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Chief: Xueyong Zhang


Xueyong Zhang
Chief of the Research Team of Crop Gene Discovery and Utilization
Center for Crop Genomics & Molecular Design
Institute of Crop Sciences
No.12 Zhongguancun South Street
Beijing, 100081, China


  • 1997-1998 Postdoc researcher, Department of Agrobiology and Agrochemistry, Tuscia University. Italy
  • 1994-1996 Visiting professor and Postdoc, USDA-ARS, Forage and Range Research, Utah State University, USA & Eastern Cereal & Rapeseed Research Centure, Agricultural Canada, Ottawa.
  • 1989-1992 Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Ph.D
  • 1984-1987 Northwest Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science,Master
  • 1980-1984 Gansu Agriculture University,Bachelor

Working Experience

  • 2001- now Full Prof.,Institute of Crop Sciences, CAAS.
  • 1992-2001 Assistant Prof, Associate Prof.,Institute of Crop Sciences, CAAS.

Research Interests

  • Wheat yield component dissection by Genetics & Genomics
  • Genome evolution in Triticeae polyploid species

Academic Qualifications

  • 2016: National Wheat Innovation Team Member (10/15)
  • 2016- Chief Editor, Column of Crop Genetics and Breeding, JIA & SCIENTIA AGRICULTURA SINICA
  • 2015- Committee Member of National Key Lab of Plant Cell and Chromosome Engineering, CAS
  • 2014: Zhuang Qiaosheng Wheat Research Award for excellent work in wheat genetic diversity and core collection.
  • 2012- Editor of The Crop Journal,
  • 2012- Committee Member, Key Lab of Crop Heterosis, Ministry of Education, CAU
  • 2011- Chief Scientist for Discipline of Crop Gene Resources and Germplasm Enhancement, Ministry of Agriculture
  • 2002- Editor of ACTA AGRONOMICA SINICA, Journal of Plant Genetic Resources

Selected Publications (*corresponding authors)

Hou J, Li T, Wang YM, Hao CY, Liu HX, Zhang XY*. 2017, ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase genes, associated with kernel weight, underwent selections during wheat domestication and breeding. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 15:1533–1543
Ma L, Tian Li, Hao CY, Wang YQ, Chen XH, Zhang XY*. 2016, TaGS5-3A, a grain size gene selected during wheat improvement for larger kernel and yield. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 5(14): 1269-1280
Jiang YM Jiang QY, Hao CY, Hou J, Zhang SN, Chen CH, Zhang XY*. 2015, A yield associated gene TaCWI, in wheat: its function, selection and evolution in global breeding revealed by haplotype analysis. Theor Appl. Genet, 128:131-43
Zheng J, Liu H, Wang YQ, Wang LF, Chang XP, Jing RL, Hao CY, Zhang XY* 2014, TaTEF-7A, a transcript elongation factor influences yield-related traits in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L). J Experimental Bot. 65:5351-5365.
Qin L, Hao CY, Hou J, Wang YQ, Li T, Wang LF, Ma ZQ, Zhang XY* 2014, Homoeologous haplotypes, expression, genetic effects and geographic distribution of the wheat yield gene TaGW2. BMC Plant Biology. 14: 107
Hou J,Jiang QY, Hao CY, Zhang HN, Zhang XY*. 2014 Global selection on sucrose synthase haplotypes during a century of wheat breeding. Plant Physiology, 164:1918-1929