Qifa Zhang

Qifa Zhang is a Professor in the College of Life Science and Technology at Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China. Dr. Zhang is a plant geneticist recognized for his work on rice functional genomics. He also proposed the notion of Green Super Rice where he led the team in developing and popularizing rice varieties requiring less fertilizers, pesticides, and water with high yield and quality by using genomic technologies. Such work is very impactful because it serves to bring food to the table while minimizing detrimental environmental impacts, which has led the way to “green agriculture” in China. He has also been leading the effort to develop nutritious whole grain rice by improving black rice to make staple food. Dr. Zhang graduated from Huazhong Agricultural College in agronomy in 1976 and from the University of California Davis in 1985 with a Ph.D. in genetics, where he also worked as a postdoctoral fellow. He joined the faculty at Huazhong Agricultural University in 1986. He served as the founding Dean of the College of Life Science and Technology and the Director of the National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement. He has been the Director of Hubei Hongshan Laboratory. He is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.

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