Shutian Tao


Shutian Tao, is a visiting scholar from P. R. China. He is doing his Ph.D. degree on peroxidase role in lignin biosynthesis which induces formation of stone cells and reduces fruit quality in pear (pyrus), at the College of Horticulture and College of Life Science, Nanjing Agricultural University, under the supervision of professor Shaoling Zhang . 

Presently, he is working at the Fruit Breeding and Physiology laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Shahrokh Khanizadeh, at Horticultural Research and Development Center of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on the relationship between the selected antioxidants content and incidence of the grey mould (Botrytis cinerea) on strawberry fruit. The goal is to develop a technique to select for fruit quality, shelf life while increasing the disease resistance.  



Shutian Tao & Carmen Beldica - harvesting the raspberries