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Jiabao Zhang

Jiabao Zhang

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Postal address 71 East Beijing Road, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, China
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Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, researcher of Nanjing Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, professor and doctoral supervisor of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, chief scientist of "973" project and national key research and development plan. Born in Gaoyou, Jiangsu in 1957, received a bachelor's degree in soil agricultural chemistry from Nanjing Agricultural University in 1982, a master's degree in soil science from the Nanjing Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1985, and a soil science degree from the Department of Agricultural Engineering of the International Rice Research Institute/University of the Philippines in 1990 After a PhD in physics, he returned to work at the Nanjing Soil Research Institute. Cooperative research at the University of California (Riverside) for 1 year from 1994 to 1995; from 1997 to 2002, went to the Griffith Laboratory of the School of Land and Grain, the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the Griffith Laboratory of the CSIRO Water and Soil Research Institute, the Department of Soil, Hohenhem University, Germany, and the Environmental Physics Institute of Heidelberg University , Japan's Kyushu University's biological growth environment simulation laboratory, etc., carried out a total of 8 short-term cooperative research for a period of 2 to 3 months.


He has long been engaged in the research of soil water cycle, material migration and transformation process system simulation and its ecological environmental effects, rapid acquisition of soil information, the theory and technology of medium and low yield field management and soil fertility improvement. In recent years, it has focused on the two major scientific and technological issues of reducing soil barrier factors and improving soil fertility faced by China’s 1.3 billion acres of low- and medium-yield farmland. It has created a classification and reduction of soil barrier factors, stimulated rapid fertility fertilization, and water-soil linkages for waterlogged farmland. Innovative soil parameter detection technology and equipment, and as a leader established China’s farmland test station networking research platform and soil nutrient management national engineering laboratory, focusing on promoting soil improvement to a precise symptomatic leap, and science and technology supporting the country The management of low- and medium-yield farmland and the construction of high-standard farmland have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of the quality of cultivated land in China.


He has successively won 1 first prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award and 3 second prizes of National Science and Technology Progress Award; published 411 academic papers, including 151 papers included in SCI; obtained 29 national patents, 17 software copyrights, and 1 invention patent The technology transfer fee is 12 million yuan. In 1992, he enjoyed the special government allowance of the State Council. In 2008, he was awarded the Zhou Guangzhao Agricultural Scientist Award. In 2016, he was awarded the Chinese Soil Society Award. In 2018, he was elected as the chairman of the Soil Engineering and Technology Committee of the International Federation of Soil Science. In 2019, he was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Currently, he is also the deputy director of the Scientific Committee of the China Ecosystem Research Network (CERN), the executive director of the Chinese Soil Society, and the "Environmental Science and Pollution Research", "Journal of Soil Fertilizer and Plant Nutrition", "Journal of Ecology", "Soil" and " Editors of journals such as Soil and Crops.

Research Areas

(1) Farmland and regional water cycle and material migration and transformation process, ecological environment effect and system simulation;

(2) Long-term evolution law of farmland ecological process and improvement mechanism of soil fertility;

(3) Fast acquisition of soil information and digital agriculture. 

Awards and Honours 

He has won the second prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award, the first, second and third prize of Provincial Science and Technology Progress, the second prize of Provincial Invention, and the Harvest Award of the Ministry of Agriculture, and the "Agricultural Science Award" from Zhou Guangzhao Foundation. Young and middle-aged experts with outstanding contributions in Jiangsu Province , Jiangsu Province, the title of "Young and Middle-aged Technology Leading Talents".


Selected Publications

Academic papers published since 2007 (SCI)

[1] Huang Ping; Zhang Jiabao; Zhu Anning; Xin Xiuli; Zhang Congzhi; Ma Donghao. Atmospheric deposition as an important nitrogen load to a typical agroecosystem in the Huang-Huai-Hai Plain. 1. Measurement and preliminary results. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT , 2011, 45: 3400-3405.  

[2] Zhang Congzhi; Zhang Jiabao; Zhao Bingzi; Zhu Anning; Zhang Hui; Huang Ping; Li Xiaopeng. Coupling a two-tip linear mixing model with a delta D-delta(18)O plot to determine water sources consumed by maize during different growth stages. FIELD CROPS RESEARCH, 2011, 123: 196-205.  

[3] Li Xiaopeng; Zhang, Jiabao; Liu, Jintao; Liu, Jianli; Zhu, Anning; Lv, Fei; Zhang, Congzhi. A modified checkbook irrigation method based on GIS-coupled model for regional irrigation scheduling. IRRIGATION SCIENCE, 2011 , 29: 115-126.  

[4] Zhang Xiaoke; Li Qi; Zhu Anning; Liang Wenju; Zhang Jiabao; Y. Steinberger. Effects of tillage and residue management on soil nematode communities in North China ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS, 2011, 13: 75-81.  

[5] Hu Junli; Lin Xiangui; Wang Junhua; Dai Jue; Chen Ruirui; Zhang Jiabao; Wong Ming Hung. Microbial functional diversity, metabolic quotient, and invertase activity of a sandy loam soil as affected by long-term application of organic amendment and mineral fertilizer. JOURNAL OF SOILS AND SEDIMENTS, 2011, 11: 271-280.   

[6] Chen Ruirui; Hu Junli; Dittert Klaus; Wang Junhua; Zhang Jiabao; Lin Xiangui. Soil total nitrogen and natural 15nitrogen in response to long-term fertilizer management of a maize-wheat cropping system in northern China. COMMUNICATIONS IN SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT ANALYSIS, 2011, 42: 322-331.

[7] Zhao Bingzi; Chen Ji; Zhang Jiabao; Qin Shengwu. Soil microbial biomass and activity response to repeated drying-rewetting cycles along a soil fertility gradient modified by long-term fertilization management practices. GEODERMA, 2010, 160: 218-224 .  

[8] Donghao Ma, Mingan Shao, Jiabao Zhang, Quanjiu Wang. Validation of an analytical method for determining soil hydraulic properties of stony soils using experimental data. GEODERMA, 2010, GEODERMA, 159: 262-269.

[9] Hui Zhang, Jiabao Zhang, Bingzi Zhao and Congzhi Zhang. Removal of bacteriophages MS2 and phiX174 from aqueous solutions using a red soil. JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, 2010, 180:640-647.

[10] Wang HZ, Xu JM, Yates SR, Zhang JB, Gan J, Ma JC, Wu JJ, Xuan RC. Mineralization of metsulfuron-methyl in Chinese paddy soils. CHEMOSPHERE, 2010, 78:335-341.

[11] Hu JL, Lin XG, Wang JH, Dai J, Cui XC, Chen RR, Zhang JB. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus enhances crop yield and P-uptake of maize (Zea mays L.): A field case study on a sandy loam soil as affected by long-term P-deficiency fertilization. SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY, 2009, 41(12): 2460-2465.

[12] Hu JL, Lin XG, Wang JH, Chu HY, Yin R, Zhang JB. Population size and specific potential of P-mineralizing and -solubilizing bacteria under long-term P-deficiency fertilization in a sandy loam soil. PEDOBIOLOGIA, 2009, 53(1): 49-58.

[13] Liu JT, Chen X, Zhang JB, Flury M. Coupling the Xinanjiang model to a kinematic flow model based on digital drainage networks for flood forecasting. HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES, 2009, 23(9): 1337-1348.

[14] Zhao Bingzi, Zhang Jiabao, Gong Jiandong, Zhang, Hui, Zhang Congzhi. Glyphosate mobility in soils by phosphate application: Laboratory column experiments. GEODERMA, 2009, 149(3-4): 290-297.

[15] Chen T, Liu XM, Li X, Zhao KL, Zhang JB, Xu JM, Shi JC, Dahlgren RA. Heavy metal sources identification and sampling uncertainty analysis in a field-scale vegetable soil of Hangzhou, China. ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, 2009, 157(3): 1003-1010.

[16] Du CW, Zhou JM, Wang HY, Chen XQ, Zhu AN, Zhang JB. Determination of soil properties using Fourier transform mid-infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy. VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY, 2009, 49(1): 32-37.

[17] Wang HZ, Gan J, Zhang JB, Xu JM, Yates SR, Wu JJ, Ye QF. Kinetic Distribution of C-14-Metsulfuron-methyl Residues in Paddy Soils under Different Moisture Conditions. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, 2009, 38(1): 164-170.

[18] GF Ge, ZJ Li, J Zhang, LG Wang, MG Xu, JB Zhang, JK Wang, XL Xie, YC Liang. Geographical and climatic differences in long-term effect of organic and inorganic amendments on soil enzymatic activities and respiration in field experimental stations of China. ECOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY, 2009, 6: 421–431.

[19] Bingzi Zhao, Hui Zhang, Jiabao Zhang, Yan Jin. Virus Adsorption and inactivation in soil as influenced by autochthonous microorganisms and water content. SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY, 2008, 40:649-659.

[20] Jintao Liu, Jiabao Zhang, Jie Feng. Green–Amt model for layered soils with nonuniform initial water content under unsteady infiltration. SOIL SCIENCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA JOURNAL, 2008, 72: 1041-1047.

[21] Shen Ju-pei, Zhang Li-mei, Zhu Yong-guan, Zhang Jia-bao, He Ji-zheng Abundance and composition of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria and ammonia-oxidizing archaea communities of an alkaline sandy loam. ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, 2008, 10(6): 1601-1611.

[22] Ge Yuan, Zhang Jiabao, Zhang Limei, Yang Min, He Jizheng. Long-term fertilization regimes affect bacterial community structure and diversity of an agricultural soil in northern China. JOURNAL OF SOILS AND SEDIMENTS, 2008, 8(1): 43-50.

[23] Ge Yuan, He Ji-zheng, Zhu Yong-guan, Zhang Jia-bao, Xu Zhihong, Zhang Li-mei, Zheng Yuan-ming. Differences in soil bacterial diversity: driven by contemporary disturbances or historical contingencies? The ISME JOURNAL (Nature Publishing Group), 2008, 2(3): 254-264.

[24] Du Chang-wen, Zhou Jian-min, Wang Huo-yan, Zhang Jia-bao, Zhu An-ning. Study on the soil mid-infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy. SPECTROSCOPY AND SPECTRAL ANALYSIS, 2008, 28(6): 1242-1245.  

[25] Bingzi Zhao, Jiabao Zhang, Markus Flury, Anning Zhu, Qiao Jiang, Jinwei Bi.  Groundwater contamination with NO3-N in a wheat-corn cropping system in the North China Plain. PEDOSPHERE, 2007, 17:721-731.  

[26] X. L. Xin, F. A. Xu, J. B. Zhang , and M. X. Xu. A new resistance sensor for monitoring soil matric potential. SOIL SCIENCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA JOURNAL, 2007, 71: 866-871.

[27] Yong Li, Robert White, Deli Chen, Jiabao Zhang, Baoguo Li, Yuming Zhang, Yuanfang Huang, Robert Edis. A spatially referenced water and nitrogen management model (WNMM) for (irrigated) intensive cropping systems in the North China Plain. ECOLOGICAL MODELING, 2007, 203: 3950-423.  

[28] Y. Li, D. Chen, R.E. White, A. Zhu, J. Zhang. Estimating soil hydraulic properties of Fengqiu County soils in the North China Plain using pedo-transfer functions. GEODERMA, 2007, 138: 261–271.  

[29] Haiyan Chu, Xiangui Lin, Takeshi Fujii, Sho Morimoto, Kazuyuki Yagi, Junli Hu, Jiabao Zhang. Soil microbial biomass, dehydrogenase activity, bacterial community structure in response to long-term fertilizer management. SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY, 2007, 39: 2971-2976.  

[30] Haiyan Chu, Takeshi Fujii, Sho Morimoto, Xiangui Lin, Kazuyuki Yagi, Junli Hu, and Jiabao Zhang. Community structure of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria under long-term application of mineral fertilizer and organic manure in a sandy loam soil. APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, 2007, 73 (2): 485-491.

[31] Yongping Wei, Brian Davidson, Deli Chen, Robert White, Baoguo Li, and Jiabao Zhang. Can contingent valuation method be effective to measure the in-situ value of groundwater in the North China Plain? WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, 2007, 21:1735–1749.  

[32] Wei YP, White RE, Chen D, Davidson BA and Zhang JB. Farmers’ perception of sustainability indicators for crop production on the North China Plain. JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, 2007, 30: (3) 129-147.  

Representive Projetcs

(1) National 973 Project: The improvement mechanism and targeted cultivation strategies of farmland fertility in my country's main grain producing areas (2011-2015), 30 million yuan, chief scientist;

(2) National Modern Agricultural Industrial Technology System Stability Support Project: National Wheat Industrial System-Soil Improvement Post (2011-2015), 3.5 million yuan, post scientist.