NORTHWEST PLATEAU INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY, ACADEMIA SINICA

Chinese

Zhongguo kexueyuan xibei gaoyuan shengwu yanjiuso

Address

78 Xiguan Street, Xining 810001

Director

Wang Zuwang

Deputy director

Du Jizeng

Telephone

(0971) 43895, 43619

Cable

4430 Xining

The Northwest Plateau Institute of Biology, founded in 1962, in Xining, Qinghai, is headed by director Wang Zuwang and has a staff of 280, including 50 full and associate professors. Vice director Du Jizeng described the six departments of the institute and their research priorities, as follows: (1) botany—taxonomy of plants and botanical geography; (2) zoology—taxonomy of animals, including birds, mammals, fish, and insects, and physiology and adaptation of animals to plateau ecology; (3) ecology—research on ecological systems, including population studies; (4) rodent control—behavior and control of rodents; (5) crop breeding—spring wheat selection; and (6) plant chemistry—plateau resources for medicinal plants. Scholars at this institute have done extensive research on rangeland vegetation, domestic livestock, wildlife, and range ecology in the Qinghai-Tibetan alpine grasslands. The institute publishes three journals: Acta Theriologica Sinica [Shoulei xuebao ], Acta Biological Plateau Sinica [Gaoyuan shengwuxue jikan], and Theses of Haibei Research Station.

HAIBEI ALPINE MEADOW ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH STATION

Chinese

Haibei gaohan caodian shengtai xitong dingweizhan

Address

c/o Northwest Plateau Institute of Biology, Xining

Codirectors

Pi Nanlin and Zhou Xingmin

The Haibei Research Station, which was established in May 1976 by the Northwest Plateau Institute of Biology and opened to outside researchers in 1987, is headed by codirectors, Professors Pi Nanlin and Zhou Xingmin. The principal mission of the station is to study the character of the alpine meadow, its productivity, and its ability to sustain animal husbandry. Current funding comes exclusively from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The station is located in Menyuan Hui Autonomous County, 160 km north of Xining, in a mountain basin (elevation 3200 m) south of the Qilian Mountain range and astride the Xining-Zhangye highway, the major trade route between Qinghai and Gansu provinces. This site is typical alpine meadow. The mean annual temperature is –2.0°C, and mean annual precipitation 500



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