Ecology and Evolution

Lu, Baorong

Lu, Baorong, Professor







Baorong Lu obtained his Master’s degree in Genetics and Breeding at Sichuan Agricultural University in 1986, then a Ph.D. degree at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He carried out post-doctoral research at the Institute of Botany of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He became a professor in 1995 and was a senior researcher of IRRI from 1994 to 2000. Since 2000 up to now, he joins Fudan University as a distinguished professor and was appointed as the chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from 2011 to 2017. Dr. Lu is a member of the Academic Degree Assessment Committee of Fudan University and the director of the Biological Section, and a member of the Discipline Appraisal Group of the State Council. He is also a member of National Biosaftey Committee and National Specialized Standardization Technical Committee. He is the deputy chair of the Genetic Resources Branch of China Association of Agricultural Science Societies, chair of Chinese Socitey of Agri-Biotechnology, deputy chair of Botanical Society of Shanghai. Dr. Lu is the associate editor of AoB Plant, Journal of Evolution and Systematics, Science Bulletin, Rice Sciences, Biodiveristy Science, Chinese Journal of Rice Science, Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology, Journal of Plant Genetic Resources, Journal of Fudan University.


Research Interests

Dr. Lu has long standing interests on crops and their wild relatives in the fields of phylogenic and evolutionary biology, population genetics, conservation genetics and evolutionary ecology. His recent studies mainly focus on plant molecular evolution, gene diversity and transgenic biosafety, particularly on the ecological and evolutionary impact of transgenic drift.



  • 1993, Wong Kwan Cheng Award
  • 2000, Second class award for State Natural Science Award
  • 2001, National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars
  • 2005, Second class award for State Award for Inventions
  • 2007, First class award for Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Award
  • 2008, Second class award for Natural Science Award of MOE
  • 2009, First class award for Shanghai Natural Science Award
  • 2010 & 2017, Second class award for National Science and Technology Progress Award


Selected publications

  1. Lu B. (2016) Challenges of transgenic crop commercialization in China. Nature Plants. 2: 1-2.
  2. Wang W, Xia H, Yang X, Xu T, Si H, Cai X, Wang F, Su J, Snow A, Lu B*. (2014) A novel 5-enolpyruvoylshikimate-3-phosphate (EPSP) synthase transgene for glyphosate resistance stimulates growth and fecundity in weedy rice (Oryza sativa) without herbicide. New Phytologis., 202: 679–688.
  3. Xia H, Xia H, Ellstrand N, Yang C, Lu B. (2011) Rapid evolutionary divergence and ecotypic diversification of germination behavior in weedy rice populations. New Phytologist. 191: 1119-1127.
  4. Rong J, Lu B, Song Z, Su J, Snow A, Zhang X, Sun S, Chen R, Wang F. (2007) Dramatic reduction of crop-to-crop gene flow within a short distance from transgenic rice fields. New Phytologist. 173: 346-353.
  5. Lu B, Snow A. (2005) Gene flow from genetically modified rice and its environmental consequences. BioScience. 55: 669-678.
  6. Liu Q, Ge S, Tang H, Zhang X, Zhu G, Lu B. (2006) Phylogenetic relationships in Elymus (Poaceae: Triticeae) based on the nuclear ribosomal ITS and chloroplast trnL-F sequences. New Phytologist. 170: 411-420.
  7. Rong J, Song Z, Su J, Xia H, Lu B, Wang F. (2005) Low frequency of transgene flow from Bt/CpTI rice to its nontransgenic counterparts planted at close spacing. New Phytologist. 168: 559–566.
  8. Rong J, Xia H, Zhu Y, Wang Y, Lu B. (2004) Asymmetric gene flow between traditional and hybrid rice varieties (Oryza sativa) estimated by nuclear SSRs and its implication in germplasm conservation. New Phytologist. 163: 439–445.
  9. Chen L, Lee D, Song Z, Suh H, Lu B. (2004) Gene flow from cultivated rice (Oryza sativa) to its weedy and wild relatives. Annals of Botany. 93: 67-73.
  10. Jin Y, He T, Lu B. (2003) Fine scale genetic structure in wild soybean population (Glycine soja Sieb. et Zucc.) and the implication for conservation. New Phytologisty. 159: 513–519.