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Peng Xinhua
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Soil Physics
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No.71 East Beijing Road, Nanjing, China

Dr. Xinhua PENG (born in 1972) is a soil physics professor in Institute of soil science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, P.R. CHINA. He obtained bachelor degree in geography at Hunan Normal University in 1995, Master degree in soil science at Hunan Agricultural University in 2000, and PhD degree at Institute of Soil Science, CAS, in 2003. Thereafter, he started his postdoctoral position in Institute of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, Kiel University, Germany, as granted by Max-Planck fellow in 2004-2005 and by DFG research fellow in 2006-2007. During the 4-year postdoctoral research, he focused on dynamics of soil structure as a function of hydraulic and mechanical stresses. He developed a new model for soil shrinkage and built up a knowledge bridge between soil shrinkage and soil compaction. In 2008-2009, he took over a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher position at University College Dublin, Ireland, where he continued his work on how soil structure affects the fate and transport of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts at agricultural watershed. In September, 2009, he was granted by ‘Hundred Talent Programme’ and “Bring in Oversea Excellent Chinese Scientist’ from CAS and appointed as a soil physical professor in Institute of Soil Science, CAS. Until now, he has published over 30 international peer-reviewed papers, 3 book chapters. He is currently a president of International Soil & Tillage Research Organization (ISTRO) and a chairman of soil physics division of China soil science society. He serves an editorial board member of Soil & Tillage Research, Acta Pedologica Sinica, and Soils journals. His main research interests are i) soil structure and C cycle, ii) water movement and solute transport in agricultural watershed. 
i) Soil structure and C cycle, ii) water movement and solute transport in agricultural watershed 
 1.Peng, X., Horn, R., 2013. Identifying six types of soil shrinkage curves from a large set of experimental data. Soil Science Society of America Journal doi:10.2136/sssaj2011.0422.
2.Zhang, Z.B., Peng, X, Wang, L.L., Zhao, Q.G., Lin, L., 2013. Temporal changes of shrinkage behavior of two paddy soils under alternative flooding and drying cycles and its consequences on percolation. Geoderma 192: 12-20.
3.Zhou, H., Peng, X., Perfect, E., Xiao, T.Q., Peng, G.Y., 2013. Effects of organic and inorganic fertilization on soil aggregation in an Ultisol as characterization by synchrotron based X-ray micro-computed tomography. Geoderma 195-196: 23-30.
4.Yan, X., Zhou, H., Zhu, Q.H., Zhang, Y.Z., Wang, X.F., Peng, X., 2013. Carbon sequestration efficiency in paddy soil and upland soil under long-term fertilization in southern China. Soil & Tillage Research. 10.1016/j.still.2013.01.013.
5.Peng, X., Zhang, Z.B., Wang, L.L., Gan, L., 2012. Does soil compaction change soil shrinkage behaviour? Soil & Tillage Research. 125: 89-95.
6.Zhou, H., Peng, X., Xiao, T.Q., Peth, S., 2012. Effects of vegetation restoration on microstructure of soil aggregate quantified with synchrotron based micro-computed tomography. Soil & Tillage Research. 124:17-23.
7.Gan, L., Peng, X., Peth, S., Horn, R., 2012. Effects of grazing intensity on soil thermal properties and heat flux under Leymus chinensis and Stipa grandis vegetation in Inner Mongolia, China. Soil & Tillage Research, 118: 147-158. Peng, X., Hallett, P.D., Zhang, B., Horn, R. 2011. Physical response of rigid and non-rigid soils to analogous biological exudates. European Journal of Soil Science. 62: 676-684.
9.Peng, X., Ye, L.L., Wang, C.H., Zhou, H., Sun, B. 2011. Temperature- and duration-dependent rice straw-derived biochar: Characteristics and its effects on soil properties of an Ultisol in southern China. Soil & Tillage Research. 112: 159-166.
10.Peng, X., Dörner, J., Zhao, Y., Horn, R. 2009. Modelling shrinkage behavior of transiently- and constantly-loaded soils and its consequences on water release characteristic. European Journal of Soil Science, 60: 681-694.
11.Peng, X., Horn, R., 2008. Time-dependent and anisotropic pore structure and soil strength within 10 yr after previous tractor wheeling under conservation and conventional tillage. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. 171:936-944.
12.Zhao, Y., Peth, S., Krümmelbeina, J., Horn, R., Wang, Z., Steffens, M., Hoffmann, C., Peng, X., 2007. Spatial variability of soil properties affected by grazing intensity in Inner Mongolia grassland. Ecological Modeling, 205:241-254.
13.Peng, X., Horn, R. Smucker, 2007. Pore shrinkage dependency of inorganic and organic soils on wetting and drying cycles. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 71: 1095-1104.
14.Peng, X., and Horn, R., 2007. Anisotropic shrinkage and swelling of some organic and inorganic soils. European Journal of Soil Science. 58:98-107.
15.Peng, X., Horn, R., Peth, S., and Smucker, A., 2006. Quantification of soil shrinkage in 2D by digital image processing of soil surface. Soil & Tillage Research. 91:173-180.
16.Peng, X., and Horn, R. 2005: Modeling soil shrinkage curve across a wide range of soil types. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 69:584-592.
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