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Research Interests

1. Classification and assessment of ornamental plants
2. Domestication, propagation, breeding and commercialization of ornamental plants
3. Molecular mechanism in plant morphology and development
4. Horticultural extension

Major Ongoing Projects
1. Collection and assessment of Nelumbo germplasms
2. Conservation and International Registration for lotus cultivars
3. Transcriptome sequencing and cDNA library construction of lotus varieties
4. Molecular mechanism of double-flowers in Nelumb
5. Population genetics and cultivation physiology of Nelumbo lutea
6. Investigation, classification and ex-situ conservation of Begoniain China
7. Molecular mechanism of natural hybridization in Begonia
8. Cultivation origin of Chinese ancient roses

Recent Publications

Peer-reviewed Journals
1. Liu AM, Xiang YC*, Tian DK*, Mo HB. 2013. Effects of biochar on vegetable growth and pollution inhibition of heavy metal Cadmium. J. Soil Water Conserv. (in press)
2. Huang X, Tian DK*, Zhang WW, Zeng SJ, Mo HB. 2013. Comparison of floral organ morphological development between single and double flowers in Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. Acta Bot. Boreal. (in press)
3. Tian DK*, Huang X, Meng J, Mo HB, Li XP, Wang HZ, Shen CY, Pang B. 2013. Investigation on phenology and phenotypic diversity of Terminalia bellirica (Gaertn.) Roxb. provenances from China and other Asian countries. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 977:287-298
4. Zhang XS, Cao X, Mu HM, Tian DK. 2012. Plant regeneration from leaf explants of Sophora japonica 'Liao Hong'. The third conference on horticulture Science and Tchnology 124-128.
5. Shen CY, Tian DK*, Zeng SJ, Liao ZL. 2012. Preliminary study on adaptation and performance of Herbaceous peony (Paeonia L.) open-cultivated in South China. Guangdong Agri. Sci. 39: 39-42.
6. Shen CY, Tian DK*, Zeng SJ. 2012. Distribution and cultivation patterns and research status of forcing cultivation of Sect.Paeonia DC.species. J. Plant Res. Envi. 21: 100-107.
7. Meng J, Fougère-Danezan M, Zhang LB, Li DZ, Yi TS. 2011. Untangling the hybrid origin of the Chinese tea roses: Evidence from DNA sequences of chloroplast and single-copy nuclear genes. Plant Syst. Evol. 297:157-170.
8. Mo HB, Yin YL, Lu ZG, Wei XJ, Xu JH. 2011. Effects of NaCl stress on the seedling growth and K (+)- and Na (+)- allocation of four leguminous tree species. Chin. J. Appl. Ecol. 22: 1155-1161.
9. Tian DK, Tilt KM. 2011. 'Zhizun Qianban' — A historic discovery of an obscure lotus (Nelumbo) cultivar with an interesting legend. Hort. Sci. 46:1044-1045.
10. Tian DK, Tilt KM, Dane F, Sibley JL, Woods FM. 2010. Comparison of direct shoot induction ability of different explants in herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora Pallas.) Scientia Hort.123:385-389.
11. Meng J, Li DZ, Yi TS, Yang JB., Zhao XF. 2009. Development and characterization of microsatellite loci for Rosa odorata var. gigantea Rehder & E. H. Wilson (Rosaceae). Conserv. Genet. 10: 1973-1976.
12. Tian DK, Tilt KM, Sibley JL, Dane F, Woods FM. 2009. Response of lotus (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.) to planting time and disbudding. HortSci. 44:1-4.
13. Tian DK, Tilt KM, Sibley JL, Dane F, Woods FM. 2009. Response of lotus (Nelumbo) to soil level in containers. J. Environ. Hort. 27:79-84.
14. Tian DK, Tilt KM, Sibley JL, Dane F, Woods FM. 2009. Response of lotus (Nelumbo) to soil level in containers. J. Environ. Hort. 27: 79-84.
15. Jia N, Shu QY, Wang LS, Liu ZA, Ren HX, Ren YJ, Tian DK, Tilt KM. 2008. Identification and characterization of anthocyanins by high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry in herbaceous peony species. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 133:418-426.
16. Tian DK, Tilt KM, Woods, FM Kessler JR, Sibley JL. 2008. Post-harvest longevity and viability of cooler-stored lotus propagules. J. Environ. Hort. 26:101-104.

Proceedings and Trade Journals
1. Tian DK, Tilt K. 2013. Influence of fertilization approaches on growth and flowering of Nelumbo nucifera. Proceeding of 2013 Symposium on new fertilizer industry and functional fertilizer development and communication of new products, technology and facilities. 196-202. (Nanjing, China)
2. Tian DK, Mo HB. 2013. A Look Back at Chinese National Lotus Show and Symposium in 2012. Water Garden Intern. 28(1):16-19.
3. Tian DK*. 2013. Stories on scientific investigation trip to the United States. Scientific Chinese 2:32-39.
4. Tian DK*. 2012. History, current situation and future thoughts of international lotus cultivar registration. Gardens. 7: 26-29.
5. Orozco-Obando W, Biles P, Gettys LA, Tilt K, Moore K, Woods FM, Tian DK. 2012. American Lotus: More than just a pretty face. Aquatics 34 (3):7-9.
6. Tian DK, Zhang QJ. 2012. Hibiscus coccineus. Gardens (10):71.
7. Orozco-Obando W, Tilt K, Gettys LA, Woods FM, Moore K, Tian DK. 2012. The amazing American lotus (Nelumbo lutea Willd.) Water Garden J. 27(3):16-21
8. Tian DK. 2011. Dark brown chafer: emerging enemy of lotus. Water Garden Intern. 4:3-4.
9. Tian DK, Tilt KM, Ray C. Orozco-Obando W. 2011. Pests and insects most commonly seen on lotus (Nelumbo) grown in containers. Water Garden Intern. 26(2):5-13.
10. Tian DK. 2010. Cultivar, naming, and international registration of Nelumbo. Proceeding of the 1st International Conference on Lotus and Waterlily 2010, and the 8th Conference on Research and Development of Lotus and Waterlily as Economic Plants 2010. p 42-46. (Thailand)
11. Tian DK, Tilt KM, Orozco W, Mcgrath C. 2009. Research summary of container production and post-harvest handling of lotus (Nelumbo). Xun Feng-Ji: 236-240.
12. Orozco-obando W, Tilt K, Fischman B, Tian DK, Olive J, Caylor A, Biles P, Billing K. 2010. Evaluating the potential of lotus (Nelumbo spp.) cultivation in southeastern USA. Part IV: Auburn’s out –of-season lotus production protocol, a preliminary approach. Water Garden J. 25:15-21.

1. International Nelumbo Registration Form
2. Auburn Lotus Project
3. Dr. Daike Tian’s Images of insects related to Lotus in BugGuide.Net
4. Preliminary Investigation on Wulongshan National Geological Park
5. Water Gardener’s Journal
6. International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society (IWGS)
7. International Lotus Website and Database at Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center: coming soon

Team Members

Principal Investigator (PI)
TIAN Daike, Ph.D., Professor
Tel. and Fax: 86-21-57762652
Address: Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Chenshan Botanical Garden
3888 Chenhua Road, Songjiang Shanghai 201602 China

Education Background
Ph.D. in Horticulture, Auburn University, USA, 2008
M.S. In Botany, Kunming Institute of Botany and Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 1999
B.S. in Biology Education, Hunan Normal University, China, 1993

Work Experience
2011 –    Professor, Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center of CAS, Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, Shanghai China
2009 – 2011 Professor, South China Botanical Garden of CAS, Guangzhou China
2001 – 2003 Researcher and Project Manager, Shanghai Four Seasons Horticultural & Environmental Technology Co., Ltd, Shanghai China
2000 – 2001 Research Assistant, Kunming Institute of Botany of CAS, Kunming China
1999 – 2000 Visiting Scholar, Toyama Botanical Garden in Japan
1993 – 1996 Assistant Engineer, Hunan Normal University, Hunan Institute of Biology, Changsha China

Dr. Tian's lab is working on classification, introduction and domestication, cultivation and propagation, adaptability assessment, breeding and commercial promotion of ornamental plants, as well as horticultural extension. Research is mainly focused on lotus (Nelumbo), begonia, herbaceous peony and some other important ornamentals.

Dr. Tian has published 4 new taxa of plants and bred 18 new cultivars of ornamental plants. He holds 5 patents and has published over 40 papers. He is the senior membership of Botanical Society of China (BSC), life membership of Chinese Society for Horticultural Science (CSHS), the board member of Lotus Branch of China Flower Association, lifer membership and board member of International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society (IWGS), International Lotus Registrar, and the membership of International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), Amercian Begonia Society (ABS) and other societies.

Full-time Research Members

ZHANG Weiwei
Ph.D., Research Assistant
Tel: 86-21-37792288-911

MO Haibo
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 86-21-37792288-911,

LI Chun
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 86-21-37792288-911

LIU Qingqing
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 86-21-37792288-911,

LI Xiangpeng
B.S., Assistant Engineer
Tel: 86-21-37792288-602




QU Haiyong
Ph.D.,Associate Professor
Tel: 86-21-37792288-911

Current Registered Graduates:

WU Ruijuan, Master, Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center (SCPSRC) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Bin ZHAO, Master, jointly trained by SCPSRC of CAS and Hunan University of Science and Technology
Yue CHEN, Master, jointly trained by SCPSRC of CAS and Northeast Agricultural University

Yanbo LIU, Master, jointly trained by SCPSRC of CAS and Northeast Agricultural University
Yan XIAO, Master, jointly trained by SCPSRC of CAS and Jishou University
Yuxian XU, Master, jointly trained by SCPSRC of CAS and Shanghai Normal University

Xingjuan LI, Master, jointly trained by Hunan Normal University and SCPSRC of CAS
Amei LIU, Master, jointly trained by SCPSRC of CAS and Hunan University of Science and Technology

Xiu HUANG, master registered in 2010, jointly trained by SCPSRC of CAS and South China Botanical Garden, CAS

Graduated Students:

SHEN Chunyu
master registered in 2009, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

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