Address and Phone

Fruit Science Institute, Zhejiang University

866 Yuhangtang Road, 310058, Hangzhou, China.

Tel: +86-571-88982471 

FAX: +86-571-88982224 




2001 B.S.        Zhejiang University, China

2007 Ph.D.      Zhejiang University, China


Professional Experience

2003                Ph.D student, Plant and Food Research Institute of New Zealand

2005                Ph.D student, Plant and Food Research Institute of New Zealand

2007-2009       Post-doctoral study, Zhejiang University, China

2010-            Associate professor, Zhejinag Univeristy, China

2013-2015       Visit scholar, University of Florida, USA

2015-               Deputy director, Fruit Science Institute, Zhejiang University, China


Present Research Speciality

Biosynthesis and regulation of fruit flavour-related volatiles



2012               Qiushi Young Scholar, Zhejiang University

2012               New Rising Stars Project, Zhejiang University

2012              Outstanding Peer Reviewer, Elsevier

2013              151 Talents Project, Zhejiang Province


Selected Publications (* corresponding author)

Liu T, Song S, Yuan YB, Wu DJ, Chen MJ, Sun QN, Zhang B, Xu CJ, Chen KS. Improved peach peel color development by fruit bagging. Enhanced expression of anthocyanin biosynthetic and regulatory genes using white non-woven polypropylene as replacement for yellow paper. Scientia Horticulturae. 2015, 184, 142–148

Huang LX, Liu HR, Zhang B*, Wu D. 2015. Application of electronic nose with multivariate analysis and sensor selection for botanical origin identification and quality determination of honey. Food and Bioprocess Technology. 2015, 8, 359-370.

Shen JY, Wu L, Liu HR, Zhang B*, Yin XR, Ge YQ, Chen KS. Bagging treatment influences production of C6 aldehydes and biosynthesis related genes expression in peach fruit. Molecules. 2014. 19, 13461-13472.

Zhang B, Huang Y, Zhang QL, Liu XF, Li F*, Yiping Xia, Kunsong Chen. Fragrance discrimination of Chinese Cymbidium species and cultivars using an electronic nose. Scientia Horticulturae. 2014, 172, 271-277

Liang L, Zhang B*, Yin XR, Xu CJ, Sun CD, Chen KS. Differential expression of the CBF gene family during postharvest cold storage and subsequent shelf-life of peach fruit. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 2013, 31:1358-1367

Yin XR, Zhang Y, Zhang B, Yang SL, Shi YN, Ferguson IB, Chen KS. Effects of acetylsalicylic acid on kiwifruit ethylene biosynthesis and signaling components. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 2013, 83: 27-33.

SU MS, Zhang B (co-first author), Ye ZW, Chen KS, Guo J, Gu XJ, Shen JY. Pulp volatiles measured by an electronic nose are related to harvest season, TSS concentration and TSS/TA ratio among 39 peaches and nectarines. Scientia Horticulturae. 2013, 150: 146-153.

Xi WP, Zhang B*, Shen JY, Sun CD, Xu CJ, Chen KS. Intermittent warming alleviated the loss of peach fruit aroma-related esters by regulation of AAT during cold storage. Postharvest Biology and Technology. 2012, 74: 42-48

Xi WP, Zhang B (co-first author), Liang L, Shen JY, Wei WW, Xu CJ, Allan AC, Ferguson IB, Chen KS. Postharvest temperature influences volatile lactone production via regulation of acyl-CoA oxidases in peach fruit. Plant, Cell and Environment, 2012, 35: 534-545.

Su MS, Chen KS, Ye ZW, Zhang B, Guo J, Xu CJ, Sun CD, Zhang JK, Li X, Wu AZ, Xi WP. Physical changes and physiological characteristics of red and green peel during nectarine (cv. Hu018) maturation. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 2012, 92, 1448-1454.

Zhang B, Xi WP, Wei WW, Shen JY, Ferguson I, Chen KS. Changes in aroma-related volatiles and gene expression during low temperature storage and subsequent shelf-life of peach fruit. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 2011, 60: 7-16.

Jiang TM, Wang P, Yin XR, Zhang B, Xu CJ, Li X, Chen KS. Ethylene biosynthesis and expression of related genes in loquat fruit at different developmental and ripening stages. Scientia Horticulturae, 2011, 130: 452-458.

Yang ZW, Ma YT, Chen L, Xie RJ, Zhang XQ, Zhang B, Lu MD, Wu SD, Gilissen Luud, van Ree R, Gao ZS. Differential transcript abundance and genotypic variation of four putative allergen-encoding gene families in melting peach. Tree Genetics & Genomes. 2011, 7: 903-916.

Zhang B, Shen JY, Wei WW, Xi WP, Xu CJ, Ferguson I. Chen KS. Expression of genes associated with aroma formation derived from the fatty acid pathway during peach fruit ripening.  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2010, 58: 6157-6165.

Wang P, Zhang B (co-first author), Li X, Xu CJ, Yin XR, Shan LL, Ferguson I, Chen KS. Ethylene signal transduction elements involved in chilling injury in non-climacteric loquat fruit. Journal of Experimental Botany, 2010, 61: 179-190

Niu SS, Xu CJ, Zhang WS, Zhang B, Li X, Wang KL, Ferguson I, Allan A, Chen KS. Coordinated regulation of anthocyanin biosynthesis in Chinese bayberry (Myrica rubra) fruit by a R2R3 MYB transcription factor. Planta, 2010, 231, 887-899

Zhang B, Yin XR, Li X, Yang SL, Ferguson I, Chen KS. Lipoxygenase gene expression in ripening kiwifruit in relation to ethylene and aroma production. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2009, 57: 2875-2881.

Zhang B, Yin XR, Shen JY, Chen KS, Ferguson I. Volatiles production and lipoxygenase gene expression in kiwifruit peel and flesh at two ripening stages. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. 2009, 134: 472-477.

Jin WW, Xu CJ, Li X, Zhang B, Wang P, Allan A, Chen KS. Epxression of ROP/RAC GTPase genes in postharvest loquat fruit in association with senescence and cold regulated lignification. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 2009, 54: 9-14

Yin XR, Allan A, Zhang B, Wu RM, Burdon J, Wang P, Ferguson I, Chen KS. Ethylene-related genes show a differential response to low temperature during‘Hayward’ kiwifruit ripening. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 2009, 52: 9-15

Yin XR, Chen KS, Allan A, Wu RM, Zhang B, Lallu N, Ferguson I. Ethylene-induced modulation of genes associated with the ethylene signalling pathway in ripening kiwifruit. Journal of Experimental Botany, 2008, 59: 2097-2108

Shan LL, Li X, Wang P, Cai C, Zhang B, Sun CD, Zhang WS, Xu CJ, Ferguson I, Chen KS. Charaterization of cDNAs associated with lignification and their expression profiles in loquat fruit with different lignin accumulation. Planta, 2008, 227: 1243-1254.

Yang SL, Sun CD, Wang P, Shan LL, Cai C, Zhang B, Zhang WS, Li X, Ferguson I, Chen KS. Expression of expansin genes during postharvest lignification and softening of ‘Luoyangqing’ and ‘Baisha’ loquat fruit under different storage conditions. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 2008, 49: 46-53.

Yang SL, Xu CJ, Zhang B, Li X, Chen KS. Involvement of both subgroups A and B of expansin genes in kiwifruit fruit ripening. HortScience, 2007, 42(2): 315-319

Zhang Bo, Chen Kun-song, Bowen J, Allan A, Espley R, Karunairetnam S, Ferguson I. Differential expression within the LOX gene family in ripening kiwifruit. Journal of Experimental Botany, 2006, 57: 3825-3836.

Xu CJ, Bao L, Zhang B, Bei ZM, Ye XY, Zang SL, Chen KS. Parentage analysis of huyou (Citrus changshanensis) based on internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences. Plant Breeding. 2006, 125: 519-522.

Zhang WS, Chen KS  Zhang B, Sun CD, Cai C, Zhou CH,  Xu WP, Zhang WQ, Ferguson IB. Postharvest responses of Chinese bayberry fruit. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 2005, 37: 241-251.

Chen KS, Xu CJ, Zhang B, Ferguson IB. Myrica rubra: Red bayberry. In: The Encyclopedia of Fruit and Nuts. Edited by Jules Janick and Robert E. Paull. Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 522-526 (ISBN: 978-0-85199-638-7)

Chen KS, Xu CJ, Zhang B, Ferguson IB. Red bayberry: botany and horticulture. Horticulture Reviews, 2004, 30: 83-114


Book Chapters

Zhang B, Chen KS. Aroma Volatiles. Chapter within the book "Fruit Ripening- Physiology, Signalling and Genomics" CAB International 2014, p63-80 / ISBN 184593962X, 9781845939625


Oral Presentation

1)        Monitoring peach fruit quality during postharvest ripening and in response to low temperatures using gas chromatography and an electronic nose. 29th International Horticultural Congress. 2014, 17-22 August, Brisbane Queensland, Australia.

2)        Cold chain logistic of postharvest Chinese bayberry. 7th CIGR International Technical Symposium/2nd International Conference on Postharvest Technology & Quality Management. 24-30th November, 2012, Cape Town, South Africa.

3)        Postharvest temperature influences volatile lactone production via regulation of acyl-CoA oxidases in peach fruit. International Workshop on Biology of Fruit Quality. 25-28th October, 2011, Hangzhou, China.

4)        Changes in aroma-related volatiles and genes expression during postharvest fruit ripening and in response to low temperature. Symposium on Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of Fruit Trees. 18-21 October, 2010, Wuhan, China.

5)        E-sense analysis of fruit sensory quality. International Seminar on Sensory Science & Technology and Application. 21-22 October, 2010, Beijing, China.

6)        Sugar composition difference among white- and red-fleshed loquat fruit and its relation with activities of sucrose-metabolizing enzymes. The III. International Loquat Symposium. 03-06 May, 2010, Antakya, Hatay, Turkey.



Research work

Fruit aroma quality; Fruit logistics