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Sheepgrass (Leymus chinensis): An Environmentally Friendly Native Grass for Animals

  • Gongshe Liu
  • Xiaoxia Li
  • Qingfen Zhang
  • Presents a comprehensive and systematic overview of the last 10 years of sheepgrass research

  • Provides a valuable tool for breeders and cultivators of sheepgrass and other forage grasses

  • Offers a reference guide for researchers working on other forage and native grasses, and in the grass and forage production industry, as well as those in the government sector responsible for biodiversity and ecological restoration


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Gongshe Liu, Dongmei Qi, Xiaobing Dong, Hui Liu, Shu Liu
    Pages 1-51
  3. Dongmei Qi, Xiaobing Dong, Hui Liu, Gongshe Liu, Shenglin Hou
    Pages 65-83
  4. Junting Jia, Xiaoxia Li, Dongmei Qi
    Pages 85-99
  5. Xiaoxia Li, Zhujiang Liu, Panpan Liu, Guangxiao Yuan, Shu Liu
    Pages 101-115
  6. Mingde Hao, Xiaobing Dong, Xiaoxia Li
    Pages 139-164
  7. Xiaobing Dong, Hongren Sun, Mingde Hao
    Pages 165-179
  8. Qingfen Zhang, Gongshe Liu, Zhongyue Chen
    Pages 181-195
  9. Xiaofeng Li, Qingfen Zhang, Gongshe Liu
    Pages 197-230
  10. Shuangyan Chen, Xin Huang, Xueqing Yan, Lexin Zhang, Pincang Zhao
    Pages 231-245
  11. Liqin Cheng, Xianjun Peng, Man Su, Xiaoxia Li, Qiong Gao, Xingyong Ma
    Pages 247-268

About this book


This book summarizes the latest research on sheepgrass, both in China and around the globe, as well as fundamental information on the topic. Sheepgrass (Leymus chinensis (Trin.) Tzvel) is a key species in the eastern part of the Eurasian steppe and widely distributed in northern China. It is highly adaptable and holds considerable value in terms of animal husbandry and ecology / the environment. Over the past thirty years, Chinese scientists have collected and evaluated a wealth of wild sheepgrass germplasm data, and extensive basic research has been conducted on the plant’s sexual reproduction, yield, quality, and resistance. In addition, methods for utilizing new varieties in different regions have been developed. This book describes the distribution and origin, breeding, cultivation, and sexual reproduction of sheepgrass. It also discusses recent advances concerning its nutrient and water absorption and applications, grazing resistance mechanism, and gene resources mining.


1. Sheepgrass 2. Germplasm 3. Breeding 4. Reproduction 5. Physiology 6. Gene mining

Editors and affiliations

  • Gongshe Liu
    • 1
  • Xiaoxia Li
    • 2
  • Qingfen Zhang
    • 3
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Plant Resources, Institute of BotanyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Plant Resources, Institute of BotanyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Plant Resources, Institute of BotanyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

About the editors

Gongshe Liu studied agronomy at Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in China (1978-1982). From 1982-1986, he studied at the the Universite de Clermont II  and the CNRS in France, and received a Ph.D. in Plant biology and Physiology. Dr. Liu was subsequently a postdoctoral fellow at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1986-1988). He has been working at the Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences since 1989, and is currently the group leader for Grass Genetic Resources and Molecular Breeding. Dr. Liu has engaged in 973 national key research projects, key national transgenic projects, NSFC projects, Chinese Academy of Sciences major and key projects, and many other commissioned projects. He is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences "Road-map up to 2050" group of experts, is an expert for the National Grass Germplasm resources, and Chairman of the Chinese Grassland Society biotechnology committee. He has published over 80 academic papers in various journals including the Journal of Plant Biotechnology, Journal of Experimental Botany, Plant and Cell Physiology, and BMC Genomics, has filed 18 Chinese patents, and has developed three new varieties of Leymus chinensis var. Zhongke 1, 2 and 3. Dr. Liu was awarded first prize by Beijing Science and Technology, and the first prize for science and technology by the Chinese Grassland Society.

Xiaoxia Li has been working at the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2013. Dr. Li’s research focuses on forage genetic resources and the molecular basis of resistance and seed germination of sheepgrass. Her findings have been published in e.g.Journal of Experimental Botany, Plant Biotechnology Journal, Plant and Cell Physiology, BMC Plant Biology, Physiologia Plantarum, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Peer Journal, Plant Molecular Biology Reporter,and Acta Prataculturae Sinica.

Qingfen Zhang is a doctoral graduate student at the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and is an expert at the Renewable Energy Center at the National Development and Reform Commission’s Energy Research Institute, Internet Society of China, and China Quality Certification Center special expert. He has been engaged in research on technology and policy in the related fields of biological industry for over 10 years. As Head of the project and a key member of the national and provincial level projects, Qingfen Zhang has participated in research on more than 50 major strategic, planning and policy issues. He has participated in the writing of more than 10 books, and over 10 papers published in leading journals. Qingfen Zhang has also completed extensive research reports, and received the People’s Government of Beijing Science and Technology Research third prize, the National Energy Administration Soft Science Research second prize, and other provincial and ministerial level scientific and technological achievement awards. 

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