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The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) is a national comprehensive agricultural research institution in China. It was established in 1957, and is affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) of China. Headquartered in Beijing, CAAS oversees a Graduate School, 34 affiliated research institutes located in Beijing and across China, and a Publishing House.

CAAS is dedicated to overcoming a broad range of science and technology challenges impacting agricultural development and supporting the modernization of agriculture and rural areas through basic, applied and high-tech research. Research and policy work at the CAAS cover a broad range of topics that have been categorized in 11 major discipline clusters, consisting of 58 discipline fields and 283 key directions. The 11 disciplinary clusters include Agricultural Basic and Frontier Researc, Crop Science, Horticulture, Plant Protection, Agricultural Resources and Environment, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural Microbiology, Agro-product Quality and Processing , Agricultural Equipment, Engineering and Information, and Agricultural Economics and Rural Development.

CAAS currently has 11,171 staff members, with 6,849 permanent employees. Among them, there are 6,167 professionals, including 1,458 professors and 2,123 associate professors, accounting for 23.6% and 34.4% of the total, respectively. CAAS now has 16 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering,over 400 laureates of national and provincial high-level talent titles and 422 CAAS Outstanding Talent. 817 postdoctoral researchers working at CAAS 11 postdoctoral mobile research stations and 10 postdoctoral research stations.

A relatively complete research platform system, up to 550 platforms, has been established at the national, ministerial and CAAS levels. CAAS has the world’s largest single P4 animal biosafety laboratory, and Asia’s largest P3 animal biosafety laboratory cluster. There are 2 Major National Science and Technology Facilities, 15 National Key Laboratories, 1 National Center for Technology Innovation, 5 National Engineering Technology Research Centers and 7 National Engineering Laboratories and Engineering Research Centers built in CAAS. There are 12 branches for mid-term storage and 13 National Crop Gene Repositories, with over 530,000 accessions in long-term preservation, ranking the second in the world. National Crop Gene Bank, with the world’s most extensive collection of native crop genetic resources, was newly built in 2021. The National Agricultural Library ranks top in Asia and the third in the world in terms of its collection of agriculture books.

Importantly, CAAS promotes sustainable agriculture within and outside China, taking collaborative research work and joint global actions with its partners around the world, including more than 330 foreign government departments, research institutions, nearly 50 international organizations, foundations, and multinational companies.

CAAS is committed to significantly advancing high-level agricultural science and technology innovation, in an effort to build an important world-class center for agricultural talent and innovation, and provide support for food security, higher agricultural production efficiency, transition towards green agriculture, and elimination of poverty and hunger in the world.

CAAS In Numbers

Postgraduate Students
Scientific Research Platforms
Experimental Bases
 International Partners
Million Library Collection


Organizational Structure of CAAS
  • President
  • Secretary of Leading Party Group
  • Vice-Presidents
  • Administrative Departments

    General Office

    Department of Research Management

    Department of Personnel

    Department of Finance

    Department of Development and Construction

    Department of lnternational Cooperation

    Department of Technology Transfer

    Department of Major R&D Programs

    CAAS Party Committee

    Department of Supervision

  • Graduate School of CAAS

  • Research Institutes in Beijing

    Institute of Crop Sciences

    Institute of Plant Protection

    Institute of Vegetables and Flowers

    Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agricultural

    Institute of Animal Sciences

    Institute of Apicultural Research

    Institute of Feed Research

    Institute of Food Science and Technology

    Biotechnology Research Institute

    Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development

    Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning

    Agricultural Information Institute

    Institute of Quality Standards and Testing Technology for Agro-Products

    Institute of Food and Nutrition Development of MARA

    China Agricultural Science and Technology Press Ltd.

  • Research Institutes outside Beijing

    Institute of Farmland Irrigation

    China National Rice Research Institute

    Institute of Cotton Research

    Oil Crops Research Institute

    Institute of Bast Fiber Crops

    Institute of Pomology

    Zhengzhou Fruit Research Institute

    Tea Research Institute

    Harbin Veterinary Research Institute

    Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute

    Lanzhou Institute of Husbandry and Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute

    Institute of Grassland Research

    Institute of Special Animal and Plant Sciences

    Agro-Environmental Protection Institute of MARA

    Biogas Institute of MARA

    Nanjing Institute of Agricultural Mechanization of MARA

    Institute of Tobacco Research

    Agricultural Genomes Institute at Shenzhen

    Institute of Urban Agriculture

Regional Agricultural S&T Innovation Centers
  • Central China Research Center
  • Digital Agriculture and Rural Areas Research Institute
  • East China Agricultural Science and Technology Center
  • Hainan National Breeding and Multiplication Institute at Sanya
  • Kunpeng Institute of Modern Agriculture at Foshan, Guangdong
  • Chengdu National Agricultural Science and Technology Center
  • Northwest China Agricultural Research Center
  • North China Innovation Center for Agriculture and Animal Production
Our People

11,236 staff members by end-2021:

6,849 permanent employees; 4322 contract employees; 65 employees for CAST Press

1,618 managerial staff; 6,167 professionals , including 1,522 people who also hold managerial posts; and 586 technicians and logistics workers

16 Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering