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Minghua Zhang  Associate Director, China Program


UC Davis has provided technical assistance, education, training and materials to support China. China is quickly emerging as a prime research collaborator with advanced laboratories and vast numbers of well trained researchers. The focus has been primarily on horticulture and extension with emphasis on university student and faculty exchanges and curricula development.


e-China Apple

IPO is presently collaborating with Cornell university to implement e-China Apple. Funded by the Walmart foundation, the project aims to provide credible relevant information for the safe and sustainable production of apples in China. The majority of apples in china are produced by small-scale farmers (may of whom are women) and they are struggling with rising costs and reduced returns. See e-China Apple. Contacts: Dr Minghua Zhang, Jim Hill and Mark Bell 

UC Davis collaborates with a range of Chinese universities and institutes. Examples of former and/or on-going collaboration include:

  • Animal Science - Silas Hung, Trish Berger
  • Biotechnology and Genetics - Eduardo Blumwald, Mingcheng Lou
  • Economics - Dan Sumner, Colin Carter 
  • Food safety & Postharvest - Marita Cantwell, Sharon Shumaker, Alan Bennett,
  • Humphrey Fellowships - Mark Bell and Paul Marcotte
  • Nutrition - Robert Hackman
  • Pest management & Crop Protection - Frank Zalom, Bruce Hammock
  • Pomology - Kirk Larson, Patrick Brown, John Labovich
  • Textiles - You-lo Hsieh, Sun Gang, Ning Pan
  • Water resources - Minghua Zhang, Randy Dahlgren, Jan Hopmans, Dennis Rolston

International Visits

  •  During the last few years, there have been over 70 officials, faculty and researchers from different Chinese universities and institutions have visited the UC Davis campus to discuss opportunities for collaboration in relation to research, extension and education.
  • In 2010, 13 delegations with more than 120 members visited the campus. They included visitors from China Agricultural University, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Zhejiang University, Sichuan University, Northwest Science and Technology University of Agriculture and Forestry and the North China CIQ Food Safety. These delegations included government officials, and private companies from Hubei, Shanghai and Hougzhou, in addition to Academic scientists.
  • Over 600 people have visited UC Davis from China institutions since 1990.

UC Davis and Zhejiang University

Agreements of Collaborations

    Zhejiang University is located at Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, southeast of China. http://www/zju.edu.cn
    Combined research team from UC Davis and Zhejiang University has several on-going projects concerning water quality in Cao Er River watershed, Qianjiang River watershed, as well as Hangjiahu watershed.
  • “The 3+X Master’s Degree Program” finalized its agreement in Fall 2010. Students at Zhejiang University may apply for the non-thesis master program at UC Davis during their senior year. Accepted students will spend a quarter of their final year with UC Davis Global Study Program. After successfully completing the Global Study Program and upon receipt of their bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University, students may enroll in the Master’s program at UC Davis. Subject fields include Horticulture and Agronomy; Hydrologic Sciences; Transportation Technology and Policy and Biological Systems Engineering. There were 9 students started this program for academic year 2010-2011.

 International Visits and Training

  • Numbers of delegations from Zhejiang University have visited UC Davis in the past few years. Purposes of visiting include research collaborations within the discipline of Hydrology and Environmental Sustainability.
  • Professor Randy Dahlgren gave a two-weeks long short course on biogeochemistry and Professor Minghua Zhang gave a ten-day short course on precision farming at Zhejiang University.
  • Professor Dennis Rolston gave many seminars on the topic of climate change effects on agriculture.

Academic and cultural Programs

  •  Cultural exchange students from Zhejiang University also visit Davis for a month during summer time, experiencing typical “American” lives. Language courses are offered by the UC Davis Extension Center, focusing on American culture and conversational fluency. Average 50 students per year since 2003.

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UC Davis LAWR Department and Wenzhou Medical University

 Wenzhou Medical University is located at Wenzhou, the third largest city in Zhejiang Province, southeast of China.

Research Collaborations

Wenzhou students
Hydrology Ph.D students investigating Wenzhou Watershed
  • Faculty members at LAWR (Jan Hopmans, Dennis Rolston, Randy Dahlgren and Minghua Zhang) have been involved with the water quality research with faculty members in Wenzhou Medical University on water pollution in Wenzhou watershed.
  • EGIS lab at Wenzhou Medical University was established in the spring of 2008 to further enhance the collaboration. Research collaborations include  environmental toxicology. Water protection video was produced to inform the public about the severe water problem existed in Wenzhou through joint project with UC Davis.

 International Visits and Training

  • Professor Randy Dahlgren had been given short courses and seminars on monitoring water quality and biogeochemistry at Wenzhou Medical University in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
  • Four faculties from Wenzhou Medical University have visited UC Davis to follow up with the possible mitigation methods discussion for severe water pollution problem existed in Wen-Rui Tang River watershed in 2008, 2010.
  • Three Master and PhD students went to UC Davis in the Spring of 2008 and 2010 to advance their knowledge in Hydrology, area of interests included the GIS system and sampling techniques.
  • Wenzhou Medical University website can be found at : http://www.wzmc.edu.cn

UC Davis and Sichuan University

 Research Collaborations

Sichuan University is located at Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, mid-west of China.
    • Jiuzhaigou joint research collaboration coordinated by Ms. DeeDee Kitterman in the college focuses on climate change impacts on water resources, water quality, biodiversity, and ecology.  Several research collaborations focused on Jiuzhaigou wetlands mapping and vegetation covers. Four UC Davis professors went to study in the Jiuzhaigou Park in 2010. The collaborations generated a few major joint publications.  The wetland mapping project led by Professor Minghua Zhang has been completed and the final project was submitted to the Park in 2010.
    • Other Jiuzhaigou related projects such as ecology, hydrology, biodiversity, geomorphology, and vegetation covers were sponsored jointly by Jiuzhaigou National World Heritage Park and Chinese “111” projects, Sichuan University and Jiuzhaigou National World Heritage Park.  UC Davis participants  include Neil van Alfen, DeeDee Kitterman, Mark Schwartz, Joan Florsheim, Dawn Sumner, Mingcheng Luo, Shu Geng, Brian Wearer, Susan Ustin, Minghua Zhang.

     International Visits and Training

    •  Professor Ya Tang and the delegation came to visit us in spring of 2008, summer of 2009.
    • A visiting scholar from Sichuan University came to study at UC Davis for 6 months to strengthen the joint research collaborations under the guidance of Minghua Zhang at LAWR.
    • Professor Susan Ustin , Professor Mark Schwarts, Professor Lousie Jackson and their students went to the Park for research in the summer of 2008, 2009, and 2010.
    • Sichuan University website is http://www.scu.edu

    UC Davis Food Science and Technology and Jiangnan University

     Research Collaborations

    Jiangnan U
    Jiangnan University is located at Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, southeast of China.<br /> http://www.jsu.edu.cn<br />
    • There has been a long association between the Food Science Technology department at UC Davis, and Jiangnan University. Collaborations include joint research projects, academic and student exchange, education and training.
    • The 8th International Conference of Food Science and Technology (ICFST) was held at Davis in 2009, which had over 150 attendees with 55 from China. *

    Student Exchange Program


    •  Other collaboration agreements include one-year exchange student    program. More than 40 students from Jiangnan University had been studying at UC Davis for the past two academic years.


    Contact Minghua Zhang