Key Laboratory of Marine Biogenetic Resources


Academician Xu Xun

The “Key Laboratory of Marine Biogenetic Resources (KLAMBR) of the Ministry of Natural Resources”, founded in 1991 by academician Xu Xun, is China's first lab involved in marine bioengineering. The KLAMBR was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in January 2005 as a State Key Laboratory Breeding Base co-built by Xiamen and the MOST. For over 20 years, it has formed a professional team on R&D of marine genetic resources, supported by 45 staffs, including one academician, 10 researchers, 22 people with senior professional titles. The lab has five investigators who received central governmental talent allowances, three winners of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, and two national candidates of the “Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talents Project”. In recent years, thirteen members have won four provincial and ministerial awards successively.

This is also the first laboratory engaged in deep-sea microbiology study and marine genetic resources exploitation in China. In 2002, the deep-sea genetic resources center started its construction with the support of COMRA and TIO. In 2005, MOST launched the construction of the first center of “Marine Culture Collection of China”(MCCC), MCCC now turns to be part of the national infrastructure responsible for marine microbial resources. In the past 20 years, KLAMBR played a major role in deep-sea genetic resources exploration, supported by national projects including 863, 973, NSFC, and COMRA, etc. KLAMBR developed the equipment systems  including deep-sea long-term in situ ecological observation system, deep-sea high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) simulation cultivation systems,  microbial fermentation pilot platform.

In 2018, the lab and the its French partner Laboratoire de Microbiologie des Environnements Extrêmes LM2E (UMR 6197) generated associated lab LIA on deep sea microbiology named “Sino-French Laboratory of Deep-Sea Microbiology(MICROBSEA).”

TIO, CRNS, Ifremer and UBO signed an agreement on LIA MICROBSEA on November 28, 2018 at Brest, France

The KLAMBR has currently undertaken more than 40 scientific research projects. The project contract funds have totaled 92.63 million yuan. From 2016 to 2018, 261 research papers have been published, including over 230 SCI papers in internationally renowned publications such as Nature Communication, Environmental Microbiology, Virology, Molecular Immunology, etc. It is a chief editor or co-editor of multiple monographs on marine microbiology. Among the newly applied 40-plus patents, more than 20 have been authorized.

In 2013, the team was awarded “Advanced Ocean and Polar Investigation Collective of the State Oceanic Administration”. The achievement in marine oil-degrading bacteria and the research of “genome sequencing of large yellow croaker revealing the molecular and genetic mechanism of stress adaptation” were successively awarded as one of the “China’s Top Ten Ocean Scientific and Technological Achievements” in 2015 and 2014 respectively. In addition, the establishment of a the  marine microbial resource center with remarkable deposits was selected as China’s Major Engineering Achievements in 2017.

15th International Marine & Freshwater Mycology Symposium, 2018, Xiamen

First Domestic Workshop on Marine Bio-Resources, 2018, Xiamen