Mangrove research takes root in Shenzhen
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Over 70 academics, researchers, government officials and guests from
Mr Liu unveiled the Centre's plaque at the ceremony, together with other officiating guests: Mr Liu Zhiping, Director (Forestry) of the Shenzhen Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bureau; Mr Wang Yongjun, Deputy Director of Nelingding Futian National Nature Reserve Management Bureau; and CityU Vice-President (Administration) Professor Y S Wong.
Beneficial to the public and to the region
The FCMC occupies more than 600 square metres, comprising the Futian Mangrove Laboratory and other state-of-the-art facilities, providing research support for basic and applied mangrove-related work.
l To establish a database on understanding the animal diversity, community structure and ecosystem dynamics in Futian mangrove wetland;
l To develop a constructed mangrove wetland system for domestic sewage treatment;
l To promote of mangrove conservation and replanting technology;
l To explore the economic values of mangrove plants;
l To isolate bioactive compounds from mangrove plants and microbes; and
l To investigate the ecophysiological role of endophytic fungi with potential applications in disease and insect control of mangrove plants.
"Public education is as important as research," stressed Professor Nora Tam, a respected mangrove scientist from CityU's Department of Biology and Chemistry, and FCMC's Associate Director. "We have plans to develop learning materials and teaching software for students and the general public to improve their understanding of the mangrove ecosystem and awareness towards environmental protection."
In recent years, some mangrove plants have been suggested for treating cancer and related diseases. However, scientific understanding in this area has been lacking. The FCMC will explore the commercial and medicinal values of these potential resources, and examine the growth and reproduction of mangrove plants, said Professor Tam..
Integral to the FCMC is the Futian Mangrove Laboratory, one of four research laboratories under the auspices of the Biotech and Health Centre-one of CityU's two Shenzhen Applied R&D Centres. Set up in July 2002 with support from the, the
The Shenzhen Applied R&D Centres have been strengthening ties with other institutions and industries in order to maximize City U's research capabilities and technology transfer in the Pearl River Delta region. The Centres' efforts are bearing fruit: four joint laboratories have been established in collaboration with academic and research institutes; consultancy/technology service agreements worth RMB 850,000 have been secured; a biochip anti-cancer research project has been listed in the prestigious "863" nationally funded programme; and the Centres participate in nationwide hi-tech fairs and exhibitions to promote CityU's research work.