Primary research responsibilities are in peanut breeding, genetics, and genomics.

In addition to the breeding effort, second focus of my research program is to understand the genetic principles of important agronomic traits in peanut; to map quantitative trait loci (QTLs) underlying the desired traits in peanuts; to explore genetic potential for peanut improvement, and to discover new genes related to desirable agronomic and seed quality traits. Ongoing projects include the research to identify drought-induced genes and to associate and map the genes or alleles that control leaf spot disease resistance in peanuts.

Subject Area: Peanut Breeding & Genetics

Areas: Soil Microbiology – Dr. Feng’s research focuses on microbial processes that are important to environmental quality and soil productivity. Her lab  studies soil microbial community structure in agricultural and forest ecosystems, symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legume crops, microbial degradation of organic pollutants, and microbial water quality. 

Environmental Science, Agronomy
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Plant Breeding and Genetics, 2002
MS, China Agricultural University, China, 1990
BS, China Agricultural University, China, 1984