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Chief: Tianfu Han


Tianfu Han
Chief of the Research Team of Soybean Breeding Technology Innovation and New Variety Improvement
Center for Crop Genetics and Breeding
Institute of Crop Sciences
No.80 XueYuanNanLu
Beijing, 100081, China


  • 1990-1994: PhD in Plant Genetics and Breeding, Northeast Agriculture University, Harbin, China
  • 1985-1988: MS in Crop Cultivation and Farming System, Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin, China
  • 1980-1984: BS in Agronomy, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, China

Working Experience

  • 2011-present: Director of Key Laboratory of Soybean Biology (Beijing), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), China
  • 2007-present: Chief soybean Scientist of China Agriculture Research System (CARS), MARA, China
  • 2003-2018: Director of Beijing National Soybean Improvement Sub-center, Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), China
  • 2001-2002: Senior Visiting Scholar, Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • 1999-2000: Visiting scholar, Department of Biology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR, China
  • 1999-present: Professor, Institute of Crop Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China
  • 1995-1997: Postdoctoral Resarch Fellow, National Centre for Soybean Improvement, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China
  • 1988-1997: Teaching assistant, Lecture, associate professor, Department of Agronomy, Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin, China
  • 1984-1985: Technician, Jiuquan Prefecture Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Jiuquan, Gansu Province, China

Research Interests

  • Principles and Practices of the Photo-Thermal Adaptability Improvement in Soybean
  • Soybean Management Technology Integration and Demonstration

Academic Qualifications

  • 2012-present: Head of Soybean Advisory Expert Committee, MARA, China
  • 2011-2016: Chairman of Soybean Specialty Committee of the Crop Science Society of China
  • 2006-2009: Board member the Society for the Advancement of Breeding Research in Asia and Oceania (SABRAO)
  • 2005-2011: Vice-chairman and Secretary General of Soybean Specialty Committee of the Crop Science Society of China
  • 2004-2009: Chief Soybean Expert of Project for Sending Science and Technology to Farmers’ Family, Ministry of Agriculture (MOA)
  • 2004-2013: Member of Continuing Committee, World Soybean Research Conference
  • 2002-2018: Member of National Soybean Variety Approval Committee, MOA, China
  • 2002-2011: Member of Soybean Advisory Expert Committee, MOA, China

Selected Publications (*corresponding authors)

Cai Y, L Wang, L Chen, T Wu, L Liu, S Sun, C Wu, W Yao, B Jiang, Yuan S, Han T*, Hou W*. Mutagenesis of GmFT2a and GmFT5a mediated by CRISPR/Cas9 contribute for expanding the regional adaptability of soybean. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 2019, DOI:10.1111/pbi.13199
Jiang B, S Zhang, W Song, M A A Khan, S Sun, C Zhang, T Wu, C Wu, T Han*. Natural variations of FT family genes in soybean varieties covering a wide range of maturity groups. BMC Genomics, 2019, 20: 230.
Song W, S Sun, S E Ibrahim, Z Xu, H Wu, X Hu, H Jia, Y Cheng, Z Yang, S Jiang, T Wu, M Sinegovskii, E Sapey, A Nepomuceno, B Jiang, W Hou, V Sinegovskaya, C Wu*, J Gai, T Han*. Standard cultivar selection and digital quantification for precise classification of maturity groups in soybean. Crop Science, 2019, 59: 1-10.
Cao X, T Wu, S Sun, C Wu, C Wang, B Jiang, J Tao, W Yao, W Hou, W Yang*, K H M. Siddique, T Han*. Evaluate changes in the contribution of roots to shoot development and biomass production in soybean cultivars released from 1929 to 2006 in China using a grafting technique. Crop & Pasture Science, 2019, 70: 585-594.
Li K, X Zhang, J Guo, H Penn, T Wu, L Li, H Jiang, L Chang, C Wu, T Han*. Feeding of Riptortus pedestris on soybean plants, the primary cause of soybean staygreen syndrome in the Huang-Huai-Hai river basin. The Crop Journal, 2019, 7: 360-367.
Song W, R Yang, X Yang, S Sun, S M Rao, B Jiang, T Wu, S Tian, E Sapey, C Wu, W Hou, G Ren*, T Han*. Spatial differences in soybean bioactive components across China and their influence by weather factors. The Crop Journal, 2018, 6: 659-668.
Liu W, B Jiang, L Ma, S Zhang, H Zhai, X Xu, W Hou, Z Xia, C Wu, S Sun, T Wu, L Chen, T Han*. Functional diversification of Flowering Locus T homologs in soybean: GmFT1a and GmFT2a/5a have opposite roles in controlling flowering and maturation. New Phytologist, 2018, 217: 1335-1345.
Yu Y, W Hou, Y Hacham, S Sun, C Wu, I Matityahu, Si Song, R Amir*, T Han*. Constitutive expression of feedback-insensitive cystathionine -synthase increases methionine levels in soybean leaves and seeds. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 2018, 17: 54-62.
Mao T, J Li, Z Wen, T Wu, C Wu, S Sun, B Jiang, W Hou, W Li, Q Song, D Wang*, T Han*. Association mapping of loci controlling genetic and environmental interaction of soybean flowering time under various photo-thermal conditions. BMC Genomics, 2017, 18: 415-432.
Yue Y, N Liu, B Jiang, M Li, H Wang, Z Jiang, H Pan, Q Xia, Q Ma, T Han*, and H Nian*. A single nucleotide deletion in J encoding GmELF3 confers long juvenility and is associated with adaption of tropic soybean. Molecular Plant, 2017, 10: 656-658.

Members of Research Group

Li Chen, Fenxia Han, Wensheng Hou, Bingjun Jiang, Bin Li, Jing Li, Wenwen Song, Junming Sun, Shi Sun, Cuxiang Wu, Tingting Wu, Cailong Xu, Shurong Yan, Shan Yuan, Shengrui Zhang