Bingfeng Zhou

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Curriculum Vitae

Bingfeng Zhou, Ph. D., Professor                            

  College of Animal Sciences (College of Bee Science),

Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University,

  Fuzhou 350002, China


  Population genetics of honeybee (Apis cerana cerana)

 Honey bee ecology


Ph.D. in Agricultural entomology and pest control,Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China.

B.S. in Bee Science, Fujian agricultural college, China.


 The head of management and equipment Function laboratory and the scientist in the position of Chinese honey bee (Apis cerana cerana) breeding of China Agriculture Research System.

 Standing committee member in Apicultural Science Association of China (ASAC).

 Appointed as committee (The Animal Sciences Group including aquiculture and apiculture) of Sub-Committee on Higher Education, teaching materials construction experts committee, Ministry of Agriculture.


Autecology of honeybee. We have been studying the effect of temperature on eggs and capped broods of honeybee. We found that longer durations of low temperature during capped brood led to higher mortality, higher incidences of misorientation inside cells and shorter worker longevity. Capped brood as prepupae and near emergence were more sensitive to low-temperature exposure, while capped larvae and mid-pupal stages showed the highest resistance to low-temperature stress. Our results suggest that prepupae and pupae prior to eclosion are the most sensitive stages to low temperature stress, as they are to other stresses, presumably due to many physiological changes related tometamorphosis happening during these two stages. In addition, we found three dominant phenotypes including newborn vein, protrusion vein and missing vein, in hind wing of Apis cerana cerana (Hymenoptera: Apidae), during capped broods development after lower temperature treatment. We have reported out results in “Journal of Apicultural Research” and “Acta Ecologica Sinica”.

Population genetics of honeybee. We have been studying the genetic diversity and the genetic structure of different populations of Apis cerana cerana, and the genetic differentiation among populations by using morphology, mitochondrion DNA, microsatellite DNA as markers. We have finished a series of studies on Apis cerana cerana from Fujian, Sichuan, Guizhou, Hainan provinces,Changbai Mountain, the Loess Plateau, and across Qinghai-Tibet Plateau-Valley landforms ecological zone. Our studies contributes significantly to the current understanding of the mechanism underlying population genetic differentiation and highlights the potential effects of utilizing genetic resources that are subject to the ecological conditions.


 Published more than 100 papers in agricultural sciences in China, Acta Ecologica Sinica, Acta Entomologica Sinica, Chinese Journal of Applied entomology, Journal of Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (Natural Science Edition), Apiculture of China, Zootaxa.

 The fourth editorial board member of magazine “Apiculture of China”.

 Editor of four professional books, Deputy Editor of three monographs, the senate arranging 3 monographs


 [1] “Beekeeping management”, Author: Bingfeng Zhou, The textbook for the Graduates Majoring in Bee Science Education, Published in 2002, Xiamen University Press, 2002.

 [2] “Experts talk with successful breeders: Practical scheme of modern and efficient bee breeding”, Author: Bingfeng Zhou, Published in 2015, Beijing: Jindun Press

 [3] “Technical guide for honey bee safety production”, Author: Bingfeng Zhou, Published in 2012, Beijing: Agricultural Press


 [1] Bingfeng Zhou, Xiangjie Zhu, Shujing Zhou, Xinjian Xu, Zhongmin Fu. Large scale feeding and management technology of honeybee. Apiculture of China, 2019. (1): 18-21

 [2] Bingfeng Zhou, Xiangjie Zhu, Shujing Zhou, Xinjian Xu, Zhongmin Fu. Discuss On the quality of honey in China. Apiculture of China, 2018. (10): 52-53

 [3] Bingfeng Zhou, Shujing Zhou,Xiangjie Zhu, Xinjian Xu. Genetic resources of Apis cerana cerana in China. Apiculture of China, 2018. (5): 17-21

 [4] Bingfeng Zhou. Discuss on the development of beekeeping mechanization in China. Apiculture of China, 2018. (2): 24-25

 [5] Yinglong Yu, Shujing Zhou, Xiangjie Zhu, Xinjian Xu, Wenfeng Wang, Luo Zha, Ping Wang, Jianwen Wang, Kang Lai, Shunhai Wang, Lunan Hao and Bingfeng Zhou*. 2019. Genetic Differentiation of Eastern Honey Bee (Apis cerana) Populations Across Qinghai-Tibet Plateau-Valley Landforms. Frontiers in Genetics, 2019, 10: 483.

 [6] Qing Wang, Xinjian Xu, Xiangjie Zhu, Lin Chen, Shujing Zhou, ZacharyY. Huang, Bingfeng Zhou*. Low-Temperature Stress during CappedBrood Stage Increases Pupal Mortality,Misorientation and Adult Mortality in HoneyBees. PLoS ONE. 2016,11(5): e0154547. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154547

 [7] Huiping Guo, Shujing Zhou,Xiangjie Zhu,Xinjian Xu,Yinglong Yu, Kaijie Yang, Daoyin Chen, Bingfeng Zhou*. Population genetic analysis of Apis cerana cerana from the Qinling-Daba mountain areas based on microsatellite DNA. Acta Entomologica Sinica, 2016, 59( 3) : 337- 345

 [8] Lin Chen, Xinjian Xu, Xiangjie Zhu,Shujing Zhou, Qing Wang, Zhenbang Hao, Bingfeng Zhou*. Effects of low temperature stress on hatching rate and developmental duration of fertilized eggs of Italian honeybees (Apis mellifera ligustica). Journal of Environmental entomology. 2017, 39(1): 111-117

 [9] Lin Chen, Xinjian Xu, Qing Wang, Xiangjie Zhu, Zhenbang Hao, Shujing Zhou,Bingfeng Zhou*. Effects of low temperature on unfertilized honeybee (Apis mellifera ligustica) eggs. Chinese Journal of Applied Entomology. 2016, 53(3): 574-580

(Note: * Corresponding author)


 The leader of over 10 research programs and total subject funding more than 800 million from The National Fund Project, The natural science foundation of Fujian Province, Seminar on the national key science and technology program, The Education Department of Fujian province science and technology project, According to the project of Fujian Province Agricultural Science and education, The government of Fujian province Promotion project, Higher school science and technology project of Fujian Province, Sub-project under National Science and Technology Support Program, Special Fund for Agro-scientific Research in the Public Interest, the earmarked fund for China Agriculture Research System, and opening fund of monitoring and controlling tropical agricultural and forest invasive alien pests opening key laboratory of ministry of agriculture.

Contact Information:

 Prof. BingfengZhou

College of Animal Sciences (College of Bee Science)

 Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University

15#,RdShangxia Dian, Cangshan District,

 Fuzhou, Fujian, China