Dr Yuchan Zhou

Research Fellow

Centre for Horticultural Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation


Research Interests

  • Plant physiology, Functional genomics, nutrient accumulation, postharvest biology
    The current research focus is to improve climate resilience of tropical fruit trees in the windstorm regions through development of low tree form tree crops. Owing to the continuing trend of global climate change in the tropical regions, the success of a species as a sustainable crop for food supply is compromised by frequent and intense hurricane-force windstorms. The project aims to develop wind-resistant tree crops to support the Pacific fruit industry. The research topics include 1) investigating the diversity and molecular basis of tree architecture, 2) development of dwarfing markers for early selection of dwarf phenotype, and 3) identification of dwarfing rootstocks. The project collaborates with geneticists, physiologists and agronomists across national and international institutes.
  • Other recent research interests include
    1. Genetic and environmental control of plant development 2. Nutrient transport and accumulation in plant 3. Postharvest biology and fruit loss control 4. stress tolerance and disease resistance. 5. 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: Drew, R, 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. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2002.575.71