Yiwei Jiang

Professor of Agronomy

Department: Agronomy
Phone: 765.494.0651
Fax: 765.496.​2926
Office: Lilly 2-367
E-mail: yjiang@purdue.edu

Curriculum Vitae​​​​​​

Area of Expertise: Perennial Grass Physiology  

Research Areas

Research emphasis is on understanding physiological, molecular and genetic basis of growth, flowering and abiotic stress tolerance in grass species used for turf, forage and bioenergy.  

Current research interests include: 
  • Phenotypic trait characterization 
  • Gene and protein identification  
  • Marker-trait association mapping

Taylor, M., C-E. Tornqvist, X. Zhao, P. Grabowski, R. Doerge, J. Ma, J. Volenec, J. Evans,  G. P. Ramstein, M.D. Sanciangco, C. R. Buell, M.D. Casler, and Y. Jiang. 2018. Genome-wide association study in pseudo-F2 populations of switchgrass identifies genetic loci affecting heading and anthesis dates. Front. Plant Sci. 9: 1250.

Liu, M., X. Song, and Y. Jiang. 2018. Growth, ionic response and gene expression of shoots and roots of perennial ryegrass under salinity stress. Acta. Physiol. Plant. 40: 112.

Tornqvist, C-E., M. Taylor, Y. Jiang, J. Evans, C. R. Buell, S. M. Kaeppler, and M.F. Casler. 2018. Quantitative trait locus mapping for flowering time in a lowland x upland switchgrass pseudo-F2 population. The Plant Genome 11: 1700932.

Xu, C., C. Xia,  Z. Xia, X. Zhou, J. Huang,  Z. Huang, Y. Liu, Y. Jiang, S. Casteel, and C. Zhang. 2018. Physiological and transcriptomic responses of reproductive stage soybean to drought stress. Plant Cell Rep. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00299-018-2332-3

Zhao, X., L. Luo, Y. Cao, Y. Liu, Y. Li, W. Wu, Y. Lan, Y. Jiang, S. Gao, Z. Zhang, Y. Shen, G. Pan, and H. Lin. 2018. Genome-wide association analysis and QTL mapping reveal the genetic control of cadmium accumulation in maize leaf. BMC Genomics. 19: 91.

Harre, N.T., H. Nie, Y. Jiang, and B.G. Young. 2018. Differential antioxidant enzyme  activity in rapid response glyphosate-resistant Ambrosia trifida. Pest Manage. Sci. 74: 2125-2132.

Grabowski, P, J. Evans, C. Daum, S. Deshpande, K. Barry, M. Kennedy, G. Ramstein, S. Kaeppler, R. Buell, Y. Jiang, and M. Casler. 2017. Genome-wide associations with flowering time in switchgrass using exome-capture sequencing data. New Phytol. 213: 154–169. 

Yin, X., C. Zhang, X. Song and Y. Jiang. 2017. Interactive short-term effects of waterlogging and salinity stress on growth and carbohydrate, lipid peroxidation and nutrients in two perennial ryegrass cultivars. J. Amer. Soc. Horti. Sci. (accepted upon revision). 

Luo, N., X. Yu, N. Gang, J. Liu, and Y. Jiang. 2016. The specific peroxidase differentiates Brachypodium distachyon accessions and associates with drought tolerance traits. Ann. Bot. 118: 259–270.

Jiang, Y., Y. Li, G. Nie, and H. Liu. 2016. Leaf and root growth, carbon and nitrogen contents, and gene expression of perennial ryegrass to different nitrogen supplies. J. Amer. Soc. Horti. Sci. 141: 555–562.  

Jiang, Y., Y. Cui, Z. Pei, H. Liu, and S. Sun. 2016. Growth response and gene expression to deficit irrigation and recovery of two perennial ryegrass accessions contrasting in drought tolerance. HortScience 51: 921–926.

Nie, G., L. Huang, X. Zhang, M. Taylor, Y. Jiang, X. Yu, X. Liu, X. Wang and Y. Zhang. 2016. Marker-trait association for biomass yield of potential bio-fuel feedstock Miscanthus sinensis from Southwest China. Front. Plant Sci. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2016.00802 

Liu, Qiang and Y. Jiang. 2016. Exogenous application of nitrogen and cytokinin on growth, carbohydrate, and antioxidant metabolism of creeping bentgrass after de-submergence. HortScience 51: 1602–1606. 

Yu, X., P.M. Pijut, S. Byrne, T. Asp, G. Bai, and Y. Jiang. 2015. Candidate gene based association mapping of winter survival and spring regrowth in perennial ryegrass. Plant Sci. 235: 37-45. 

Liu, M. and Y. Jiang. 2015. Genotypic variation in growth and metabolic responses of perennial ryegrass exposed to short-term waterlogging and submergence stress. Plant Physiol. Biochem. 95: 57-64.

Zong, J., Y. Gao, J. Chen, H. Guo, Y. Wang, F. Meng, Y. Jiang, and J. Liu. 2015. Growth and enzymatic activity of four warm-season turfgrass species exposed to waterlogging. J. Amer. Soc. Hortic. Sci. 140: 151-162.  

Cui, Y., J. Wang, X. Wang, and Y. Jiang. 2015. Phenotypic and genotypic diversity for drought tolerance among and within perennial ryegrass accessions. HortScience 50: 1148–1154.  

Huang, B., M. DaCosta, and Y. Jiang. 2014. Research advances in mechanisms of turfgrass tolerance to abiotic stresses: from physiology to molecular biology. Crit. Rev. Plant Sci. 33: 141–189.

Wang X., Z. Yang, M. Wang, L. Meng, Y. Jiang, and Y. Han. 2014. The BRANCHING ENZYME1 gene, encoding a glycoside hydrolase family 13 protein, is required for in vitro plant regeneration in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Tiss. Organ Cult. 117: 279-291.

Tang, J., X. Yu, N. Luo, F. Xiao, J.J. Camberato, and Y. Jiang. 2013. Natural variation of salinity response, population structure and candidate genes associated with salinity tolerance in perennial ryegrass accessions. Plant Cell Environ. 36: 2021-2033. 

Yu X., G. Bai, S. Liu, N. Luo, Y. Wang, D.S. Richmond, P.M. Pijut, S.A. Jackson, J. Yu, and Y. Jiang. 2013. Association of candidate genes with drought tolerance traits in diverse perennial ryegrass accessions. J. Exp. Bot. 64: 1537-1551.

Tang, J., J.J. Camberato, X. Yu, N. Luo, and Y. Jiang. 2013. Growth response, carbohydrate and ion accumulation of diverse perennial ryegrass accessions to increasing salinity. Sci. Hortic. 154: 73-81.

Wang, K. and Y. Jiang. 2013. The effects of short-term excessive irrigation on growth and physiology of creeping bentgrass on sand and soil greens. Intl. Turf Soc. Res. J. 12: 517-522.

Luo N., X. Yu, J. Liu, and Y. Jiang. 2012. Nucleotide diversity and linkage disequilibrium in antioxidant genes of Brachypodium distachyon. Plant Sci. 197: 122-129.

Jiang, Y., Y. Yao, and Y. Wang. 2012. Physiological response, cell wall components, and gene expression of switchgrass under short-term drought stress and recovery. Crop Sci. 52: 2718–2727.

Yu X., N. Luo, J. Yan, J. Tang, S. Liu, and Y. Jiang. 2012.  Differential growth response and carbohydrate metabolism of global collection of perennial ryegrass accessions to submergence and recovery following de-submergence. J. Plant Physiol. 169: 1040-1049.

Rutledge, J., J.J. Volenec, Y. Jiang, and Z.J. Reicher. 2012. Physiological changes in roughstalk bluegrass exposed to high temperature. Crop Sci. 52: 869-878.

Yu X., G. Bai, N. Luo, Z. Chen, S. Liu, J. Liu, S. Warnke, and Y. Jiang. 2011. Association of simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers with submergence tolerance in diverse populations of perennial ryegrass. Plant Sci. 180: 391-398.

Luo N., J. Liu, X. Yu, and Y. Jiang. 2011. Natural variation in drought response of Brachypodium distachyon. Physiol. Plant. 141: 19-29.

Jiang, Y., E. Watkins, S. Liu, X. Yu, and N. Luo. 2010. Antioxidative responses and expression of candidate genes in prairie junegrass under drought stress. J. Am. Soc. Hortic. Sci. 135: 303-309. 

Liu, S. and Y. Jiang. 2010. Identification of differentially expressed genes in perennial ryegrass under drought stress. Physiol. Plant. 139: 375-387. 

Wang, Y., C.A. Bigelow, and Y. Jiang. 2009. Ploidy level and DNA content of perennial ryegrass germplasm as determined by flow cytometry. HortScience 44: 2049-2052.

Bian, S. and Y. Jiang. 2009. Reactive oxygen species, antioxidant enzyme activities, and gene expression patterns in leaves and roots of Kentucky bluegrass in response to drought stress and recovery. Sci. Hortic. 120: 264-270. 

Jiang, Y., H. Liu, and V. Cline. 2009. Correlations of leaf relative water content, canopy temperature, and spectral reflectance in perennial ryegrass under water deficit conditions. HortScience 44: 459-462.

Wang, K., S. Bian, and Y. Jiang. 2009. Anaerobic metabolism of roots in Kentucky bluegrass in response to short-term waterlogging alone and in combination with high temperatures. Plant and Soil 314: 221-229.

Wang, K. and Y. Jiang. 2007. Waterlogging tolerance of Kentucky bluegrass cultivars. HortScience 43: 386-390.

Wang, K. and Y. Jiang. 2007. Antioxidant responses of creeping bentgrass roots to waterlogging. Crop Sci. 47: 232-238.

Jiang, Y. and K. Wang. 2006. Growth, physiological and anatomical responses of creeping bentgrass cultivars to different depths of waterlogging. Crop Sci. 46: 2420- 2426.

Jiang, Y. and R.N. Carrow. 2005. Assessment of canopy narrow-band spectral reflectance and turfgrass performance under drought stress. HortScience 40: 242-245.

Jiang, Y., R.N. Carrow, and R.R. Duncan. 2005. Physiological acclimation of seashore paspalum and bermudagrass to low light. Sci. Hortic. 105: 101-115.

Jiang, Y. and R.N. Carrow. 2007. Broadband spectral reflectance models of turfgrass species and cultivars to drought stress. Crop Sci. 47: 1611-1618.

Jiang, Y., R.R. Duncan, and R.N. Carrow. 2004. Assessment of low light tolerance of seashore paspalum and bermudagrass. Crop Sci. 44: 587-595.

Jiang, Y., R.N. Carrow, and R.R. Duncan. 2003. Effects of morning and afternoon shade in combination with traffic stress on seashore paspalum. HortScience 38: 1218-1222.

Jiang, Y., R.N. Carrow, and R.R. Duncan. 2003.  Correlation analysis procedures for canopy spectral reflectance data of seashore paspalum under traffic stress. J. Am. Soc. Hortic. Sci. 128: 343-348.

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2002. Protein alterations in tall fescue in response to water stress and abscisic acid. Crop Sci. 42: 202-208. 

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2001. Effects of calcium on physiological responses of tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass to drought stress. Intl. Turf Soc. Res. J. 9: 297-302.

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2001. Responses of photosynthesis and water relations to heat stress alone or in combination with drought: A comparison of tall fescue and perennial ryegrass. HortScience 36: 682-686.

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2001. Drought and heat stress injury to two cool-season turfgrasses in relation to antioxidant metabolisms and lipid peroxidation. Crop Sci. 41: 436-442.

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2001. Osmotic adjustment and root growth associated with drought-preconditioning enhanced heat tolerance in Kentucky bluegrass. Crop Sci. 41: 1168-1173.

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2001. Effects of calcium on antioxidant metabolism and water relations associated with heat tolerance in two cool-season grasses. J. Exp. Bot. 52: 341-349.

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2000. Effects of drought or heat stress alone and in combination on Kentucky bluegrass. Crop Sci. 40: 1358-1362.


AGRY624 Plant Eco-physiology (3 credits)
AGRY514 Environmental Stress Management for Turfgrass (1 credit)
Agonomy 696, Graduate Research Seminar (1 credit).  Spring 2006, 2013, 2016.

Professional Experiences

2016-present, Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
2011-2016, Associate Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
2005-2011, Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
2001-2004, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, The University of Georgia
1998-2001, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreational Resources, Kansas State University
1992-1997, Research Associate, Beijing Vegetable Research Center, China
1989-1992, Graduate Research Assistant. Department of Basic Sciences, Shenyang Agricultural University, China

Awards and Honors

2018, Tengtou Agricultural Science Award. American Society of Agronomy, USA

2014-2017, Guest Professor, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, China

2014-2017, Guest Professor, Lanzhou University, China

2014-2017, Adjunct Research Professor, Tianjin Agricultural University, China

2013-2015, Adjunct Research Professor, Shanxi Agricultural University, China

2012, Agricultural Research Spotlight, Purdue University. 2012

1999, Outstanding Graduate Paper Award, 2nd Place Poster. C-5 division, Crop Science Society of America, Salt Lake City, UT.



B.Sc., 1989, Horticulture, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, China
M.Sc.,1992, Agronomy, Shenyang Agricultural University, China
Ph.D., 2001, Horticulture, Kansas State University
Date joined staff: January 2005

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