Journal of Plant Cell Development

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Plant Cell  Development-Plant functional genomics Roles of non-coding RNAs in plant stress responses and development Marker-assisted cotton breeding
-Qian-Hao Zhu


CSIRO Agriculture and Food.

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Qian-Hao Zhu


GPO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia.

Research Interests:

Plant functional genomics Roles of non-coding RNAs in plant stress responses and development Marker-assisted cotton breeding


  • Dr Qian-Hao Zhu graduated from Department of Agronomy, Zhejiang University, China, in 1986, and received a PhD degree in Crop Genetics and Breeding in 1998 at the same University. 
  • From 1986 to 2000, he worked as an agronomist, cotton physiologist and breeder in Zhejiang Academy of Agriculture Science (ZAAS). 
  • During that period of time, starting from a junior Researcher, he later became a Principle Researcher leading the cotton team of ZAAS and coordinating the cotton breeding activities of Zhejiang province.
  • He developed and released several cotton cultivars, including glandless or gossypol free cottons and colored fiber cottons, for commercial production. 
  • Five projects he led or completed as a key contributor received National or Provincial Scientific and Technological Progress Awards. 
  • From 1998 to 1999, he spent a year in Department of Plant Science, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, as a visiting scientist.
  • In 2000, he joined CSIRO Plant Industry as a Postdoctoral Fellow to start from scratch. After joining CSIRO, he first worked on rice functional genomics and the roles of small and long noncoding RNAs in plant development and disease resistance, and then shifted to cotton in 2011 to develop molecular markers to assist CSIRO cotton breeders’ breeding of elite cultivars with high yield, superior fiber quality and enhanced resistance to pathogens and pests. 
  • The rationale he proposed for identification of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in polyploid played a key role in identification of cotton SNPs in the ear without a sequenced cotton genome, and in development of the first commercial cotton SNP chip that is widely used by the cotton community worldwide. 
  • He is also interested in exploring the mechanisms underpinning cotton fiber development and broad-spectrum or non-race specific disease resistance.