YAU currently has 1,884 staff, including 848 with senior professional titles among which is 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 9 national high-level talents, 11 State Department special allowance experts, 10 outstanding contributors in Yunnan Province, 10 Provincial special allowance experts, 1 national famous teacher, 2 national excellent teachers, 20 provincial famous teachers, 8 famous teachers with special support plan for provincial high-level talents, 1 scientific and technological leader of the "high-level talent training support plan" in Yunnan Province 8 Yunling scholars, 13 leading talents in industrial technology, 4 Yunling famous teachers, 1 chief technician and 42 young top-notch talents. There are 16 young talents from the "high-level talent introduction plan" of Yunnan Province. There are 79 Provincial Academic and technical leaders and future talents, and 8 provincial innovative talents in total. There are 2 advanced collectives in the education system of Yunnan Province, 2 excellent teachers in the education system of Yunnan Province and 1 excellent educator in Yunnan Province. There are 2 advanced collectives in the national education system and 1 advanced collectives in professional and technical talents. We have 1 national scientific and technological innovation team, 14 provincial scientific and technological innovation teams, 2 provincial philosophical and social science innovation teams and 13 university-level scientific and technological innovation teams. There are 9 members of the Higher Education Committee of the Ministry of Education and 1 evaluation expert for the national science and technology award.

    YAU focuses on the development of modern agriculture and carries out scientific research guided by the needs of national and regional economic and social development. With a scientific research fund of 1.65 billion yuan, the university has successively undertaken more than 3,715 projects, including the United Nations global environment fund, EU projects, national plan 973, national plan 863, national key R&D plan, science and technology support plan and national fund key projects. It has won 461 international, national, provincial and ministerial awards such as the second prize of National Scientific and Technological Progress Award, the second prize of National Technological Invention Award, the first prize of Scientific Research of FAO, the outstanding Science Award of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), He Liang He Li Science and Technology Progress Award, Yunnan Science and Technology Outstanding Contribution Award and Yunnan Science and Technology Progress Special Award.


Agricultural biodiversity control of diseases and insect pests

Academician Zhu Youyong's team created the theory and technology of agricultural biodiversity control of diseases and insect pests. The research results were published as a cover article in Nature, and have been popularized and applied in a large area of 201,333 km2 in China, which was a break-through to tackle the problem of single planting of crop varieties.


"Three line" matching of hybrid japonica rice

Professor Li Zhengyou and his team took the lead in breeding the first male sterile line of rice in China, and first invented the "three line" matching of hybrid japonica rice in China, won the award of the National Science Conference, set a world record of 1108.55kilograms per unit yield of hybrid japonica rice, led a team to breed more than 40 varieties and promoted more than 20,000km2.


Gene editing and somatic cloning technology

Professor Wei Hongjiang's team constructed gene editing and somatic cloning technology, cooperated with the United States to obtain the world's first batch of endogenous retro-viral inactivated cloned pigs, published as a cover article in Science, and obtained a variety of small pig disease models.


Tea genome database

Professor Sheng Jun and his team devoted in tea and other characteristic biological resources, having established the tea genome database, systematically explained the origin and evolution of tea plant and the migration rule of tea plant genes, expounded the mechanism of reducing blood fat, lowering blood sugar and slowing down the complications of diabetes, developed the series of deep processed products of Pu' er tea, and explored new resources such as Moringa oleifera, Dendrobium candidum and Maca, which has achieved innovation and led the industrial upgrading anddevelopment.