resource repository for crops; and, Asia’s largest national agricultural library. With two national key scientific engineering projects, six state key laboratories, 22 national crop and domestic animal breeding centres, multiple key laboratories under the Ministry of Agriculture, a number of field stations for scientific observation and testing and several quality inspection centres, CAAS is an agricultural research institution with the most improved and comprehensive facilities in China.

In response to the challenges of inadequate young academic leaders and inappropriate team structure of young talent, CAAS launched the Elite Youth Programme in 2013 as part of its plan to drive science and technology innovation. The programme has helped attract and cultivate a vibrant team of young and mid-career academic leaders.

To further enhance its young talent teams, in 2017 CAAS initiated a Young Talent Plan (2017–2030). This plan aims to increase the academy’s under-45 research cohort to approximately 4,750 by 2030 and it would mean that scientists under the age of 45 would account for two thirds of all staff scientists at CAAS. In order to make young researchers a driving force behind agricultural research, CAAS will also reform its human resource development system and incorporate 30 specific measures that address talent acquisition, cultivation, settlement and service support, as well as incentive mechanisms and researcher evaluations. With more open and fluid human resource mechanisms that select superior young researchers based on fair competition, CAAS will create a supportive environment for talent growth that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.

For new recruits, supporting policies include: an additional subsidy of RMB 100,000–500,000 per year; research funds of RMB 800,000 to 2 million a year; and, a settlement subsidy of RMB 1 million or subsidized housing. In addition, CAAS provides promotion support and helps with graduate student recruitment, children’s education and spousal employment.

Aiming to build first-class disciplines and a world-class institute, CAAS is focussing on agricultural genomics and molecular breeding, agricultural information technology and big data, intelligent equipment, novel vaccines, agricultural nanotechnology and other cutting-edge research. It will also promote the innovation of core technologies for new variety development, intelligent agricultural operation, quality control and hazard identification for agricultural products, biological safety and animal nutrition, design and manufacturing of functional food, green agriculture, efficient resource utilization, and environmental control and remediation. CAAS sincerely welcomes researchers both at home and abroad to join it in its endeavours.

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1 March 2017 - 28 February 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) published between 1 March 2017 - 28 February 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

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61 17.48 17.48

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 43 11.79 11.79
Chemistry 17 4.99 4.99
Physical Sciences 2 0.16 0.16
Earth & Environmental Sciences 3 0.97 0.97

Highlight of the month

Making tomatoes tastier

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© Raul Garcia Herrera / EyeEm/Getty

A detailed analysis of the chemicals found in tomatoes could help breeders develop tastier crops.

An international team co-led by researchers from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences scrutinized the metabolic constitution and genetic background of more than 600 different types of tomatoes including old, modern and wild varieties.

They found that, in the course of tomato domestication and modern breeding programmes, as agronomists focussed on larger fruit size, the natural production of bitter-tasting compounds and other molecules impacting flavour and nutrition was altered as well, compromising some of the richer and sweeter tang associated with heirloom tomatoes today.

These changes arose as a consequence of linkage between genes affecting fruit size and chemical composition — suggesting that, with precision gene-editing, scientists may now be able to decouple these traits and engineer tomatoes that possess any number of desired characteristics related to size, taste and myriad other qualities.

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  1. Cell 172, 249–261.e12 (2018). doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.12.019

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1 March 2017 - 28 February 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 62.85% Domestic
  • 37.15% International

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Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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