Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), was founded in 1959 and is located in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, covering an area of 900 ha. Over ten thousand species of tropical plants are preserved in its 34 living collections.
XTBG is a comprehensive research institution engaged in biodiversity conservation and sustainable uses of plant resources, focusing on forest ecosystem ecology, conservation biology and resource plant development. Facilities available for scientific research include two national field research stations (Xishuangbanna Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem Station, and Ailaoshan Station for Forest Ecosystem Studies); laboratories for Biogeochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Plant Phylogenetics & Conservation Biology, Physiological Ecology; a Germplasm Bank for Rare & Endangered Plants; and a Herbarium of Tropical Plants, etc. Aside from the headquarters in Xishuangbanna, an important division has been set up in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province.
International collaborations have been established with botanical gardens, universities, academic research institutions in more than 50 countries/regions and international organizations, and more than 20 cooperative agreements on various kinds of cooperative activities have been signed with collaborators. In recent years, XTBG has organized and hosted a series of important international conferences. More than 10 well-known experts and scholars in the world have become XTBG’s honorary professors.
Official website: http://en.xtbg.ac.cn/