BSc (FAFU), MSc (FAFU), PhD (CSU)
Xiaocheng Zhu (Diego) is a molecular biologist working on population genetics, phylogenetics and functional genetics of invasive species. His works involve in some most significant weed in Australia and around the world including silverleaf nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium), Echium species (including Paterson’s curse), fleabane (Conyza species), Panicum species, knotweed (Reynoutria species) and mile-a-minute (Mikania micrantha). He works on the biosynthesis pathway of weed-suppressive compounds produced by Australian native Sorghum species using Transcriptome Sequencing and try to unfold the evolutionary adaptation of the genus of Sorghum. Dr. Zhu also use Next Generation Sequencing to investigate the shift of soil microbial communities under various conditions.
Dr. Zhu is currently working as a research fellow on the Dung Beetle Ecosystems Engineers Project. His role involves in mass rearing of new introduced and existing dung beetle species, field monitoring of dung beetle population dynamics, evaluation of ecological benefits of dung beetle, outreach extension and population genetics of introduced dung beetle.
Dung Beetle Ecosystems Engineers
Phylogenetic relationships of 150 Australian native Solanum species which will provide crucial background information for introduction of biological agents.
Introduction history of silverleaf nightshade (Weed of National Significance).
Introduction history of Paterson’s curse.
Phylogenetic relationships among Echium species, Conyza species and Panicum species.
Global introduction pathway of Mikania micrantha.
Biosynthesis pathway and in situ localization of allelopathic compounds including sorgoleone from Sorghum species and shikonins from Echium species.
Molecular identification of invasive plant species and parasitic nematodes.
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