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Li Zhi'an
   Director of Xiaoliang Research Station for Restoration of Tropical Coastal Degraded Ecosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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   South China Botanical Gardens, Xin Ke Road 723, Tian He District, Guangzhou 510650,PR China
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Education and Appointments:
Prof Dr. Li Zhi An, male, born in Dec 1962. PI of Soil Science and Ecological Engineering Group, South China Botanical Gardens, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PR China. He joined South China Botanical Gardens (SCBG), the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1983 after he graduated as undergraduate from Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, South China Agricultural University. He received his PhD degree in 1999 from School of Life Science of Zhongshan University (SunYat-Sen University). He is a professor since 2002 in SCBG. He now leads the team of Soil Science and Ecological Engineering in SCBG. His research interests are in areas of element processes of forest ecosystems, phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soil, carbon sequestration in plantation soils, restoration of degraded lands. Based on efficiency of nutrient use, he has been screening plantations established on degraded lands in south subtropical region of China. He is developing new technique to clean cultivated land with high yield crops assisted by intercropped plants. He evaluates how fast carbon in soil is released to the atmosphere when the soil and forest litter is transferred from low latitude to high latitude, simulating natural temperature increasing. He has published over 70 papers in journals. He has several overseas experiences including 6 month study in Soil Institute, Hamburg University, Germany (Feb ~ Aug 1989), 1 year work in Queensland University, Australia as visiting scholar (Mar 1993~Mar 1994), 6 month work in Cornell University, USA (Jan ~Jul 2004). Several projects are carried out in areas of phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated land and carbon sequestration in plantation soil, which include 2 National Natural Science Foundation of China (30670393, 30870442), Science and Technology Planning of Guangdong (2006A36703004).

Research Interest:
Biogeochemistry of forest ecosystems, phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated land
Public Services:
executive member of the council of Soil Science Society of Guangdong Province, PR China

“Restoration Ecology in Tropical and Subtropical Regions of China” was awarded Prize I of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999 (as core member). “Nutrient Cycle and Energy Flow of Tropical and Subtropical Forest Ecosystems in South China” was awarded Prize II of Natural Science Achievement of Guangdong Province in 2000 (as core member). “Interaction between Global Change and Agricultural Ecosystems” was awarded Prize I of Natural Science Achievement of Guangdong Province in 2005 (as core member).
Selected Publication:

   Chen Y, Sayer EJ, Li ZA, Mo QF, Zou B, Li YW, Lu XK, Wang J, Wang FM*. Nutrient  limitation of woody debris decomposition in a tropical forest: Contrasting effects of N and P addition. Functional Ecology, 2015. Doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12471. 

  Lu HP, Li ZA*, Fu SL,Méndez A,Gascó G, Paz-Ferreiro J*. Effect of Biochar in Cadmium Availability and Soil Biological Activity in an Anthrosol Following Acid Rain Deposition and Aging. Water Air Soil Pollut (2015) 226: 164 

  Wang FM, Li J, Wang XL, Zhang W, Zou B, Deborah A. Neher, Li ZA1*. Nitrogen and phosphorus addition impact soil N2O emission in a secondary tropical forest of South China. Scientific Report. 2014. doi:10.1038/srep05615. IF=2.927 

  Zhao J, Wang FM, Li J, Zou B, Li ZA*, Fu SL. Effects of experimental nitrogen and/or phosphorus additions on soil nematode communities in a secondary tropical forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 2014. 75:1-10.  DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2014.03.019.  

  Lu HP, Zhuang P, Li ZA*, Tai YP, Zou B, Li YW,  McBride MB. Contrasting effects of silicates on cadmium uptake by three dicotyledonous crops grown in contaminated soil. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 201421(16): 9921-9930. DOI 10.1007/s11356-014-2947-z 

  Lu HP, Li ZA*Fu SLAna Méndez, Gabriel Gascó, Jorge Paz-Ferreiro. 2015Combining phytoextraction and biochar addition improves soil biochemical properties in a soil contaminated with CdChemosphere119209-216DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.06. 024  

  Lu, HP (Lu, Huanping), Li, Z (Li, Zhian)* ; Fu, SL (Fu, Shenglei), Mendez, A (Mendez, Ana), Gasco, G (Gasco, Gabriel), Paz-Ferreiro, J (Paz-Ferreiro, Jorge) . Can Biochar and Phytoextractors Be Jointly Used for Cadmium Remediation?. PLOS ONE. 2014. 9(4): DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095218. 文献号: e95218. 

  Li J, Li ZA,* Wang FM*, Chen Y, Zhao J, Zou B, Mo QF, Li YW, Li XB, Xia HP. Effects of nitrogen and phosphorus addition on soil microbial community in a secondary tropical forest of China. Biology and Fertility of Soils. 2014. 51(2) : 207-215.  DOI: 10.1007/s00374-014- 0964-1 

  Zhuang P, Lu HP, Li ZA*.Zou B, McBride BM. 2014.Multiple exposure and effects assessment of heavy metals in the population near mining area in South China.PloS One. 9(4): e94484.Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094484 

  Zhuang P, Zou B, Lu HP, Li ZA*. 2014.Heavy metal concentrations in five tissues of chickens from a mining area. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies. 23(6): 2375-2379 

  Li NY, Fu QL, Zhuang P, Guo B, Zou B, Li ZA*. Agricultural technologies for enhancing the phytoremediation of cadmium contaminated soil by Amaranthus hypochondriacus L. Water Air Soil Pollution. 224:1673. 2013.  

  Zhuang P, Li ZA*, McBride MB, Zou B. Health risk assessment for consumption of fish originating from ponds near Dabaoshan mine, South China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research.20(8): 5844-5854. 2013.  

  Ding P, Zhuang P, Li ZA, Xia HP. Accumulation and detoxification of cadmium by larvae of Prodenialitura (Lepidoptera Noctuidae) feeding on Cd-enriched amaranth leaves. Chemosphere. 91(1):28-34. 2013.  

  Zhuang P, Li ZA*, Wang G, Zou B. Concentration of heavy metals in fish from a mine-affected area and potential health risk. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin. 22(8a): 2402-2408. 2013.  

  Zhuang P, Zou B, Li NY, Li ZA*. Heavy metal contamination in soil and soybean near the Dabaoshan mine, South China. Pedosphere. 23(3): 298-304. 2013.  

  Tai YP, Lu HP, Li ZA*, Zhuang P, Zou B, Xia HP. Purification of contaminated paddy fields by clean water irrigation over two decades. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. 35(5): 657-666. 2013.  

  Tai, Yiping; McBride, Murray B.; Li, Zhian. Evaluating specificity of sequential extraction for chemical forms of lead in artificially-contaminated and field-contaminated soils. TALANTA. 107: 183-188. 2013  

  Liu Y, Zhuang P, Li ZA*, Zou B. Cadmium accumulation in maize monoculture and intercropping with six legume species. ActaAgriculturaeScandinavica, Section B - Plant and Soil Science. 63:4, 376-382. 2013.  

  Liu Y, Zhuang P, Li ZA*, Zou B. Effects of fertilizer and intercropping on cadmium uptake by maize.Chemistry and Ecology. 29(6): 489-500. 2013.  

  Faming Wang, Jin Liu, Bi Zou, Deborah A. Neher, Weixing Zhu, Zhian Li*, 2013 Species-dependent responses of soil microbial community composition and respiration to fresh leaf inputs in subtropical China. Journal of Plant Ecology. 2014. 71):86-98. doi:10.1093/jpe/rtt016.  

  Wang FM, Zhu WX, Zou B, Deborah A. Neher, Fu SL, Xia HP, Li ZA*. Seedling growth and soil nutrient availability in exotic and native tree species: implications for afforestation in southern China. Plant and Soil. 364 (1-2):207-218. 2013.  

  Wang FM, Zou B, Li HF, Li ZA* The effect of understory removal on microclimate and soil properties in two subtropical lumber plantations. Journal of Forest Research. 19 (1), 238-243. 2014.  (DOI) 10.1007/s10310-013-0395-0. 2013.  

  Wang FM, Li J, Zou B, Xu X, Li ZA*, Effect of prescribed fire on soil properties and N transformation in two vegetation types in South China, Environmental Management, 51: 1164-1173. 2013.  

  Wang FM, Xu X, Zou B, Guo ZH, Li ZA* and Zhu WX. Biomass Accumulation and Carbon  Sequestration  in  Four  Different  Aged Casuarina equisetifolia Coastal Shelterbelt Plantations in South China Plos ONE. 8(10): e77449. 2013.  

  Li NY, Fu QL, Zhuang P, Guo B, Zou B, Li ZA*. Effect of fertilizers on Cd uptake of Amaranthus hypochondriacus, a high biomass, fast growing and easily cultivated potential Cd hyperaccumulator. International Journal of Phytoremediation. 2012,14(2): 162-173. 2012.   

  Li NY, Li ZA, Fu QL, Zhuang P, Guo B. The use of NTA and organic acid phytoextraction of Cadmium by Amaranth hypochondriacus. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 21(7a): 1879-1884. 2012.  

  Tan WN, Li ZA*, Qiu J, Zou B, Li NY, Zhuang P, Wang G. Lime and Phosphate Could Reduce Cadmium Uptake by Five Vegetables Commonly Grown in South China. Pedosphere 21(2):223-229. 2011.  

  Zhang XF, Xia HP, Li ZA, Zhuang P, Gao B. Identification of a new potential Cd-hyperaccumulator Solanum photeinocarpum by soil seed bank-metal concentration gradient method. Journal of Hazardous Materials 189: 414–419. 2011.  

  Zhang XF, Xia HP, Li ZA. Potential of four forage grasses in remediation of Cd and Zn contaminated soils Bioresource Technology, 101: 2063-2066. 2010.  

  Wang FM, Zhu WXXia HP, Fu SL, Li ZA*. Nitrogen mineralization and leaching in the early stages of a subtropical afforestation in southern China. Restoration Ecology. 18:313-322. 2010.  

  Wang FM, Li ZA*, Xia HP, Zou B, Liu J, Zhu WX. Effects of N-fixing and none-N-fixing tree species on soil properties and N transformation during forest restoration in south China. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. 56, 297–306. 2010.  

  Xia HP, Zhang XF, Li ZA, Lu XQ, Fu SL. Physiological and cellular ultrastructure responses for three grass species under submergence. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management, 47(2): 100-110. 2009.  

  Li NY, Li ZA*, Zhuang P, Zou Bi, McBride Murray, Cadmium uptake from soil by maize with intercrops. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution. 199 (1-4): 45-56. 2009.  

  Zhuang P, McBride Murray, Xia HP, Li NY, Li ZA*. Health risk from heavy metals via consumption of food crops in the vicinity of Dabaoshan mine, South China. Science of the Total Environment. 407: 1551-1561. 2009.  

  Zhuang P, Shu WS, Li ZA, Liao B, Li JT, Shao JS. Removal of metals by sorghum plants from contaminated land. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 21(10): 1432-1437. 2009.  

  Zhuang P, Zou B, Li NY, Li ZA*. Heavy metal contamination in soils and food crops around Dabaoshan mine in Guangdong, China: Implication for human health. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. 31(6):707-715. 2009.  

  Huang J, Xia HP, Li ZA, Xiong YM, Kong GH. Soil aluminum uptake and accumulation by Paspalum notatum. Waste Management & Research, 27: 668-675. 2009.  

  Ren H, Chen H, Li ZA, Han WD. 2010. Biomasss accumulation and carbon storage of four different aged Sonneratia apetala plantations in Southern China. Plant and Soil. DOI 10.1007/s11104-009-0053-7.  

  Ren, H (Ren, Hai)[ 1 ] ; Lu, HF (Lu, Hongfang)[ 1 ] ; Shen, WJ (Shen, Weijun)[ 1 ] ; Huang, C (Huang, Charlie)[ 2 ] ; Guo, QF (Guo, Qinfeng)[ 3 ] ; Li, ZA (Li, Zhi'an)[ 1 ] ; Jian, SG (Jian, Shuguang). 2009. Sonneratia apetala Buch.Ham in the mangrove ecosystems of China: An invasive species or restoration species?. Ecological Engineering. 35(8): 1243-1248 DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2009.05.008.  

Supported Projects:
Carbon stablization in soil and Enhancement of Carbon sequestration of plantation soil in South China, National Natural Science Foundation of China. Grant No. 30870442. 2009.1-20011.12 Enhancement of heavy metal solubility by plant and its use in remediation of polluted land in delta area. 290,000 RMB. National Natural Science Foundation of China. Grant No. 30670393. 2007.1-2009.12 Technique of remediation of heavy metal contaminated land in Guangdong province. 400,000RMB. The Science and Technology Planning of Guangdong Province (No. 2006A36703004) , 2007.1-2009.12 Remediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Lands in Mine Sites and Surrounding Area: Technology and Field Demonstration. 193,000RMB. Subproject of Core Project of National High-tech R&D Program (863 Program, 2007AA061001). 2008.1-2010.12.
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