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.
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.