Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences



Principal Scientist and Regional Coordinator, World Agroforestry Center, East & Central Asia
Distinguished Professor, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Distinguished Professor, Institute of Animal Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Jianchu Xu is an ethnobotanist working on land systems in coupled social-ecological systems. He has a strong background in interdisciplinary research on agroforestry systems. He is the top 1% of global scientists for the most cited researchers in plant and animal sciences in 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively. His current research includes investigations of early warning signals of global change, ecosystem restoration, forest management, fungi ecology, and integrative tree-crop-livestock systems. After more than thirty years of living and working in the eastern Himalayas, he has excellent scientific research networks in Asia. Professor Xu has published over 300 SCI journal articles including Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Fungal Diversity, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Global Environmental Change, PLOS Biology and Conservation Biology. He is coordinating the Mountain Futures Program, which is a global initiative to support knowledge innovations for smallholders in mountain regions worldwide.

Research Interests

Keywords: Germplasm, Agroforestry, Circular Economy, Mountain Futures, Social Value Chain.


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