The joint program of CAS Institute of Hydrobiology, Tibet University, Henan Agricultural University, CAAS Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, CAS Beijing Institute of Genomics and Huazhong University of Science and Technology starts out with over 3,000 species of eukaryotic algae and protozoa kept by CAS Institute of Hydrobiology and is scheduled to extend to 10,000 protists within 3 years. Its goal is to better understand biodiversity, the origin and evolution of multicellular organisms and sexual reproduction, and to push forward the research on environmental protection, nutrition and disease control.

Xinhua news release, January 3, 2020