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Faculty

Yi Chen Professor

Research Interests: 
  • Plant and soil interaction regarding N fertilizer
  • The effects of global change factors on soil N availability in terrestrial ecosystems
  • Soil gross N transformation processes and their functional microorganisms
  • Application of 15N tracing technique in forest, grassland and agroecosystem research
  • How to enhance soil NO3- immobilization: the link between soil NO3- immobilization and organic materials
  • Experiment and theory of N2O and NO mitigation
Bio: 

ycheng@njnu.edu.cn

Telephone: +86-15050521263 (Mobile)

 

Education and experience

 

  • May. 2018-Present  Professor School

                                               School of Geographic Science, Nanjing Normal University

  • Jun. 2016-Apr.2018 Associate professor

                                               Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • Jul. 2012-Jun. 2016 Assistant professor

                                              Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • Sep. 2007-Jun.2012  Ph. D in Environmental Science

                                                Supervisor: Prof. Zucong Cai
                                                Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • Dec. 2009-Sep.2010 Visiting student in University of Alberta

                                                Supervisor: Prof. Scott Chang
                                                Department of Renewable Resources
                                                University of Alberta

  • Sep. 2003-Jun. 2007 Bachelor of Environmental Science

                                                College of Life Science, Anhui University
 
Experience with research techniques

  • Using 15N isotope tracing and acetylene inhibition techniques on studying soil gross nitrogen transformation rates
  • Monitoring the fate of N fertilizer in agroecosystem, such as leaching, runoff, ammonia volatilization, N2O and NO emissions

Research projects and support 

  • The National Natural Science Foundation of China (41671231, 41301238)
  • The Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK20131045)
  • The National Key Research and Development Program of China (2017YFD0200106, 2017YFD0800103)

 

 

Peer-review for more than 18 journals

 

Plant and Soil, Geoderma, Soil & Tillage Research, Biology and Fertility of Soils, Science of the Total Environment, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, Environmental Pollution, Agricultural Water Management, Soil Use and Management, Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, European Journal of Soil Biology, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Journal of Environmental Quality, Journal of Environmental Management, Ecological Engineering, Journal of Soils and Sediments, Scientific Reports, Land Degradation and Development

 

List of major publications

 

  1. Cheng Y, Wang J, Scott X. Chang, Cai ZC, Müller C, Zhang JB*. 2019. Nitrogen deposition affects both net and gross soil nitrogen transformations in forest ecosystems: A review. Environmental Pollution, 244, 608–616.
  2. Wang J, Sun N, Xu MG, Wang SQ, Zhang JB, Cai ZC, Cheng Y*. 2019. The influence of long-term animal manure and crop residue application on abiotic and biotic N immobilization in an acidified agricultural soil. Geoderma, 337, 710–717.
  3. Zhang Y, Liu SY, Cheng Y*, Cai ZC, Müller C, Zhang JB*. 2019. Composition of soil recalcitrant C regulates nitrification rates in acidic soils. Geoderma, 337, 965–972.
  4. Liu SY, Chi QD, Cheng Y*, Zhu B, Li WZ, Zhang XF, Huang YQ, Müller C, Cai ZC, Zhang JB*. 2019. Importance of matching soil N transformations, crop N form preference, and climate to enhance crop yield and reducing N loss. Science of the Total Environment, 657, 1265–1273.
  5. Cheng Y, Wang J, Sun N, Xu MG, Zhang JB*, Cai ZC, Wang SQ. 2018. Phosphorus addition enhances gross microbial N cycling in phosphorus-poor soils: a 15N study from two long-term fertilization experiments. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 54, 783-789.
  6. Wang J, Zhang BB, Tian Y, Zhang HC, Cheng Y*, Zhang JB. 2018. A soil management strategy for ameliorating soil acidification and reducing nitrification in tea plantations. European Journal of Soil Biology, 88, 36-40.
  7. Wang JY, Chadwick DR, Cheng Y, Yan XY*. 2018. Global analysis of agricultural soil denitrification in response to fertilizer nitrogen. Science of the Total Environment, 616–617, 908–917.
  8. Cheng Y, Wang J, Wang JY, Scott X. Chang, Wang SQ*. 2017. The quality and quantity of exogenous organic carbon input control microbial NO3- immobilization: A meta-analysis. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 115, 357-363.
  9. Cheng Y, Xie W, Huang R, Yan XY, Wang SQ*. 2017. Extremely high N2O but unexpectedly low NO emissions from a highly organic and chemical fertilized peach orchard system in China. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 246, 202-209.
  10. Wang J, Cheng Y, Zhang JB, Jiang YJ, Sun B, Fan JB, Zhang JB, Müller C, Cai ZC. 2017. Effects of 14 years of repeated pig manure application on gross nitrogen transformation in an upland red soil in China. Plant and Soil, 415, 161–173.
  11. Ma L, Cheng Y, Wang JY, Yan XY. 2017. Mechanical insights into the effect of fluctuation in soil moisture on nitrous oxide emissions from paddy soil. Paddy and Water Environment 15, 359-369.
  12. Cai YJ, Chang SX*, Cheng Y. 2017. Greenhouse gas emissions from excreta patches of grazing animals and their mitigation strategies. Earth-Science Reviews 171, 44-57.
  13. Dai SY, Wang J, Cheng Y, Zhang JB*, Cai ZC*. 2017. Effects of long-term fertilization on soil gross N transformation rates and their implications. Journal of Integrative Agriculture 16(12): 2863–2870
  14. Cheng Y, Zhang JB, Zhu JG, Liu G, Zhu CW*, Wang SQ*. 2016. Ten years of elevated atmospheric CO2 doesn’t alter soil nitrogen availability in a rice paddy, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 98, 99-108.
  15. Cheng Y, Cai YJ, Wang SQ*. 2016. Yak and Tibetan sheep dung return enhance soil N supply and retention in two alpine grasslands in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 52, 413-422.
  16. Wang J, Cheng Y, Zhang JB, Müller C, Cai ZC. 2016. Soil gross nitrogen transformations along a secondary succession transect in the north subtropical forest ecosystem of southwest China. Geoderma, 280, 88-95.
  17. Cheng Y, Wang J, Zhang JB, Müller C, Wang SQ*. 2015. Mechanistic insights into the effects of N fertilizer application on N2O-emission pathways in acidic soil of a tea plantation. Plant and Soil, 389, 45-57.
  18. Cheng Y, Zhang JB, Müller C, Wang SQ*. 2015. 15N tracing study to understand the N supply associated with organic amendments in a vineyard soil. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 51, 983-993.
  19. Cheng Y, Zhang JB, Wang J, Cai ZC, Wang SQ*. 2015. Soil pH is a good predictor of the dominating N2O production processes under aerobic conditions. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 178, 370-373,.
  20. Cheng Y, Wang J, Zhang JB, Wang SQ, Cai ZC*. 2014. The different temperature sensitivity of gross N transformations between the coniferous and broad-leaved forests in subtropical China. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 61, 506-515.
  21. Cheng Y, Wang J, Wang SQ, Zhang JB, Cai ZC*. 2014. Effects of soil moisture on gross N transformations and N2O emission in acid subtropical forest soils. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 50, 1099-1108.
  22. Cheng Y, Wang J, Zhang JB, Bruno M, Cai ZC*. The mechanisms behind reduced NH4+ and NO3- accumulation due to litter decomposition in the acidic soil of subtropical forest. Plant and Soil, 378, 295-308, 2014.
  23. Cheng Y, Wang J, Liu Y, Cai ZC*. 2014. Litter decomposition reduces either N2O or NO production in strongly acidic coniferous and broad-leaved forest soils under anaerobic conditions. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 14, 549-557.
  24. Cheng Y, Wang J, Wang L, Wang SQ, Cai ZC*. 2014. The effects of temperature change and tree species composition on N2O and NO emissions in acidic forest soils of subtropical China. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 26, 1-9.
  25. Cheng Y, Cai ZC*, Chang SX*, Wang J, Zhang JB. 2013. Effects of soil pH and salt on N2O production in adjacen,t forest and grassland soils in central Alberta, Canada. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 13, 863-868.
  26. Cheng Y, Wang J, Bruno M, Zhang JB, Cai ZC*, Chang SX*. 2013. Soil pH has contrasting effects on gross and net nitrogen mineralization neighboring forest and grassland soils in Canada. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 57, 848-857.
  27. Cheng Y, Cai ZC*, Chang SX*, Wang J, Zhang JB. 2012. Wheat straw and its biochar have contrasting effects on inorganic N retention and N2O emission in a cultivated Black Chernozemic soil. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 48, 941-946.
  28. Cheng Y, Cai ZC*, Zhang JB, Lang M, Bruno M, Chang SX*. 2012. Soil moisture effects on gross nitrification differ between adjacent grassland and forested soils in central Alberta, Canada. Plant and Soil, 352, 289-301.
  29. Cai ZC, Zhang JB, Zhu TB, Cheng Y. 2012. Stimulation of NO and N2O emissions from soils by SO2 deposition. Global Change Biology, 18, 2280-2291.
  30. Cheng Y, Cai ZC*, Zhang JB, Chang SX*. 2011. Gross N transformations were little affected by 4 years simulated N and S depositions in an spen-white spruce dominated boreal forest in Alberta, Canada. Forest Ecology and Management, 262, 571-578.
  31. Zhang JB, Müller C, Zhu TB, Cheng Y, Cai ZC. 2011. Heterotrophic nitrification is the predominant NO3- production mechanism in coniferous but not broad-leaf acid forest soil in subtropical China. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 47, 533-542.
  32. Zhang JB, Cai ZC, Cheng Y, Zhu TB. 2010. Immobilization of Nitrate in anaerobic Forest Soils along a North South Transect in East China. Soil Science Society of American Journal, 74, 1193-1200.
  33. Zhang JB, Cai ZC, Cheng Y, Zhu TB. 2009. Denitrification and total nitrogen gas production from forest soils of Eastern China. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 41, 2551-2557.