Scientific Committee

Plant Science and Agricultural Research Conference | March 24-26, 2022 | Rome, Italy

Yongchao LIANG

Zhejiang University, China

Biography:

Dr. Yongchao Liang is a Chang Jiang Scholars Professor officially appointed by the Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow (Humboldtian) officially awarded by Germany; he is currently a “Truth-Seeking” full professor at the College of Environmental and Resource Sciences of the Zhejiang University, China; a director of the Key Laboratory of Environment Remediation and Ecological Health, Ministry of Education, China; a deputy director of the Scientific Committee for College of Environmental and Resource Sciences of the Zhejiang University. He was a deputy  director of the Scientific Committee for Soil and Plant Nutrition of the Society of Soil Sciences of China; a member of the Academic Committee of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences; a standing council member and director of the Scientific Committee of the Chinese Academy of Plant Nutrition and Fertilizers; he has been serving as an editor of “Plant and Soil” and “Applied and Environmental Soil Science” since 2008, and an editorial board member of "Journal of Plant Nutrition" since 2005; he is currently an editorial board menber of “Frontiers in Plant Sciences” and “Soil Systems”.

 He obtained his B.Sc. degree in Soil Science and Agrochemistry from the Zhejiang Agricultural University, in 1983, and his M.Sc. degree in Soil Science from the Nanjing Agricultural University, Jiangsu, China, in 1987. From 1987 he worked at the Nanjing Agricultural University and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1999 and his professorship in 2000. He did his post-doc at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow (Humboldtian) (2002-2003). From 2004 he worked at the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences as a First-Class Subject Elitist for Plant Nutrition and Fertilizer, and moved back to the Zhejiang University in 2014. In 2006 he was officially appointed by the Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China, as the special-term professor under the Changjiang Scholars Program.

His broad research interest includes plant silicon biology and related stress-resistance mechanisms, adaptations of higher plants to stressful environments, soil pollution and remediation, soil-plant-microbe interactions, soil micorbiology and biotechnology, fertilizer manufacturing and integrated nutrient management. As a chief investigator and project leader, he has been involved in more than 30 projects including the key grants supported by National Key Research and Development Program. He was awarded 5 provincial- and ministrial-level Science and Technology Progress prizes; he was also authorized 6 Chinese invention patents. He published 117 peer-reviewed papers in internationally-recognized journals with total citation times of 4556 according to Web of Science; he also wrote a monograph entitled “Silicon in Agriculture: From Theory to Practice”published by Springer in 2015. His current h-index is 37. He has been listed among the Elsevier's Most Cited Chinese Scholars in the field of Agriculture and Biological Science since 2014. He organized both the International Workshop on Soil and Plant Interactions and Sustainable Agriculture in Arid Environments in Shihezi, Xinjiang, China (2008) and the 5th International Conference on Silicon in Agriculture, in Beijing, China (2011).