Published in 2017-08-03 10:54:49
Talk title: Arsenic biogeochemistry from paddy soil to rice
Fang-Jie Zhao is a National “1000-Plan” Scholar of China and Professor of Environmental Biology at Nanjing Agricultural University. He graduated from Fujian Agricultural College (BSc) in 1983 and Nanjing Agricultural University (MSc) in 1986. He obtained his PhD at Newcastle University, U.K., in 1992. After PhD, he worked at Rothamsted Research, U.K., for over twenty years, holding the positions of Higher Scientific Officer (1992-1996), Senior Scientific Officer (1996-2002), Principal Research Scientist (2002-2009) and Senior Principal Research Scientist (2009-2012, part-time appointment during 2012-2017). His research focuses on the biogeochemistry of trace elements, uptake and detoxification of heavy metals in plants, and bioremediation of contaminated soils. He has been working on the arsenic biogeochemistry for over 15 years, with an emphasis on understanding arsenic transformations in paddy soils and the mechanisms of arsenic uptake, translocation and detoxification in rice, a staple food crop that is a major dietary source of arsenic for Asian populations. His research has led to the discoveries of the transport pathways of different arsenic species and a new class of arsenate reductases in rice plants, opening the ways for development of strategies to reduce arsenic accumulation in rice. He has co-authored a book entitled “Arsenic & Rice” (Springer, 2012) and published more than 250 journal papers with total citations exceeding 17000 and a H index of 73 (Web of Science Core Collection). He serves as an associated editor of European Journal of Soil Science, section editor of Plant & Soil, and editorial board member of Environmental Pollution and Functional Plant Biology. He is a member of the executive board of the International Society of Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements.