Our paper in Nature Communications about Pekin duck domestication can be found here.
After read Charles Darwin’s book “The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication” , I was fascinated by domestic plant and animal. Fortunately, in omics era, we are able to uncover the mysteries of domestication in genomic level. Around five years ago, I carried out several studies for domestication of plant and fruits, and I mainly focused on elucidation of genetic basis of soybean and peach domesticate traits. We found many interesting stories in these studies.
At 2014, I obtained young talent scientist position in the institute of animal science, CAAS, and then we mainly focus on studies of duck and genome and genetic breeding. There is no doubt that I continue work on the field of domestication of duck. The Pekin duck is a world-famous domestic duck breed which is known for its extraordinary body size and fast growth rate. Domestic duck, such as Pekin ducks can reach an average weight of 3.5 kilograms after 42 days. Domesticated ducks differ from their wild mallard progenitor in a wide array of morphological and physiological traits. I think it’s can help to initiate many attractive stories.
Tropical forests are being deforested at an alarming rate for agricultural use and pastureland, but fortunately they can regrow naturally after agricultural fields are abandoned. Over time, the vegetation gradually builds up (called “succession”), leading to changes in environmental conditions at the forest floor. Because species differ in their growing strategies, these changes in environmental conditions lead to shifts in species composition over time. However, so far we have a poor understanding of forest succession across broad spatial scales. This study presents a large collaboration effort of the 2ndFOR research network (www.2ndFOR.org) that assesses forest succession across Latin America.
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