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Chief: Weijian Zhang


Prof. Weijian Zhang
Chief of the Research Team of Agroecology and Farming System
Center for Crop Management & Farming System
Institute of Crop Sciences
No.12 Zhongguancun South Street
Beijing, 100081, China


  •  1996-1999, PhD in Agroecology and Farming System, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China
  •  1990-1993, MS in Crop Physiology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China
  •  1981-1984, BS in Agronomy, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China

Working Experience

  •  2008.10-now, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  •  2003.11-2008.09, Agronomy Department, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China
  •  2001.02-2003.10, Soil Ecology, North Carolina State University, USA
  •  1993.08-2001.01, Agronomy Department, Nanjing Agricultural University, China

Research Interests

  •  Response and Adaptation of Agro-ecosystem to Climate Change
  •  Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling in Terrestrial Ecosystem
  •  Crop Production for High-yield with High-efficiency

Academic Qualifications

  •  Technical Editor, the Crop Journal
  •  Consultants of Agroecology and Environment, FAO and World Bank
  •  Members of the Academic Committee, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Selected Publications (*corresponding authors)

Jiang Y, Qian H, Huang S, Zhang X, Wang L, Zhang L, Shen M, Xiao X, Chen F, Zhang H, Lu C, Li C, Zhang J, Deng A, van Groenigen KJ, Zhang W*. 2019. Acclimation of methane emissions from rice paddy fields to straw addition. Sci. Adv. eaau9038.
Siddik MA, Zhang J, Chen J, Qian H, Jiang Y, Raheem AK, Deng A, Song Z, Zheng C, Zhang W*. 2019. Responses of indica rice yield and quality to extreme high and low temperatures during the reproductive period. European Journal of Agronomy. 106: 30–38.
Jiang Y, Qian H, Wang L, Feng J, Huang S, Hungate BA, van Kessel C, Horwath WR, Zhang X, Qin X, Li Y, Feng X, Zhang J, Deng A, Zheng C, Song Z, Hu S, van Groenigen KJ, Zhang W*. 2018. Limited potential of harvest index improvement to reduce methane emissions from rice paddies. Glob Change Biol. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14529.
Afreh D, Zhang J, Guan D, Liu K, Song Z, Zheng C, Deng A, Feng X, Zhang X, Wu Y, Huang Q, Zhang W*. 2018. Long-term fertilization on nitrogen use efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions in a double maize cropping system in subtropical China. Soil & Tillage Research. 180: 259–267.
Jiang Y, van Groenigen KJ, Huang S, Hungate B, Kessel C, Hu S, Zhang J, Wu L, Yan X, Wang L, Chen J, Hang X, Zhang Y, Horwath W, Zhang W*. 2017. Higher yields and lower methane emissions with new rice cultivars. Global Change Biology, 23:4728–4738.
Huang X, Chen C, Qian H, Chen M, Deng A, Zhang J, Zhang W*. 2017. Quantification for carbon footprint of agricultural inputs of grains cultivation in China since 1978. Journal of Cleaner Production, 142: 1629-1637.
Zhu X, Zhang J, Zhang Z, Deng A, Zhang W*. 2016. Dense planting with less basal nitrogen fertilization might benefit rice cropping for high yield with less environmental impacts. European Journal of Agronomy, 75: 50–59.
Sun Y, Huang S, Yu C, Zhang W*. 2015. Differences in fertilization impacts on organic carbon content and stability in a paddy and an upland soil in subtropical China. Plant and Soil, 397:189–200.
Chen X, Cui Z, Fan M, Vitousek P, Zhao M, Ma W, Wang Z, Zhang W, Yan X, Yang J, Deng X, Gao Q, Zhang Q, Guo S, Ren J, Li S, Ye Y, Wang Z, Huang J, Tang Q, Sun Y, Peng X, Zhang J, He M, Zhu Y, Xue J, Wang G, Wu L, An N, Wu L, Ma L, Zhang W, Zhang F. 2014. Producing more grain with lower environmental costs. Nature, 514, 486-489.

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