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The  development of discipline in BIOLOGY at Huazhong Agricultural  University is the historic miniature of using modern biotechnology to  reshape traditional agriculture in China. The major of microbiology was  established by academician Chen Huakui in the 1940s. In 1987  Biotechnology Center was established to carry out comprehensive research  on genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology of plants, animals and  microorganisms. In 1993,it was authorized to launch Ph.D and master  programs in Molecular Biology, which was the only Ph.D program in  Molecular Biology among the agricultural and forestry universities in  China. In 1998 it was authorized to launch Ph.D program in Biology as  the first group in China. Microbiology and biochemistry & molecular  biology were approved as national key disciplines continuously. In 1996,  the College was authorized to grant Bachelor's Degree of Fermentation Engineering. In 2003, the major of Fermentation engineering was rated as a key discipline in Hubei province.  In 2011, the College obtained the authority to grant First class master's degree in light industry technology and engineering.

The College has supported six  fields including Botany & Zoology, Biology & Biochemistry,  Molecular biology & Genetics, Agronomy, Chemistry and Microbiology  in our University which were ranked top 1% in the world ESI. Four  specialists were elected most highly cited scholars in China from 2014  to 2016 and Zhang Qifa was the No. 1 most highly cited scientist in  Agronomy and Biological Sciences for three consecutive years. In the first three rounds of China Discipline Ranking(CDR), Biology Subject has been in the forefront.



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