Yongchao Liang is currently a Full Professor and Head of Soil-Plant Interactions Research Group of the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, a Deputy Director of Scientific Committee of Soil and Plant Nutrition of the Society of Soil Sciences of China, a Member of the Academic Committee of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, an Editor of Plant and Soil, Applied and Environmental Soil Science, and ISRN Agronomy, and an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Plant Nutrition. He obtained his B.S. degree in soil science and agrochemistry in the Zhejiang University, Zhejiang, China, in 1983, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in soil science in the Nanjing Agricultural University, Jiangsu, China, in 1987 and 1999, respectively. He did his Postdoctoral program in the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in 2002-2003. His research focuses on plant silicon biology and its stress-resistant mechanisms, mechanisms of adaptation of higher plants to stressful environments, soil contamination and its remediation, soil biology and biochemistry, and fertilizer resources use and management. He published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers, of which more than 60 papers were peer-reviewed papers (SCI source journals) with his h-index of 21. He was appointed as the Changjiang-Scholars Program Professor awarded by the Ministry of Education, China, in 2006, and First-Class Subject Elitist for Plant Nutrition and Fertilizer in the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in 2004. He got 5 ministerial and/or provincial-level prizes of Science and Technology Progress. As a Chairman, he chaired The 5th International Conference on Silicon in Agriculture, September 13–18, 2011, Beijing, China, The International Workshop on Soil‐Plant Interactions and Sustainable Agriculture in Arid Environments, July 11–18, 2008, Xinjiang, China, and the Summit Symposium of Plant Nutrition and Fertilizers of China in July 2007.
Biography Updated on 13 November 2013