Derived from the Agronomy Department founded in 1949, School of Life Science and Technology is one of the earliest schools in Henan Institute of Science and Technology. In the 1960s, many wheat species, including the well-known “Huixian Hong”, were successfully bred. In 1985, Prof. Huang Guangzhen was awarded the second prize of National Technology Invention because he successfully bred the wheat species, “Bainong 3217 ”, which was planted as much as 200 million mu (13.3 million ha) and the boost yield was as much as 12 trillion jin (6 trillion Kg). Cultivated in the 1990s, the new wheat species of “Bainong 64” was the leading varieties of wheat production at that time. “Bainong Aikang 58”, which was short and anti-pest and awarded the first prize of National Science and Technology Progress in 2013, was extended to be planted 260 million mu (17.3 million ha) and its economic benefit was more than RMB 20 billion. Among the 13 new successfully-cultivated cotton species---“Baimian series” ---“Baimian NO.3” was awarded the first prize of Science and Technology Progress of Henan Province in 2008. Additionally, 2 seeds of maize and 3 seeds of sweet potato were successfully bred.
PresentlySchool of Life Science and Technology comprises of three departments, namely, Agronomy, Bioengineering and Biotechnology. The School has five undergraduate specialties---Agronomy, Seeds Science & Engineering, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, and Bioscience. Now there are 2079 undergraduate students and 39 graduate students studying here. Among the 63 scientific and teaching-research awards of provincial and national level, the second prize of National Technology Invention Award has been achieved once, the first prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award once, the second prize once, the third prize twice, and the National Teaching Achievement Award thrice. 70 crop seeds have been bred and 10 National Invention Patent have been achieved. In 2016, Prof. Ru Zhengang was awarded the Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress of Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation, and National Outstanding Party Member. Recently, the School has gloriously obtained the awards of “Outstanding Grass-roots Party Organization of Henan Province” and “Advanced Party Organization in Henan Colleges”.
2. Discipline Construction
Agronomy is national distinguished specialty, national trial major of training vocational education teachers and outstanding talents, and comprehensive reform trial major in Henan province. Seeds Science &Engineering is trial major of training national outstanding talents. Bioengineering is Henan’s distinguished specialty, comprehensive reform trial major as well as outstanding engineer talents trial major in Henan province. Crop Science is key discipline of first-level in Henan and master degree authorization discipline. Botany is second-level key discipline of in Henan. It has a talent training base for national agricultural science and education cooperation and experiment-teaching demonstration center for biology in Henan province.
The School boasts Henan Collaborative Innovation Center in Modern Biological Breeding, Henan Key Lab for Molecular Ecology and Germplasm Innovation of Cotton and Wheat, Henan Engineering and Technology Research Center for Hybrid Wheat, Henan Engineering and Technology Research Center for Gene Editing of Cereal Crop, Henan Engineering and Lab for Cotton Genetic Engineering Breeding and Pest Control, Joint international Lab for Cotton Functional Genomic and Molecular Breeding, Key Discipline Open Lab on Crop Molecular Breeding of Henan Higher Education, Key Discipline Open Lab on Crop Cultivation and Physiology of Henan Higher Education, Henan Engineering and Technology Research Center for Crop Genetic Improvement,Henan Postdoctoral Research and Development Base, and Cooperative Lab for Crop Genomic and Genetic Improvement with East Carolina State University.
In recent years, the School has undertaken more than 90 scientific research projects of provincial and national level, including those of the 973 Program, the 863 Program,National Science and Technology Support Program, Transgenic major projects and the State Natural Science Foundation. Among the 63 scientific awards of provincial and national level, the second prize of National Technology Invention Award has been achieved once, the first prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award once, the second prize once, the third prize twice, and the National Teaching Achievement Award thrice. 70 crop seeds have been bred and 10 National Invention Patent have been achieved. Prof. Guangzheng Huang was awarded the second prize of National Technology Invention because he has successfully bred the wheat species “Bainong 3217 ”. “The different ecological types area and its producing technique regulations of Henan province”, investigated by Prof. Yang Yongguang, was awarded the second prize of State Science and Technology Improvement. New cotton varieties “Baimian No. 3” with high yield and quality, precocity and short-cycle, bred by Prof. Wang Qinglian, were awarded the first prize of Science and Technology Improvement in Henan Province (2008). New wheat species “Bainong Aikang 58”, bred by Prof. Ru Zhengang, was awarded the first prize of Science and Technology Improvement in Henan Province (2010), and awarded the first prize of State Science and Technology Improvement in 2013. Bainong Aikang 58 has made a significant contribution to promote the construction of the core area of grain and to protect national food security.
Among the 124 teaching staff in the School of Life Science and Technology, there are 20 professors, 38 associate professors, 67 doctor’s degree holders, 4 double-hired academician, 3 prominent experts who enjoy the special allowance of the State Council, 1 Specially-appointed Professor of Henan province, 15 teachers obtaining different credits such as national excellent teachers, provincial famous teaching staffs, or hardworking paragons, and there are 29 Master supervisors. The Research Team of Wheat Genetics Breeding and Utilization of Herterosis is the Outstanding Team of the Ministry of Agriculture as well as the Excellent Creative Team of Henan Province. The Research Team of Cotton Breeding and Molecular Biology is the Excellent Science and Technology Innovation Team of Henan province. The Research Team of Crop Genetic and Breeding was named as the Excellent Teaching and Innovating Group of Henan Colleges.
Main Professors in the School of Life Science and Technology
5. College Features To meet the talent demand of the economic and social development, teaching contents and curriculum systems were timely reformed. Integration of discipline and specialty is implemented, that is, discipline construction servicing talent cultivation, scientific research servicing teaching work and achievement transformation providing internship and job opportunity. Then good interaction and mutual support of discipline and specialty, teaching and research, training and job were achieved. Moreover, innovative practice of personnel training mode of “specialty + special +certification” and “discipline + specialty + base + company + farmers (enterprises)”was launched.
International academic exchanges and cooperation was actively developed, such as the cooperation with the East Carolina University in the United States and other colleges for student exchange and study visits. Since the establishment of the School of Life Science and Technology, more than 9,000 professionals have been cultivated, such as Prof. Zhang Xinyou, the academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering. The School of Life Science and Technology has made outstanding contributions to the economic construction and social development, especially in Henan Province.
6. Contact Information
Contact Address: Eastern HuaLan Avenue, Xinxiang City, Henan Province, China
Post Code: 453003
Contact Person: Tiegu Wang
Web Site: http://smkjxy.hist.edu.cn/tbdh/yxgk/xyjj.htm