Shiu-Ying Hu Student/Post-Doctoral Exchange Award
The Shiu-Ying Hu Student/Postdoctoral Exchange Award supports American-Chinese exchanges for graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, and/or postdoctoral researchers studying the comparative biology of woody plants, including developmental biology, physiology, genetics, reproductive biology, or ecology.
||Meng Li, a Ph.D student in the Chengdu Institute of Biology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is interested in the role of hybridization on species diversification. As part of his Hu Award, Li will spend one year at the Arboretum to examine hybridization in Sorbus.
||In some species of Acer, stem pressure generation during thawing results in sap production which is used to make maple syrup. This is in contrast to most trees which exude sap during freezing. Working in the Acer collection, Yong-Jiang Zhang, a post-doctoral fellow in the Holbrook Lab, aims to understand the physiological mechanisms of stem pressure generation and the role of xylem structure in this mechanism.