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Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology (SIPPE) is one of the institutions of the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS), Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). SIPPE was established by the integration of the former Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology (SIPP) and Shanghai Institute of Entomology (SIE) on May 19th, 1999. The former SIPP was initially evolved from the laboratory of Plant Physiology, Institute of Botany of the Academia Sinica, which was founded at the town of Beipei, Chongqing on May 1st, 1944. On January 23rd, 1953, Institute of Experimental Biology, CAS, was separated from the Academia Sinica and became the predecessor of SIPP. It was the cradle of plant physiology and biochemistry in China, and one of the pioneer institutions that carried out molecular genetic researches in plants and microbes. Tremendous achievements have been made in the fields of photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation in the early years. Former SIE, one of the main research institutions on entomology in China, was founded in 1959 and once made great progresses in insect taxonomy, physiology, toxicology, co-evolution, pesticide resistance and sex pheromones.

The mission of SIPPE is to generate knowledge of plants, microbes and insects through creative research, to train scientists for the future, and to benefit the sustainable agriculture, ecological environments, bio-energy and bio-manufacturing requirements in China. Our research topics include, if not all, functional genomics and physiology, synthetic biology, developmental and evolutionary biology, and biotechnologies by using plants, microbes and insects as model organisms.

By the end of 2013, there are 420 research scientists working at SIPPE including 58 professors, 69 associate professors and senior technicians. SIPPE now has 9 CAS academicians, 13 winners for the NSFC "National Outstanding Young Investigator Award", 6 awardees for "the One-Thousand-Talents" schemes, and 29 awardees for the CAS "One-Hundred-Talents" program. The research capacity of SIPPE has been continuously strengthened by the supports f rom the funding agencies of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Ministry of Agriculture and CAS. In particular, three innovative research teams including "The system and synthetic biology research of microbial metabolism" have been funded by NSFC, and three projects have won the MOST's National Basic Research Program ("973") and National Science and Technology Infrastructure Program supports.

In the next five to ten years, SIPPE will continue to strengthen its research team by recruiting outstanding young scientists, to improve its institutional managements, and to improve its national and international competitiveness in plant, microbe and insect sciences. The Institute will expand its collaborations with local and international institutions and enterprises for related basic and translational research. In general, SIPPE will devote its efforts to establish itself as a world-recognized institution by reinforcing its both basic and applied research capacities.

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