Daping Xu

Daping Xu received his bachelor’s degree in forestry in 1984 from Nanjing Forestry University and then worked at the Research Institute of Tropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry.

His early research was focused on the selection and cultivation of Australian fast growing broad leaf trees in China, especially eucalyptus. Daping also spent time studying at Murdoch University in Australia, where he specialized in improving productivity and sustainable management of eucalypt plantations. He completed his PhD in 2001.

He returned to China as a research professor and his studies focused on water use in eucalyptus plantations. He found that the species used less water in south China than other countries as a result of a smaller vapor pressure deficit, smaller leaf area index and less soil water supply on the mountainous and hilly forest land in the region.

Since 2003, Mr. Xu has also studied trends in the harvesting of high value tropical timber and has conducted feasibility studies around establishing species such as Dalbergia and Pterocarpus in plantations.

Mr. Xu has published more than 80 papers and four books related to forestry.