Wang Yangdong
Author:     Time: 2016-11-09

 Ph.D. / Professor, Vice president

Fuyang district, Daqiao Road 73#

Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, 311400


Phone: 86-571-6310 5072

Fax: 86-571-6334 1304

Career Objectives

I seek to advance the knowledge about the breeding of trees with improved yield, quality and resistant properties through my skills and expertise in genetic breeding, molecular biology and genetics.


Ph. D in Genetic breeding, 2007

Chinese Academy of Forestry

Beijing, China 100091

Dissertation: “The identification of fatty acid desaturase CaFAD2 in Caragana intermedia”

Advisor: Prof. Shougong Zhang

Master Degree of tree genetic breeding, 1999

Chinese Academy of Forestry

Beijing, China 100091

Advisor: Prof. Naishun Ma

Bachelor Degree of Biology Science, 1996

Anhui Normal University

Wuhu, Anhui Province, China 241000


11/2012 -present   Institute of Subtropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Professor

10/2012-10/2007   Institute of Subtropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Associate Professor

09/2007 - 07/2001 Institute of Subtropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Assistant professor,

06/2001 - 07/1997 Institute of Subtropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Research Assistant

11/26/2010-12/25/2010 SRRS, USDA-ARS, Academic exchange

20/11/2012-30/11/2012 SRRS, USDA-ARS, Academic exchange

Major Scientific Achievements

  • Verncia species (Tung tress) is the source of tung oil. We conducted research on the germplasm research collection and evaluation in China, tung wiltresistant breeding, the correlation between genetic diversity and main economic traits of tung tree cultivars in China. Furthermore, we dedicated to elucidate the tung oil biosynthesis mechanism by identification of tung oil related key enzymes and mediators. Furthermore, we cooperated with Dr. Shockey in SRRC, USDA-ARS especially in the tung oil biosynthesis pathway.  
  • Litseacubeba(Lour.) Pers. is a promising industrial tree with rich essential oil in the fruit. We conducted the study on genetic variation level and pattern of L. cubebapopulations in the natural distribution areas in China. Furthermore, a system for plantlet regeneration of L. cubebawas established via adventitious buds induction from callus using stems as explants. Most importantly, several family and inbred lines of L. cubeba with high quality and production were obtained and popularization through genetic breeding and cultivation.  

Current Projects

The National Natural Science Fund of China (Grant No. 31370576) “Identification and validation of pivotal genes respondible for biosynthesis of key compounds in Litsea cubeba essential oil” 2014-2017 (Director)

The Special Fund for Forestry-scientific Research in the Public Interest (Grant No. 201504101). The development and environmental suitability of tree apical meristem. 2013-2016 (Director)

The Special Fund for Forestry-scientific Research in the Public Interest (Grant No. 201304102 sub-item). Analysis on the high yield, quality and resistant property genes in Populus and tung tree. 2013-2016 (Director)

Aid program for Science and Technology Innovative Research Team in Woody Oil Plant Industry in Zhejiang Provincial. (Grant No. 2011R50030) 2013-2016 (Director)


 Chen YCui QXu Y, Yang S, Gao MWang Y*. Effects of tung oilseed FAD2 and DGAT2 genes on unsaturated fatty acid accumulation in Rhodotorula glutinis and Arabidopsis thaliana. Mol Genet Genomics. 2015, 290(4):1605-1613

Yang S, Wang Y, Yin H, Guo H, Gao M, Zhu H, Chen Y*. Identification and characterization of NF-YB family genes in tung tree.Mol Genet Genomics. 2015, 290(6):2187-98Yang S and Wang Y Co-first author

Wu Q, Chen Y., Wang Y* and Lin L. Sex differential marker FD for rapid sex identification of Litsea cubeba. Genetics and Molecular Research 2015,14 (4): 12820-12827

Cui Q, Chen Y, Han X, Zhan Z, Lin LY , Si L  and  Wang Y *(2013) Expression analysis of VfDGAT2 in various tissues of the tung tree and in transgenic yeast, Genetics and Molecular Research 12 (4): 6554-6564

Han X, Wang Y *, Chen Y, Lin L, Wu Q. Transcriptome sequencing and expression analysis of terpenoid biosynthesis genes in Litsea cubeba. Plos One, 2013, 8 (10): e76890

Lin L, Han X, Chen Y, Wu Q, Wang Y *. Identification of appropriate reference genes for normalizing transcript expression by quantitative real?time PCR in Litsea cubeba, Mol Genet Genomics, 2013, 288(12):727-737

Chen Y, Wang Y*, Han X, Si L, Wu Q, Lin L. Biology and chemistry of Litsea cubeba, a promising industrial tree in China. Journal of Essential Oil Research. 2013, Article ID: 751559, DOI:10.1080/10412905.2012.751559

Han X, Lu M, Chen Y, Zhan Z, Cui Q, Wang Y*. Selection of reliable reference genes for gene expression studies using real-time PCR in tung tree during seed development.  PLoS ONE, 2012, 7(8): e43084. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043084. 

Si Linlin, Chen Yicun, Wang Y*, etc. Chemical Composition of essential oils of Litsea cubeba harvested from its distribution areas in China. Molecules, 2012, 17, 7057-7066. 

Chen Y, Wang Y*, Yuan Z, etc. FAD2-DGAT2 genes coexpressed in endophytic Aspergillus fumigatus derived fromtung oilseeds.   The Scientific World Journal, 2012, Article ID 390672, doi:10.1100/2012/390672. 

Zhan Z, Wang Y*, Shockey J, Chen Y, etc. Breeding status of tung tree (Vernicia sp.) in China, a multipurpose oilseed crop with industrial uses. Silvae Genetica, 2012, 61(6): 265-270.

Hu Lisong, Wang Y*, Du Menghao, etc. Characterization of the volatiles and active components in ethanol extracts of fruits of Litsea cubeba (Lour.) by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and gas chromatography- olfactometry (GC-O). Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, 2011, 5(14): 3298-3303.

Chen Y, Zhou G, Wang Y *, Xu L. F-BOX and oleosin: Additional target genes for future metabolic engineering in tung trees. Industrial Crops and Products, 2010, 32: 684-686.

Li Peng, Wang Y*, Chen Y, etc. Genetic diversity and association of ISSR markers with the eleostearic content in tung tree (Vernicia fordii).  African Journal of Biotechnology, 2009, 8 (19): 4782-4788.

Chen Y, Wang Y*, Li P, et al. Key mediators modulating TAG synthesis and accumulation in woody oil plants. African Journal of Biotechnology, 2008, 7(25): 4743-4749.

 Li Peng, Zhang Xiaoping, Chen Yicun, Wang Yangdong*.Genetic diversity and germplasm resource research on tung tree (Vernicia fordii) cultivars, investigated by inter-simple sequence repeats. African Journal of Biotechnology, 2008, 7(8): 1054-1059.