Overview
Solidarity ¡¤ Collaboration ¡¤ Professionalism ¡¤ Dedication
Experimental Station of the former Agricultural Department of Sun Yat-Sen University, established by Professor Ding Ying known as the father of rice crop science. As a non-profit research institute, it is now the Guangzhou Branch of National Rice Improvement Center as well as the birthplace of Dwarf Rice breeding. Currently, there are 185 employee in GDRRI, among them there are 92 specialized technical staff, 51 experts with senior professional title and 49 employee with PhD degree. Equipped with advanced research facilities, including the Guangdong Key Laboratory of New Technology in Rice Breeding£¬National Germplasm Nursery of Wild Rice, Guangzhou,  Guangdong Provincial Gene Bank of Rice, phytotrons and facilities for the rice molecular biology research, GDRRI mainly engages in the collection, conservation and utilization of rice germplasm, development of new rice varieties and new breeding technology, rice farming and cultivation, physiology and ecology of rice, as well as the promotion and transformation of research achievements and relative technical service .
So far, GDRRI has won 242 research awards, including 17 national level awards and 112 ministerial and provincial level awards; 31 patents including 23 patents for inventions; and 75 new plant variety rights. 771 rice varieties cultivated by GDRRI have been approved by relevant above-provincial department, including 106 gaining national-level approvals. 31 rice varieties have been cultivated with the total planting area of more than 10 million mu (about 6.7 million hectares). The rice varieties and related technologies developed by GDRRI accounted for 75% of the rice planting area in Guangdong, with a transformation rate over 90% for its research achievements. GDRRI has provided strong technological support for the rice production in Guangdong Province and even in the whole southern China, the indica rice growing regions, and has made significant contributions to the national food security.

GDRRI was awarded as the ¡°Guangdong Excellent Research and Development Institute¡± by Guangdong Provincial Government, and ¡°National May 1st Labor Prize¡± by All-China Federation of Trade Unions,  and ¡°Guangdong Provincial Civilization Unit¡± by the provincial government and ranked the 4th place in the national assessment of comprehensive research strength among agricultural research institutes in China. Staff of GDRRI have won various honorary titles, including 12 employees received the title of the national or provincial Model Worker, 27 enjoyed the government special allowance, 5 conferred as the ¡°Guangdong Ding Ying Science and Technology Award¡±, 1 as the national expert with outstanding contribution and 4 as the provincial experts with outstanding contribution, 3 as the agricultural technical experts with outstanding contribution to the national food production and 8 as the rural advanced technical workers in Guangdong. 
Brilliant History
Pioneered the distant hybridization breeding of wild rice and cultivated rice
Based on the natural hybrid progeny of perennial common wild rice, Professor Ding Ying, the founder of GDRRI, succeeded in the breeding of a new rice variety ¡°Zhongshan 1¡±, the first variety in the world with wild rice consanguinity, followed by many other competitive rice varieties derived from, such as ¡°Zhongshan Zhan¡±, ¡°Zhongshan Hong¡±, ¡°Zhongshan Bai¡±, ¡°Baoxuan 2¡±, ¡°Baotaiai¡±, etc., in South China. In total, these varieties have been planted about 124 million mu, with the growing period of over 60 years. Professor Ding also successfully developed many other varieties, including ¡°Yinyin 20¡±, ¡°Dongyin 1¡±, and ¡°Chenghei 7¡±, etc. by crossing the cultivated rice with Indian wild rice. He is the first rice scientist in China who develop new rice varieties by crossing cultivated rice with wild rice, initiated a new way of rice breeding by wild-cultivated hybridization. 
Initiated the rice dwarfing breeding which is known as the first ¡°Green Revolution¡±
During the 1950s and 1960s, the research team of GDRRI headed by Professor Yaoxiang Huang (the Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering) successfully developed the first semi-dwarf rice variety ¡°Guangchangai¡±, followed by the success in breeding a complete set of many other new varieties which are either early-maturing, middle-maturing or late-maturing, including ¡°Zhenzhuai¡±, ¡°Guangluai 4¡±, ¡°Guangjie 9¡±, ¡°Zhaiyeqing 8¡±, ¡°Shuanggui 1¡±, ¡°Guichao 2¡± and ¡°Teqing 2¡±, etc. The success of rice dwarfing breeding intensifies the fertilizer tolerance and lodging resistance of rice. The rice yield drastically raised from 150-250 kg/mu in the 1950s to 350-450 kg/mu. The extensive popularity of large number of improved dwarfing rice varieties in rice production plays a vital role in feeding the huge population in China and is a significant breakthrough in the history of rice breeding, reputed in the world as ¡°the first green revolution¡±. On June 29, 2019, the Achievement Exhibition for the 60th Anniversary of Rice Dwarfing Breeding and the International Symposium for commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Rice Dwarfing Breeding were held ceremoniously in Guangzhou.
Organisation Structure
Leadership of GDRRI
Director General£º
Wang Feng(the second on the right)

Party¡¯s Vice Secretary:
XiaoXin (the second on the left)

Deputy Directors General:
ZhongXuhua (the first on the right) , HeXiuying (the first on the left)
Principal Scientist and Senior Scientist
GDRRI is staffed with 185 employees, of whom 92 are technical professionals, 51 are experts with senior professional title and 49 are employee with PhD degree. Among them, there are 10 second-class and third-class research fellows, three experts eligible for the government special allowance, one expert listed in National Rice Industry Technology System, one chief expert and two post experts of Rice Innovation Team in Modern Agricultural Industry and technology System of Guangdong Province , one chief expert and two project experts of Innovation Team of Guangdong Modern Agricultural Industry Generic Technology.
  • Zhang Shaohong
    Senior scientist
    Research area: rice molecular breeding
  • Liang Shihu
    Senior scientist
    Research area: hybrid rice breeding

  • Chen Jianwei
    Senior scientist
    Research area: rice breeding

  • Pan Dajian
    Senior scientist
    Research area: collection, evaluation and utilization of rice germplasm
  • Huang Qing
    Senior scientist
    Research area: cropping system and rice cultivation

  • Dr. Liu Bin
    Senior scientist
    chief expert of Guangdong Provincial Generic Technology Innovation Team
    Research area: gene mapping and cloning
  • Dr. Cheng Youding
    Principal scientist
    Research area: functional rice breeding


  • Zhou Shaochuan
    Principal scientist ,State Council special allowance expert
    Research area: conventional rice breeding

  • Dr. Zhong Xuhua
    Principal scientist, chief expert of Guangdong Provincial Rice Innovation Team, State Council special allowance expert
    Research area: rice physiology and ecology
  • Dr. Wang Feng
    Principal scientist, post expert of National Rice Industrial Technology System, State Council special allowance expert
    Research area: hybrid rice breeding
Team Leader, Research Area and Important Achievements
  • Functional Rice Breeding Lab
    Team members£ºChen Youding
    Liu Chuanguang, Chen Dagang, Zhou Xinqiao, Guo Jie, Chen Pingli Breeding of functional rice germplasm through introduction, screening and development of functional rice germplasms including iron-rich rice, zinc-rich rice, selenium-rich rice, high resistant starch rice, high ¦Ã-aminobutyric acid rice and low-gluten rice. Special functional rice including iron-rich rice and low-gluten rice were bred,
  • Rice Molecular Breeding Lab
    Team leader£ºDr. Zhao Junliang
    Gene identification and cloning of important traits in rice, and molecular breeding.
    Great progress had been made in gene identification of durable rice blast resistance and cold tolerance, and molecular breeding. Papers were published in major National/ International academic journals including Plant Biogechnology Journal£¬Plant Physiology, MPMI, Scientia Agricultura Sinica and Acta Phytopathologica Sinica.
  • Rice Physiology and Ecology Lab
    Team leader£ºDr. Liang Kaiming
    Research on the theory and technology for sustainable high yield and high efficiency rice production , with special attention on efficient resource use and low carbon cultivation.
    The ¡°Three Controls¡± nutrient management technology developed by the team has been widely adopted inside and outside Guangdong Province.
  • Rice Cultivation Technology Lab
    Team leader£ºDr. Zhang Bin, Zou Jixiang
    Research, demonstration, extension of simplified cultivation, high quality and high efficiency production technology of rice.
    ​ Rice seedling-throwing technology, no-tillage seedling-throwing technology and corresponding cultivation technologies of super rice are widely extended and applied inside and outside of Guangdong Province.
  • Three-Line Hybrid Rice Breeding Lab
    Team leader£ºProf.Liang Shihu
    Breeding of new three-line hybrid rice varieties suitable for early and late-season indica rice production in southern China.
    ​ MS lines, Tianfeng A, Wufeng A and Guang8 A and their hybrids were successively bred and widely applied in rice production.
  • Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center
    Team leader£ºProf. Liu Wuge
    Breeding of elite parentals lines and new hybrid rice with fine quality, high yield, and disease resistance using both conventional breeding and molecular breeding technology; genetic dissection, mapping and cloning of genes controlling important agronomic and economic traits in hybrid rice.
    ​ Elite parentals lines such as Guanghui3550, Guanghui998, Guanghui122, Guanghui308, RongfengA and Taifeng A were developed and series of hybrids were successively bred and widely applied in rice production.
  • Disease- resistant Rice Breeding Lab
    Team leader£ºDr.He Xiuying
    Breeding of new rice varieties with multi-resistance, high quality and high harvest index.
    Yuexiangzhan and Yuejingsimiao No.2 successively became the national and Guangdong provincial control variety and the most popular inbred rice in Guangdong with the largest planting area.
  • New Rice Varieties Breeding Lab
    Team members£ºDr. Wang Chongrong
    Breeding of inbred rice with high quality. , establishment of core germplasm breeding system for good quality rice, and development of rice molecular breeding in whole genome.
    ​ Good quality rice varieties including Huanghuazhan, Meixiangzhan No. 2, and Wushansimiao are wildly grown in China.
  • Super Rice Breeding Lab
    Team leader£ºProf.Liu Zhixia
    Breeding of new rice varieties with super high yield and good quality by ¡°Cross Combination and Population Selection Method¡± and Rice Ecological Breeding Theory established by Academician Huang Yaoxiang.
    ​ Six super rice varieties were bred and approved by the Ministry of Agriculture of China.
  • Rice Genetic Resource Lab
    Team leader£ºProf. Li Chen
    Collection, conservation, evaluation and utilization of rice germplasm resources.
    ​ 5,078 accessions of wild rice and 18,779 accessions of cultivated rice varieties are conserved.
Institutional culture
Concerns from the leadership

Zhu Senlin (in the middle), then Governor of Guangdong Province, was visting GDRRI.

  • Zhang Dejiang (middle of front row), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and then secretary of CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee, was visting at Dafeng Experiment Station. 
  • Li Changchun (second from left), former member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and then secretary of Guangdong Provincial Party Committee, was visiting GDRRI.
  • Huang Huahua (middle of front row), then governor of Guangdong Province, was visting at Dafeng Experiment Station.
  • Luo Fuhe, vice chairman of the Chinese People is Political Consultative Conference (first from left) and Song Hai (second from left), then Vice Governor of Guangdong Province, were visiting GDRRI.
  • Deng Haiguang (in the middle of the front row),then vice Governor of Guangdong Province, was visting GDRRI.
  • Li Jiayang (right), former member of the party group and deputy minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, then president of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, was visting GDRRI.
  • Deng Nan (the first from the right ),former deputy director of the National Science and Technology Commission, was inspecting the Research
  • Ou Guangyuan(the third from the right ), former director of the Standing Committee of Guangdong Provincial People¡®s Congress, inspected Baiyun experiment base.
  • Liu Kun (third from right), then vice governor of Guangdong Province, inspected the provincial key laboratory in GDRRI.
  • Prof. Lu Huazhong (second from left), the president of GDAAS, came for inspection.
Social Impact
Due to the outstanding achievements in serving society and self-construction, GDRRI has received many awards and honors, including "Guangdong Outstanding Research and Development Institution" by Guangdong Provincial People's Government in 1995; "National May 1st Labor Award" in 2002; the winner in the first institutional assessment of non-profit research institutions reflecting Guangdong's advantages and characteristics; "Excellent Non-profit Scientific Research Institution"; and "Guangdong Provincial Civilized Unit" for the second time in 2011. Our comprehensive strength ranks in the forefront among all nation-wide agricultural research institutes.


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