Plant Biochemistry Employees – Institut for Plante- og Miljøvidenskab - Københavns Universitet

Qing Liu

Qing Liu

Assistant professor

Member of:

    Research

    Insect pests are very damaging to worldwide food production, and there is a great demand for new environmentally-friendly bio-pesticides. Saponins are a structurally diverse class of naturally occurring plant defense compounds that are a promising resource for novel and more sustainable pesticides. Due to their detergent-like properties, saponins can disrupt the cell membranes of herbivory pests, cause cell death, and ultimately kill them. Despite the promising potential of saponins as bio-pesticides, little is yet known about which saponin chemical structures are toxic to which specific pest. I am currently working on a project aiming to elucidate the relationship between saponin chemical structures and their biological activities and evolution.

    Opportunities

    Want to join the research for future bio-pesticide? Don't hesitate to ask about MSc projects.

    Positions

    Assistant Professor, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences/Section for Plant Biochemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Post doc researcher,Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences/Section for Plant Biochemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Research assistant, Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen University & Research Centre (WUR), the Netherlands

    Academic degrees

    2nd Ph.D. in Plant Physiolgoy, Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen University & Research Centre, the Netherlands (2009-2013)

    1st Ph.D. (and Master) in Pomology, National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, Huazhong Agricultural University, China (2003-2008)

    Bachelor in Horticulture, Department of Horticulture, Horticulture Huazhong Agricultural University, China (1999-2003)

    Bachelor in English, School of Foreign Languages, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (1999-2003)

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