Max Planck Gesellschaft
Jianbei Huang

Room: B1.013
Phone: +49 3641 576368

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
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Curriculum Vitae


2022.04 - Junior Group leader, Department of Biogeochemical Processes, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
2018 Oct - 2022 March Postdoc, Scientist, Department of Biogeochemical Processes, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
2014 May - 2018 Sept Ph.D. (summa cum laude), Department of Biogeochemical Processes, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
PhD project: Carbon dynamics and control mechanisms in trees - an interdisciplinary approach. Supervised by: Prof. Dr. Susan Trumbore and Dr. Henrik Hartmann.
2011 - 2013 Master of Ecology, College of Forestry, University of Sichuan Agricultural University, Sichuan, China.
2007 - 2011 Bachelor of Science, College of Geography, Ludong University, Shandong, China.

Research interests

My research focuses on how plants respond to environmental changes through carbon allocation and the underlying physiological mechanisms. Carbon is the central element of life because it can bind with other elements such as hydrogen and oxygen, as well as many other elements and carbon atoms, to form complex molecules that are fundamental for life. Thus, ‘the fate of carbon’, i.e. carbon allocation, plays a fundamental role in growth, survival and reproduction of organisms, particularly sessile organisms like plants that cannot escape harsh environmental conditions thus have to deal with stress with locally limited resources. Plants fix CO2 from the atmosphere and partition the resulting photosynthetic products (carbohydrates) among several uses, including growth of structural biomass,storage of nonstructural carbohydrates, synthesis of secondary metabolites and maintaining processes like respiration and osmoregulation. I am particular interested in understanding how plants regulate trade-offs among carbon storage, defense and growth.

Key words: Nonstructural carbohydrates, Secondary metabolites, Growth, defense, storage, volatile organic compounds

Selected Publications

Huang J, Hammerbacher A, Gershenzon J, van Dam NM, Sala A, McDowell NG, Chowdhury S, Gleixner G, Trumbore S, Hartmann H. 2021. Storage of carbon reserves in spruce trees is prioritized over growth in the face of carbon limitation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118: e2023297118.

Huang, J., Rücker, A., Schmidt, A., Gleixner, G., Gershenzon, J., Trumbore, S., Hartmann, H. 2020. Production of constitutive and induced secondary metabolites is coordinated with growth and storage. Tree Physiology 40: 928-942.

Huang J, Kautz M, Trowbridge AM, Hammerbacher A, Raffa KF, Adams HD, Goodsman DW, Xu C, Meddens AJH, Kandasamy D, et al. 2020. Tree defence and bark beetles in a drying world: carbon partitioning, functioning and modelling. New Phytologist 225, 26-36.

Huang J, Hammerbacher A, Weinhold A, Reichelt M, Gleixner G, Behrendt T, van Dam NM, Sala A, Gershenzon J, Trumbore S, et al. 2019b. Eyes on the future – evidence for trade-offs between growth, storage and defense in Norway spruce. New Phytologist 222: 144-158.

Huang J, Forkelová L, Unsicker SB, Forkel M, Griffith DWT, Trumbore S, Hartmann H. 2019a. Isotope labeling reveals contribution of newly fixed carbon to carbon storage and monoterpenes production under water deficit and carbon limitation. Environmental and Experimental Botany 162: 333-344.

Huang J, Hartmann H, Hellén H, Wisthaler A, Perreca E, Weinhold A, Rücker A, van Dam NM, Gershenzon J, Trumbore SE, et al. 2018. New perspectives on CO2, temperature and light effects on BVOC emissions using online measurements by PTR-MS and cavity ring-down spectroscopy. Environmental Science & Technology 52: 13811–13823.

Huang J, Reichelt M, Chowdhury S, Hammerbacher A, Hartmann H. 2017. Increasing carbon availability stimulates growth and secondary metabolites via modulation of phytohormones in winter wheat. Journal of Experimental Botany 68: 1251-1263.

Huang J, Hammerbacher A, Forkelová L, Hartmann H. 2017. Release of resource constraints allows greater carbon allocation to secondary metabolites and storage in winter wheat. Plant, Cell & Environment 40: 672-685.

Reviewer for

New Phytologist; Plant Cell and Environment; Functional Ecology; Tree Physiology; Canadian Journal of Forest Research; Environmental and Experimental Botany; Trees; Atmospheric Environment; Frontiers in Plant Science;

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