College of Grassland Science and TechnologyCollege of Grassland Science and Technology

Prof. Long ZHANG


Professor of Entomology, China Agricultural University

Director of Key Laboratory for Biological Control, Ministry of Agriculture

Head of National Research Group for Locust Control

Director of Orthopteran Insect Branch Committee of Chinese Entomology Society

Member of Plant Protection Specialist Consulting Committee of Ministry of Agriculture, China

Representatives of Orthopterist’ Society in China, Korea and North Korea.


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 Education and work experiences

Jul. 1994-present. China Agricultural University.

Jan, 2005-Apr. 2005. Texas A&M University.

Jan, 1996 – Oct, 1996. University of Pisa.

1991-1994. Department of Entomology, Beijing Agricultural University for Ph.D. degree in Biological Control of Insect Pests Lab.

1988-1991. Department of Plant Protection, Beijing Agricultural University for MS degree in Biological Control of Insect Pests Lab.

1981-1985. Department of Agronomy, Inner Mongolia Agricultural and Animal Husbandry College for BS degree of agriculture.


Contributions to locust control in China

I have engaged in locust and grasshopper control for 30 years. As leaders for more than 20 projects on locust and grasshopper management, I have developed practical and advanced technological system of locust and grasshopper control in China. This system consists of biological control, information platform, and automatic monitoring technology. And this system has been used widely in China. I have promoted Nosema locustae, a biocontrol agent to be registered firstly in China in 2014, and established two insectaries to massively produce the biological control agent, and developed several programs for biological control in different types of ecosystems. I demonstrated the new technologies, such as biological control agents, information platform, and automatic monitoring method in locust and grasshoppers control widely in China, and encouraged biological control of locust and grasshopper from less 10% in late of 1990s to over 40% in 2017 in China. I have trained more than 200,00 technicians and farmers in locust control since 1994.


Contributions to locust control in other countries

I have been selected as senior technical consultant for FAO (2017-2018). During this period I have made contributions in promoting and establishing biological control and monitoring methods of the Yellow spined bamboo locust in Lao and Vietnam where have suffered serious locust plague since 2014. During the mission I have designed and demonstrated the technologies and trained over 300 technicians. And my contributions were highly accepted by National governments of Lao and Vietnam.

Since 2014, I have enjoined bilateral technical workshops between China and Kazakhstan in locust control annually. During the workshop I was invited to have given featured presentations.


Selected Honors and Awards 

2019,got Sir Boris Uvarov award in applied acridology by International Orthopterists’ Society in recognition of extensice contributions to locust and grasshopper management in China and beyond.

In 2013, as chairman of local organization committee I organized 11th International Congress of Orthopterology, in Kunming, China.

2004, awarded by China Agricultural University as one of outstanding supervisor of Ph.D candidate.

2001, awarded by National Ministry of Education as the contributors for outstanding work contributed to promoting progressive of science and technology in biological control of locust plague.

2001, awarded by National Plant Protection Society as an outstanding young scientist.

2013, awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture of China as the first place of contributors for outstanding work in locust control (First place in the first place prize).


Selected Publications (* correspondent author)

1.Ban L.,A. Scaloni, C. D. Ambrosio, L. Zhang, Y. Yan, and P. Pelosi. Biochemical Characterization and Bacterial Expression of An Odorant-binding Protein from Locusta migratoria. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 2003, 60:390-400

2.Cui Xiaojie, Wu Caihong, Zhang Long*. Electrophysiological response patterns of 16 olfactory neurons from the trichoid sensilla to odorant from fecal volatiles in the locust, Locusta migratoria manilensis. Arch. Insect Biochem Physiol., 2011, 77(2):45-57

3.Guo M., Krieger J., Wilde E.-G., Mißbach C., Zhang L*., Breer H. Variant ionotropic receptors are expressed in olfactory sensory neurons. International Journal of Biological Sciences, 2014,10(1)1-4

4.Jin X., A. Brandazza, A. Navarrini, L. Ban, S. Zhang, R. A. Steinbrecht, L. Zhang*, and P. Pelosi.  Expression and immunolocalisation of odorant-binding and chemosensory proteins in locusts. Cellullar and Molecullar Life Sciences, 2005, 62:1156-1166

5.Jin X., and Long Zhang*. 2011 Molecular Recognition of Odorant binding Proteins in Insect Olfaction (Chapter 7). In “Molecular recognition: Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering and Material Application” Editor: Jason A. McEvoy. Nova Science Publishers Inc.

6.Jin X., Shangan Zhang and Long Zhang*. Expression of odorant-binding and chemosensory proteins and spatial map of chemosensilla on labial palps of Locusta migratoria (Orthoptera: Acrididae). Arthropod Structure and Development, 2006, 47-56

7.Li Jia, Zhang Long*. Indication of bioactive candidates among body volatiles of gregarious adult locusts Locusta migratoria manilensis by electroantennography (EAG) test. African Journal of Biotechnology, 2011, 10(45):9170-9176

8.Li L., D Zhu, S Ye, X Yao, J Li, N Zhang, Y Han and L Zhang*. Design and implementation of GIS, RS, and GPS based information platform for locust control. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 2014, 8: 084899-1-12

9.Jiang Q., Wei-Xuan Wang, Ziding Zhang, Long Zhang*. Binding Specificity of Locust Odorant Binding Protein and its Key Binding Site for Initial Recognition of Alcohols. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2009, 39:440-447

10.Xu H., Guo M., Yang Y., You Y., Zhang L*. Differential expression of two novel odorant receptors in the locust (Locusta migratoria). BMC Neuroscience, 2013,14(1), 50

11.Yang Y., Krieger J., Zhang L*., Breer H. The olfactory co-receptor Orco from the migratory locust (Locusta migratoria) and the desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria): identification and expression pattern. Inter J. Bio. Sci., 2012, 8(2), 159

12.Yu F., S. Zhang, Long Zhang and P. Pelosi.  Intriguing similarities between two novel odorant-binding proteins of locusts. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2009, 365:369-374.

13.Yu Y., Shangan Zhang, Long Zhang*, Xingbo Zhao. Developmental expression of odorant-binding proteins and chemosensory proteins in the embryos of Locusta migratoria. Archives of insect biochemistry and physiology, 2009, 71: 105–115

14.Yu Y., Xiaojie Cui, Quanyong Jiang, Xin Jin, Zhiyong Guo, Xingbo Zhao, Yuping Bi, Long Zhang*.  New isoforms of Odorant-Binding Proteins and Potential Semiochemicals of Locusts. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, 2007, 65:39-49

15.Yu Y., Zhou Shuhui, Zhang Shangan, Zhang Long. Fine structure of the sensilla and immunolocalisation of odorant binding proteins in the cerci of the migratory locust, Locusta migratoria. J Insect Sci. 2011, 11:50.

16.Zheng J., J Li, L Han, Y Wang, W Wua, X Qi, Y Tao, Long Zhang, Z Zhang, Z Chen. Crystal structure of the Locusta migratoria odorant binding protein. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2015, 456:737-742,

17.Zhou S., Shangan Zhang and Long Zhang*. The chemosensilla on tarsi of Locusta migratoria (Orthoptera: Acrididae): distribution, ultrastructure, expression of chemosensory proteins. Journal of Morphology, 2009, 1359-1363

18.Zhou X, L Ban, I Iovinella, L Zhao, Q Gao, A Felicioli, S Sagona, G Pieraccini, P Pelosi, L Zhang* and F Dani. Diversity, abundance, and sex-specific expression of chemosensory proteins in the reproductive organs of the locust Locusta migratoria manilensis. Bio Chemi, 2013, 394(1)43-54

19.Zhou X., Zhang Long*. Selection of Antonospora locustae (Protozoa: Microsporidae) with higher virulence against Locusta migratoria manilensis (Orthoptera: Acrididae). Biocontrol Science and Technology, 2009, 19(4):421-427.

20.Zhou, S.; J. Zhang; S. Zhang and L. Zhang*. Expression of chemosensory proteins in hairs on wings of Locusta migratoria (Orthoptera: Acrididae). Journal of Applied Entomology, 2008, 132:439-450

21.Zhang P, Y You, Y Song, Y Wang, Long Zhang* 2015. First record of Aspergillus oryzae (Eurotiales:Trichocomaceae) as an entomopathogenic fungus of the locust, Locusta migratoria (Orthoptera: Acrididae). Biocontrol Science and Technology, 25, 1285–1298.

22.Zhang S., B. Pang, Long Zhang* 2015. Novel odorant-binding proteins and their expression patterns in grasshopper, Oedaleus asiaticus. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2015, 460:274-280.

23.Jia Li, Long Zhang*, and Xiaoqi Wang 2016 An odorant-binding protein involved in perception of host plant odorants in locust, Locusta migratoria. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, 91, 221–229.

24.Mingyue Lv, Amr Ahmed Mohamed, Liwei Zhang, Pengfei Zhang, Long Zhang* 2016. A Family of CSαβ Defensins and Defensin-Like Peptides from the Migratory Locust, Locusta migratoria, and Their Expression Dynamics during Mycosis and Nosemosis. PLOS ONE, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0161585.

25.Amr A. Mohamed, Long Zhang, Moataza A. Dorrah, Mohamed Elmogy, Hesham A. Yousef, Taha T.M. Bassal, Bernard Duvic. 2016. Molecular characterization of a c-type lysozyme from the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria (Orthoptera: Acrididae) Developmental and Comparative Immunology, 61 (2016) 60-69.

26. Longxin Chen, Runting Li, Yinwei You, Kun Zhang, Long Zhang* 2017 A Novel Spore Wall Protein from Antonospora locustae (Microsporidia: Nosematidae) Contributing to Sporulation. J Eukaryot Microbiol. 64(6), 779–791. doi:10.1111/jeu.12410.

27. Xiao Xu, Yinwei You, Long Zhang* 2017 Localization of odorant receptor genes in locust antennae by RNA in situ hybridization. JOVE. (125), e55924, doi:10.3791/55924 (2017).

28. Liwei Zhang, Hongwei Li and Long Zhang* 2017 Two Olfactory Pathways To Detect Aldehydes On Locust Mouthpart. International Journal of Biological Sciences, 2017; 13(6): 759-771.

29. Hongwei Li, Peng Wang, Liwei Zhang, Xiao Xu, Zewen Cao and Long Zhang* 2018 Expressions of Olfactory Proteins in Locust Olfactory Organs and a Palp Odorant Receptor Involved in Plant Aldehydes Detection. Frontiers in Physiology: 9, doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.00663.

30. Hongwei Li Yinwei You and Long Zhang* 2018 Single Sensillum Recordings for Locust Palp Sensilla Basiconica. JOVE. e57863, doi:10.3791/57863.

31. Liwei Zhang, Pengfei Zhang and Long Zhang*. 2018 Epizootics of the entomopathogenic fungus, Entomophaga grylli (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae), in a grasshopper population in Northwest China. Biocontrol Science and Technology, 28:9, 848-857, DOI: 10.1080/09583157.2018.1499873

32. Jia Li and Long Zhang 2018 Two sex-specific volatile compounds have sex-specific repulsion effects on adult locust, Locusta migratoria manilensis (meyen) (Orthoptera: Acrididae) Entomological News 127 (4): 293.

33. Long Zhang*, Michel Lecoq, Alexandre Letchininsky, and David Hunter 2019 Locust and grasshopper management. Annual Review of Entomology, 64:15–34.

34. Michel Lecoq, Long Zhang 2019 Encyclopedia of pest Orthoptera of the world. China Agricultural University Press.