Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada
Ze-Chun Yuan is a research scientist and principal investigator at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He is also a research professor and graduate student supervisor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario, Canada. He has expertise in soil microbiology, bacterial genetics and genomics with great passion in improving crop health and productivity through alternative strategies. He has been isolating and characterizing beneficial microorganisms to manage crop disease or improve crop health and productivity, in particular, developing biofertilzers and biopesticides to reduce the use of classical chemical fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture and horticulture. Dr. Yuan is also interested in developing renewable bioproducts from biomass, in particular, crop residues. His research also involves synthetic biology and microbial engineering aiming at rewiring microbial metabolic pathways towards higher productivity of bio-based products and biochemicals. Dr. Yuan looks for opportunities for collaborative research and training of highly qualified personnel including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.