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On 24 October, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Botany in Kunming met with government officials to negotiate funding for a national germplasm bank. And three days later, the CAS Kunming Institute of Zoology hosted a conference to launch a collaborative project between the CAS, Germany's Max Planck Society and the University of Chicago, to train China's next generation of conservation biologists.

The initiatives will add momentum to the expansion of China's nature reserves, which have doubled in the past five years and now occupy 16 per cent of its land area.

Link to full news story in Nature

Reference: Nature 425, 890 (2003)

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