Shen Ren Fang, Professor, Director General of Institute of Soil Science
Telephone: 02586881563
Address:  No.71 East Beijing Road, Nanjing, China
Postcode: 210008

Research Areas

Al resistance mechanism and mechanisms of plant adaption to acid soils; efficient nutrient-uptake and utilization in crops


December 1993, Ph.D in Soil Science, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISSCAS), Nanjing; 
July 1989, M.S in Soil Science, ISSCAS, Nanjing; 
July 1986, B.S in Soil science and agrochemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou.


Work Experience
Feb.2002 – date (Professor) State Key Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture, ISSCAS; 
Feb.2000 – Jan. 2002 (JSPS Fellow) Faculty of Agriculture, Kagawa University, Japan; 
Feb.1998 – Jan.2000 (STA Fellow) Laboratory of Soil Biochemistry, National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, Tsukubu, Japan; 
Feb.1995 – Jan.1998 (Assistant/Associate Professor) Laboratory of Material Cycling in Pedosphere, ISSCAS; 
Jan.1994 – Jan.1995 (Rothamsted International Fellow) Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom.


1. Wang, W; Zhao, XQ; Hu, ZM; Shao, JF; Che, J; Chen, RF; Dong, XY; Shen, RF*. 2015. Aluminium alleviates manganese toxicity to rice by decreasing root symplastic Mn uptake and reducing availability to shoots of Mn stored in roots. Annals of Botany, 116(2): 237-246 DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcv090
2. Liang, LZ; Qj, HJ; Xu, P; Zhao, XQ; Dong, XY; Shen, RF*. 2015. High phosphorus at seedling stage decreases the post-transplanting fertiliser requirement of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.). Scientia Horticulturae, 190: 98-103 DOI: 10.1016/j.scienta.2015.04.025
3. Zhu, XF; Wang, ZW; Wan, JX; Sun, Y; Wu, YR; Li, GX; Shen, RF; Zheng, SJ. 2015. Pectin enhances rice (Oryza sativa) root phosphorus remobilization. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66(3): 1017-1024 DOI: 10.1093/jxb/eru461
4. Xu, QF; Jiang, PK; Wu, JS; Zhou, GM; Shen, RF; Fuhrmann, JJ. 2015. Bamboo invasion of native broadleaf forest modified soil microbial communities and diversity. Biological Invasions, 17(1): 433-444 DOI: 10.1007/s10530-014-0741-y
5. Xu P, LZ Liang, XY Dong, RF Shen*. 2015. Effect of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on aggregate stability of a clay soil inoculating with two different host plants. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica Section B-Soil and Plant Science, 65(1):23-29
6. Che J, XQ Zhao, X Zhou, ZJ Jia, RF Shen*. 2015. High pH-enhanced soil nitrification was associated with ammonia-oxidizing bacteria rather than archaea in acidic soils. Applied Soil Ecology, 85: 21-29
7. Wang H, RF Chen, T Iwashita, RF Shen, JF Ma. 2015. Physiological characterization of aluminum tolerance and accumulation in tartary and wild buckwheat. New Phytologist, 205 (1): 273-279
8. Xu P, LZ Liang, XY Dong, J Xu, PK Jiang, RF Shen*. 2014. Response of soil phosphorus required for maximum growth of Asparagus officinalis L. to inoculation of Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Pedosphere, 24(6): 776-782.
9. Xia JX, N Yamaji, J Che, RF Shen, JF Ma. 2014. Differential expression of Nrat1 is responsible for Al-tolerance QTL on chromosome 2 in rice. Journal of Experimental Botany, 65(15): 4297-4304
10. Ma JF, ZC Chen, RF Shen. 2014. Molecular mechanisms of Al tolerance in gramineous plants. Plant and Soil, 38(1-2): 1-12
11. Xia JX, N Yamaji, J Che, RF Shen, JF Ma*. 2014. Normal root elongation requires arginine produced by argininosuccinate lyase in rice. Plant Journal, 78: 215-226
12. Zheng L, P Lan*, RF Shen**, WF Li**. 2014. Proteomics of aluminum tolerance in plants. PROTEOMICS, 14: 566-578
13. Shen RF, XY Dong, JS Wu, FJ Zhao, ZP Li. 2014. The development trends and frontiers of soil science. IN: JZ He, YH Lu, BJ Fu eds., The Frontiers of Soil Biology. Beijing:Science Press. (in Chinese)
14. Zhao XQ, RF Shen*. 2013. Interactive regulation of nitrogen and aluminum in rice. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 8:e24355.
15. Liang LZ, XQ Zhao, XY Yi, ZC Chen, XY Dong, RF Chen, RF Shen*. 2013. Excessive application of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers induces soil acidification and phosphorus enrichment during vegetable production in Yangtze River Delta, China. Soil Use and Management. 29(2):161-168.
16. Wang C, CY Wang, XQ Zhao, RF Chen, P Lan, RF Shen*. 2013. Proteomic analysis of a high-aluminum-tolerant yeast Rodotorula taiwanensis RS1 in response to aluminum stress. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Proteins and Proteomics. 1834: 1969-1975.
17. Wang C, XQ Zhao, RF Chen, HY Chu, RF Shen*. 2013. Aluminum tolerance of wheat does not induce changes in dominant bacterial community composition or abundance in an acidic soil. Plant and Soil. 367(1-2): 275-284.
18. Zeng QL, RF Chen, XQ Zhao, RF Shen*, A Noguchi, F Shinmachi, I Hasegawa. 2013. Aluminum could be transported via phloem in Camellia oleifera Abel. Tree Physiology. 33(1):96-105.
19. Wang CY, RF Shen*, C Wang, W Wang. 2013. Root protein profile changes induced by Al exposure in two rice cultivars differing in Al tolerance. Journal of Proteomics. 78: 281-293.
20. Wang C, XQ Zhao, T Aizawa, M Sunairi, RF Shen*. 2013. High aluminum tolerance of Rhodotorula sp. RS1 is associated with thickening of the cell wall but not chelation of aluminum ions. Pedosphere. 23(1):29-38.
21. Zhao XQ, SW Guo, F Shinmachi, M Sunairi, A Noguchi, I Hasegawa, RF Shen*. 2013. Aluminum tolerance in rice is antagonistic with nitrate preference and synergistic with ammonium preference. Annals of Botany. 111(1): 69-77.
22. Li L, Y Xie, Y Wang, X Yang*, RF Chen, RF Shen**. 2013. Study on nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide adsorbed at nano-boehmite/water and nano-corundum/water interfaces. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 102: 398-404.
23. Zhao XQ, T Aizawa, J Schneider, C Wang, RF Shen, M Sunairi*. 2013. Complete mitochondrial genome of the aluminum-tolerant fungus Rhodotorula taiwanensis RS1 and comparative analysis of Basidiomycota mitochondrial genomes. MicrobiologyOpen, 2(2):308-317
24. Tang YZ, X Chen, XJ Yang, RF Shen, XD Yang*, CZ Xu. 2013. The novel carbon nanomaterials electrochemical sensor for determination of trace aluminum in human body fluids with 8-hydroxyquinoline. IEEE Sensors Journal, 13(9): 3270-3275
25. Tang YZ, C Sun, XJ Yang, XD Yang*, RF Shen*. 2013. Graphene modified glassy carbon electrode for determination of trace aluminium(III) in biological samples. International Journal of Electrochemical Science, 8(3): 4194-4205
26. Zhang XM, XY Dong, RF Shen*. 2013. Improvement of the conventional paraffin-section technique of rice tender root-tips. JiangSu Agriculture Science, 12:71-73. (in Chinese)
27. Xu J, LZ Liang, XY Dong, RF Shen*. 2013. The biochemical properties of 4 compost-teas and their effects on the growth of tomato seedlings. JiangSu Agriculture Science, 10:289-292. (in Chinese)
28. Zhang XM, XY Dong, RF Shen*. 2013. Comparative observation of aerenchyma formation during different crop primary root developmental stage by paraffin section and freehand section. Soils, 45(5):946-951. (in Chinese)
29. Xu L, LZ Liang, XY Dong, RF Shen*. 2013. Effects of high phosphorus stress on growth and absorption and distribution of mineral nutrients in cucumber seedlings. Hubei Agricultural Sciences, 52(1):52-55 (in Chinese)
30. Wang C, XQ Zhao,RF Shen*. 2013. A Study on High Aluminum-tolerant Characteristic of Rhodotorula sp. RS1. Soils, 45(3):501-505. (in Chinese)
31. Shen RF, MJ Chen, XB Kong, YT Li, YA Tong, JK Wang, T Li, MX Lu. 2013. Conception and evaluation of quality of arable land and strategies for its management. Acta Pedologica Sinica, 49(6):1210-1217. (in Chinese)
32. Zhang XM, XY Dong, RF Chen, XQ Zhao, RF Shen*. 2013. Influencing factors in determination of trace ethylene evolution of rice roots by gas chromatography. Jiangsu Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 29(4) :722-726. (in Chinese)



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