Research

Water transport in xylem of vesselless angiosperms

 The wood of vesselless angiosperms is composed of tracheids, ray parenchyma cells, and axial parenchyma cells. By investigating the structure of intertracheid pits, tracheid-parenchyma pits and parenchyma-parenchyma pits using SEM and TEM techniques, we aim to better understand the water transport in xylem of vesselless angiosperms.

Publications

Ya Zhang, Shijian Yang, Mei Sun and Kunfang Cao. 2014. Stomatal traits are evolutionarily associated with vein density in basal angiosperms. Plant Science Journal, 32(4): 315-323. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Megan K. Bartlett, Ya Zhang, Nissa Kreidler, Shanwen Sun, Rico Ardy, Kunfang Cao, and Lawren Sack. 2014. Global analysis of plasticity in turgor loss point, a key drought tolerance trait. Ecology Letters, 17(12): 1580-1590.

Megan K. Bartlett, Christine Scoffoni, Rico Ardy, Ya Zhang, Shanwen Sun, Kunfang Cao and Lawren Sack. 2012. Rapid determination of comparative drought tolerance traits: using an osmometer to predict turgor loss point. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 3(5): 880-888

Conference contributions

06/02/2015 Evolution of vessel structure and function of basal angiosperms. Botanical Society of Yunnan,  Kunming, China.

16/10/2013 Xylem structure and function in basal angiosperms. Botanical Society of China, Nanchang, China.

work experience and Education

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10/2015-present Ph.D student

at the Institute for Systematic Botany and Ecology, University of Ulm, Germany

07/2014 - 06/2015 Lab assistant

in Tree Ring and Environmental Change Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), Mengla, China.

09/2011 – 07/2014 Master of Ecology,

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), Mengla, China.

09/2007 – 07/2011 Bachelor of Biology,

Anhui Normal University, Wuhu, China.