Dr Yuchan Zhou

Research Fellow

Centre for Plant Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation


Research Interests

  • Plant physiology, Funtional genomics, Biotechnology, Postharvest biology and technology
    The current research focus is to improve climate resilience of tropical tree crops through a better understanding of the diversity and molecular basis of tree architecture. Owing to the continuing trend of global climate change in the tropical regions, the success of a species as a sustainable crop for delivering food security is compromised by the likelihood of more intense hurricane-force windstorms. The project aims to develop wind-resistant tree crops to support the Pacific fruit industry through collaboration with molecular biologists, geneticists, physiologists and agronomists across national and international institutes.
  • Other recent research interests include
    1. Genetic and environmental control of plant development. 2. Functional genomics of nutrient accumulation in developing fruits/seeds. 3. Membrane transporters, stress tolerance. 4. The biology and management of postharvest food loss. 5. Transcriptomics profiling for regulation of cell wall formation. 6. Functional characterization of plant proteins in yeast and Xenopus systems. 7. Genetic engineering to improve nutrition and disease resistance. 8. Genetic manipulation for production of biocommodities


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • MSc (Plant Biochemistry), University of the Chinese Academy of Science
  • BSc (Hons), University of the Chinese Academy of Science


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Dahler, JM, Underhill, SJ, Zhou, Y and Giles, JE (2002). Biochemical changes associated with chilling in pineapple fruit. In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON TROPICAL AND SUBTROPICAL FRUITS, VOLS 1 AND 2. International Symposium on Tropical and Subtropical Fruits, CAIRNS AUSTRALIA, (603-610). NOV 26-DEC 01, 2000.

Grants (Administered at UQ)