Cai-Zhong Jiang

Cai-Zhong Jiang

Position Title
Adjunct Professor
Research Scientist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service

  • Faculty
UC Davis, One Shields Ave, Davis CA 95616


  • Ph.D., Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Japan); Crop Sciences, 1989
  • M.S., Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Japan); Crop Sciences, 1986
  • B.S., Guangxi Agricultural University (China); Agronomy, 1982

Research interests and expertise: 

Elucidation of signaling pathways that regulate plant senescence, ripening and abscission, and molecular manipulation of plant responses to abiotic/biotic stresses.

Current projects: 

Current teaching: 

  • Plant Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory; BIT 161B (spring quarter)
  • Metabolic Processes of Cultivated Plants Laboratory; PLS 100AL (fall quarter)
  • Faculty Seminar; PBI 290A (winter quarter)

Outreach and Extension:

  • Serve as annual instructor for Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course

External activities that contribute to scholarship:

  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Plant Science
  • Associate Editor, Horticulture Research
  • Graduate Council's Student Support Subcommittee, the Fellowship Reviewer Committee, University of California, Davis
  • Member of Floriculture and Nursery Workgroup, University of California, Davis
  • Member of Postharvest Biology and Technology Workgroup, University of California, Davis
  • Serve as section modulator at annual national meeting of American Society for Horticultural Science (Orlando, Florida)
  • Ad hoc reviewer for BMC Genomics, Frontiers in Plant Science, Gene, Horticulture Research, HortTechnology, Journal of Experimental Botany, Plant Cell Reports, PLOS ONE, Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Physiology, The Plant Journal, Postharvest Biology and Technology

Prizes, Awards, Honors:

  • Co-Convener of Second International Horticulture Research Conference, Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2015, UC Davis

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  • Plant physiology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Plant molecular biology
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Transcription factor
  • Senescence/abscission
  • Drought stress
  • Postharvest biology
  • Abiotic/biotic stresses