Institute of Pharmacognosy

By LZU | 05/09/2012 15:38:20 | Views ()

1. History

Built in 1971, the Institute of Pharmacognosy is mainly undertaking the research work of classifying and identifying the resource of crude drugs and medicinal plants. Meanwhile, it also undertakes the teaching work in Pharmacognosy and Medicobotany.

The institute is aiming at investigating, developing and utilizing the medicinal resource in Gansu province. Besides, the institute takes responsibility of the development of the genuine medicinal materials, as well as the tissue culture and the cultivated houseplants of the rare and wild medicinal materials, and the work of sorting and identifying the easily mixing variety.

There also have been a myriad of projects passed technical evaluation, which indicatesthe technology of the institute has reached the advanced level in China. Therefore, it obtained many awards, among which are many provincial technological awards. A lot ofacademic dissertations are listed in the SCI and CI, etc.

2. Faculty and Research Conditions

There are four teachers and staff, among whom one possesses intermediate professional title, the other is experimentalist, one has doctoral degree. The institutepossesses 2 labs, 2 rooms for herbarium sheets, 1 traditional medicinal lab, 1 instrument room, 1 material and reagent room. The total area reaches 500 square meters.

3. Research Fields and Teaching Work

Major research directions are the development and exploit of the medicinal materials,the identification of the crude drug and the general utilization of the medicinal resource, the investigation of the diversity of crude drugs, the study of exploiting the traditional medicine and Tibetan medicine.

The institute offers 2 curriculums for the students majoring in pharmacy, pharmaceutics and traditional medicine and the following curriculum for graduates: Selected Lecture ofAdvanced Pharmacognosy, Seed Plant Taxonomy, Study and Development of the Brand-new Traditional Medicine, Introduction to the Classification of Medicobotany, Introductionto the Tissue Culture of Plants, Latin of Botony, Identification of Chinese Drug, Resource of Chinese Medicinal Materials, Crude Drugs, Medicobotany, and Introduction to HerbalMedicine. Besides, the institute hammers at further education through evening classes, self-study examination, and training state-level personnel of further education on medicine.

4. Teaching and Research Achievements

In 2007, the course of pharmacognosy was rated as “boutique course” in Lanzhou University. Professor Zhao Runeng officially published “Chinese Herbal MedicineResources in Gansu Province” after 40 years’ compilation in 2006.

The institute has undertaken many projects supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, Natural Science Foundation of Gansu province, and so on. In 2006, a national patent was authorized, 2 books were published. More than 5 projects are in progress. More than 10 papers have been cited in the SCI, and 30 academic articles have been published in the key journals.

5. Discipline Construction and Talent Cultivating

There are 2 professors, 1 lecturer, 1doctoral student, and 2 graduate supervisors in the institute with good laboratories for teaching and research, among which the Traditional Chinese Medicine Identification Laboratory is regarded as the second-class laboratory authorized by Gansu Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine Administration. There are 2 herbarium specimen rooms, with the area of 108 square meters and a collection of 30000specimens of medicinal plants, ranking the third among the same specimen rooms in Gansu province. Besides, there is a traditional Chinese medicine museum with the area of 100square meters and a collection of over 1200 copies. The laboratory has a paraffin section machine, rotary slicer, automatic thin plank instrument, and biological imaging system equipment, which makes a contribution to develop the multi-level talent cultivating.

The directions of master’s programs:

(1)The development and utilization of medicinal plant resources

(2)The comprehensive utilization of the identification and resources of crude drug

(3)Biodiversity research


The master’s program of Pharmacognosy is among the second batch to get the right togrant master degree. Since the enrollment of graduates in 1984, there have been a total of 91 students in 28 sessions, among which 25 sessions of students graduated, 75 having gotmaster’s degree, and 16 being studying. At the same time, the institute also admits more than 20 on-the-job students who have bachelor’s degree as master’s degree candidates, ofwhom 19 have graduated. The institute of Pharmacognosy has rich faculty resource, andclear research direction. Now, there are 6 master supervisors. So far, the institute hascultivated over 70 high-level talents, of whom over 30 are pursuing doctoral degree.Graduates with master’s degree work not only in Gansu province, but also in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Fujian, Shandong, Yunnan, Sichuan and so on, throughout the country. Some have become leaders in government, doctoral supervisors, and directors in various units.

Reprinted please specity source center of Lanzhou University news
Contributors address: