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SHAO Shicheng
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Associate Professor
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XTBG, Menglun, Mengla, 666303, Yunnan, China



Sept. 2008 – Jul. 2011, Ph.D. Key Laboratory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (KIB-CAS). 

Thesis: Taxonomy and phylogeny of the genus Cantharellus from southwestern China with screening primers on population genetics of C. tuberculosporus 

Supervisor: Professor Pei-Gui Liu (KIB-CAS). 

Sept. 2005 – Jul. 2008, M. Sc. School of Life Sciences, Yunnan University. 

Thesis: Study on endophytic fungi associated with Azadirachta indica and metabolites from two fungi with antiphytopathogenic activity 

Supervisor: Professor Shao-Hua Wu.  

Sept. 2001 – Jul. 2005, B.Sc. Biological Sciences, School of Life Sciences, Linyi Normal University, Shandong Province.  


Professional Experiences 

2020/05 – Associate professor, Gardening and Horticulture Department, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2017/08 –2020/04Assistant professor, Gardening and Horticulture Department, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2016/08 – 2017/02Visiting scholar, College of Letters and Sciences, Columbus State University, Georgia, United States 

2013/01 – 2017/07Assistant professor, Center for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2011/07 – 2012/12Engineer, the Public Technology Service Center, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 



Conservation of orchid species 


Research interests:   

I mainly focus on orchid mycorrhizal biology, including symbiotic seed germination and mycorrhizal fungal diversity. These researches are trying to answer the questions of how do the specificity and compatibility between orchid seed and fungal partner influence seed germination in vitro and in situ? How can we successful reintroduce orchid species using in situ symbiotic seed germination? What’s dynamics of fungal communities during orchid lifecycle? What’s the relationship of fungal networks and orchid distribution? All studies will benefit orchid conservation. 



(1) Jun-Fei Wang; Shi-Cheng Shao; Chuan-Sheng Liu; Zhi-Qiang Song; Si-Si Liu; Shao-Hua Wu. 2021. The genus Paraconiothyrium: species concepts, biological functions, and secondary metabolites. Critical reviews in microbiology, DOI: 10.1080/1040841x.2021.1933898 

(2) Da-Ke Zhao, Marc-André Selosse, Liming Wu, Yan Luo, Shi-Cheng Shao*, Yong-Long Ruan*. 2021. Orchid reintroduction based on seed germination-promoting mycorrhizal fungi derived from protocorms or seedlings. Frontiers in Plant Science, online, 12: 701152. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2021.701152 

(3) Rajamurugan J, Dharmalingam Mohandass, Mason C. Campbell, Jayakrishnan P, Balachandran N, Shi-Cheng Shao*. 2021. Fragmentation causes woody plant composition decline in sacred grove patches in the Puducherry region of southeast India. Applied ecology and environmental research, 19(3): 1625–1643. 

(4) Shi-Cheng Shao, Pei-Gui Liu, Tie-Zheng Wei, Herrera Mariana. 2021. New insights into the taxonomy of the genus Cantharellus in China: epityfication of C. yunnanensis W.F. Chiu and the first record of C. cibarius Fr. Cryptogamie Mycologie, 42 (3): 25–37. 

(5) Shi-Cheng Shao#, Qiu-Xia Wang#, Kingly C. Beng, Da-Ke Zhao, Hans Jacquemyn. 2020. Fungi isolated from host protocorms accelerate symbiotic seed germination in an endangered orchid species (Dendrobium chrysotoxum) from southern China. Mycorrhiza, 30, 529–539. 

(6) Shi-Cheng Shao, Yan Luo, Hans Jacquemyn. 2020. Co-cultures of mycorrhizal fungi do not increase germination and seedling development in the epiphytic orchid Dendrobium nobile. Frontiers in Plant Science, 11: 571426. 

(7) Shi-Cheng Shao, Lu Tang, Yan Luo. 2020. The complete chloroplast genome sequence of Dendrobium wangliangii (Orchidaceae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 5(3): 3513–3515. 

(8) Shi-Cheng Shao, Yan Luo, Wen-Bin Yu. 2020. The complete mitochondrial genome sequence of Lactarius trivialis (Russulalles, Basidiomycota). Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 5(3): 2078–2079. 

(9) Xiao-Ke Xing, Qiang Liu, Yue Gao, Shi-Cheng Shao, Ling-Ling Guo, Hans Jacquemyn, Ze-Yu Zhao, Shun-Xing Guo. 2020. The architecture of the network of orchid-fungus interactions in nine co-occurring Dendrobium species. Frontiers Ecology and Evolution, 8: 130. 

(10) Shi-Cheng Shao, Hui-Peng Xi, D Mohandass*. 2019. Symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi isolated via ex situ seed baiting induce seed germination of Dendrobium catenatum Lindl. (Orchidaceae). Applied ecology and environmental research, 17(4): 9753-9771. 

(11) Vilayannur Subramanian Ramachandran, Dharmalingam Mohandass, Mason J. Campbell, Christos Mammides, Shi-Cheng Shao*. 2019. Selective logging intensity alters the population stand structure of cullenia-mesua-palaquium dominated tropical wet evergreen forest of the Western Ghats, south India. Applied ecology and environmental research, 17(4): 9591-9607. 

(12) Qiu-Xia Wang#, Shi-Cheng Shao#, Yuan Su, Xue-Li Hu, Yong Shen*, Da-Ke Zhao*. 2019. A novel case of autogamy and cleistogamy in Dendrobium wangliangii: A rare orchid distributed in the dryhot valley. Ecology and evolution, 9: 12906–12914. 

(13) Yuan-Yuan Meng, Shi-Cheng Shao, Sheng-Jie Liu, Jiang-Yun Gao*. 2019. Do the fungi associated with roots of adult plants support seed germination? A case study on Dendrobium exile (Orchidaceae). Global Ecology and Conservation. Online, e00582. DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00582. 

(14) Yuan-Yuan Meng, Xu-Li Fan, Lv-Rong Zhou, Shi-Cheng Shao, Qiang Liu, Marc-André Selosse, Jiang-Yun Gao. 2019. Symbiotic fungi undergo a taxonomic and functional bottleneck during orchid seeds germination: a case study on Dendrobium moniliforme. Symbiosis, 3: 205–212.  

(15) Shi-Cheng Shao, D. Mohandass, Jiang-Yun Gao. 2018. In situ symbiotic seed germination in Dendrobium spp. (Orchidaceae): implications for orchid restoration. Procedings of EOCCE2018, 9: 3646.  

(16) Shi-Cheng ShaoKevin S. Burgess, Jennifer Cruse-Sanders, Qiang Liu, Xuli Fan, Hui Huang and Jiang-Yun Gao*. 2017. Using in situ symbiotic seed germination to restore over-collected medicinal orchids in Southwest China. Frontier in plant science, 8: 888. 

(17) Jason L. Downing, Hong Liu, Shi-Cheng Shao, Xi-Long Wang, Melissa McCormick, Rong-Yan Deng, Jiang-Yun Gao. 2017. Contrasting changes in biotic interactions of orchid populations subject to conservation introduction vs. conventional translocation in tropical China. Biological Conservation, 212: 29–38.  

(18) Shi-Cheng Shao, Pei-Gui Liu*Xiao-Fei Tian, Bart Buyck, Yan-Hong Geng. 2016. A new species of Cantharellus (Cantharellales, Basidiomycota, Fungi) from subalpine forest in Yunnan, China. Phytotaxa, 252 (4): 273–279. 


1 Jiang-Yun Gao, Shi-Cheng Shao, Hui Huang, Qiang liu. 2019. A novel seeding method of Dendrobium devonianum on the truck of the tea plantation (Camellia spp.) based on the symbiotic seed germination. Authorization number: ZL201610108786.8. 

2 Shi-Cheng Shao, Jiang-Yun Gao, Qiang liu, Hui Huang. 2018. One technique can be applied to obtain massive symbiotic seedlings of Dendrobium devonianum. Authorization number: ZL201510992749.3. 

3 Shi-Cheng Shao, Jiang-Yun Gao, Hui Huang, Qiang liu. 2018. A new method to make portable seed packets of Dendrobium devonianum for symbiotic seed germination. Authorization number: ZL201610108301.5. 

4 Shi-Cheng Shao, Jiang-Yun Gao, Chun-Ling Sheng. 2015. A fungal strain of the genus Tullasnella and its application in promoting symbiotic germination of Cympedium cuculatum. Authorization number: ZL201310424218.5. 

5 Jiang-Yun Gao, Shi-Cheng Shao, Chun-Ling Sheng. 2015. A fungal strain of the genus Tullasnella and its application in promoting symbiotic germination of Dendrobium aphyllum. Authorization number: ZL201310424790.1. 

6 Jiang-Yun Gao, Shi-Cheng Shao, Xiao-Meng Zi, Qiang Liu, Hua Lin. 2014. Protection of Tullasnella sp. and it’s application on symbiotic germination of Dendrobium devonianum seed. Authorization number: ZL201510078367.X. 


(1) 2022.01 – 2025.12, “Fungal selection by saplings of endangered Dendrobium spp. During seedling growth and mechanism of fungal promotion on seedling development(No. 32171655) supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (590, 000)   

 (2) 2015.01 – 2017.12, “Mycorrhizal fungi diversity associated with Dendrobium devonianum across life stages in different habitats” (No. 31400021) supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (240, 000)   



Orchid biodiversity and Conservation Group: http://groups.xtbg.cas.cn/orchids/about/ 




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