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Fang-Jie ZHAO

Nanjing Agricultural University

Fang-Jie Zhao is a Professor in the College of Resources and Environmental Sciences at Nanjing Agricultural University, China. He leads a research group focusing on the biogeochemistry of essential micronutrients and toxic metals/metalloids in soil-plant systems, genetics and molecular mechanisms of trace element uptake by plants, biofortification of essential micronutrients and bioremediation of contaminated soils. The goal of his research is to enhance essential micronutrients and minimize the accumulation of toxic metals/metalloids in food crops for the benefit of human health and agricultural sustainability.


Fang-Jie Zhao received his BSc from Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University, MSc from Nanjing Agricultural University, and PhD from University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. Prior to taking up his current position in China, he worked at Rothamsted Research in the UK for over 20 years. He has published over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals.  He is a highly cited researcher (Clarivate Analytics Web of Science, 2017 – 2022). He is the recipient of the 2022 International Fertilizer Association’s Norman Borlaug Plant Nutrition Award, and the 2024 TWAS Award in Agricultural Sciences by the World Academy of Sciences.

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