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Recently, Professor Zhang Dabing of SJTU was included in a name list announced byAmerican Society of Plant Biologists (APSB), which recognized the authors of the most highly cited papers published between 2009 and 2013. Altogether nine Asian scientists were acknowledged in the list and Professor Zhang was the only scientist from mainland China.

APSB was founded in 1924 and has been committed to boosting the advancement and development of plant biology, fostering research as well as publishing the latest results in the area, enhancing plant biologists' research interests and helping them score achievements in their research areas. The APSB publishes two journals, including Plant Cell (founded in 1989 and having an average impact factor of 10.529 in the past five years) and Plant Physiology (found in 1926 and having an average impact factor of 8.03 in the past five years), which are both respected as the authoritative journals on botany.

APSB first introduced the authors of the most highly cited papers in 2009, mainly covering scientists from North America and Europe. This year, APSB analyzed the global citations to Plant Cell and Plant Physiology for papers published between 2009 and 2013, and listed the authors from Asia, Australia, North America, Middle East and Africa. Professor Zhang has conducted systematic research into reproduction and development with respect to rice and other plants, revealing multiple molecular mechanisms that control the formation of rice inflorescence, rice flower organs, and rice pollen. Between 2009 and 2013, Professor Zhang published 8 papers in Plant Cell and 9 in Plant Physiology, which are all highly cited. As a result, he was include in the list as the only scientist from mainland China.

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