Seeds of Botany

April 3, 2018

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Em­i­nent botanist and ed­u­ca­tor Zhong Yang is re­mem­bered in a pro­file for Newschina’s Chi­nese edi­tion. The pro­fes­sor died aged 53 in a car crash in Or­dos, In­ner Mon­go­lia Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion, in Septem­ber of 2017, while on his way to de­liver a lec­ture at a lo­cal uni­ver­sity. The for­mer head of the Grad­u­ate School of Fu­dan Uni­ver­sity and a guest pro­fes­sor at Ti­bet Uni­ver­sity, Zhong de­voted his life to fron­tier eco­log­i­cal re­search and ed­u­ca­tion, and his three-decade ca­reer fo­cused on bio­di­ver­sity in the Qing­hai-ti­bet Plateau. He trained botanists at Ti­bet Uni­ver­sity, launch­ing its mas­ter and doc­toral pro­grams in ecol­ogy. Zhong and his team trav­eled to places that no botanist had ever been, reach­ing more than 6,000 me­ters above sea level on the north­ern slope of Mount Qo­molangma, known as Mount Ever­est in the West. Over the years, he col­lected at least 40 mil­lion seeds from more than 1,000 species of flora, in­clud­ing a mighty cy­press unique to the re­gion. Stu­dents erected a ban­ner com­mem­o­rat­ing Zhong at Fu­dan Uni­ver­sity shortly af­ter his death. It read: “Ev­ery seed pro­fes­sor Zhong has left will root and sprout.”

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