Huang Hongwen
Highest Education Ph.D.
Post Director of SCBG
Phone 020-37252778
Office South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 723 Xingke Rd, Tian He District, Guangzhou, China
Education and Appointments

1993       Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Horticulture, Auburn University, USA 

1984       Master Degree, Horticulture, Huazhong Agricultural University, China

1979       Pomology, Huazhong Agricultural University, China

2006-present   Director and Professor, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

1997-2007      Director and Professor, Wuhan Botanical Garden/Wuhan Institute of Botany, Chinese  Academy of Sciences.

1994-1997      Assistant director, Associate Professor, Professor, Wuhan Botanical Garden/Wuhan Institute  of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

1979-1990      Research assistant, Assistant Professor, Department head, Fruit and Tea Institute of Hubei  Academy of Agricultural Science.

Research Interest

●  Plant ex situ conservation and inventory

  Genus Actinidia Germplasm repository and evaluation and genetic improvement for new cultivar development

  Plant conservation genetics

Public Services

Professional Societies & Associations
2013- Vice President, Botanical Society of China (BSC)
2012- General Secretary, International Association of Botanic Gardens (IABG)
2012- Vice President, Chinese Union of Botanical Gardens (CUBG)
2010- Chairman, Kiwifruit Working Group, International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)
2010- President, Guangdong Provincial Botanical Society
2005- General Coordinator, East Asian Botanical Garden Network (EABGN)
2004- Board member, CNC-Diversitas and CAS-Diversitas
2002- Chairman, Actinidia (Kiwifruit) Section, Chinese Society for Horticultural Science
2011- Vice chair, Botanical Garden Working Committee, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
2005-2011 Chairman, Botanical Garden Working Committee, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
2002-2010 Vice Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, Botanical Garden Network, CAS
1999-2002 Chairman, Kiwifruit Working Group, International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)
1998-2008 Chairman, Hubei Provincial Botanical Society

Editorial Experience
2014- Editor, Journal of Systematics and Evolution
2007- Editor and Honorary Editors-in-Chief, Plant diversity and Resources
2007- Chief Editor, Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Botany
2006- Editor, Guihaia
2004- Editor, Journal of Fruit Science
1999- Editor, Chinese Bulletin of Botany
2005-2008 Associate editor, Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
1997-2007 Chief Editor, Plant Science Journal
1997-2005 Editor, Biodiversity Science


2013       Provincial Science & Technology Progress Award, second place (Hubei province, China)

2013       Municipal Science & Technology Progress Award, First place (Wuhan City, China)

2012       National outstanding Scientific and technological worker, China

2010       Lifetime Achievement Award, ISHS Kiwifruit Group

2007       Provincial Science & Technology Progress Award, First place (Hubei province, China)

2006       Top-Ten Science and Technology Innovative Achievements20012005, Innovative  Wuhan) (Wuhan City)

2005       National Model Worker Recognition (State Council of P. R. China

2004       New Centurial State-level Personnel Recognition (Ministry of Personnel)

2002       Provincial Science & Technology Progress Award, second place (Hubei province, China)

2001       National Science & Technology Progress Award (2nd place) of China

2001       Model Worker RecognitionMinistry of Personnel, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2001       Outstanding Researcher Recognition of Agricultural Science and Technology of Hubei Province

1998       Science & Technology Progress Award (2nd place) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

1997       Outstanding Contribution Award (Zhen Hua and Wang-Yi-Xi Science and Technology Alleviating Poverty Award Foundation)

1990       Provincial Science & Technology Progress Award, second place (Hubei province, China)

1989       Excellent Youth Scientist Recognition (Hubei province, China)


Selected Publication


2014       Huang Hongwen ed. Checklist of Ex Situ Cultivated Flora of China. Science Press, Beijing.

2013       Huang Hongwen etc. Actinidia: taxonomy, germplasm, domestication and cultivation. Science Press, Beijing.

2013       Huang Hongwen ed. Actinidia Germplasm Resources in China. China Forestry Publishing house, Beijing.

2011       Huang Hongwen ed. Advances in Actinidia Research-VI. Science Press, Beijing.

2009       Qin Ling and Huang Hongwen (eds). Proceedings of the Fourth International Chestnut  Symposium, Acta Hort 844, ISHS Press, Belgium.

2010       Huang Hongwen ed. Advances in Actinidia Research-V. Science Press, Beijing.

2007       Huang Hongwen ed. Advances in Actinidia Research-IV. Science Press, Beijing.

2005       Huang Hongwen ed. Advances in Actinidia Research-III. Science Press, Beijing.

2005      Huang Hongwen, Kang Ming translated. Introduction to Conservation Genetics (Chinese version) by R. Frankhan, J.D. Ballou and D.A. Briscoe. Science Press, Beijing.

2003       Huang Hongwen ed. Advances in Actinidia Research-II. Science Press, Beijing.

2003       Hongwen Huang (ed). Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Kiwifruit, Acta Hort. 610, ISHS Press, Belgium.

2002       CUI Zhixue, HUANG Hongwen and XIAO Xingguo eds. Actinidia In China. China Agri. Sci & Tech. Press, Beijing.

2001       Huang Hongwe ed. Kiwifruit culure. Jindun Press, Beijing.

2000       Huang Hongwen ed. Advances in Actinidia Research. Science Press, Beijing.



2013 HUANG Hong-Wen, Sara Oldfield and Hong Qian. Chapter 2/Global significance of plant diversity in China. In: Plants of China (HONG De-Yuan and Stephen Blackmore, eds.) Science Press 2013, Beijing, pp7-34.

2013 HUANG Hong-Wen and Sara Oldfield. Chapter 22/The extinction crisis. In: Plants of China (HONG De-Yuan and Stephen Blackmore, eds.) Science Press 2013, Beijing, pp407-417. 

2013 HUANG Hong-Wen, Peter Wyse Jackson and CHEN Ling-Zhi. Chapter 23/Conservation Strategies. In: Plants of China (HONG De-Yuan and Stephen Blackmore, eds.) Science Press 2013, Beijing, pp418-445.

2013 HUANG Hong-Wen. Chapter 24/Prospects for future. In: Plants of China (HONG De-Yuan and Stephen Blackmore, eds.) Science Press 2013, Beijing, pp446-452.  

2008 Hongwen Huang, Zhongping Cheng, Zhonghui Zhang and Ying Wang. Chapter 2- History of Cultivation and Trends in China. In: The Peach. Botany, Production and Uses (Layne D.R and Bassi D., eds.) CAB International 2008, London, pp 37-60.  

2007 Hongwen Huang and A. Ross Ferguson. Genetic Resources of Kiwifruit: Domestication and Breeding. In: Horticultural Reviews 33 (Janick J. ed.) John Wily & Sons Inc., New Jersey, 2007, pp. 1-122.


Selected papers (*=correspondence author)

(Total Scientific Journal Articles: >200, Conference Papers: >20. )

1. Ming Kang, Junjie Tao, Jing Wang, Chen Ren, Qingwen Qi, Qiuyun Xiang and Hongwen Huang*. 2014. Adaptive and nonadaptive genome size evolution in Karst endemic flora of China. New Phytologist, 202:

2. Dawai Li, Xiaoqiong Qi, Xinwei Li, Li Li, Caihong Zhong, Hongwen Huang*. 2013. Maternal inheritance of mitochondrial genomes and complex inheritance of chloroplast genomes in Actinidia Lind.: evidences from interspecific crosses. Molecular Genomics and Genetics, 288: 101-110.

Hongwen Huang*, Zheng Zhang. 2012. Current status and prospects of ex situ cultivation and conservation of plants in China. Biodiversity Science (in Chinese), 20: 559-571.

3. Hongewen Huang*. 2011. Plant diversity and conservation in China: planning a strategic bioresource for a sustainable future. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166(3): 282-300.

4. Li Li, Xiaohong Yao, Caihong Zhong, Xuchong Chen and Hongwen Huang*. 2010. Akebia: A potential new fruit crop in China. HortScience 45(1):4-10. (Feature paper with cover)

5. Yifei Liu, Yaling Liu, Hongwen Huang*. 2010. Genetic variation and natural hybridization among sympatric Actinidia species and the implications for introgression breeding of kiwifruit. Tree Genetics & Genomics 6(5): 801-813.

6. Jin-Ju Zhang, Qi-Gang Ye, Xiao-Hong Yao*, Hong-Wen Huang*. 2010. Spontaneous interspecific hybridization and patterns of pollen dispersal in ex situ populations of a tree species (Sinojackia xylocarpa) that is extinct in the wild. Conservation Biology 24(1): 246-255.

7. Yifei Liu, Yong Wang, Hongwen Huang*. 2009. Species-level phylogeographical history of Myricaria plants in the mountain ranges of western China and the origin of M. laxiflora in the Three Gorges mountain region. Molecular Ecology 18(12): 2700-2712.

8. Jing Wang, Puxin Gao, Ming Kang*, Andrew J. Lowe, Hongwen Huang*. 2009. Refugia within refugia: the case study of a canopy tree (Eurycorymbus cavaleriei) in subtropical China. Journal of Biogeography 36(11): 2156-2164.

9. Huang Hongwen*. 2009. History of 100 Years of Domestication and Improvement of Kiwifruit and Gene Discovery from Genetic Introgressed Populations in the Wild. Chinese Bulletin of Botany: 44 (2): 127-142.

10. Ming Kang, Jing Wang, Hongwen Huang*. 2008. Demographic bottlenecks and low gene flow in remnant populations of the critically endangered Berchemiella wilsonii var. pubipetiolata (Rhamnaceae) inferred from microsatellite markers. Conservation Genetics 9 (1):191-199.

11. Jiangqing Ding, Richard N. Mark, Ping Lu, Mingxun Ren and Hongwen Huang*. 2009. China’s booming economy is sparking and accelerating biological invasions. BioScience 58 (4): 317-323.

12. Liu Yaling, Li Zuozhou, Jiang Zhengwang, Liu Yifei, Huang Hongwen*. 2008. Genetic structure and hybridization introgression in natural populations of two closely related Actindia species, A. chinensis and A. deliciosa. Journal of Plant Ecology (Chinese version): 32(3):704-718.

13. Xiao-hong Yao, Qigang Ye, Ming Kang, Hongwen Huang* 2007. Microsatellites analysis reveals interpopulation differention and gene flow in endangered tree Changiostyrax dolichocarpa (Styracaceae) with fragmented distribution in central China. New Phytologist 176: 472-480.

14. Kang M, Xu F, Lowe A, Huang Hongwen* 2007. Protecting evolutionary significant units for the remnant populations of Berchemiella wilsonii var. pubipetiolata (Rhamnaceae). Conservation Genetics 8: 465-473.

15. Tian Zhang, Zuozhou Li, Yaling Liu, Zhengwang Jiang, Hongwen Huang. 2007. Genetic diversity, gene introgression and homoplasy in sympatric populations of the genus Actinidia as revealed by chloroplast microsatellite markers. Biodiversity Science (in Chinese), 15(1): 122.

16. Liu YF., Wang Y., Huang HW*. 2006. High interpopulation differentiation and unidirectional linear migration patterns in Myricaria laxiflora (Tamaricaceae), an emdemic riparian plant in the three gorges valley of the Yangtze River. Am J. Bot. 93:206-215.

17. Qi-Gang YE, Xiao-Hong YAO, Sheng-Ju ZHANG, Ming KANG, Hong-Wen HUANG*. 2006. Potential risks of hybridization in ex situ collections of two endangered species of Sinojackia Hu (Styracaceae). Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 48: 867–872.

18. Wang Ying, Kang Ming, Huang Hongwen*. 2006. Subpopulation genetic structure in a panmictic population as revealed by molecular markers: a case study of Castanea sequinii using SSR markers. Journal of Plant Ecology (Chinese version):30(1): 147-156.

19. Kang M, Ye QG, Huang HW*. 2005. Genetic Consequence of Restricted Habitat and Population Decline in Endangered Isoetes sinensis (Isoetaceae). Annals of Botany, 96: 1265-1274.

20. Huang, HW., Y. Wang, ZH. Zhang, ZW. Jiang and SM. Wang. 2004. Actinidia germplasm resources and kiwifruit industry in China. HortScience 39(6):1165-1172 (cover story).

21. Huang HW., Desmond R. Layne, and Thomas L. Kubisiak. 2003. Molecular characterization of cultivated pawpaw (Asimina triloba) using RAPD markers. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 128(1): 85-93.

22. H. Huang, X. Han, and L. Kang*, etc. 2002. Conserving native plants in China. Science. 297:935-936.

23. Huang, H., D. R. Layne and T. L. Kubisiak. 2000. RAPD inheritance and diversity in pawpaw (Asimina triloba). J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 125(4):454-459.

24. Huang HW., F. Dane, T. L. Kubisiak. 1998. Allozyme and RAPD analysis of the genetic diversity and geographic variation in wild populations of the American chestnut (Fagaceae). Amer. J. Bot. 85(7):1013-1021.

25. Huang HW., F. Dane, Z. Wang, Z, Jiang, R. Huang, and S. Wang. 1997. Isozyme inheritance and variation in Actinidia. Heredity 78:328-336.

26. Huang HW., W. A. Carey, F. Dane, and J. D. Norton. 1996. Evaluation of Chinese chestnut cultivars for resistance to Cryphonectrica parasitica. Plant Disease 80:45-47.

27. Huang H., F. Dane and J.D. Norton. 1994. Allozyme diversity in Chinese, Seguin and American chestnut (Castanea spp.). Theor. Appl. Genet. 88:981-985.

28. Huang HW., J.D. Norton, G.E. Boyhan, and B.R.Abrahams. 1994. Graft compatibility among chestnut (Castanea) species. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 119(6): 1127-1132.

29. Huang HW., F. Dane and J.D. Norton. 1994. Genetic analysis of 11 polymorphic isozyme loci in chestnut species and characterization of chestnut cultivars by multi-locus allozyme genotypes. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 119(4):840-849.    

30. Huang Hongwen, Zhang Litian, Lu Ying, Zhou Deyong, Zhu Zhi and Wang Qingyi. 1991. Effect of phosphorus on pistillate formation, fruiting character and yields of Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima). Acta Horticulturae Sinica (in Chinese), 18(1):21-26.

31. Huang Hongwen, Zhang Litian, Gong Junjie, Qing Zhongqi. 1989. Selection and breeding of A. chinensis new variety “Jinyang No 1” and “Jinnong No 1”. Fruit Science (in Chinese), 6(1): 52-56.