Dabing Zhang

Professor Dabing Zhang

Chief Investigator, ARC Training Centre for Future Crops Development

Head of the Joint Lab on Plant Science and Breeding between The University of Adelaide and Shanghai Jiao University

Dabing Zhang

Areas of Research Interest –

Plant reproduction and its interactions with environmental signals (temperature, light). 

Expertise & Skills –

My field is cereal reproductive development, and my career focus has been in understanding the highly complex molecular mechanisms that regulate reproductive development and male fertility in cereal crops.

5 Key Research Papers –

• Li G., Kuijer H.N.J., Yang XJ., Liu HR., Shen CQ., Shi J., Betts N., Tucker M.R., Liang WQ., Waugh R., Burton R.A, Zhang DB#. MADS1 maintains barley spike morphology at high ambient temperatures Nat Plants 2021 doi: 10.1038/s41477-021-00957-3.
• Yu JP, Han JJ, Kim, Song M, Yang Z, He Y,Fu RF, Luo ZJ, Hu JP, Liang WQ, Zhang DB#. Two rice receptor-like kinases maintain male fertility under changing temperatures. PNAS. 2017, 114 (46):12327–12332.
• Cai Q, Yuan Z, Chen MJ, Yin CS, Luo ZJ, Zhao XX, Liang WQ, Hu JP & Zhang DB#. Jasmonic acid regulates spikelet development in rice. Nat Commun. 2014, 10.1038/ncomms4476.
• Niu NN, Liang WQ, Yang XJ, Jin WL, Wilson ZA, Hu JP, Zhang DB#. EAT1 promotes tapetal cell death by regulating aspartic proteases during male reproductive development in rice. Nat Commun. 2013, doi:10.1038/ncomms2396.
• Zhang H, Xu, CX, He Y, Zong J, Yang XJ, Si HM, Sun ZX, Hu JP, Liang WQ, Zhang DB#. Mutation in CSA creates a new photoperiod-sensitive genic male sterile line applicable for hybrid rice seed production. PNAS. 2013 110 (1) 76-81.

Available Research Projects –

How do plant roots align nitrogen uptake to soil opportunities


The ARC Training Centre for Accelerated Future Crops Development is funded by the Australian Research Council under its Industrial Transformation Training Hubs Program to run from 2022 to 2027.

It is a collaboration of universities, government research agencies and the Australian grains sector’s key stakeholders in training, R&D, social engagement, responsible innovation, breeding, marketing and delivery.

It also has international partners in gene-editing, SynBio, crop breeding, and, other partnerships for co-developing deep technologies to transform the agriculture industry and global food security.