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Research Interests

1) endangered mechanism of rare and endangered plants and conservation strategy;
2) plant diversity and ex-situ conservation;
3) plant phylogeography and plant DNA barcode.
Specificly include: Endangered mechanism and ex-situ conservation of some endangered species of Lauraceae (e.g. Cinnamomum japonicum var. chenii, Neolitsea sericea, Litsea auriculata, Phoebe chekiangensis, Machilus minutiloba), which mainly distributed in East China; Investigation on plant species diversity of Danxia landform areas in East China; study on the genetic structure of some representative taxa of evergreen broad-leaved forest and of Sino-Japanese disjunction distribution species such as Neolitsea sericea and Cinnamomum japonicum based on DNA sequencing, and speculation of their possible glacial refugia and postglacial migration routes.

Research Projects in Progress:
1) Conservation biology of Phoebe chekiangensis and Machilus minutiloba
Phoebe chekiangensis is an excellent timber and ornamental tree species, but its wild resources decreased seriously in recent years. In order to make effective protection measures on it, we study on the population ecology and genetic diversity of P. chekiangensis. Some research results revealed that the current endangered status was mainly caused by human activities.
Machilus minutiloba has extremely narrow distribution range, and its extant individuals of M. minutiloba (only about 10 strains) are being questioned. In order to discuss the taxonomic position of M. minutiloba, we analyzed the DNA sequences of chloroplast psbA-trnH fragment and nuclear ITS region of M. minutiloba and compared them with those of its suspected species M. Pauhoi.

2) Conservation genetics of two insular plants—Cinnamomum japonicum var. chenii and Neolitsea sericea
Research Group investigated wild populations of Cinnamomum japonicum var. chenii and Neolitsea sericea, which mainly distributed in Zhoushan Archipelago, and concentrated on their distribution ranges, habitats, seed and pollen dispersal modes, etc. At the same time, we collected leaf tissue of seven wild populations of Cinnamomum japonicum var. chenii and nine wild populations of Neolitsea sericea. AFLP analysis of genomic DNA showed high genetic diversity at species level. AMOVA analysis suggested significant genetic differentiation among populations of the two species.
3) Phylogeography of representative taxa of evergreen broad-leaved forest
We have conducted extensive field sample collections of several representative taxa of evergreen broad-leaved forest (Emmenopterys henryi, Euonymus fortunei, Lysimachia congestiflora etc.) including wild populations from Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Hunan, Hubei, Yunnan, Guangdong, and Guangxi. DNA extraction and primers screening have been completed.

Recent Publications

1) Yunjuan Zuo, Zhongjian Chen, Katsuhiko Kondo, Tsuneo Funamoto, Jun Wen, Shiliang Zhou. 2011. DNA barcoding of ginsengs (Panax, Araliaceae). Planta Medica 77: 180-185.
2) Qixia Ma, Fuwu Xing, Huagu Ye. 2010. Mitreola yangchunensis (Loganiaceae), a new species from China. Pakistan Journal of Botany ?42(2): 685-689.
3) FengYing Wang, XueJun Ge, Xun Gong, Chi-Ming Hu, Gang Hao. 2008. Strong Genetic Differentiation of Primula sikkimensis in the East Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains. Biochemical Genetics 46: 75-87.
4) FengYing Wang, Xun Gong, ChiMing Hu, Gang Hao. 2008. Phylogeography of an alpine species Primula secundiflora inferred from the chloroplast DNA sequence variation. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 46(1):13-22.
5) Fengying Wang, Yonghong Hu, Qi Tian. Study on Cold resistance of Island Plant Cinnamomum japonicum (Lauraceae). Acta Botanica Yunnanica 2010 Suppl. XVII : 97-100.
6) Qixia Ma, Qi Tian, Yonghong Hu. 2010. Rare and Endangered Plants and Their Protection in East China. Journal of Hubei Institute for Nationalities (Natural Sciences) 3: 310-313.
7) Qixia Ma (Member of Editorial Board). 2011. The wild plants of Guangzhou. Wuhan: Press of Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
8) Qixia Ma (Member of Editorial Board). 2009. Landscape plants of China. Wuhan: Press of Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
9) Haifei Yan, Fengying Wang, Gang Hao. 2009. A review of conservation genetics and phylogeography of Primula. Guihaia 29(6): 751-757.
10) Mingliang Wang, Deshun Zhang, Qixia Ma, Yufeng Qi. 2010. Geographical Distribution and Communities Characteristics of an Endangered Plant Picea neoveitchii. Journal of Anhui Agricultral Sciences 22: 12040-12043, 12075.

Team Members

Principal Investigator(PI)
HU Yhonghong, Ph.D., Professor
Tel: 021-37792288-802
Address: Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Chenshan Botanical Garden
3888 Chenhua Road, Songjiang Shanghai 201602 China

Staff (in alphabetical order):

MA Qixia
Ph. D, Associate Research & deputy director of the office
Tel: 021-37792288-912

LIN Duoqing
Master, Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-911

WANG Fengying
Ph. D, Senior Engineer
Tel: 021-37792288-917

ZUO Yunjuan
Ph. D, Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-917

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