Dr. HongYu Zhang
1995–1998 Ph.D. in insecticidal microbiology Huazhong Agricultural University, , Wuhan, China
1988-1991 Master of Science in Entomology Huazhong Agricultural University ， Wuhan, China
1982–1986 Bachelor of Science in Plant Protection Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, China
2004.8-present Professor, Huazhong Agricultural University
2013.8–2014.2 Senior visiting scholar in University of Florida, USA
2005.5-2005.8 Senior visiting scholar in Michigan State University, USA
2002.9-2004.9 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, AgResearch Lincoln, New Zealand
2001.7-2002.8 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biology, Konstanz University, Germany
1999.2- 1999.12 Visiting Research Fellow, Agricultural Research Center, Israel
1998.7- 2004.8 Associate professor, Department of Plant Protection, Huazhong Agricultural University
Services for academic communities
Scientific advisor of International Foundation for Science (IFS, Sweden)
Editorial board members of Asian Journal of Plant Sciences and Hubei Plant Protection
Council Member of theChinese Cereals and Oils Association
Specialized Committee Member of Horticultural Pest Control, China Society of Plant Protection
Specialized Committee Member of Insecticide and Toxicology, The Entomological Society of China
Specialized Committee Member of Urban Entomology, The Entomological Society of China
1. Insect Molecular Biology and Microbiology
(1) Molecular Mechanism of Developmental, Reproduction and Behavior
Study funcations of the SPR, TRA, ORCO, NOA, RAB11 etc key genes and miRNA in the sex differentiation and host lacation of citrus insects (fruit fly) using our RNAi and CRISPR-Cas9 technology platform, to develope SIT without Radiation using silencing sex determination genes.
(2) Interaction between insects and gut symbiotic bacteria
Gut symbiosis is very important to host insect behavious, We have uncovered molecular diversity, community composition and physiological function of the fruit fly and scarab gut microbes; clarify the molecular mechanism of BdDuox regulates gut bacterial communities homeostasis of Bactrocera dorsalis.
(3) The molecular mechanism of microRNA regulating in insect spermatogenesis
By using small RNA high-throughput sequencing technology, we studied the comparative profile of the miRNA transcriptome in different development B. dorsalis testes and identified miRNAs involved in the spermatogenesis; analyzed the role of miR-8-3p in the spermatogenesis and found that miR-8-3p regulate mitoferrin expression to sustain the normal transportation of iron ion. The current study of miRNAs improves the understanding of molecular mechanisms of insect spermatogenesis and develops non-radiated and non-transgenic SIT techniques to control B. dorsalis based on the key miRNAs involved in the spermatogenesis.
2. Early warning and expert systems for Citrus Insect: Based on 3S 3S Technology, constructing data bases for Citrus Insect including Fly Early Warning and Forecasting System Database、Information Database for Citrus Insect、Expert system for Citrus Insects and so on, and set up a web-real time Early warning and expert systems for Citrus Insect: http://cpis.hzau.edu.cn/.
3. Biology and ecology, Green Pests Control Techniques: (1) Biology and ecology of Fruit fly Bactrocera minax and Asian citrus psyllid; Effect of different ground cover management on spider mites and their phytoseiid enemies in citrus orchards; Functional and Numerical Responses of Three Species of Predatory Phytoseiid Mites to Thrips flavidulus and so on. (2) Developing the sex pheromones and high efficient baits of Bactrocera minax, and its field application technology. (3) Pathogenic microorganism resources investigation, fermentation, formulation and developing microbial pesticide and application technique in the field : Aschersonia placenta of white fly，Isaria fumosorosea, Hirsutella Citriformis of Asian citrus psyllid. (4) Mass rearing and application techniques of the predatory mites enemy: Amblyseius eharai etc. (5) Developing the physical trap baits of thrip and weevil.
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