The Institute of Leisure Agriculture is the first research institute to specialize in leisure agriculture among all the agricultural academies in China. The Institute consists of five research teams respectively engaged in ornamental plants, creative agriculture, tea, agricultural landscapes and culture, and utilization of leisure agricultural resources.
Targeting at the strategic requirements of modern agricultural development and major problems in leisure agriculture of Jiangsu Province, the Institute caters to the needs of the leisure agriculture industry and works for the rural vitalization strategy. With the research emphasis on the integration of agricultural research and art, the Institute aims to continuously improve innovation ability and provide strong support for the development of leisure agriculture in China.
The Institute also hosts many high-level horticultural research platforms, including Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Horticultural Crop Genetic Improvement and National Rhododendron Germplasm Bank.
1. Study on Nutritional Physiology and Cultivation Techniques of Tea Tree
2. Research on Processing Technology of Specialty Tea
3. Planning and Construction of Eco-Leisure Tea Garden
Ever since its establishment, the team managed to have its high-efficiency ecological cultivation techniques adopted in major tea-producing areas in southern, central and northern Jiangsu Province. The Research Lab has successively presided over and undertaken 1 sub-project of National Key R&D Plan, 3 projects of the National Natural Science Fund, 1 project of the Jiangsu Natural Science Fund, 4 projects of the Jiangsu Agricultural Science and Technology Independent Innovation Fund, and 3 projects of the Central Fiscal Promotion Program. The lab has published 22 papers, including 7 SCI papers, applied 5 patents, obtained 3 authorizations and created 1 technical standard for tea garden cultivation and management. In light of the soil characteristics and tea production features in each region, a technical model of reducing fertilizer application and increasing efficiency for tea gardens in this region was established. The corresponded technical regulations were also established. Through process and product innovation, one set of Jiangsu characteristic black tea production process was formed; two specialty black tea products and two matcha tea products were trial-produced.
The conservation and utilization of insects provide opportunities for resolving the conflicts between the growing material and mental needs of human beings and the depletable natural resource, which is one of today’s greatest challenges. Researchers of the insect utilization group focus on ornamental and edible insects, especially the Lepidoptera in Jiangsu province. They develop domestication and breeding techniques and scenario-based products by resolving the adaptive mechanism of insects. The scholars work closely with scientists, industries, and the administrations of natural scenic areas for creating new lifestyles filled with the joy of insects.
It mainly includes the theory and policy of leisure agriculture and rural tourism, the collection and collation of classic agricultural case materials, the study of leisure agricultural culture, the planning of agricultural park construction, and the research and technical service work of characteristic rural planning.