Max Planck Gesellschaft

Haiyang Zhang


Plant Carbon Allocation

phone:+49 3641 576192
address:Hans-Knöll-Straße 10, MPI for Biogeochemistry, 07745, Jena, Germany

Current Research Interests

Plant-microbes interaction and how these interactions response and drive carbon and nutrients cycle. Specifically, my works focus on how plant communicates with mycorrhizal fungi (arbuscular mycorrhizal and ectomycorrhizal fungi) and nitrogen-fixing organisms, and how these plant-symbiotic associations affect plant carbon allocation (growth, respiration and storage), competition and performance under variable environments.

Academic career

Since 2015
Postdoc. in the research group of Plant Carbon Allocation at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena.

2009 – 2015
PhD. Ecosystem ecology at Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Xingguo Han

2012 – 2014
Exchange PhD student at group of Plant Carbon Allocation at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena. Supervisor:Prof. Dr. Susan Trumbore Dr. Henrik Hartmann

Thesis: Plant nutrients uptake and community dynamics response to shrub encroachment in natural grassland of Inner Mongolia.


Zhang, H., et al., (201x). Shrub encroachment alters carbon and nitrogen cycles along a precipitation gradient (In Preparation)

Zhang, H., Yu, Q., Lü, X. T., Trumbore, S. E., Yang, J. J., & Han, X. G. (2016). Impacts of leguminous shrub encroachment on neighboring grasses include transfer of fixed nitrogen. Oecologia, 1-10.

Quan, Z., Huang, B., Lu, C., Shi, Y., Chen, X., Zhang, H., & Fang, Y. (2016). The fate of fertilizer nitrogen in a high nitrate accumulated agricultural soil. Scientific Reports 5.

Zhang, H., Ziegler, W., Han, X., Trumbore, S., & Hartmann, H. (2015). Plant carbon limitation does not reduce nitrogen transfer from arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to Plantago lanceolata.Plant and Soil 396(1-2), 369-380.

Zhang, H., Wu, H., Yu, Q., Wang, Z., Wei, C., Long, M., ... & Han, X. (2013). Sampling date, leaf age and root size: implications for the study of plant C: N: P stoichiometry. PloS one 8(4), e60360.

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