The State Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (SKLPPB) is founded on the former Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture. Since its foundation in 2002, SKLPPB has been a competitive and influential research and education center in plant biology around the world. The mission of SKLPPB is to develop a comprehensive understanding on the interaction of plants and environment, and to apply the knowledge toward the agriculture development in China for more efficient and sustainable production.
        SKLPPB focuses on the frontiers of fundamental research as well as applied research in plant sciences to address significant questions of plant responses to abiotic stresses, and to meet challenges as water/nutrient use efficiencies. In general, research at SKLPPB encompasses the following areas:
        1. Plant/Crop cellular signal transduction in responses to abiotic stress.
        2. Regulation of gene expression in plant/crop responses to abiotic stress.
        3. Plant/Crop developmental regulation and stress responses.
        4. Physiological and molecular mechanisms of water and nutrient use efficiencies in crop.
        5. Chemical regulation of crop responses to abiotic stress.
        6. Functional genomics of crop (maize).