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LI Weitao
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Associate Professor
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XTBG, Menglun, Mengla, 666303, Yunnan, China



2023.4-    Associate researcher, Biological Invasion Ecology group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2019.10-2023.4 Assistant Researcher, Biological Invasion Ecology group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Professional Preparation 

2017-2019 Postdoctoral Research associate, State Key Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China 

2014-2017 Ph.D. in Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China 

2011-2014 M.S. in Biological Invasion Ecology group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Menglun, China 

    2007-2011 B.S. in Biological Technology, College of Agricultural, Henan University of Science & Technology, Luoyang, China 

Research Interests  

Microbial community assembly 

Plant-soil feedbacks underlying exotic plant invasions 

Remediation of soil legacy effects caused by exotic plant invasions 


2020 Yunnan Young Talent Program, Department of Personnel of Yunnan Province, Yunnan, China  

2017 Excellent Student Award by Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China 

2014 Excellent Student Award by Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Menglun, China  

2010 Excellent Student Award by Henan University of Science & Technology, Luoyang, China 

Participate in academic conferences 

2022 The 5th International Conference on Biological Invasion and Global Change, Shenyang Agriculture University, Shenyang, China. Oral PresentationSoil legacy effects and soil remediation after the invasion of exotic plants. 

2019 International Conference on Current and Emerging Topics in Global Change Ecology of Plants &7th Evolutionary Ecology Forum, Taizhou University, Taizhou, China 

2016 Microbial ecology workshop and bioinformatic analysis training, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China 

2014 The 5th conference on tropical forest ecology, Hainan University, Hainan, China 



2023-2026 Soil legacy effects of typical Asteraceae invasive plants in Yunnan and development of soil remediation technologies (PI) 

2023-2026 Yunnan Fundamental Research Projects 202201AT070609; Mechanisms of soil legacy effects of exotic plant invasion by diversity resistance (PI) 

2021-2024 Yunnan Fundamental Research Projects 202101AU070150; Effects of microbial legacies on plant invasiveness in soils of different vegetation types after extreme drought/precipitation events (PI) 

2020-2022 National Natural Science Foundation of China 41907041; Study on carbon cycling process and the associated functional microbial community in paddy soils derived from different parent materials (PI) 

2018-2019 Chinese Postdoctoral Science Foundation 2018M640530; The microbial mechanism driving straw decomposition in paddy soils derived from different parent materials (PI) 





Weitao Li, Xiaoting Bi, Yulong Zheng. 2023. Soil legacy effects on biomass allocation depend on native plant diversity in the invaded community. Science Progress, 106: 1-12.  

Weitao Li, Qi Lu, Sulaiman Almwarai Alharbi, Andrey V. Soromotin, Yakov Kuzyakov, Yanbao Lei. 2023. Plant?soil?microbial interactions mediate vegetation succession in retreating glacial forefields. Science of the Total Environment, 873: 162393. 

Jie Shen, Ziyan Liang, Yakov Kuzyakov, Weitao Li, Yuting He, Changquan Wang, Yang Xiao, Ke Chen, Geng Sun, Yanbao Lei. 2023. Dissolved organic matter defines microbial communities during initial soil formation after deglaciation. Science of The Total Environment, 878: 163171. 


Weitao Li, Yakov Kuzyakov, Yulong Zheng, Pengfa Li, Guilong Li, Ming Liu, Hattan A. Alharbi, Zhongpei Li. 2022. Depth effects on bacterial community assembly processes in paddy soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 165:108517. 

Weitao Li, YuLong Zheng, RuiFang Wang, ZhengYing Wang, YanMei Liu, Xiong Shi, ZhiYong Liao, YangPing Li, YuLong Feng. 2022. Shifts in chemical and microbiological properties belowground of invader Ageratina adenophora along an altitudinal gradient. Journal of Plant Ecology, 15: 561-570. 

Weitao Li, Yulong Zheng, and Ruifang Wang. 2022. Extension of the EICA hypothesis for invasive Chromolaena odorata. Acta Oecologica, 114:103803.  

Weitao Li, Yakov Kuzyakov, Yulong Zheng, Ming Liu, Meng Wu, Yuanhua Dong, Zhongpei Li. 2022. Effect of long-term fertilization on enzyme activities and microbial community composition in the rice rhizosphere. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B — Soil & Plant Science, 72(1): 454-462.  

Yangping Li, Yulong Feng, Weitao Li, Kyle Tomlinson, Zhiyong Liao, Yulong Zheng, Jiaolin Zhang. 2022. Leaf trait association in relation to herbivore defense, drought resistance, and economics in a tropical invasive plant. American Journal of Botany, 109: 910-921. 

Pengfa Li, Alex J. Dumbrell, Muhammad Saleem, Lu Kuang, Ting Li, Lu Luan, Weitao Li et al. 2022. Chapter One - Linking microbial body size to community co-occurrences and stability at multiple geographical scales in agricultural soils. In: Advances in Ecological Research (eds. Bohan, DA & Dumbrell, A). Academic Press, pp. 1-26. 


Xiong Shi, Weitao Li#, Yulong Zheng#, 2021. Soil legacy effect of extreme precipitation on a tropical invader in different land use types. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 191, 104625. (Co-corresponding authors) 

Xinling Ma, JiaLiu, Xiaofen Chen, Weitao Li, Chunyu Jiang, Meng Wu, Ming Liu, Zhongpei Li, 2021. Bacterial diversity and community composition changes in paddy soils that have different parent materials and fertility levels. Journal of Integrative Agriculture. 20: 2797-2806. 


Weitao Li, Yulong Zheng, Likun Zhang, Yanbao Lei, Yangping Li, Zhiyong Liao, Zhongpei Li, Yulong Feng, 2020. Post-introduction evolution contributes to the successful invasion of Chromolaena odorata, Ecology and Evolution, 10:1252-1263.  

Pengfa Li*, Weitao Li*, Alex J. Dumbrell, Ming Liu, Guilong Li, Meng Wu, Chunyu Jiang, Zhongpei Li, 2020. Spatial variation in soil fungal communities across paddy fields in subtropical China. mSystems, 5: e00704-19. (Co first author) 

Weitao Li, Ming Liu, Pengfa Li, Guilong Li, Chunyu Jiang, Meng Wu, Cunpu Qiu, Yuanhua Dong, Zhongpei Li, 2020. Temporal variation of soil organic C and nutrients in high yield paddy soils of Yujiang County in the past 40 years (In Chinese). Acta Pedologica Sinica, 57: 937-942.   

Yulong Zheng, Jean H. Burns, Zhiyong Liao, Weitao Li, Long Li, 2020. Nutrient fluctuation has different effects on a tropical invader in communities from the native and non-native range. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 178: 104193. 

Wenjing Liu, Emily B. Graham, Linghao Zhong, Jianwei Zhang, Weitao Li, Zhongpei Li, Xiangui Lin, Youzhi Feng, 2020. Dynamic microbial assembly processes correspond to soil fertility in sustainable paddy agroecosystems. Functional Ecology, 34:1244-1256. 


Weitao Li, Ming Liu, Meng Wu, Chunyu Jiang, Yakov Kuzyakov, Olga Gavrichkova, Youzhi Feng, Yuanhua Dong, Zhongpei Li, 2019. Bacterial community succession in paddy soil depending on rice fertilization. Applied Soil Ecology, 144: 9297.  

Zhiyong Liao, J.F. Scheepens, Weitao Li, Ruifang Wang, Yulong Zheng,Yulong Feng, 2019. Biomass reallocation and increased plasticity might contribute to successful invasion of Chromolaena odorata. Flora, 256: 79–84. 

Cunpu Qiu, Youzhi Feng, Meng Wu, Ming Liu, Weitao Li, Zhongpei Li, 2019. NanoFe3O4 accelerates methanogenic straw degradation by improving energy metabolism. Bioresource Technology, 292, 121930. 

Cunpu Qiu, Xiaofen Chen, Ming Liu, Weitao Li, Meng Wu, Chunyu Jiang, Youzhi Feng, Zhongpei Li, 2019. Microbial transformation process of straw-derived C in two typical paddy soils (In Chinese). Scientia Agricultura Sinica, 52(13):22682279. 


Weitao Li, Ming Liu, Chunyu Jiang, Meng Wu, Xiaofen Chen,Yakov Kuzyakov, J?rg Rinklebe, Zhongpei Li, 2018. Response of Soil Enzymatic Activity and Microbial Community Composition to Moisture Regimes in Paddy Soils under Different Fertilization Practices, Pedosphere, 28(2): 323–331.  

Xiaofen Chen, Ming Liu, Yakov Kuzyakov, Weitao Li, Jia Liu, Chunyu Jiang, Meng Wu, Zhongpei Li, 2018. Incorporation of rice straw carbon into dissolved organic matter and microbial biomass along a 100-year paddy soil chronosequence. Applied Soil Ecology, 130: 84–90. 


Weitao Li, Xiaofen Chen, Ming Liu, Yakov Kuzyakov, Chunyu Jiang, Meng Wu, Zhongpei Li, 2017. Shifts in microbial communities with increasing soil fertility across a chronosequence of paddy cultivation in subtropical China, Applied Soil Ecology, 120: 153–159  

Weitao Li, Ming Liu, Chunyu Jiang, Meng Wu, Xiaofen Chen, Xiaoyan Ma, Zhongpei Li, 2017 Changes in soil aggregate-associated enzyme activities and nutrients under long-term chemical fertilizer applications in a phosphorus-limited paddy soil, Soil Use and Management, 33(1): 25–33.  

Meng Wu, Ming Liu, Jia Liu, Weitao Li, Chunyu Jiang, Zhongpei Li, 2017. Optimize nitrogen fertilization location in root-growing zone to increase grain yield and nitrogen use efficiency of transplanted rice in subtropical China. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 16(9): 2073–2081.  

Meng Wu, Guilong Li, Weitao Li, Jia Liu, Ming Liu, Chunyu Jiang, Zhongpei Li, 2017. Nitrogen Fertilizer Deep Placement for Increased Grain Yield and Nitrogen Recovery Efficiency in Rice Grown in Subtropical China. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8(1227).  

Meng Wu, Jia Liu, Weitao Li, Ming Liu, Chunyu Jiang, Zhongpei Li, 2017. Temporal dynamics of the compositions and activities of soil microbial communities post-application of the insecticide chlorantraniliprole in paddy soils. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 144: 409–415. 

Meng Wu, Weitao Li, Jia Liu, Ming Liu, Chunyu Jiang, Zhongpei Li, 2017. Comparison of nitrogen fertilizer reduction with efficiency increase methods in double-rice system in reddish paddy soil (In Chinese). Soil, 49(4): 685–691 


Weitao Li, Zhongpei Li, Ming Liu, Chunyu Jiang, Meng Wu, Xiaofen Chen, 2016. Enzyme activities and soil nutrient status associated with different aggregate fractions of paddy soils fertilized with returning straw for 24 years (In Chinese). Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 49(20): 3886–3895. 

Weitao Li, Zhongpei Li, Ming Liu, Chunyu Jiang, Meng Wu, 2016. The activity of extracellular enzymes and nutrients in paddy red soil response to long term fertilizations (In Chinese). Soils, 48(4): 686–691.  


Weitao Li, Yulong Zheng, Yulong Feng, 2014. Differences in growth traits between Chromolaena odorata plants from invasive and native populations (In Chinese). Acta Ecologica Sinica, 34(23): 6890–6897.  

Xiangyang Yao, Weitao Li, Yulong Zheng, 2014. Effect of community composition and species interactions on the invasion of alien plants (In Chinese). Chinese Journal of Ecology, 33(7): 1953–1959.  


Yulong Zheng, Yulong Feng, Zhiyong Liao, Weitao Li, Haifeng Xiao, Haozhi Sui, 2013. Invasive Chromolaena odorata has similar size but higher phenolic concentration than native conspecifics. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 15: 769–781. 

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