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Kong Hanghui
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Education and Appointments:

Associate Professor 08/2018- present South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Chen Huanyong Associate Professor 08/2017- 07/2018 South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Assistant Professor   01/2009- 08/2017 South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of


Visiting Scholar       08/2013- 02/2014 University of Arizona

Educational Background

Visiting Doctor

09/2006-09/2008: Systematics of Subtribe Tylophorinae (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae: Asclepideae). University of Bayreuth

Doctor of Philosophy

09/2001-09/2006: Phylogenetic Studies of Smilax china complex and sect. Nemexia in Smilax (Smilacaceae). Zhejiang University

Research Interest:
Plant Phylogeny and EvolutionBiogeography and Speciation.
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Selected Publication:

Kong, H.H., Zhou, X.L., Zhou, B.F., Wen, F., Yang, L.Y. 2019. Primulina sichuanensis var. pinnatipartita (Gesneriaceae), a remarkable new variety from Chongqing, China. Phytotaxa. 406:287293.

Yang, L.H.#, Kong, H.H. #, Huang, J.P., Kang, M. 2019. Different species or genetically divergent populations? Integrative species delimitation of the Primulina hochiensis complex from isolated karst habitats. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 132:219–231. (#co-first author)

Sun, Z.X., Feng, C., Yang, L.Y., Kong, H.H.* 2019. Development of 16 single-copy nuclear gene markers for Oreocharis auricula (Gesneriaceae), a perennial herb in China. Applications in Plant Sciences. Accepted. (*Author for correspondence)

Dong, S.Y., Xiao, Y., Kong, H.H., Feng, C., Harris, A.J., Yan, Y.H., Kang, M. 2019. Nuclear loci developed from multiple transcriptomes yield high resolution in phylogeny of scaly tree ferns (Cyatheaceae) from China and Vietnam. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 139:106567.

One Thousand Plant Transcriptomes Initiative (113/130). 2019. One thousand plant transcriptomes and phylogenomics of green plants. Nature. Accepted.

Zhou, J., Liu, W.Z., Kong, H.H.*, Gong, W*. 2018. Identification of Microsatellites in Aconitum reclinatum (Ranunculaceae), a rare species endemic to North America. Applications in Plant Sciences. 6: e1161. (*Author for correspondence)

Kong, H.H., Liu, W.Z., Yao, G., Gong, W. 2018. Characterization of the whole chloroplast genome of a rare and endangered species Aconitum reclinatum (Ranunculaceae) in the United States. Conservation Genetics Resources. 10: 165–168.

Liu, W.Z., Kong, H.H., Zhou, J., Fritsch, P.W., Hao, G., Gong, W. 2018. Complete chloroplast genome of Cercis chuniana (Fabaceae) with structural and genetic comparison to six species in Caesalpinioideae. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 19: 1286.

Kong, H.H., Condamine, F.L., Harris, A.J., Chen, J.L., Pan, B., M?ller M., Hoang, V.S., Kang, M.. 2017. Both temperature fluctuations and East Asian monsoons have driven plant diversification in the karst ecosystems from southern China. Molecular Ecology. 26:6414–6429.

Kong, H.H. #, Liu, W.Z. #, Yao, G., Gong, W. 2017. A comparison of chloroplast genome sequences in Aconitum (Ranunculaceae): a traditional herbal medicinal genus. PeerJ 5:e4018. (#co-first author)

Kong, H.H., Zhang, Y., Hong, Y., Barker, M.S. 2017. Multilocus phylogenetic reconstruction informing polyploid relationships of Aconitum subgenus Lycoctonum (Ranunculaceae) in China. Plant Systematic and Evolution. 303:727–744.

Wang, J., Ai, B., Kong, H.H., Kang, M. 2017. Speciation history of a species complex of Primulina eburnea (Gesneriaceae) from limestone karsts of south China, a biodiversity hotspot. Evolutionary Applications. 10:919–934.

Gong, W., Liu, Y., Chen, J., Hong, Y., Kong, H.H.* 2016. DNA barcodes identify Chinese medicinal plants and detect geographical patterns of Sinosenecio (Asteraceae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution. 54:83–91. (*Author for correspondence)

M?ller M., Nishii K., Atkins H.J., Kong H.H., Kang M., Wei Y.G., Wen F., Hong X., Middleton D.J. 2016. An expansion of the genus Deinostigma (Gesneriaceae). Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore. 68:145–172.

Heiduk, A., Kong, H.H., Brake I, von Tschirnhaus, M., Tolasch, T., Tr?ger, A.G., Wittenberg, E., Francke, W., Meve, U., D?tterl, S. 2015. Deceptive Ceropegia dolichophylla fools its kleptoparasitic fly pollinators with exceptional floral scent. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 3:66.

Zhang, Y., Kong, H.H., Yang, Q.E. 2015. Phylogenetic relationships and taxonomic status of the monotypic Chinese genus Anemoclema (Ranunculaceae). Plant Systematic and Evolution. 301:1335–1344.

Gao, Y., Ai, B., Kong, H.H., Kang, M., Huang, H.W. 2015. Geographical pattern of isolation and diversification in karst habitat islands: a case study in the Primulina eburnea complex. Journal of Biogeography. 42:21312144.

Kong, H.H., Gao, Q., Luo, Y., Yang, Q.E. 2013. Seed morphology in some Chinese species of Aconitum (Ranunculaceae) and its systematic implications. Plant Diversity and Resources. 35:241252.

Liede-Schumann S., Kong, H.H., Meve U., Thiv M. 2012. Thiv. Subtribe Tylophorinae (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae: Asclepideae) re-visited. Taxon. 61:803–825.                                                                                                                               

China Plant BOL Group (14/62). 2011. Comparative analysis of a large dataset indicates that internal transcribed spacer (ITS) should be incorporated into the core barcode for seed plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 108:19641–19646.

Supported Projects:

Speciation and evolutionary history of Oreocharis (Gesneriaceae). National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 31970231). 2020–2023.

Phylogeny and biogeography of Aconitum subgenus Lycoctonum (Ranunculaceae). National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 31470319). 2015–2018.

Molecular phylogenetic studies in the Tylophorinae (Asclepiadoideae-Apocynaceae). National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 30900088). 2010–2012.

Polyploid speciation of Aconitum subgenus Lycoctonum (Ranunculaceae) based on Next-generation DNA sequencing. Main Direction Program of Knowledge Innovation of Chinese Academy of Sciences (grant no. KSCX2-EW-J-28). 2011–2013.

Polyploid speciation of Aconitum subgenus Lycoctonum (Ranunculaceae). Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province (grant no. 10151065005000019). 2010–2012.

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