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 prehensive understanding of Plant Environment Interactions, and to apply the knowledge toward the agriculture development in China for more efficient and sustainable production.
     Currently, SKLPPB brings together distinguished scientists with varying specialties, including an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), seven Ministry of Education-awarded Cheung Kong Scholars, and four principle investigators (PIs) of the national 973 program. Additionally, eleven PIs were granted the National Natural Science Foundation of China Award for distinguished young investigators, three were supported by the "Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talents Project" from the Ministry of Personnel, and one was enrolled in the Thousand Youth Talents Plan. There are two Creative Research Groups funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China. Furthermore, there are two winners of China Youth Science and Technology Award, two winners of National Science and Technology Award (second prize), and two winners of National Technological Invention Award (second prize).
     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).