• Title: Professor
  • Department: Department of Ecology and Environment Science
  • Address: Yifu Biology Building 1106
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2020.02-2020.04 University of Tasmania, Australian, Visitor

2019.04-2020.01 California State University, Los Angeles, USA, Visitor

2012.05- Lanzhou University, Professor

2011.01-2012.01 Duke University, USA, Visitor

2009.05-2012.05 Lanzhou University, Associate Professor

2008.04-2009.04 University of Western Australia, Posdoctor

2006.12-2009.05 Lanzhou University, Lecturer



Academic Appointments

Doctor of Philosophy (Plant Eco-physiology, Conferred 2006) Lanzhou University Lanzhou, Gansu Province The People’s Republic of China.

Masters of Science (Forest Ecology, Conferred 2003) Gansu Agricultural University Lanzhou, Gansu Province The People’s Republic of China.

Bachelor of Sciences (Forest Ecology, Conferred 2000) Gansu Agricultural University Lanzhou, Gansu Province The People’s Republic of China.

Administrative Appointments
Honors & Awards

Distinguished Professor– Feitian Project (2016)

Outstanding Youth Foundation–National Natural Science Foundation(2014) 

Winner New Century Excellent Talents Supporting Plan–Chinese Education Ministry (2011)

The Best Report – Awarded by 2nd international workshop on Ecosystem Assessment and Management (EAM), Lanzhou, China (2010)

Endeavour Research Scholarship – Awarded by Australian Government Department of Education, Science & Training, Australia (2008-2009)


2020-2023 NSFC: Stomaytal closing mechanisms, behavior and early defense against pathogenic bacteria invasion in vascular plants from different evolutionary lineages  (Chief Investigat)

    2017-2020 NSFC: Stomatal regulation, behavior and water use strategies of angiosperm species to adapt to precipitation allocation patters of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region and  north Xinjiang Province (Chief Investigator)

    2015-2017 NSFC: Plant water relations  (Chief Investigator)

    2014-2017 NSFC: Differentiation and the trade-off between hydraulic efficiency and safety in geographic substitute species of genus Caragana  (Chief Investigator)

    2010-2013 NSFC: Root signal differentiation in geographical substitute species of genus Caragana (Chief Investigator)

    2008-2011 NSFC: Responses of Caragana korshinskii Kom. to aboveground tissue removal: eco-physiological mechanisms underlying the compensation (Chief Investigator).



Publications (* Corresponding author):

Yang YJ, Bi MH, Nie ZF, Jiang H, Liu XD, Fang XW*, Brodribb TJ. 2021. Evolution of stomatal closure to optimize water use efficiency in response to dehydration in ferns and seed plants. New Phytologist 230: 2001–2010.

Gong L#, Liu XD#, Zeng YY, Tian XQ, Li YL, Turner NC, Fang XW*. 2021. Stomatal morphology and physiology explain varied sensitivity to abscisic acid across vascular plant lineages. Plant Physiology doi: 10.1093/plphys/kiab090.

Yao GQ, Li FP, Nie ZF, Bi MH, Jiang H, Liu XD, Wei Y, Fang XW*. 2021. Ethylene, not ABA, is closely linked to the recovery of gas exchange after drought in four Caragana species. Plant, Cell and Environment 44: 399-411.

Yao GQ, Nie ZF, Turner NC, Li FM, Gao TP, Fang XW*, Scoffoni C. 2021. Combined high leaf hydraulic safety and efficiency provides drought tolerance in Caragana species adapted to low mean annual precipitation. New Phytologist 229: 230-244.

Waseem M, Nie ZF, Yao GQ, Hasan MM, Xiang Y, Fang XW*. 2021. Dew absorption by leaf trichomes in Caragana korshinskii: An alternative water acquisition strategy for withstanding drought in arid environments. Physiologia Plantarum

Hasan MM, Gong L, Nie ZF, Feng-Ping Li, Ahammed GJ, Fang XW*. 2021. ABA-induced stomatal movements in vascular plants during dehydration and rehydration. Environmental and Experimental Botany 186: 104436.

Hasan MM#, Skalicky M, Jahan MS, Hossain MN, Anwar Z, Nie ZF, Nadiyah M Alabdallah NM, Brestic M, Hejnak V, Fang XW*. 2021. Spermine: Its emerging role in regulating drought stress responses in plants. Cells 10: 261.

Gao TP, Wan ZD, Liu XX, Fu JW, Chang GH, Sun HL, Li HJ, Shen YY, Liu YB, Fang XW. 2021. Effects of heavy metals on bacterial community structure in the rhizosphere of Salsola collina and bulk soil in the Jinchuan mining area. Geomicrobiology Journal

Hasan MM, Ali MA, Soliman MH, Alqarawi AA, Abd_Allah EF, Fang XW*. 2020. Insights into 28-homobrassinolide (HBR)-mediated redox homeostasis, AsA–GSH cycle, and methylglyoxal detoxification in soybean under drought-induced oxidative stress. Journal of Plant Interaction 15: 371–385.

Hasan MM #,*, Alharby HF, Uddin MN, Ali MA, Anwar Y, Fang XW*, Hakeem KR, Alzahrani Y, Hajar AS. 2020. Magnetized water confers drought stress tolerance in Moringa biotype via modulation of growth, gas exchange, lipid peroxidation and antioxidant capacity. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies 29: 1-12.

Xu D, Gao T, Fang XW, Bu H, Li Q, Wang X, Zhang R. 2020. Silicon addition improves plant productivity and soil nutrient availability without changing the grass: legume ratio response to N fertilization. Scientific Reports 10:10295.

Fang XW*, Zhang JJ, Xu DH, ZHang CH, Pang J, Gao TP, Li FM, Turner NC. 2017. Seed germination of Caragana species from different regions is strongly driven by environment cues and not phylogenetic signals. Scientific Reports 17: 11248.

Xu DH*, Wang W, Gao T, Fang XW, Gao X, Li J, Bu H, Mu J. 2017. Calcium alleviates decreases in photosynthesis under salt stress by enhancing antioxidant metabolism and adjusting solute accumulation in Calligonum mongolicum. Conservation Physiology 5: cox060; doi:10.1093/conphys/cox060.

Jin He, Yan-Lei Du, Tao Wang, Neil C. Turner, Fang XW, Li FM*. 2016. Conserved water use improves the yield performance of soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) under drought.Agricultural Water Management 179: 236-245.

Gao TP*, Guo R, Fang XW, Zhao ZG,Chang GH, Chen YQ, Qing Zhang. 2016. Effects on antioxidant enzyme activities and osmolytes in Halocnemum strobilaceum under salt stress. Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions 8: 65–71.

Xu DH*, Fang XW, Zhang RY, Gao TP, Bu HY, Du GZ. 2015. Influences of nitrogen, phosphorus and silicon addition on plant productivity and species richness in an alpine meadow. AOB PLANTS DOI:10.1093/aobpla/plv125.

Xu DH*, Li HL, Fang XW, Li JH, Bu HY, Zhang WP, Wang JJ, Si XL. 2015. Responses of Plant Community Composition and Eco-Physiological Characteristics of Dominant Species to Different Soil Hydrologic Regimes in Alpine Marsh Wetlands on Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau, China. Wetlands 35: 381-390.

Fang XW*, Turner NC, PaltaJ A, Yu MX, Gao TP, Li FM. 2014. The distribution of four Caragana species is related to their differential responses to drought stress. Plant Ecology 215: 133-142.

Fang XW, Turner NC, Xu DH, Jin Y, He J, Li FM*. 2013. Limits to the height growth of Caragana korshinskii resprouts. Tree Physiology 33: 275-284.

Xu DH*, Fang XW, Bin ZJ, Wang G, Su PX. 2012. Eco-physiological mechanisms of Caragana korshinskii Kom.adaptation to extreme drought stress: Leaf abscission and maintaining stem chloroplast integrity. Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions 4: 498-504.

Xu DH,Fang XW, Su PX; Wang G. 2012. Ecophysiological responses of Caragana korshinskii Kom. under extreme drought stress: leaf abscission and stem survives. Photosynthetica 50: 541-548.

Fang XW*, Turner NC,Li FM, Li WJ, Guo XS. 2011. Photosynthetic activity of Caragana korshinskii seedlings maintain positive photosynthesis during short-term, severe drought stress. Photosynthetica 49:603-609.

Fang XW*, Turner NC, Li FM, Siddique KHM. 2011. An early transient water deficit reduces flower number and pod production but increases seed size in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Crop and Pasture Science 62:481-487.

Fang XW*, Turner NC, Yan GJ, Li FM, Siddique KHM. 2010. Flower numbers, pod production, pollen viability, and pistil function are reduced and flower and pod abortion increased in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) under terminal drought. Journal of Experimental Botany 61: 335–345.

Shang ZH*, Guo XS, Fang XW, Long RJ. 2009. Spectroscopy Technique and Ruminant Methane Emissions Accurate Inspecting. Spectroscopy and Spectral Analysis 29: 740-744.

Fan XW, Li FM*, Song L, Xiong YC, An LZ, Jia Y, Fang XW. 2009. Defense strategy of old and modern spring wheat varieties during soil drying. Physiologia Plantarum 136: 310-323.

Fang XW, Li JH, Xiong YC, Xu DH, Fan XW, Li FM*. 2008. Responses of Caragana korshinskii Kom. to shoot removal: mechanisms underlying regrowth. Ecological Research 23: 863-871.

Xu DH*, Li JH, Fang XW, Wang G, Su P. 2008. Photosynthetic activity of poikilochlorophyllous desiccation tolerant plant Reaumuria soongorica during dehydration and re-hydration. Photosynthetica 46: 547-551.

Fang XW*, Li YB, Xu DH, Yang XM, Wang G*. 2007. Activities of starch hydrolytic enzymes and starch mobilization in roots of Caragana korshinskii following aboveground partial shoot removal. Trees 21: 93-100.

Li JH*, Fang XW,Jia JJ,Wang G. 2007. Effect of legume species introduction to early abandoned field on vegetation development. Plant Ecology 191: 1-9.

Xu DH, Li JH, Fang XW, Wang G*. 2007. Changes pattern of soil water content in the rhizosphere of Artemisia ordosica: evidence for hydraulic lift. Journal of Arid Environments 69: 545-553.

Chen K, Kang HM, Fang XW, Wang G*. 2007. The relationship between the virtual dynamic thinning line and the self-thinning boundary line in simulated plant populations.Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 50: 280-290.

Fang XW,Wang XZ, Chen K, Li H, Wang G*. 2006. Responses of Caragana korshinskii to different aboveground partial shoot removal: combining defence and tolerance strategies. Annals of Botany 98: 203-211.

Fang XW, Yuan JL, Wang G, Zhao ZG*. 2006. Fruit production of shrub, Caragana korshinskii, following above-ground partial shoot removal: mechanisms underlying compensation. Plant Ecology 187: 213-225.

Yang XM, Cao ZY, An LZ*, Wang YM, Fang XW. 2006. In vitro tetraploid induction via colchicine treatment from diploid somatic embryos in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.). Euphytica 152: 217-224.


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