The Beijing Key Laboratory of Plant Resources Research and Development, built in Beijing Technology and Business University in 2003, is the one of the first 50 key laboratories supported by both Beijing Education Commission and Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission. Under the guideline of Beijing Bioengineering and Medicine development, and by the integration of a multiplicity of scientific disciplines including applied chemistry, bioengineering and food science and technology in our university, this key lab is focusing on the research and development of special plant resources to meet the need of different industries such as foods, medicines and personal care products.
The research projects carrying on in the Lab include: (1) R & D of plant resources by modern biotechnologies such as genetic engineering, cell culture, enzyme engineering and bio-separation engineering to improve the utility of natural plant resource. (2) R & D of high performance separation techniques bioactive components, e.g. high-speed countercurrent chromatography, and their application. (3) Preparation of high pure and high value standard samples, high effective natural pharmaceutical intermediates, functional and nutrient food ingredient and supplements, and natural effective components for cosmetics. (4) The development of functional food and cosmetics.（5）R & D of natural green preservative techniques. (6) The evaluation of the efficacy and safety of functional food and cosmetics.
The aim is to develop a series research area based on natural plant resource including basic research, R & D of new techniques and application, development of functional food and cosmetics, and efficacy and safety evaluation of related products, and finally to build up our superiority in some special area.
Currently, five basic research labs and two product development labs have been set up in the Key Lab, including Lab of Molecular Biology, Lab of Microbiology, Lab of Cell Culture, Lab of Separation and Purification Techniques and Lab of Instrumental Analysis, Lab of Functional Food, and Lab of Natural Cosmetics. The Key Lab posses about 600M2 research space and near 10 million renmingbi lab research related capital. Meanwhile, the Key Lab has a 10-people young and capable research team, 3 professors, 3 associate professors, and 7 Ph.D. holders.