International partners, including Colorado State University, Texas A&M University, Australian and New Zealand government agencies, the United Nations Development Program, and CARE, have supplied matching funds for joint projects. Much of this research is published in GGERI's own journals: Pratacultural Science [Caoye kexue], Pratacultural Science of China [Zhongguo caoye kexue], Acta Pratacultura Sinica [Zhongguo caoye xuebao], and Grassland and Forage of China [Zhongguo caoyuan yu mucao].

The institute also conducts programs to train graduate students from the Department of Grassland Science of Gansu Agricultural University and runs one-to three-year courses for technicians assigned by the Ministry of Agriculture and various provincial governments.



Lanzhou daxue shengwuxuexi shengtai yanjiuso


78 Tianshui Road, Lanzhou


Zheng Rongliang




72144 MDLZU CN


6580 Lanzhou

Lanzhou University, which has been a key university since 1952, is one of the leading institutions of higher learning in western China. The university has 1300 teachers and researchers, more than 8000 students, and offers courses in 22 departments and a wide range of special programs. The Department of Biology includes 31 senior professors, and it grants bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in several fields, including ecology. The Ecological Research Laboratory, chaired by Professor Zheng Rongliang, is located in the Department of Biology and, as its name implies, is responsible for research and advanced training in topics related to the preservation and use of natural resources.

Scholars in the Ecological Research Laboratory have conducted research on alpine and subalpine meadows; steppe and desert grasslands, including grassland succession, particularly secondary succession of abandoned agricultural fields and overgrazed grasslands in southwest Gansu; degradation of artificial grasslands in southwest Gansu; and degradation of desert areas in the Hexi Corridor. Current research focuses on community structure of secondary succession fields in alpine and subalpine meadows of southwest Gansu, where natural conditions, notably adequate water supply, hold greatest promise for increasing grassland production. The laboratory also supports work in areas related to grasslands, such as remote sensing, ecosystem analysis, ecological modeling, and plant taxonomy.

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