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Zhang, Cankui

Cornell Academic Staff

research overview

  • My research interests are: In the laboratory of professor Robert Turgeon, I have been conducting research on the mechanisms of carbon phloem loading, C4 photosynthesis in maize, and biomass/yield improvement in potato, maize, and poplar. In the last three years I have redirected this effort to the study of mineral nutrient redistribution, long distance signaling communication between shoot and root, and assimilation of pollutant nitrogen from the atmosphere.


  • C4 photosynthesis
  • Carbon phloem loading
  • Mineral use efficiency
  • Stress physiology