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PENG Yanqiong
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88 Xuefu Road, Kunming, 650223, Yunnan, China





2003.2-2005.12. Ph.D., Evolutionary Ecology, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

1997.9-2000.6. M.Sc., Entomology, Yunnan Agricultural University.

1993.9-1997.6. B.Sc., Agronomy, Yunnan Agricultural University.


Career History

2000.7-2002.9. Research Intern, Xisghuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2002.10-2006.2. Assistant Professor, Xisghuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2006.3-2011.12. Associate Professor, Xisghuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2012.1-Present. Professor, Xisghuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences


1) Co-evolution of fig and fig wasps.

2) The interactions of Cordyceps sinensis and Hepialous armoricanus.




  1.Liu C, Guenard B, Blanchard B, Peng YQ, Economo EP: Reorganization of taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic ant biodiversity after conversion to rubber plantation. Ecol Monogr 2016, 86(2):215-227. 

  2.Li ZT, Peng YQ, Wen XL, Jander KC: Selective resource allocation may promote a sex ratio in pollinator fig wasps more beneficial for the host tree. Scientific Reports 2016, 6. 

  3.Kong Y, Wang R, Yang DR, Sreekar R, Peng YQ, Compton SG: Non-pollinator fig wasp impact on the reproductive success of an invasive fig tree: why so little? Biocontrol Sci Technol 2016, 26(10):1432-1443. 

  4.Gu D, Yang DR, Yang P, Peng YQ, Wang ZJ: Work division of floral scent compounds in mediating pollinator behaviours. Chemistry and Ecology 2016, 32(8):733-741. 

  5.Bain A, Borges RM, Chevallier MH, Vignes H, Kobmoo N, Peng YQ, Cruaud A, Rasplus JY, Kjellberg F, Hossaert-Mckey M: Geographic structuring into vicariant species-pairs in a wide-ranging, high-dispersal plant-insect mutualism: the case of Ficus racemosa and its pollinating wasps. Evolutionary Ecology 2016, 30(4):663-684. 

  6.Yang LY, Machado CA, Dang XD, Peng YQ, Yang DR, Zhang DY, Liao WJ: The incidence and pattern of copollinator diversification in dioecious and monoecious figs. Evolution 2015, 69(2):294-304. 

  7.Wang R, Compton SG, Quinnell RJ, Peng YQ, Barwell L, Chen Y: Insect responses to host plant provision beyond natural boundaries: latitudinal and altitudinal variation in a Chinese fig wasp community. Ecol Evol 2015, 5(17):3642-3656. 

  8.Wang R, Aylwin R, Barwell L, Chen XY, Chen Y, Chou LS, Cobb J, Collette D, Craine L, Giblin-Davis RM et al: The fig wasp followers and colonists of a widely introduced fig tree, Ficus microcarpa. Insect Conservation and Diversity 2015, 8(4):322-336. 

  9.Liu GX, Yang DR, Peng YQ, Compton SG: Complementary fruiting phenologies facilitate sharing of one pollinator fig wasp by two fig trees. Journal of Plant Ecology 2015, 8(2):197-206. 

  10.Liu C, Garcia FH, Peng YQ, Economo EP: Aenictus yangi sp.n. - a new species of the A. ceylonicus species group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Dorylinae) from Yunnan, China. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 2015, 42:33-45. 

  11.Chen HH, Peng YQ, Zhang Y, Corlett RT: Winter cropping in Ficus tinctoria: an alternative strategy. Scientific Reports 2015, 5. 

  12.Zhao JB, Peng YQ, Quinnell RJ, Compton SG, Yang DR: A switch from mutualist to exploiter is reflected in smaller egg loads and increased larval mortalities in a 'cheater' fig wasp. Acta Oecologica-International Journal of Ecology 2014, 57:51-57. 

  13.Zhang Y, Peng YQ, Compton SG, Yang DR: Premature Attraction of Pollinators to Inaccessible Figs of Ficus altissima: A Search for Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences. PLoS One 2014, 9(1). 

  14.Wang R, Matthews A, Ratcliffe J, Barwell LJ, Peng YQ, Chou LS, Yu H, Yang HW, Compton SG: First record of an apparently rare fig wasp feeding strategy: obligate seed predation. Ecological Entomology 2014, 39(4):492-500. 

  15.Peng Y-Q, Zhang Y, Compton SG, Yang D-R: Fig wasps from the centre of figs have more chances to mate, more offspring and more female-biased offspring sex ratios. Animal Behaviour 2014, 98(0):19-25. 

  16.Peng YQ, Zhang Y, Compton SG, Yang DR: Fig wasps from the centre of figs have more chances to mate, more offspring and more female-biased offspring sex ratios. Animal Behaviour 2014, 98:19-25. 

  17.Martinson EO, Jander KC, Peng YQ, Chen HH, Machado CA, Arnold AE, Herre EA: Relative investment in egg load and poison sac in fig wasps: Implications for physiological mechanisms underlying seed and wasp production in figs. Acta Oecologica-International Journal of Ecology 2014, 57:58-66. 

  18.Li ZB, Yang P, Peng YQ, Yang DR: Ultrastructure and distribution of sensilla on the antennae of female fig wasp Eupristina sp (Hymenoptera: Agaonidae). Acta Zoologica 2014, 95(1):73-83. 

  19.Chantarasuwan B, Peng YQ, Baas P, Rasplus JY, van Heuven BJ, van Welzen PC: Ficus cornelisiana, a new species of Ficus subsection Urostigma (Moraceae) from the Sino-himalayan region. Blumea 2014, 59(1):6-9. 

  20.Basso-Alves JP, Pereira RAS, Peng YQ, Teixeira SP: Different ontogenetic processes promote dicliny in Ficus L. (Moraceae). Acta Oecologica-International Journal of Ecology 2014, 57:5-16. 

  21.Ma YC, Peng YQ, Yang DR: Description of two new species of Walkerella (Pteromalidae, Otitesellinae) from China with a key to species of the genus. Zootaxa 2013, 3702(5):473-483. 

  22.Liu C, Yang DR, Compton SG, Peng YQ: Larger Fig Wasps Are More Careful About Which Figs to Enter - With Good Reason. PLoS One 2013, 8(9). 

  23.Chen HH, Yang DR, Gu D, Compton SG, Peng YQ: Secondary galling: a novel feeding strategy among "non-pollinating' fig wasps from Ficus curtipes. Ecological Entomology 2013, 38(4):381-389. 

  24.Zhang Y, Yang DR, Peng YQ, Compton SG: Costs of inflorescence longevity for an Asian fig tree and its pollinator. Evolutionary Ecology 2012, 26(3):513-527. 

  25.Yang P, Li ZB, Peng YQ, Yang DR: Exchange of hosts: can agaonid fig wasps reproduce successfully in the figs of non-host Ficus? Naturwissenschaften 2012, 99(3):199-205. 

  26.Kusumi J, Azuma H, Tzeng HY, Chou LS, Peng YQ, Nakamura K, Su ZH: Phylogenetic analyses suggest a hybrid origin of the figs (Moraceae: Ficus) that are endemic to the Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands, Japan. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 2012, 63(1):168-179. 

  27.Gu D, Yang DR, Compton SG, Peng YQ: Age at pollination modifies relative male and female reproductive success in a monoecious fig tree. Symbiosis 2012, 57(2):73-81. 

  28.Gu D, Compton SG, Peng YQ, Yang DR: 'Push' and 'pull' responses by fig wasps to volatiles released by their host figs. Chemoecology 2012, 22(4):217-227. 

  29.Garcia M, Bain A, Tzeng HY, Peng YQ, Chou LS, Kjellberg F: PORTABLE MICROSATELLITE PRIMERS FOR FICUS (MORACEAE). American Journal of Botany 2012, 99(5):E187-E192. 

  30.Miao BG, Yang DR, Liu C, Peng YQ, Compton SG: The impact of a gall midge on the reproductive success of Ficus benjamina, a potentially invasive fig tree. Biological Control 2011, 59(2):228-233. 

  31.Liu C, Yang DR, Peng YQ: Body size in a pollinating fig wasp and implications for stability in a fig-pollinator mutualism. Entomologia Experimentalis Et Applicata 2011, 138(3):249-255. 

  32.Cruaud A, Jabbour-Zahab R, Genson G, Kjellberg F, Kobmoo N, van Noort S, Yang DR, Peng YQ, Ubaidillah R, Hanson PE et al: Phylogeny and evolution of life-history strategies in the Sycophaginae non-pollinating fig wasps (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea). Bmc Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11. 

  33.Cruaud A, Jabbour-Zahab R, Genson G, Couloux A, Peng YQ, Rong YD, Ubaidillah R, Pereira RAS, Kjellberg F, van Noort S et al: Out of Australia and back again: the world-wide historical biogeography of non-pollinating fig wasps (Hymenoptera: Sycophaginae). Journal of Biogeography 2011, 38(2):209-225. 

  34.Wang ZJ, Zhang FP, Peng YQ, Bai LF, Yang DR: Comparison of reproductive strategies in two externally ovipositing non-pollinating fig wasps. Symbiosis 2010, 51(2):181-186. 

  35.Wang ZJ, Peng YQ, Compton SG, Yang DR: Reproductive strategies of two forms of flightless males in a non-pollinating fig wasp under partial local mate competition. Ecological Entomology 2010, 35(6):691-697. 

  36.Peng YQ, Zhao JB, Harrison RD, Yang DR: Ecology of parasite Sycophilomorpha sp. on Ficus altissima and its effect on the fig-fig wasp mutualism. Parasitology 2010, 137(13):1913-1919. 

  37.Peng YQ, Compton SG, Yang DR: The reproductive success of Ficus altissima and its pollinator in a strongly seasonal environment: Xishuangbanna, Southwestern China. Plant Ecology 2010, 209(2):227-236. 

  38.Chen JY, Lee S, Cao YQ, Peng YQ, Winkler D, Yang DR: Ethnomycological Use of Medicinal Chinese Caterpillar Fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis (Berk.) G. H. Sung et al. (Ascomycetes) in Northern Yunnan Province, SW China. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms 2010, 12(4):427-434. 

  39.Zhang FP, Peng YQ, Compton SG, Zhao Y, Yang DR: Host pollination mode and mutualist pollinator presence: net effect of internally ovipositing parasite in the fig-wasp mutualism. Naturwissenschaften 2009, 96(4):543-549. 

  40.Zhang FP, Peng YQ, Compton SG, Yang DR: Floral Characteristics of Ficus curtipes and the Oviposition Behavior of Its Pollinator Fig Wasp. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 2009, 102(3):556-559. 

  41.Ma WJ, Yang DR, Peng YQ: Disturbance effects on community structure of Ficus tinctoria fig wasps in Xishuangbanna, China: Implications for the fig/fig wasp mutualism. Insect Science 2009, 16(5):417-424. 

  42.Ma WJ, Peng YQ, Yang DR, Guan JM: Coevolution of reproductive characteristics in three dioecious fig species and their pollinator wasps. Symbiosis 2009, 49(2):87-94. 

  43.Li ZB, Yang P, Peng YQ, Yang DR: Ultrastructure of antennal sensilla of female Ceratosolen solmsi marchali (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Agaonidae: Agaoninae). Canadian Entomologist 2009, 141(5):463-477. 

  44.Zhang FP, Peng YQ, Guan JM, Yang DR: A species of fig tree and three unrelated fig wasp pollinators. Evolutionary Ecology Research 2008, 10(4):611-620. 

  45.Zhai SW, Yang DR, Peng YQ: Reproductive strategies of two Philotrypesis species on Ficus hispida. Symbiosis 2008, 45(1-3):117-120. 

  46.Yang DR, Peng YQ, Yang P, Guan JM: The community structure of insects associated with figs at Xishuangbanna, China. Symbiosis 2008, 45(1-3):153-157. 

  47.Peng YQ, Duan ZB, Yang DR, Rasplus JY: Co-occurrence of two Eupristina species on Ficus altissima in Xishuangbanna, SW China. Symbiosis 2008, 45(1-3):9-14. 

  48.Harrison RD, Ronsted N, Peng YQ: Foreword - Fig and fig wasp biology: A perspective from the East. Symbiosis 2008, 45(1-3):1-8. 

  49.Van Noort S, Peng YQ, Rasplus JY: First record of the fig wasp genus Diaziella Grandi (Hymenoptera : Chalcidoidea : Pteromalidae : Sycoecinae) from the Asian mainland with description of two new species from China. Zootaxa 2006(1337):39-59. 

  50.Shi ZH, Yang DR, Peng YQ: The style-length of the female florets and their fate in two dioecious species of Xishuangbanna, China. Trees-Structure and Function 2006, 20(4):410-415. 

  51.Peng YQ, Yang DR, Wang QY: Quantitative tests of interaction between pollinating and non-pollinating fig wasps on dioecious Ficus hispida. Ecological Entomology 2005, 30(1):70-77. 

  52.Peng YQ, Yang DR, Duang ZB: The population dynamics of a non-pollinating fig wasp on Ficus auriculata at Xishuangbanna, China. Journal of Tropical Ecology 2005, 21:581-584. 

  53.Liu FL, Fu WJ, Yang DR, Peng YQ, Zhang XW, He JZ: Reinforcement of bee-plant interaction by phenolics in food. Journal of Apicultural Research 2004, 43(4):155-157. 

  54.Yang DR, Peng YQ, Song QS, Zhang GM, Wang RW, Zhao TZ, Wang QY: Pollination biology of Ficus hispida in the tropical rainforests of Xishuangbanna, China. Acta Botanica Sinica 2002, 44(5):519-526. 



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Research Projects and Fundings

1.        2012.01-2014.12, “Dialog between fig and fig wasps”, Chinese Natural Science Foundation (31120002).

2.        2011.09-2014.09, “Research on a novel mechanism of fig and fig wasp mutualism”, The Candidates of the Young and Middle Aged Academic Leaders of Yunnan Province (2011HB041).

3.        2010.01-2012.12, “Research on a novel mechanism of fig and fig wasp mutualism”, Chinese Natural Science Foundation (30970439).

4.        2008.1-2010.12, “Sex ratio variance of fig wasps at individual level”, President Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

5.        2008.1-2010.12, “The evolution of pollination characters in fig-fig wasp mutualism”, Western Ph. D Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

6.        2007.11-2010.12, “The interaction of Ficus curtipes and three unrelated fig wasp pollinators”, The Knowledge Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

7.        2007.01-2009.12, “Sex ratio adjustment of fig wasps”, Chinese Natural Science Foundation (30670358).

8.        2006.11-2009.12, “Idioplasmic protection of fig and fig wasps”, Botanical Garden and Taxonomy Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (KSCX2-YW-Z-003).

9.        2006.11-2009.12, “The developmental mechanism of Cordyceps sinensis and Hepialus armoricanus in the Himalayan altiplano, China”, The Knowledge Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (KSCX2-YW-G-02).

10.    2003.1-2005.12, “Effects of mating mechanism of fig wasps on the reproduction of Ficus”, Chinese Natural Science Foundation (30200220).

11.    2002.7-2005.7, “Effects of mating mechanism of fig wasps on the reproduction of Ficus”, Yunnan Natural Science Foundation (2002C0019Q).