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Dr. Chao (Tony) Yang

Research Scientist

Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan

Education

  • Doctorate of Philosophy –Applied microbiology                               Sep.2008 –Mar.2012

       University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

  • Master of Science – Plant Sciences                                                       Sep.2003 –Jul.2006

       Northwest A & F University, Shannxi, P.R. China

  • Bachelor of Science – Biotechnology                                                    Sep.1999 –Jul.2003

       Northwest A & F University, Shannxi, P.R. China

Scholarship and Awards

  • Nomination of the WAGS/UMI innovation in technology award in 2012;

  • 1st Place winner of Graduate Student Oral Presentation at the Soils & Crops 2012, Saskatoon, SK, Canada (300$);

  • Honourable Mention in the student oral presentation competition at the International Soil Ecology Society meeting 2011, Kelowna, BC, Canada;

  • Excellent Student Research Affiliation Award of SPARC of AAFC 2010, Swift Current, SK, Canada (200$);

  • 2nd Place winner of Graduate Student Oral Presentation of Saskatchewan CPS Annual Meeting 2010, Saskatoon, SK, Canada (100$);

  • 2nd Place winner of Graduate Student Oral Competition at the 8th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop 2010, Calgary, AB, Canada (200$);

  • FABS Devolved Scholarship of 2010 from University of Saskatchewan (4,000$);

  • Student Travel Award for the joint conference of CSM 2010, Hamilton, ON, Canada (500$);

  • MOE Scholarship of 2007 from Chinese Academic Department, Beijing, P.R. China (14,400$);

  • Full Scholarship from 2003 to 2006, Department of Graduate Student, Northwest A&F University, Shannxi, P.R. China (4,500$);

  • First-Class Undergraduate Student Scholarship from 1999 to 2003, Department of Life Science, Northwest A&F University, Shannxi, P.R. China (1000$).

Presentations

  1. Yang, C., Bueckert, R., Schoenau, J., Diederichsen, A., Zakeri, H., Warkentin, T. 2016. Steps toward breeding for improved nitrogen fixation in pea (Pisum sativum. L). ICNF 2016, London, England.

  2. Yang, C., Bueckert, R., Schoenau, J., Diederichsen, A., Zakeri, H., Warkentin, T. 2016. Inoculation effects on nitrogen fixation in pea. Proceedings of Soils and Crops 2016 (CD-Rom), Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  3. Yang, C., Bueckert, R., Schoenau, J., Diederichsen, A., Warkentin, T. 2015. Inoculation effects of different rhizobia strains on N fixation in tested pea varieties. NAPIA 2015, Niagara Fall, ON, Canada

  4. C. Yang, C. Hamel and Y.T. Gan. Denitrifying bacterial communities vary with soil N in canola fields. Proceedings of Soils and Crops 2015 (CD-Rom), Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  5. L. Abdellatif, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan, C. Yang, K. Hanson and C. Vera. Modes of plant-growth promotion of H2-oxidizing rhizobacteria. Proceedings of Soils and Crops 2015 (CD-Rom), Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  6. Y.N. Niu, Z. Nan, Z. Luo, Y. Shen, C. Yang and Y.T. Gan. Pyrosequencing based analysis of soil bacterial populations under long-term soil tillage and crop residue management in northwest of China. Proceedings of Soils and Crops 2015 (CD-Rom), Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  7. Y.T. Gan, K.N Harker, H.R. Kutcher, C. Yang, R. Gulden, B. Irvine, W.E. May and J.T. O’Donovan. Unifrom plant stands promote pod set and boost seed yield in canola. Proceedings of Soils and Crops 2015 (CD-Rom), Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  8. C. Yang, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan and T. Warkentin. 2014. Hydrogen oxidizing bacteria identified from lentil increase dry weight of wheat and lentil. Abstract presented at 6th International Food Legumes Research Conference (IFLRC) & 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics (ICIGG) 2014, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  9. C. Yang, C. Hamel and Y.T. Gan. 2012. Hydrogen-Oxidizing Bacteria from Lentil Field. Abstract presented at Ninth Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Niagara, ON, Canada.

  10. C. Yang, T.A. Esmaeili, C. Hamel, T. Ishii, Y.T. Gan, and V. Vujanovic. 2012. Impact of Termination Time and Ascochyta Blight Control in Chickpea on Soil Microorganisms with Feedback on the Following Wheat Crop. Abstract presented at Pulse Science Cluster Annual Meeting 2012, Niagara, ON, Canada.

  11. C. Yang, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan, and V. Vujanovic. 2012. Selective effects of pulse crops on associated plant-growth-promoting microbiota in Semiarid Canadian Prairie. Abstract presented at Canadian Society of Micriobiology 2012, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

  12. C. Yang, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan, and V. Vujanovic. 2012. Pulse-wheat rotation: pulse crops effects on wheat endophytic bacteria, and feedback on wheat yield. Proceedings of Soils and Crops 2012 (CD-Rom), Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  13. J.D. Knight, C. Yang, N. Bazghaleh, A. Navarro, A. E. Taheri, C. Hamel, and Y.T. Gan. 2011. Crop Rotation Effects on Soil Biology. Abstract presented at Agronomy Update 2011, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. (Invited talk)

  14. C. Yang, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan, and V. Vujanovic. 2011. Sampling time and genotype effects on the rhizosphere bacterial community of chickpea. Proceedings of Biofumigation & Pesticides Symposium 2011, pp. 77, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  15. C. Yang, C. Hamel, M.L. Dai and M. Sheng. 2011. AM fungal resources in Prairie soils: Monitoring changes in diversity with different cultivated soil types. Proceedings of the BIT’s 1st Annual World Congress of Microbes 2011, pp.237, Beijing, China. (Invited talk)

  16. C. Yang, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan, and V. Vujanovic. 2011. Pyrosequencing analysis of chickpea rhizospheric bacterial diversity as influenced by fungicide application. Proceedings of the Soil Ecology Society Meeting 2011 (SES), pp.91, Kelowna, BC, Canada.

  17. C. Yang, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan, and V. Vujanovic. 2011. Methods used for soil microbial diversity study. Abstract presented in the Mycorrhizal Gathering 2011, Winfield, BC, Canada.

  18. C. Yang, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan, and V. Vujanovic. 2011. Fungicide effects on N2-fixing bacteria and N2-fixation in chickpea. Proceedings of the Soils and Crops 2011 (CD-ROM), Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  19. C. Yang, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan, and V. Vujanovic. 2010. Non-target effects of fungicide on rhizosphere N2-fixing bacterial community and nodulation in chickpea field. Proceedings of the 2010 Annual meeting of Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS), pp.35, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  20. C. Yang, C. Hamel, M. P. Schellenberg.Seasonal effects on Biodiversity and Functionality of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi under different plant communities in semiarid Grassland National Park of Canada. Abstract presented to the Mycorhizes 2010 through video conference. Montreal, QC, Canada.

  21. C. Yang, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan, and V. Vujanovic. 2010. Pyrosequencing Analysis of Chickpea Rhizospheric Bacterial Diversity as influenced by Fungicide Application. Proceedings of the 8th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop (CPRW) 2010 (CD-ROM), Calgary, AB, Canada.

  22. C. Hamel, C. Yang, W. Ellouze, A.F. Cruz, T. Ishii, Y.T. Gan. 2010. The microbial community associated with chickpea varies with plant genotype and fungicide application. Proceedings of the Yangling International Agri-Science Forum 2010, Yangling, Shannxi, China. (Invited talk)

  23. C. Yang, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan, and V. Vujanovic. 2010. Non-target effects of fungicide in chickpea rhizosphere: N2-fixing community change and decreased crop productivity. Proceedings of the joint conference of CSM 2010, pp.53, Hamilton, ON, Canada.

  24. C. Yang, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan, and V. Vujanovic. 2010. Fungicide application effects on diversity components of chickpea rhizospheric N2-fixing bacterial community. Abstract presented in the joint conference of CSSS &CSA 2010, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  25. C. Yang, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan, and V. Vujanovic. 2010. Fungicide application effects on diversity components of chickpea rhizospheric bacterial community. Proceedings of Soils and Crops 2010 (CD-ROM), Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  26. C. Yang, C. Hamel, Y.T. Gan, V. Vujanovic and K. Hanson. 2009. Effects of fungicide usage on chickpea rhizospheric bacterial community. Proceedings of North America Pulse Improvement Association Biennial Conference 2008, pp.37, Fort Collins, CO, USA.

  27. C. Yang, C. Hamel, M.P. Schellenberg, R. Berbara. 2009. Succession in AMF communities from early to late season in Grassland National Park. Proceedings of Soils and Crops 2009 (CD-ROM), Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  28. C. Yang, Z.S. Liang. 2008. Seed germination of three dominant Artemisia species in Loess hilly region of China. Proceedings of Soil and Crops 2008 (CD-ROM), Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

  29. C. Hamel, C.J. Perez, A. Nayyar, C. Yang, R. Klabi, M.S. Beauregard, M.Sheng. 2008. Mycorrhizal symbioses in soil-plant systems of the Canadian prairie. Proceedings of XVI International Scientific Congress of the National Institute of Agricultural Science 2008, La Havana, Cuba. (Invited talk)

Dissertation

  • Ph.D. thesis: Response of rhizobacterial community to agronomic practices in chickpea field, and its effects on pulse-cereal rotation systems (Receive the nomination of the best PhD thesis award of 2012, published)

  • M.Sc. thesis: Allelopathy effects of Descurainiasophia on wheat (published)

  • Bachelor thesis: Primary study of allelopathy of two antagonistic Actinomyces strains (published)

Disclosure of Invention

  • Three hydrogen-oxidizing bacteria stains isolated from chickpea field had been sent for disclosure of invention to the office of Public Servants Inventions Regulations of Canada in 2012.

Work of Experience

  • Post-doctoral fellow                                                                                                                         Apr. 2014–present

       Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

  • Research Affiliate                                                                                                                              Dec.2011–Mar. 2014

       Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Swift Current, Canada

  • Scientific writer (part-time)                                                                                                              Feb. 2011–Jun. 2011

       Department of Life Science, Lanzhou University, Gansu, P.R. China

  • Teaching Assistant(part-time)                                                                                                         Sep. 2010 – Dec. 2010

       Department of Food Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada

  • Lab technician(part-time)                                                                                                                May. 2010 – Jul. 2010

       Berger Peat Moss, Québec, Canada

  • Lecturer                                                                                                                                              Jan. 2005 – Jul. 2007

       Department of Life Science, Northwest A&F University, Shannxi, P.R. China

Work of Experience

  • Post-doctoral fellow                                                                                                                         Apr. 2014–present

       Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

  • Research Affiliate                                                                                                                              Dec.2011–Mar. 2014

       Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Swift Current, Canada

  • Scientific writer (part-time)                                                                                                              Feb. 2011–Jun. 2011

       Department of Life Science, Lanzhou University, Gansu, P.R. China

  • Teaching Assistant(part-time)                                                                                                         Sep. 2010 – Dec. 2010

       Department of Food Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada

  • Lab technician(part-time)                                                                                                                May. 2010 – Jul. 2010

       Berger Peat Moss, Québec, Canada

  • Lecturer                                                                                                                                              Jan. 2005 – Jul. 2007

       Department of Life Science, Northwest A&F University, Shannxi, P.R. China

Peer Review Journal Publications

  1. Yang, C., Bueckert, R., Schoenau, J., Diederichsen, A., Zakeri, H., Warkentin, T. 2016. Evaluation of growth and nitrogen fixation of pea nodulation mutants in western Canada. Candian Journal of Plant Science. In prep.

  2. Yang, C., Bueckert, R., Schoenau, J., Diederichsen, A., Zakeri, H., Warkentin, T. 2016. Inoculant and cultivar effects on nitrogen fixation in pea. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. In prep.

  3. Hamel, C., Yang, C., Hanson, K.G., Ellouze, W., Dai, M.L. 2016. Mycorrhiza 4th Edition. In press.

  4. Abdellatif, L., Hamel, C., Yang, C., Hanson, K.G., Gan, Y. 2016. Characterization of beneficial plant-growth-promoting H2-oxidizing rhizobacteria selected from the rhizosphere of lentil growing in the Canadian Prairie. Journal of Applied Mirobiology. In press.

  5. Yang, C., Hamel, C., Gan, Y.T. 2014. Incongruous variation of denitrifying bacterial communities as soil N level rises in Canadian canola fields. Applied Soil Ecology. 89: 93-101.

  6. Yang, C., Gan, Y.T., Harker, K.N., Kutcher, H.R., Gulden, R., Irvine, B., May, W.E. 2014. Up to 32% yield increase with optimized spatial patterns of canola plant establishment in western Canada. Agronomy for Sustainable Development. 34: 793-801

  7. Ellouze, W., Taheri, A.E., Bainard, L.D., Yang, C., Bazhgaleh, N., Navarro-Borrell, A., Hanson, K., Hamel, C. 2014. Soil fungal resources in annual cropping systems and their potential for management. BioMed Research International. Published on line (dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/531824)

  8. Gan, Y.T., Siddique, K.H.M., Turner, N.C., Li, X.G., Niu, J.Y., Yang, C., Liu, L.P. 2013. Ridge-furrow mulching systems-an innovative technique for boosting crop productivity in semiarid rainfed environments. Advances in Agronomy. 118:429-476

  9. Yang, C., Hamel, C., Gan, Y., Vujanovic, V. 2012. Bacterial endophytes mediate positive feedback effects of early legume termination times on the yield of subsequent durum wheat crops. Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 68: 1368-1377

  10. Yang, C., Hamel, C., Gan, Y., Vujanovic, V. 2012. Pyrosequencing reveals how pulses influence rhizobacterial communities with feedback on wheat growth in the semiarid Prairie. Plant & Soil. 10.1007/s11104-012-1485-z

  11. Gan, Y.T., Liang, C., Campbell, C.A., Zentner, R.P., Lemke, R.L., Wang, H., Yang, C.2012. Carbon footprint of spring wheat in response to fallow frequency and soil carbon changes over 25 years on the semiarid Canadian prairie. European Journal of Agronomy. 43: 175-184

  12. Yang C., Ellouze W., Navarro-Borrell A., Esmaeili Taheri A., Klabi R., Dai M., Kabir Z., Hamel C. 2012. Management of the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in sustainable crop production, in: Z. M. Solaiman, L. K. Abbott and Ajit Varma (Eds.), Mycorrhizal Fungi: Use in Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg. pp. Submitted, in preparation at Springer

  13. Yang, C., Hamel, C., Gan, Y., Vujanovic, V. 2012. Tag-encoded pyrosequencing analysis of the effects of fungicide application and plant genotype on rhizobacterial communities. Applied Soil Ecology. 60: 92-97

  14. Yang, C., Hamel, C., Gan, Y., Vujanovic, V. 2012. Non-target effects of foliar fungicide application on the rhizosphere: Diversity of nifH gene and nodulation in chickpea field. Applied Microbiology. 112(10): 966-974

  15. Cruz, A.F., Chantal H., Gan, Y., Yang, C., Singh, S.K., Kuwada, K., Ishii, T. 2012. Volatile organic compounds to suppress Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium avenaceumin wheat-chickpea rotation. Phyto chemistry. 78: 72-80

  16. Yang, C., Hamel, C., Gan, Y., Vujanovic, V. 2011. Fungicide Modes of action and possible impact on non-target microorganisms. ISRN Ecology. doi:10.5402/2011/130289

  17. Yang, C., Hamel C., Schellenberg, Michael P., Perez, Juan C., Berbara, Ricardo L. 2010. Diversity and functionality of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in three plant communities in semiarid Grasslands National Park, Canada. Microbial Ecology. 59(4): 724-733

  18. Yang, C., Liang, Z.S. 2008. Foliar anatomical structures and ecological adaptabilities of dominant Artemisia species of early sere of succession on arable old land after being abandoned in Loess Hilly Region. Acta Ecologica Sinica. 28(10): 4732-4738

  19. Wang, M.Y., Liang, Z.S., Yang, C., Chen, X.Y. 2008. Study on the water physiological ecology characteristics of Bothriochloaischaemum in different habitats and community biomass in hilly-gully areas in Northern Shaanxi. Journal of Northwest A & F University (Natural Science Edition) 1: 93-100

  20. Wang, S., Mu, X.Q., Yang, C.; Cao C.L. 2006. Allelopathy and its mechanism of extract solution of Artemisia annua L. on wheat. Journal of Northwest A & F University (Natural Science Edition). 6: 106-110

  21. Yang, C., Mu, X.Q. 2006. Allelopathic effects of companion weed Descurainiasophia on wheat. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology. 17(12): 2389-2393

  22. Mu, X.Q., Yang, C., Wang, S. 2005. Allelopathy of Pseudomonas fluorescens: A preliminary study. 2005. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology. 16 (4): 778-779

  23. Mu, X.Q., Yang, C., Wang, S. 2005. Allelopathy of an antagonistic actinomyces strain’s culture fluidon five different crops. Journal of Microbiology. 25(4): 105-107

  24. Mu, X.Q., Yang, C., Ji, Q., An, D.R. 2004. Effects of two kinds of microbial cultivation fluids on five different crops. Journal of Northwest A & F University (Natural Science Edition.). 8: 99-102

Professional Memberships

  • Membership of Canadian Society of Microbiologists

  • Editorial committee memberships of PlusOne, Crop Science, Science Publishing Group, Science of the Total Environment, Biodiversity, Sustainability, African Journal of Agricultural Research, African Journal of Microbiology Research, Agriculture Research and Reviews, International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research, Journal of Scientific Research and Reviews, Wudpecker Journal of Agricultural Research and Agricultural Research and Reviews, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

References

  • Hamel Chantal: Research Scientist in AAFC. E-mail: chantal.hamel@agr.gc.ca; phone:1-418-210-5028

  • Tom Warkentin: University Professor in Plant Sciences in University of Saskatchewan. E-mail: tom.warkentin@usask.ca; phone: 1-306-966-2371

  • Vladimir Vujanovic : University Professor in Food & Bioproduct Sciences in University of Saskatchewan. E-mail : vladimir.vujanovic@usask.ca; phone : 1-306-966-5048

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