Yiwei Jiang

Professor of Agronomy

Department: Agronomy
Phone: 765.494.0651
Fax: 765.494.0651
Office: Lilly 2-367
E-mail: yjiang@purdue.edu

Curriculum Vitae​​​​​

Area of Expertise: Turfgrass Physiology  

Research Areas

Research emphasis is on understanding physiological, molecular and genetic basis of abiotic stress tolerance in grass species used for turf, forage and bioenergy. Current research interests include:
• Phenotypic trait characterization
• Gene and protein identification
• Marker-trait association mapping


Yu, X., P.M. Pijut, S. Byrne, T. Asp, G. Bai, and Y. Jiang. 2015. Candidate gene based association mapping of winter survival and spring regrowth in perennial ryegrass. Plant Science 235: 37-45.

Liu, M. and Y. Jiang. 2015. Genotypic variation in growth and metabolic responses of perennial ryegrass exposed to short-term waterlogging and submergence stress. Plant Physiology & Biochemistry 95: 57-64

Zong, J., Y. Gao, J. Chen, H. Guo, Y. Wang, F. Meng, Y. Jiang, and J. Liu. 2015. Growth and enzymatic activity of four warm-season turfgrass species exposed to waterlogging. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 140: 151-162.

Cui, Y., J. Wang, X. Wang, and Y. Jiang. 2015. Phenotypic and genotypic diversity for drought tolerance among and within perennial ryegrass accessions. HortScience 50: 1148–1154.

Huang, B., M. DaCosta, and Y. Jiang. 2014. Research advances in mechanisms of turfgrass tolerance to abiotic stresses: from physiology to molecular biology. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 33:141–189.   

Wang, X., Z. Yang, M. Wang, L. Meng, Y. Jiang, and Y. Han. 2014. The BRANCHING ENZYME1 gene, encoding a glycoside hydrolase family 13 protein, is required for in vitro plant regeneration in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 117:279–291.

Tang, J., X. Yu, N. Luo, F. Xiao, J. Camberato, and Y. Jiang. 2013. Natural variation of salinity response, population structure and candidate genes associated with salinity tolerance in perennial ryegrass accessions. Plant Cell & Environment 36:2021-2033.

Yu, X., G. Bai, S. Liu, N. Luo, Y. Wang, D. S. Richmond, P.M. Pijut, S.A. Jackson, J. Yu, and Y. Jiang. 2013. Association of candidate genes with drought tolerance traits in diverse perennial ryegrass accessions. Journal of Experimental Botany 64: 1537–1551.

Tang, J., J. Camberato, X. Yu, N. Luo, and Y. Jiang. 2013. Growth response, carbohydrate and ion accumulation of diverse perennial ryegrass accessions to increasing salinity. Scientia Horticulturae 154: 73–81. 

Wang, K., Jiang, Y., 2013. The effects of excess short-term irrigation on the growth and physiology of creeping bentgrass sand and soil greens. International Turfgrass Research Journal 12: 517-522.    

Rutledge, J., J.J. Volenec, Y. Jiang, and Z.J. Reicher. 2012. Physiological changes in roughstalk bluegrass exposed to high temperature. Crop Science 52: 869-878.

Yu, X., N. Luo, J. Yan, J. Tang, S. Liu, and Y. Jiang. 2012.  Differential growth response and carbohydrate metabolism of global collection of perennial ryegrass accessions to submergence and recovery following de-submergence. Journal of Plant Physiology 169: 1040-1049.

Jiang, Y., Y. Yao and Y. Wang. 2012. Physiological response, cell wall components, and gene expression of switchgrass under short-term drought stress and recovery. Crop Science 52: 2718–2727.

Luo, N., X. Yu, J. Liu, and Y. Jiang. 2012. Nucleotide diversity and linkage disequilibrium in antioxidant genes of Brachypodium distachyon. Plant Science 197: 122–129.

Luo, N., J. Liu, X. Yu, and Y. Jiang. 2011. Natural variation in drought response of Brachypodium distachyon. Physiologia Plantarum 141:19-29.

Yu, X., G. Bai, N. Luo, Z. Chen, S. Liu, J. Liu, S. Warnke, and Y. Jiang. 2011. Association of simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers with submergence tolerance in diverse populations of perennial ryegrass. Plant Science 180: 391-398.

Liu, S. and Y. Jiang. 2010. Identification of differentially expressed genes in perennial ryegrass under drought stress. Physiologia Plantarum 139: 375-387.

Jiang, Y., E. Watkins, S. Liu, X. Yu, and N. Luo. 2010. Antioxidative responses and expression of candidate genes in prairie junegrass under drought stress. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 135: 303-309.

Wang, K., S. Bian, and Y. Jiang. 2009. Anaerobic metabolism of roots in Kentucky bluegrass in response to short-term waterlogging alone and in combination with high temperatures. Plant and Soil 314: 221-229.  

Jiang, Y., H. Liu, and V. Cline. 2009. Correlations of leaf relative water content, canopy temperature, and spectral reflectance in perennial ryegrass under water deficit conditions. HortScience 44: 459-462. 

Bian, S. and Y. Jiang. 2009. Reactive oxygen species, antioxidant enzyme activities, and gene expression patterns in leaves and roots of Kentucky bluegrass in response to drought stress and recovery. Scientia Horticulturae 120: 264-270.

Wang, Y., C.A. Bigelow, and Y. Jiang. 2009. Ploidy level and DNA content of perennial ryegrass germplasm as determined by flow cytometry. HortScience 44: 2049-2052. 

Wang, K. and Y. Jiang. 2007a. Antioxidant responses of creeping bentgrass roots to waterlogging. Crop Science 47: 232-238.

Wang, K. and Y. Jiang. 2007b. Waterlogging tolerance of Kentucky bluegrass cultivars. HortScience 43: 386-390.

Jiang, Y. and R.N. Carrow. 2007. Broadband spectral reflectance models of turfgrass species and cultivars to drought stress. Crop Science 47: 1161-1618.            

Jiang, Y. and K. Wang. 2006. Growth, physiological and anatomical responses of creeping bentgrass cultivars to different depths of waterlogging. Crop Science 46: 2420- 2426.

Jiang, Y. and R.N. Carrow. 2005. Assessment of canopy narrow-band spectral reflectance and turfgrass performance under drought stress. HortScience 40: 242-245.

Jiang, Y., R.N. Carrow, and R.R. Duncan. 2005. Physiological acclimation of seashore paspalum and bermudagrass to low light. Scientia Horticulturae 105: 101-115.

Jiang, Y., R.R. Duncan, and R.N. Carrow. 2004. Assessment of low light tolerance of seashore paspalum and bermudagrass. Crop Science 44: 587-595.           

Jiang, Y., R.N. Carrow, and R.R. Duncan. 2003.  Correlation analysis procedures for canopy spectral reflectance data of seashore paspalum under traffic stress. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 128: 343-348.

Jiang, Y., R.N. Carrow, and R. Duncan. 2003. Effects of morning and afternoon shade in combination with traffic stress on seashore paspalum. HortScience 38: 1218-1222.

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2002. Protein alterations in tall fescue in response to water stress and abscisic acid. Crop Science 42: 202-208.

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2001. Effects of calcium on antioxidant metabolism and water relations associated with heat tolerance in two cool-season grasses. Journal of Experimental Botany 52: 341-349.

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2001. Osmotic adjustment and root growth associated with drought-preconditioning enhanced heat tolerance in Kentucky bluegrass. Crop Science 41: 1168-1173.

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2001. Drought and heat stress injury to two cool-season turfgrasses in relation to antioxidant metabolisms and lipid peroxidation. Crop Science 41: 436-442.

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2001. Responses of photosynthesis and water relations to heat stress alone or in combination with drought: A comparison of tall fescue and perennial ryegrass. HortScience 36: 682-686.

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2001. Effects of calcium on physiological responses of tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass to drought stress. International Turfgrass Research Journal 9: 297-302.

Jiang, Y. and B. Huang. 2000. Effects of drought or heat stress alone and in combination on Kentucky bluegrass. Crop Science 40: 1358-1362.



AGRY 598 (10372) Plant Eco-physiology (3 credits)
AGRY 598 (10826) Environmental Stress Management for Turfgrass (1 credit)

Professional Experiences

201-present, Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
2011-2016, Associate Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
2005-2011, Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
2001-2004, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, The University of Georgia
1998-2001, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreational Resources, Kansas State University
1992-1997, Research Associate, Beijing Vegetable Research Center, China
1989-1992, Graduate Research Assistant. Department of Basic Sciences, Shenyang Agricultural University, China

Awards and Honors

2012, Agricultural Research Spotlight, Purdue University

2011, Ph.D. Outstanding Research Award (Mr. Xiaoqing Yu), major advisor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University

2010, Outstanding Graduate Paper Award (Mr. Xiaoqing Yu), 2 nd Place Poster (co-author and major advisor). C-5 section, Crop Science Society of America, Long Beach, CA

2008, Outstanding Graduate Paper Award (Ms. Ying Wang), 3rd Place Poster (co-author and major advisor). C-5 section, Crop Science Society of America, Huston, TX

2007, Master Outstanding Research Award (Mr. Kehua Wang), major advisor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University

1999, Outstanding Graduate Paper Award, 2nd Place Poster. C-5 section, Crop Science Society of America, Salt Lake City, UT



B.Sc., 1989, Horticulture, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, China
M.Sc.,1992, Agronomy, Shenyang Agricultural University, China
Ph.D., 2001, Horticulture, Kansas State University

Date joined staff: January 2005