Yinglong Chen

Dr, Professor (Research), Ph.D., M.Ag., B.S.

  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Research interests

Rhizosphere interactions
Crop growth and physiology in stressed environments
Plant root development, structure and functions
Modelling simulations of root architecture and functions
Diversity and functions of microbes in ecosystems
Mycorrhizal technologies and applications


Dr Yinglong Chen is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor (research). Prior to his PhD study at Murdoch University (2002–2006), he was an Assistant Professor at Research Institute of Tropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Guangzhou (1997–2002). He was Visiting Research Fellow at CSIRO, Australia (1997–1998), INRA, France (2000), Murdoch University, Australia (2001), Forschungszentrum Julich, Germany (2014) and Pennsylvania State University, USA (2015). 


Yinglong’s research focuses on the structure and functions of plant root system, which has been considered as the “next frontier” of agricultural science. Through improving water- and nutrient-use efficiency and enhancing adaption to stressful environments, his research aims to increase agricultural productivity and help continue to feed the world despite the onset of increasing drought and climate change. Yinglong conducts world first phenotyping study on the characterisation of root system architecture in response to edaphic stress and underpinning mechanisms in major food crops. His pioneer research in root system structure, function and rhizosphere interactions has international reputations with large volume of high-quality publications and extensive international collaborations.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food
  • Environmental
  • Biotechnology
  • Education

Research expertise keywords

  • Rhizosphere interactions
  • Crop growth and stress physiology
  • Root development, structure and functions
  • Modelling simulation of root architecture and functions
  • Diversity and functions of soil microbes in ecosystems
  • Mycorrhizal fungi and rhizobia inoculation technologies
  • Edible and medicinal mushrooms


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