Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Xiaocheng Zhu

Dr Xiaocheng Zhu

BSc (FAFU), MSc (FAFU), PhD (CSU)

Xiaocheng Zhu finished his PhD in the School of Agriculture and  Wine Sciences at Charles Sturt University in 2013. During his PhD, he focused  on the genetic and morphological diversity of silverleaf nightshade and  highlighted the possible sites of the first establishment of silverleaf  nightshade in Australia.

He is currently working as a research associate,  studying genetic diversity and biosynthetic pathway of secondary products  production in Paterson's curse trying to answer the key question: Why is  Paterson's curse a noxious weed in Australia but not in its native range, the Iberian Peninsula.

Plant interactions research group

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  • Invasive  plant success and multi-trophic level chemical ecology using Paterson's curse  as a model
  • Understanding  the mechanisms of toxicity and photosensitisation of livestock grazing  biserrula
  • DNA barcoding  on plants
  • Plant  microstructure observation
  • Cell culture

Plant interactions research group

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  • Genetic  diversity and structure
  • Plant  microstructure
  • Entomology

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Zhu XC, Wu HW, Raman H, Lemerle D, Stanton R and  Burrows GE (2013). Genetic variation and structure of Solanum  elaeagnifolium in Australia analysed by amplified fragment length  polymorphism markers. Weed Research 53(5): 344-354.  doi: 10.1111/wre.12029.

Zhu XC, Wu HW, Stanton R, Burrows GE, Lemerle D  and Raman H (2013). Morphological variation of Solanum elaeagnifolium in south-eastern Australia. Weed Research 53(5):  337-343. doi: 10.1111/wre.12032.

Burrows GE, White RG, Harper JDI,  Heady RD, Stanton RA, Zhu X, Wu H and Lemerle D (2013).  Intrusive trichome bases in the leaves of silverleaf nightshade (Solanum  elaeagnifolium; Solanaceae) do not facilitate fluorescent tracer uptake. American  Journal of Botany 100(12), 2307-2317.

Zhu X, Raman H, Wu H, Lemerle D, Burrows G and  Stanton R (2013). Development of SSR markers for genetic analysis of silverleaf  nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium) and related species. Plant  Molecular Biology Reporter 31(1), 248-254. doi:  10.1007/s11105-012-0473-z.

Zhu XC, Wu HW, Raman H, Lemerle D, Stanton R and  Burrows GE (2012). Evaluation of simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers from Solanum crop species for Solanum elaeagnifolium. Weed Research 52(3),  217-223. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3180.2012.00908.x.

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