Frequent occurrence of pathogens such as Burkholderia plantarii, Ustilaginoidea virens and Rhizoctonia solani Kühn always leads to crop yield loss and severe toxin contamination in agricultural environment, and has become an increasing concern and challenge worldwide due to their adverse impacts on environmental safety and public health. 

    To address these issues and advance understanding of the underlying mechanisms involved, we focus on 1. Ecological and biological control of rice bacterial and fungal diseases. 2. Plant beneficial microbes-derived active small molecules and implication in the plant-pathogen-environment triangle. 3. Analysis, control and risk assessment of chemical/biological pollutants. With a particular emphasis on investigation of the microbial species possessing the specific capacities of toxins-suppression, degradation from a specific eco-niche and/or multi-functional microbiome, and also elucidation of the crucial signaling molecules involved in the complex interplay among host-pathogens-indigenous microbes. We aim to provide an important theoretical basis for the construction of a control and remediation system against typical pathogens and associative toxins contamination in agricultural environments, and also eco-niche-based screening and development of biomaterials provide a promising measure to ensure safety of agricultural environments.

    Our main research interests are:

1. Microbial community and its function in phytosphere;

2. Microbial interspecies/interkingdom signaling;

3. Microbial adaptation to environmental stress;

4. Microbes-derived natural products.

Research work

Biocontrol of Plant Disease, Biopesticide; Microbial Interspecies Signaling, Microbiome; Environmental Fate, Risk Assessment and Remediation of Pesticides and Biotoxins.