Founded in 1958, Institute of Zoology, Guangdong Academy of Sciences was renamed thrice. It was first established as Guangzhou Entomological Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 1972, it was renamed Guangdong Entomological Institute, Guangdong Academy of Sciences (GDAS), before its name settled as Institute of Zoology, Guangdong Academy of Sciences (GIZ) in 2015. GIZ is a provincial public institute on basic and applied research of animal science. To respond to the domestic needs of developing bio-industry and ecological environmental protection systems, GIZ is making substantial efforts. It focuses on essential scientific problems and major technological demands in biology and health, resources and environment as well as agriculture and forestry, and strives to keep up with the latest trends of global animal science. It conducts studies on insects, wild vertebrates and non-human primates in south China, centering wildlife resources utilization and protection, pest monitoring and biotechnology application. Through developing basic research, speeding up development of prospective technologies, accelerating construction of common industrial technology, pushing forward the transfer and commercialization of scientific achievements, and building talent teams and think tanks, GIZ vigorously develops scientific consulting services for the public, and actively serve the economic and social development of Guangdong.
  GIZ has eight affiliated research centers: that for Resource Insects and Biotechnology, that for Environmental Entomology, that for Insect Ecology and Pest Control, that for Animal Ecology and Evolution, that for Wildlife Expedition, Monitoring and Restoration, that for Wildlife-borne Infectious Diseases and Immunity,and that for Conservation and Utilization of Special Economic Animal Resources. Also affiliated to the Institute is a technology and achievement commercialization center. GIZ has established 28 national, provincial or ministerial science and technology innovation platforms, including Artificial Breeding Foundation of Special Economic Animals (under the Star World Agricultural Business Start-up Plan supported by the State Ministry of Science and Technology), Guangdong Key Laboratory of Animal Conservation and Resource Utilization, Guangdong Wildlife and Insect Germplasm Resource Bank, Guangdong Engineering and Technology  Research Center for Termite, and South China Judicial Appraisal Center for Animal Species Environmental Damage. GIZ participates in the organization and sponsors Guangdong Apiculture Technological Innovation Alliance, and is in affiliation with Guangdong Entomological Society, Guangdong Zoological Society, Guangdong Termite Society, and Guangdong Apiculture Society. A Chinese core journal -- Journal of Environmental Entomology, is directed by GIZ.
  GIZ is empowered by a multi-tier and all-around talent team either introduced or cultivated. By the end of 2018, the Institute has had more than 170 staff members, among whom 80% or more are professionals and technicians, including national candidates for “New Century Ten-Million Talent Project”, top-notch young talents of Guangdong Province’s Ten-Millions Project Special Support Program, the State Council Special Allowance Experts, and researchers from the “Pearl River Talents Scheme”. Of all the researchers, 15 enjoy a senior professional title, 44 an advance professional title, and 102 possess a Ph.D. or master’s degree. The Institute has currently 52 candidates for doctoral and master’s degrees.
  Adhering to national and local strategic needs and sticking to international academic trends, GIZ has set a clear path for development and prominent advantages of the disciplines. Achievements have been made in investigation, protection, and utilization of related wildlife resources (including insects), in research and development of new pesticide and antimicrobial biological agents, in new eco-friendly technologies for pests and rodents control in fields and forests, in integrated management of urban pests, in monitoring of pathogens of wildlife and human diseases, in breeding and quality monitoring of non-human primates experimental animals, and in evaluation and planning of nature reserves. These achievements are unique in Southern China and contribute substantially to the economic and social development of Guangdong Province. Since the establishment of the Institute, 143 scientific and technological achievements have been obtained by its staff, with 90 provincial and ministerial awards included; 23 domestic and international patents and applications have been sent to the United States, Japan, Australia and Vietnam, with 7 authorized; 319 national invention patents have been applied for, with 155 authorized; more than 3530 domestic and foreign academic articles, as well as 78 academic monographs, have been published.
  GIZ actively implements the strategic deployment of the provincial Party Committee and provincial government on innovation-driven development, and has constructed a complete chain of research, application industrialization and commercialization, taking the implementation of national “Innovation and Entrepreneur” strategy as its responsibility. Through establishing industrialization and transformation centers and self- or joint-constructed industrial incubators, and through actively participating in the drafting of policy for scientific innovation, GIZ helped to finish the “last mile” of research result application and industrialization journey. At present, breakthroughs have been made in large-scale cultivation of medicinal, feeding, economic and rare/endangered species, exemplified by  bat moth for artificial cultivation of Cordyceps sinensis, black water bat for solid organic waste treatment and insect feed, flat-breasted tortoise as rare animals, sturgeon as economic fish, and swiftlet for edible bird's nest. Relevant enterprises with core technologies are incubated by GIZ, contributing significantly to the development of the industry. Guangdong Biotechnology Park, independently built by GIZ, is registered as a Guangzhou Science and Technology Business Incubator. The solution proposed by GIZ to constructing professional incubators affiliated to provincial research institute was written into the [2019] No. 1 official document of “Measures for Further Promoting Scientific and Technological Innovation” issued by Guangdong Provincial People’s Government. The pre-existing policy obstacles of such problems were therefore perfectly removed.
  GIZ has always been keeping up with international academic frontiers and actively carrying out cooperation and exchanges. The Institute founded the “International Cooperation Base for Research and Development of Medicinal and Forage Animals” and “International Research Center for Monitoring Invasion and Vector Animal”. It has participated in schemes such as the 7th Framework International Cooperation Project on Feeding Economic Insects by EU, Citrus Diseases and Pests Control Project by US Ministry of Agriculture, Insect Pathogenic Nematodes Cultivation Project by Daedong Company, Korea, Agricultural Vegetable Pests Control Project in Rwanda by UK Ministry for International Development, EU Aid Project for DPRK, and Hong Kong Protected Area and Macao's Long-term Pest Control and Animal Resources Project. By now, GIZ has established close international cooperation in science and technology with more than 20 countries and regions, with the United States, Belgium, Pakistan, Indonesia, Vietnam, North Korea, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, and Macao included. GIZ has also conducted scientific research, professionals training, and postgraduate education through various projects, agreements or memorandums.
   Guided by its orientation, the Institute recognizes “Innovation, Truth-seeking, Concerted-efforts and Pragmatism” as its motto, “Integrity, Freedom, Truthfulness, Discrimination, Enterprising, Dedication” as its value, “People-oriented and Trust-taking, Properly-arranged and Efficiency-driven” as its management concept and aims to serve the industry and to develop into a renowned research institution based on biological resources protection and application, carrying out all kinds of work under the leadership of the CPC.
  Focusing on the strategic orientation and development objectives of “One Orientation and Three Goals” of GDAS, GIZ has strived to become one of China’s first-class biological research institutions. Its goal is to be irreplaceable in the field of animal resources and habitat protection in South China, to develop uniqueness in research and development of eco-friendly pest control technology, and to play a globally competitive role in comprehensive utilization and industrialization of special economic animal resources in China.

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