Bingyu Zhao, Associate Professor

Ph.D. Kansas State University, 2004

M.S. Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 1997

B.S. Qingdao Agricultural University, 1994

Interest Areas: biofuel, biotechnology, bio energy

My major research area is biotechnology and genomics of biofuel feedstocks. We are working on switchgrass (Panicum virginicum), which is considered a prime candidate for large-scale biomass production for ligno-cellulose derived bio-energy. We employ biotechnology and genomics tools to improve the biomass production and plant resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses of switchgrass.

My laboratory also works on the molecular plant-microbe interactions using tomato-Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria and watermelon-Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli as two model plant-pathogen systems.