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WEN Ping
Academic title:
Associate Professor
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XTBG, Menglun, Mengla, 666303, Yunnan, China


Work and Education Experiences 


2019  2023: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ecology and Evolution of Plant and Animal Interactions Group, Associate professor, working on chemical communication in kinds of interesting bio interactions. 

2023 Apr to June: Plant and Food Research, Christchurch, New Zealand, Visiting scholar.   

2018 - 2019: University of California, Riverside, Prof. Jocelyn Millar’s lab, visiting scholar, studying pheromone chemistry. 

2015 - 2018: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chemical Ecology Group, associate professor, working on social insect chemical ecology. 

2016 Oct: IOCB in Czech Republic (Visited Dr. Jan ?obotník’s lab). 

2012 - 2014: Zhejiang University, Institute of Insect Sciences, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, post-doctorate work in cooperation with Professor Jianchu Mo on termite, cockroach and mosquito semio-chemicals. 

2011 - 2014: Jiangsu Institute of Ecomones Co., Ltd, designed insect attractant using chemical ecology methods. Got training in organic synthesis. 

2006 - 2012: Department of Forest Entomology, Nanjing Forestry University (China), PhD studentship, co-supervised by Dr. Bao-Zhong Ji and Dr. Sillam-Dussès David in CNRS (France). Studied termite chemical communication. 

2002 - 2006: Majored in Forestry Ecology, undergraduate student, Sichuan Agriculture University (SCIAU). 

Research Skills 

Filed investigation, GC, GC-MS, NMR, GC-EAD, SSR, electronics (build parts for electrophysiology tests and behavioral bioassays), organic synthesis (prepare standards for bioassay), bioassays, field observation, and behavior analysis skills,etc。 


My research interests are related to chemical ecology principles in interesting bio-interactions: (1) The chemical communication in animal-plant interactions, such as specialized pollinations in fig trees, deceptive orchids and other plants, seed transfer with by hornets and ants, etc. (2) The insect communications in necrophoresis, defense, predation, competition, foraging and reproduction, etc. My studying insects are mainly ecologically important social insects from tropical Asia including honey bees, wasps, hornets, fungus growing termites, ants.  



Impacted Publications (Co-first# and Corresponding* authourship marked) 

1. Wen P*, Chen J, Zachary H. Death recognition by undertaker honey bees based on reduced cuticular hydrocarbon emissions. Entomologia Generalis, 2023, 1607 

2. Qin RM#, Wen P#, Zhang YY, Corlett RT, Wang G*, Chen J*, Plant-defense mimicry facilitates rapid dispersal of short-lived seeds by hornets, Current Biology, 2022, 32(15);  

3. Li YY, Liu DG, Wen P*, Chen L*, Detection of volatile organic compounds by Antennal lamellae of a scarab beetle, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 2021, 9: 759778; 

4. Cheng YN#, Wen P#, Tan K*, Darrouzet E*,. Designing a sex pheromone blend for attracting the yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina), a worldwide pest, in its native and invasive ranges, Entomologia Generalis, 2022, 1395. 

5. Shihao Dong#, Wen Ping#, Qi Zhang, Yuan Wang, Yanan Cheng, Ken Tan*, James C. Nieh*. Olfactory eavesdropping of predator alarm pheromone by sympatric but not allopatric prey. Animal Behaviour. 2018 Jul 31; 141: 115-25. 

6. Ping Wen*#, Yanan Cheng#, Shihao Dong, Zhengwei Wang, Ken Tan*, James C. Nieh, Sex pheromone of a globally invasive honey bee predator, the Asian eusocial hornet, Vespa velutina, Scientific Reports, 2017, 7(1),12956 

7. Ping Wen*, Yanan Cheng, Yufeng Qu, Hongxia Zhang, Jianjun Li, Heather Bell, Ken Tan*, James Nieh*, Foragers of sympatric Asian honey bee species intercept competitor signals by avoiding benzyl acetate from Apis cerana alarm pheromone, Scientific Reports, 2017, 7(1), 6721 

8. Xiao-Lan Wen, Ping Wen*, Cecilia A. L. Dahlsj?, David Sillam-Dussès, Jan ?obotník, Breaking the cipher: ant eavesdropping on the variational trail pheromone of its termite prey, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2017, 284(1853) 

9. Shihao Dong#, Ping Wen#, Qi Zhang, Xinyu Li, Ken Tan *, James C. Nieh, Resisting majesty: Apis cerana, has lower antennal sensitivity and decreased attraction to queen mandibular pheromone than Apis mellifera, Scientific Reports, 2017, DOI: 10.1038/srep44640 

10. Yanan Cheng#, Ping Wen#*, Shihao Dong #, Ken Tan *, James C. Nieh, Poison and alarm: The Asian hornet Vespa velutina uses sting venom volatiles as alarm pheromone, Journal of Experimental Biology, 2017, 220:645-651. 

11. Zhengwei Wang#, Ping Wen#, Yufeng Qu, Shihao Dong, Jianjun Li, Ken Tan*, James C. Nieh*, Bees eavesdrop upon informative and persistent signal compounds in alarm pheromones, Scientific Reports, 2016, 6: e25693. 

12. Ping Wen, Jianchu Mo*, Chunwen Lu, Ken Tan, Jan ?obotník, David Sillam-Dussès, Sex-pairing pheromone of Ancistrotermes dimorphus (Isoptera: Macrotermitinae), Journal of Insect Physiology, 2015, 83(12): 8-14 

13. Ping Wen, Bao-Zhong Ji*, David Sillam-Dussès, Trail communication is regulated by two trail pheromone components in the fungus-growing termite Odontotermes formosanus Shiraki, PLoS ONE, 2014, 9(3): e90906 

14. Ping Wen, Bao-Zhong Ji*, Shu-Wen Liu, Cong Liu, David Sillam-Dussès. Sex-pairing pheromone in the Asian termite pest species Odontotermes formosanus, Journal of Chemical Ecology, 2012, 38(5): 566-575 

15. Gao YY, Wen P, Carde RT, Xu H, Huang QY*, In addition to cryptochrome 2, magnetic particles with olfactory co-receptor are important for magnetic orientation in termites., Communications Biology , 2021, 4: 1121; 

16. Zhang L, Jiang H-Q, Wu F, Wen P, Qing J, Song X-M, et al. Eastern honeybee Apis cerana sense cold flowering plants by increasing the static binding affinity of odorant-binding protein to cold floral volatiles from loquats. Int J Biol Macromol. 2023; 232:123227. 

17. Zhang X., Wang G., … P. Wen (6th/26)…, Chen J*, Ming R*, Genomes of banyan tree and pollinator wasp provide insights into fig-wasp coevolution. Cell. 2020, 183(4): 875–89. 

18. Liu S, Xia S, Wu D. ., … P. Wen (7th/9)…. Understanding global and regional patterns of termite diversity and regional functional traits. iScience. 2022; 25(12):105538. 

19. Wang R., Yang, Y., Jing, … Wen, P.(25th/35)…et al. Molecular mechanisms of mutualistic and antagonistic interactions in a plant–pollinator association. Nat. Ecol. Evol., 2021; 5, 974-986. 

20. Sillam-Dussès, D., J. ?obotník, T. Bourguignon, P. Wen, E. Sémon, A. Robert, E. M. Cancello, C. Leroy, M. J. Lacey, and C. Bordereau. Trail-following pheromones in the termite subfamily Syntermitinae (Blattodea, Termitoidae, Termitidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology, 2020. 46:475-482. 

21. Cappa, F., A. Cini, I. Pepiciello, I. Petrocelli, A. F. Inghilesi, G. Anfora, F. R. Dani, L. Bortolotti, P. Wen, and R. Cervo. Female volatiles as sex attractants in the invasive population of Vespa velutina nigrithorax. Journal of Insect Physiology. 2019. 119:103952. 

22. Gao Chen, Zheng-Wei Wang, Ping Wen, Wei Wei, Ya Chen, Hui Ai, and Wei-Bang Sun*. "Hydrocarbons mediate seed dispersal: a new mechanism of vespicochory." New Phytologist, 2018, 220(3):714-725. 

23. Junjun Zhang, Zhengwei Wang*, Ping Wen , Yufeng Qu , Ken Tan*, James C. Nieh, The reluctant visitor: an alkaloid in toxic nectar can reduce olfactory learning and memory in Asian honey bees, Journal of Experimental Biology 2018, 221: jeb168344 

24. Wu LW, Bourguignon T, ?obotník J, Wen P, Liang WR, Li HF*. Phylogenetic position of the enigmatic termite family Stylotermitidae (Insecta: Blattodea). Invertebrate Systematics. 2018 Oct 30; 32(5):1111-7. 

25. Zheng-Wei Wang,Yufeng Qu, Shi-Hao Dong, Ping Wen, Jian-Jun Li, Ken Tan*, Randlof Menzel, Honey bees modulate their olfactory learning in the presence of hornet predators and alarm component, PLoS ONE, 2016, 11(2): e0150399 

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