Junli Zhang


Postdoctoral Researcher


Nov 2013-Present          Postdoctoral training
                                      Dubcovsky’s lab, Department of Plant Sciences
                                      University of California, Davis, California, USA
Aug 2008-Dec 2013       PhD in Plant Science
                                     Department of Plant, Soil & Entomological Sciences
                                     University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, USA
Sep 2004-Jul 2008        Bachelor of Agronomy
                                      College of Agronomy
                                      Northwest A&F University, Shaanxi, China

Junli Zhang


Fine mapping and cloning of genes related to yield components and drought in wheat.

Genome-wide association study (GWAS) of water use efficiency (WUE) and yield components using a spring wheat association mapping panel and nested association mapping panel.


Dong, Z., J.M. Hegarty, J. Zhang, W. Zhang, S. Chao, X. Chen, Y. Zhou, and J. Dubcovsky. 2017. Validation and characterization of a QTL for adult plant resistance to stripe rust on wheat chromosome arm 6BS (Yr78). Theor Appl Genet: Available at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00122-017-2946-9. (First 3 authors contributed equally)

Liu, Y., J. Zhang, Y.-G. Hu, and J. Chen. 2017. Dwarfing genes Rht4 and Rht-B1b affect plant height and key agronomic traits in common wheat under two water regimes. Field Crops Research 204: 242–248.

Wang, R., J. Chen, J.A. Anderson, J. Zhang, W. Zhao, J. Wheeler, N. Klassen, D.R. See, and Y. Dong. 2017. Genome-wide association mapping of Fusarium head blight resistance in spring wheat lines developed in the Pacific Northwest and CIMMYT. Phytopathology: Available at http://apsjournals.apsnet.org/doi/abs/10.1094/PHYTO-02-17-0073-R.

Bulli, P., J. Zhang, S. Chao, X. Chen, and M. Pumphrey. 2016. Genetic architecture of resistance to stripe rust in a
global winter wheat germplasm collection. G3 6(8): 2237–2253.

Chen, J., M.J. Guttieri, J. Zhang, D. Hole, E. Souza, and B. Goates. 2016a. A novel QTL associated with dwarf bunt resistance in Idaho 444 winter wheat. Theor Appl Genet: 1–10.

Chen, J., J. Wheeler, K. O’Brien, W. Zhao, N. Klassen, J. Zhang, B. Bowman, Y. Wang, C. Jackson, J.M. Marshall, and
X.M. Chen. 2016b. Registration of “UI Platinum” hard white spring wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 10(1):

Bowman B.C., J. Chen, J. Zhang, J. Wheeler, Y. Wang, W. Zhao, S. Nayak, N. Heslot, H. Bockelman, and J.M. Bonman. 2015. Evaluating Grain Yield in Spring Wheat with Canopy Spectral Reflectance. Crop Sci. In Press.

Bonman, J.M., E.M. Babiker, A. Cuesta-Marcos, K. Esvelt-Klos, G. Brown-Guedira, S. Chao, D. See, J. Chen, E. Akhunov, J. Zhang, H.E. Bockelman, T.C. Gordon. 2015. Genetic Diversity among Wheat Accessions from the USDA National Small Grains Collection. Crop Sci. 55:1243-1253.

Maccaferri, M., J. Zhang, P. Bulli, Z. Abate, S. Chao, D. Cantu, E. Bossolini, X. Chen, M. Pumphrey, J. Dubcovsky. 2015. A Genome-Wide Association Study of Resistance to Stripe Rust (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici) in a Worldwide Collection of Hexaploid Spring Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 5: 449-465. (First three authors have equal contribution)

Zhang, J., J. Chen, C. Chu, W. Zhao, J. Wheeler, E.J. Souza, R.S. Zemetra. 2014. Genetic Dissection of QTL Associated with Grain Yield in Diverse Environments. Agronomy 4: 556-578.

Zhang, J., J. Chen, B.C. Bowman, K. O’Brien, J.M. Marshall, J.M. Bonman. 2014. Association Mapping of Hagberg Falling Number in Hard White Spring Wheat. Crop Sci. 54: 1243-1252.

Chen, J., G. Hu, J. Zhang, C. Chu, Y. Wu. 2014. Mapping of STS Markers Developed From Drought Tolerance Candidate Genes and Preliminary Analysis of Their Association With Yield-related Traits in Common Wheat (Triticum aestivum). Cereal Research Communications 42: 199-208.

Chen, J., J. Wheeler, J. Clayton, W. Zhao, K. O’Brien, J. Zhang, C. Jackson, J.M. Marshall, B.D. Brown, K. Campbell, X.M. Chen, R. Zemetra, and E.J. Souza. 2013. Registration of “UI Stone” Soft White Spring Wheat. J. Plant Reg. 7: 1–6.

Li, P., J. Chen, P. Wu, J. Zhang, C. Chu, D. See, G. Brown-Guedira, R. Zemetra, and E. Souza. 2011. Quantitative Trait Loci Analysis for the Effect of Rht-B1 Dwarfing Gene on Coleoptile Length and Seedling Root Length and Number of Bread Wheat. Crop Sci. 51: 2561–2568.

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