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Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Hans Knoell Str. 10, 07745 Jena
|Since April 2018||Postdoc in the Department of Biogeochemical Processes at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.|
|2014 May - 2018 March||Doctoral student in the Department of Biogeochemical Processes at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.|
|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 in College of Forestry at the University of Sichuan Agricultural University, Sichuan, China.|
|Thesis: Effects of decomposing leaf litter of Juglans regia L. on growth of Triticum aestivum L. Supervised by: Prof. Hu Tingxing|
|2007 - 2011||Bachelor of Science in College of Geography, Ludong University, Shandong, China.
My research focuses on how plants allocate carbon 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 important 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 allocate carbon to nonstructural carbohydrate storage and defense.
Key words: Nonstructural carbohydrates, Secondary metabolites, Growth, defense, storage, volatile organic compounds