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ZHANG Weijian


Professor, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China;

Visiting Professor, Institute of Applied Ecology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China;

              Tel/Fax: 86-10-62156856, 86-10-62128815       

               Email: zhangweijian@caas.cn; zwj@njau.edu.cn

Research Interest

  • Agro-ecosystem Response and Adaptation to Climate Change: Crop physiological and ecological responses to climatic warming and elevated CO2, Soil biotic and abiotic responses to climatic warming and elevated CO2;

  • Soil C/N Cycling: Impacts of cropping system on soil C/N cycling and GHG emissions, Effects of conservational farming system (crop straw recycling, manure application, cover crop, less tillage, crop rotation, etc.) on soil physical and biological processes;

  • Crop Production and Resource Use: Rice/corn production with high yield; Water/Nitrogen use with high efficiency; Techniques of cropping system for environmental and climatic health; Technique assessment and selection for regional agricultural development.

Education Background

  • 2001.06-2003.10: Post-doctor in Global Change Ecology (Soil processes, Soil C/N cycling), North Carolina State University, USA;

  • 1996.09-1999.07: Ph.D. in Agro-ecology and Farming system, Nanjing Agricultural University, China;

  • 1990.09-1993.07: M.S. in Crop Physiology and Ecology, Nanjing Agricultural University.

Professional Experience

  • 2008.06 to present: Professor, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Agro-ecosystem response to climatic change, Conservational farming system, Crop production with high yield and resource use efficiency;

  • 2005.01-2008.05: Professor, director, Institute of Applied Ecology, Nanjing Agricultural University; Agro-ecosystem response to climatic change, Conservational farming system;

  • 2003.11–2004.12: Associate Professor, Nanjing Agricultural University; Agro-ecology, Regional agriculture and agricultural information technology application;

  • 2001.06–2003.10: Post-doctor, North Carolina State University, USA; Response of soil ecological processes to elevated CO2, Soil system responses to climatic warming;

  • 2000.01–2001.05: Associate Professor, Nanjing Agricultural University; Agro-ecology and farming system, Rice production;

  • 1995.01-1999.12: Lecturer, Nanjing Agricultural University; Cropping system for Paddy field, Rice physiology and ecology.

Ongoing Project

  • Spring corn cropping for high yield with high resource use efficiency (water/Nitrogen) in Northeast China, 2009-2013, Project of National Basic Research Program (973 Program);

  • Sustainable cropping theory and technique of Chinese major grain crops for higher yield, 2011-2015, Key Projects in the National Science & Technology Pillar Program;

  • Rice cropping innovation for higher-yield with lower-emission, 2008-2015, Special Projects of Base Funding for Central Scientific and Technological Institutes for Public Welfare;

  • Responses of agro-ecosystem productivity to warming and elevated CO2: Linkage between aboveground and belowground, 2008-2015, the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, National Natural Science Foundation of China;

  • Effects of conservational farming system on soil organic carbon dynamics and crop productivity, 2007-2015, National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Main Publications (First/corresponding author)

[1]Zhang,W., K. M. Parker, Y. Luo, S. Wan, L. L. Wallace and S . Hu. 2005. Soil microbial responses to experimental warming and clipping in a tallgrass prairie. Global Change Biology, 11(2), 266-277

[2]Huang, S., Zhang, W. J., Yu, X., Huang, Q. (2010). Effects of long-term fertilization on corn productivity and its sustainability in an Ultisol of southern China.Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment,138(1), 44-50.

[3]Rui, W., Zhang, W. J. (2010). Effect size and duration of recommended management practices on carbon sequestration in paddy field in Yangtze Delta Plain of China: A meta-analysis.Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment,135(3), 199-205.

[4]Chen, C., Lei, C., Deng, A., Qian, C., Hoogmoed, W., Zhang, W. J. (2011). Will higher minimum temperatures increase corn production in Northeast China? An analysis of historical data over 1965–2008. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 151(12), 1580-1588.

[5]Dong, W., Chen, J., Zhang, B., Tian, Y., Zhang, W. J. (2011). Responses of biomass growth and grain yield of midseason rice to the anticipated warming with FATI facility in East China. Field Crops Research, 123(3), 259-265.

[6]Guo J., Zhang M., Zhang L., Bian X., Zhu J., Zhang W. J. (2011). Responses of dissolved organic carbon and dissolved nitrogen in surface water and soil to CO2 enrichment in paddy field. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 140, 273–279.

[7]Chen, C., Qian, C., Deng, A., Zhang, W. J. (2012). Progressive and active adaptations of cropping system to climate change in Northeast China. European Journal of Agronomy,38, 94-103.

[8]Guo, J., Zhang, W. J., Zhang, M., Zhang, L., Bian, X. (2012). Will elevated CO2 enhance mineral bioavailability in wetland ecosystems? Evidence from a rice ecosystem.Plant and soil,355(1-2), 251-263.

[9]Tian, Y., Chen, J., Chen, C., Deng, A., Song, Z., Zheng, C., Zhang, W. J. (2012). Warming impacts on winter wheat phenophase and grain yield under field conditions in Yangtze Delta Plain, China.Field Crops Research,134, 193-199.

[10]Kou, T. J., Zhu, P., Huang, S., Peng, X. X., Song, Z. W., Deng, A. X., Zhang, W. J. (2012). Effects of long-term cropping regimes on soil carbon sequestration and aggregate composition in rainfed farmland of Northeast China.Soil and Tillage Research,118, 132-138.

[11]Huang S, Sun Y, Zhang W. J. (2012). Changes in soil organic carbon stocks as affected by cropping systems and cropping duration in China’s paddy fields: a meta-analysis. ....Climatic Change, 112, 847-858.

[12]Feng, J., Chen, C., Zhang, Y., Song, Z., Deng, A., Zheng, C., Zhang, W. J. (2013). Impacts of cropping practices on yield-scaled greenhouse gas emissions from rice fields in China: A meta-analysis.Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment,164, 220-228.

[13]Sun, Y., Huang, S., Yu, X., Zhang, W. J. (2013). Stability and saturation of soil organic carbon in rice fields: evidence from a long-term fertilization experiment in subtropical China.Journal of Soils and Sediments,13(8), 1327-1334.

[14]Song, Z. W., Guo, J., Zhang, Z., Kou, T., Deng, A., Zheng, C., Zhang, W. J. (2013). Impacts of planting systems on soil moisture, soil temperature and corn yield in rainfed area of Northeast China.European Journal of Agronomy, 50, 66-74.

[15]Tian Y., Zheng C., Chen J., Chen C., Deng A., Song Z., Zhang B., Zhang W. (2014) Climatic warming increases winter wheat yield but reduces grain nitrogen concentration in East China. PLoS ONE 9(4): e95108. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0095108.