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CAI Zhiquan
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XTBG, Menglun, Mengla County, Yunnan Province 666303, China


Address: No. 88, Xuefu Road, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences Kunming, Kunming, Yunnan 650223, China;

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Mengla, Yunnan 666303, China


Tel: +86-871-8715419

Fax: +86-871-8715070



  • Plant gerplasm resources
  • Plant secondary metabolites (medicinal plants)
  • Plant abiotic stress physiology


12/20033/2007      PhD in ecology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

9/20022/2003 Certificate, English Training Course, Language Training Center, Sichuan University, Chengdu.

9/19977/2000  Master degree of philosophy, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing.




Cai ZQ, Zhang YH, Yang C, Wang S.  2018. Land-use type strongly shapes community composition, but not always diversity of soil microbes in tropical China. Catena, 165:369-380.

Gong HD, Geng YJ, Yang C, Jiao DY, Chen L, Cai ZQ. 2018. Yield and resource use efficiency as affected by irrigation and fertilization of Plukenetia volubilis plants at two distinct growth stages. Scientific Reports, 8: 80. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-18342-6

Jian HY, Zhang Y, Li S, Guo J, Li S, Wang Q, Yan H, Qiu X, Cai ZQ, Tang K. 2018. High genetic diversity and high genetic differentiation of Rosa praelucens (Rosaceae), a narrowly distributed decaploid rose in Northwestern Yunnan, China. Conservation Genetics, 19, doi.org/10.1007/s10592-018-1052-0

Wang S, Chen X, Gong HD, Cai ZQ. 2017. Response of soil microbial abundance and diversity in Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis L.) farms with different land-use histories in a tropical area of southwest China. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, doi: 10.1080/03650340.2017.1373183

Geng YJ, Chen L, Yang C, Jiao DY, Zhang YH, Cai ZQ. 2017. Dry-season deficit irrigation increases agricultural water use efficiency at the expense of yield and agronomic nutrient use efficiency of Sacha Inchi plants in a tropical humid monsoon area. Industrial Crops and Products, 109:570-578.

Zhang ZX, Cai ZQ, Liu GZ, Cai CT. 2017. Effects of fertilization on the growth, photosynthesis, and biomass accumulation in juvenile plants of three coffee (Coffea arabica L.) cultivars. Photosynthetica, 55:134-143.

Yang C, Jiao DY, Cai ZQ, Gong HD, Li GY. 2016. The vegetative and reproductive growth and yield of Plukenetia volubilis plants in response to foliar application of plant growth regulators. HortScience, 51:1020-1025.

Gong H, Wang H, Jiao DY, Cai ZQ. 2016. Phenotypic plasticity of seedlings of five tropical tree species in response to different light and nutrient availability. Tropical Ecology, 57:727-737.

Lei YB, Zheng YL, Dai K, Duan BL, Cai ZQ. 2014. Different responses of photosystem I and photosystem II in three tropical oilseed crops exposed to chilling stress and subsequent recovery. Trees, 28:923-933.

Yang C, Jiao DY, Geng YJ, Cai CT, Cai ZQ. 2014. Planting density and fertilisation affect the seed and oil yields in Plukenetia volubilis L. plants independently. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, 89:201-207.

Cai ZQ, Jiao DY, Lei YB, Xiang MH, Li WG. 2013. Growth and yield responses of Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) plants to planting density. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, 88:421-426.

Cai ZQ, Zhang T, Jian HY. 2013. Chromosome number variation in a promising oilseed woody crop, Plukenetia volubilis L. (Euphorbiaceae). Caryologia, 66:54-58.

Tian Y, Lei YB, Zheng Y, Cai ZQ. 2013. Synergistic effect of colonization with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi improves growth and drought tolerance of Plukenetia volubilis seedlings. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 35:687-696.

Cai ZQ, Jiao DY, Tang XS, Dao XS, Cai CT. 2012. Leaf photosynthesis, growth and seed chemicals of Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) plants cultivated along an altitude gradient. Crop Science, 52:1859-1867.

Jiao DY, Xiang MH, Li WG, Cai ZQ. 2012. Dry-season irrigation and fertilisation affect the growth, reproduction, and seed traits of Plukenetia volubilis L. plants in a tropical region. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, 87:311-316.

Cai ZQ. 2011. Shade delayed flowering and decreased photosynthesis, growth and yield of Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) plants. Industrial Crops and Products, 34:1235-1237.

DeWalt SJ, Schnitzer SA, Chave J, Bongers F, Burnham RJ, Cai ZQ, Chuyong G, Clark DB, Ewango CEN, Gerwing JJ, Gortaire E, Hart T, Ibarra-Manríquez G, Ickes K, Kenfack D, Macía MJ, Makana MJ, Mascaro J, Martínez-Ramos M, Moses S, Muller-Landau HC, Parren MPE, Parthasarathy N, Pérez-Salicrup DR, Putz FE, Romero-Saltos R, Thomas D. 2010. Annual rainfall and seasonality predict pan-tropical patterns of liana density and basal area. Biotropica, 42:309-317.

Han L, Xie LJ, Dai KJ, Yang Q, Cai ZQ. 2010. Contrasting leaf characteristics of trees and lianas in secondary and mature forests in southwestern China. Photosynthetica, 48:559-566.

Cai ZQ, Wang H, Yang J, Cai CT. 2009. Growth, photosynthesis and root reserpine concentrations of two Rauvolfia species in response to a light gradient. Industrial Crops and Products, 30:220-226.

Cai ZQ, Schnitzer SA, Bongers F. 2009. Seasonal differences in leaf-level physiology give lianas a competitive advantage over trees in a tropical seasonal forest. Oecologia, 161:25-33.

Cai ZQ, Stefan SA, Chen YJ, Wen B, Bongers F. 2009. Liana community in three tropical forest types in Xishuangbanna, SW China. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 21:252-264.

Chen YJ, Bongers F, Cao KF, Cai ZQ. 2008. Above- and below-ground competition in high and low irradiance: tree seedling responses to a competing liana Byttneria grandifolia. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 24:517-524.

Cai ZQ, Poorter L, Han Q, Bongers F. 2008. Effects of light and nutrients on seedlings of tropical Bauhinia lianas and trees. Tree Physiology, 28:1277-1285.

Cai ZQ, Chen YJ, Bongers F. 2007. Seasonal changes in photosynthesis and growth of Zizyphus attopensis seedlings in three contrasting microhabitats in the tropical seasonal rain forest. Tree Physiology, 27:827-836.

Cai ZQ, Poorter L, Cao KF, Bongers F. 2007. Seedling growth strategies in Bauhinia species: comparing lianas and trees. Annals of Botany, 100:831-838.

Cai ZQ, Bongers F. 2007. Contrasting nitrogen and phosphorus resorption efficiencies in trees and lianas from a tropical montane rain forest in Xishuangbanna, south-west China. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 23:115-118.

Cai CT, Cai ZQ, Yao TQ, Qi X. 2007. Vegetative growth and photosynthesis in coffee plants under different watering and fertilization managements in Yunnan, SW China. Photosynthetica, 45:455-461.

Cao KF, Guo YH, Cai ZQ. 2006. Photosynthesis and antioxidant enzyme activity in breadfruit, jackfruit and mangosteen in Southern Yunnan, China. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, 81:168-172.

Cai ZQ, Rijkers T, Bongers F. 2005. Photosynthetic acclimation to light changes in six tropical monsoon forest species differing in adult stature. Tree Physiology, 25:1023-1031.

Cai ZQ, Slot M, Fan ZX. 2005. Leaf development and photosynthetic properties of three tropical tree species with delayed greening. Photosynthetica, 43:91-98.

Cai ZQ, Chen YJ, Guo YH, Cao KF. 2005. Responses of two field-grown coffee species to drought and re-hydration. Photosynthetica, 43:187-193.


  Plant resources, Ecophysiology; medicinal plants; plant secondary metabolites.



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