Wei Wei 
Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Telephone: 86-10-62836275
Mobile phone:
Address: 20 Nanxincun, Xiangshan 
Postcode: 100093

Research Areas

Ecology and Botany.

Current projects mainly on Ecological assessment of Genetically Modified Crops and Conservation of Plant Genetic Resource.


09/1994-07/1997, Botany, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
Thesis Topic: ‘Molecular Ecology of two Leguminous Plants, Caragana spp. and Glycine soja’
M. S.
09/1991-07/1994, Plant Ecology, Shandong University, Jinan, China.
Thesis Topic: ‘Population ecology of Acanthopanax brachypus Harms [A. obovatus Hoo] and its endangering factors’
B. S.
09/1987-07/1991, Biology, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, China.
Thesis Topic: ‘Isolation and Purification of Typsin from Pig Pancreas’


Work Experience
05/2009-12/2009, Visiting scientist, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee, USA
03/2005-03/2006, Visiting Scientist, INRA, Dijon, France
05/2000-04/2001, IACR-Rothamsted International Fellow, Harpenden, UK
09/1999-, Associate Professor of Biosafety, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
09/1997-08/1999, Postdoctoral fellow, China Agricultural University


[1] LEI L, STEWART CN, TANG ZX , WEI W*. 2011. Dynamic expression of green fluorescent protein and Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac endotoxin in interspecific hybrids and successive backcross generations (BC(1) and BC(2)) between transgenic Brassica napus crop and wild Brassica juncea. Annals of Applied Biology, 159: 212-219.
[2] Pei L, Schmidt M, Wei W. 2011. Synthetic biology: An emerging research field in China. BIOTECHNOLOGY ADVANCES 29 : 804-814.
[3] Ford-Lloyd BV, Schmidt M, Armstrong SJ, Barazani O, Engels J, Hadas R , Hammer K, Kell SP, Kang DM, Khoshbakht K, Li YH, Long CL, Lu BR, Ma KP, Nguyen VT, Qiu LJ, Ge S, Wei W, Zhang ZW, Maxted N. 2011. Crop Wild Relatives-Undervalued, Underutilized and under Threat? BIOSCIENCE, 61: 559-565.
[4] JIANG H*, WEI W*, SONG X-D, STEWART  CN Jr., ZHOU G-M, YUS-Q, PENG S-L, Zhu Q-A, JIANG Z-S , JIANG B. 2011. Hyperspectral studies of transgenic oilseed rape. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 32: 1095-1103 
[5] Liu YB, Wei W, Ma KP, Darmency, H. 2010.  Backcrosses to Brassica napus of hybrids between B. juncea and B. napus as a source of herbicide-resistant volunteer-like feral populations. Plant Science, 179: 459-465.
[6] DI K, STEWART CN Jr, WEI W*, SHEN B-C, TANG Z-X, MA K-P. 2009. Fitness and maternal effects in hybrids formed between transgenic oilseed rape and wild brown mustard in the field. Pest Management Science, 65: 753-760
[7] CHEN Q, QI W-B, REITER RJ, WEI W*, WANG B-M. 2009. Exogenously applied melatonin stimulates root growth and raises endogenous indoleacetic acid in roots of etiolated seedlings of Brassica juncea. Journal of Plant Physiology, 166: 324-328
[8] LIU W-S, DONG M*, SONG Z-P, WEI W*. 2009. Genetic diversity pattern of Stipa purpurea populations in the hinterland of Qinghai–Tibet Plateau. Annals of Applied Biology, 154: 57-65
[9] SCHMIDT M, WEI W, POLTHANEE A et al. 2008. Ambiguity in a trans-disciplinary stakeholder assessment of neglected and underutilized species in China, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. Biodiversity and Conservation, 17: 1645–1666
[10] WEI W*, SCHULER TH, CLARK SJ, STEWART CN, POPPY GM.2008. Movement of transgenic plant-expressed Bt Cry1Ac proteins through high trophic levels. Journal of Applied Entomology, 132: 1-11
[11] WEI W, DARMENCY H. 2008. Gene flow hampered by low seed size of hybrids between oilseed rape and five wild relatives. Seed Science Research, 18: 115-123
[12] LE Y-T, STEWART CN Jr, SHI H, WEI W*, MI X-C, MA K-P. 2007. Expression of Bt cry1Ac in transgenic oilseed rape in China and transgenic performance of intraspecific hybrids against Helicoverpa armigera larvae. Annals of Applied Biology, 150: 141-147
[13] SHEN B-C, STEWART CN Jr, ZHANG M-Q, LE Y-T , TANG Z-X, MI X-C, WEI W*, MA K-P. 2006. Correlated expression of gfp and Bt cry1Ac gene facilitates quantification of transgenic hybridization between Brassicas. Plant Biology,  8: 723-730
[14] SHI H, ZHANG L-F, HUA B-Z, MI X-C, WEI W*, ZHANG Y-J, MA K-P. 2006. Insecticidal activity of residual Bt protein at the second trophic level. Chinese Science Bulletin, 51: 946-951
[15] WEI W, SCHULER TH, CLARK SJ, STEWART CN Jr, POPPY GM. 2005. Age-related increase in levels of insecticidal protein in the progenies of transgenic oilseed rape and its efficacy against a susceptible strain of diamondback moth. Annals Applied Biology,147: 227-234
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01/2010-12/2010, principal investigator of a National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) project namely ‘Ecological consequences of introgression between crop and its wild relatives’.
01/2009-12/2013, a subcontract (Microbial pathway and mechanism of the transformation between organic and in-organic carbon) of a 973 project namely ‘Carbon cycle in saline-alkali soil of arid area and climate change’.
01/2009-12/2011, principal investigator of a NSFC-FWF project namely ‘Investigating the biosafety and risk assessment needs of synthetic biology in Austria and China’.
07/2008-12/2010, a subcontract (reflection spectrum of main transgenic plants in China) of a State New Transgenic Varieties Development Plan project namely ‘New techniques in detecting and monitoring of transgenic organisms’.
01/2007-12/2009, principal investigator of a NSFC project namely ‘Effect of seed size on fitness of transgenes’. 
12/2006-11/2008, Chinese coordinator of an EU sixth framework program project namely ‘Networking on conservation and use of plant genetic resources in Europe and Asia (DIVERSEEDS)’.
01/2004-12/2007, a subcontract (‘Molecular adaptation’) of a key NSFC project namely ‘Adaptive evolution of clonal life history traits of plants on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau’.
01/2004-12/2006, principal investigator of a NSFC project namely ‘Fitness cost of transgenes’.
01/2003-12/2005, principal investigator of a NSFC project namely ‘The mechanism of the effect against insect natural enemies of transgenic cotton resistant to insect pests’.
04/2002-12/2003, principal investigator of a president project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences namely ‘Persistence and transfer of transgene and its product in environment’.


Has several collaborators oversea.

Henri Darmency
UMR 1210, Biologie et Gestion des Adventices
INRA, 17 rue Sully
BP 86510, 21065, Dijon, France
Tel. 33 380 693186
Fax. 33 380 693262 

Markus Schmidt
Organisation for International Dialogue and Conflict Management
Kaiserstr. 50/6
1070 Vienna, Austria 

Brian V Ford-Lloyd PhD
Professor of Plant Conservation Genetics
Director of the University Graduate School and
Deputy Head of School - School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

C. Neal Stewart, Jr.
Racheff Chair of Excellence and Professor
Plant Molecular Genetics
Department of Plant Sciences 2431 Joe Johnson Drive
Rm 252 Ellington Plant Sciences
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-4561 USA


Graduated students:

LE Yinting, Master student, 071012-ecology

CHEN Qian, Master student, 071012-ecology 

LEI Lei, Master student,  071012-ecology 

ZHOU Qiuju, Master student

SHEN Baocheng, Master student 

SHI Hong, Master student 

ZHANG Pengfei, Master student

DI Kun, PhD student

LIU Wensheng, PhD student 

LIU Yongbo, PhD student


DONG Jingjing 
GUAN Zhengjun