BRCAS

Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica

Dr. Kuo-Fang Chung Museum Director/Associate Research Fellow

Lab PI

Dr. Kuo-Fang Chung

Museum Director/Associate Research Fellow

PhD – Washington University in St. Louis, USA, 2006

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Office: Greenhouse Builiding 105

Tel:+886-2-2787-2225

Research Field
  • Plant systematics
  • Biogeography

Research Directions

  • Terrestrial ecosystem is dominated by the splendid diversity of vascular plant species, which have also been essential for the development and function of human civilization. My research interest is to understanding evolutionary processes underlying Darwin’s “abominable mystery”—the rapid speciation of vascular plant species. By applying molecular phylogenetic approaches, we study three species-rich flowering plant groups: Begonia, Berberis, and gesnerids distributed in the Sino-Vietnamese limestone karsts. Our collaborative efforts across Southeast Asian countries aim to fully document Begonia diversity and reconstruct a natural infrageneric classification for this mega diverse genus. As the most speciose woody genus of basal eudicots distributed in high mountains, Berberis presents an ideal group to study how global mountain buildup had triggered speciation, including a species radiation in Taiwan. As the most characteristic plant group of Sino-Vietnamese limestone karsts, phylogenetic studies of limestone gesnerids provide crucial information for the effective conservation of this highly threaten ecosystem of Southeast Asian countries. We also study phylogeography of paper mulberry, a fibrous dioecious tree species likely transported by Austronesian ancestors from Taiwan to across Remote Oceanic islands for making bark cloth, providing the most convincing ethnobotanical evidence for the “Out of Taiwan” hypothesis of Austronesian expansion and migration.。

 

Latest published paper

期刊論文 ( 2017 - 2020 )

  1. Shih-Hui Liu, Hsun-An Yang, Yoshiko Kono, Peter C. Hoch, Janet C. Barber, Ching-I Peng, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2020, “Disentangling reticulate evolution of North Temperate Haplostemonous Ludwigia (Onagraceae)”, ANNALS OF THE MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN, 105. (SCI) (IF: 3.185; SCI ranking: 15.7%)
  2. Kuo-Fang Chung, 2020, “In memoriam Ching-I Peng (1950–2018)—an outstanding scientist and mentor with a remarkable legacy”, Botanical Studies, 61(1), e14. (SCI) (IF: 1.411; SCI ranking: 50.7%) Link
  3. Forrest Laura L., Hart Michelle L., Hughes Mark, Wilson Hannah P., Chung Kuo-Fang, Tseng Yu-Hsin, Kidner Catherine A., 2019, “The limits of Hyb-Seq for herbarium specimens: Impact of preservation techniques”, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7, e439. (SCI) Link
  4. Yu-Hsin Tseng, Han-Yau Huang, Wei-Bin Xu, Hsun-An Yang, Ching-I Peng, Yan Liu*, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2019, “Phylogeography of Begonia luzhaiensis suggests both natural and anthropogenic causes for the marked population genetic structure”, Botanical Studies, 60, e20. (SCI) (IF: 1.411; SCI ranking: 50.7%) Link
  5. Wei-Bin Xu, Hsuan Chang, Jie Huang, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2019, “Molecular systematics of Chiritopsis-like Primulina (Gesneriaceae): one new species, one new name, two new combinations, and new synonyms”, Botanical Studies, 60(1), e18. (SCI) (IF: 1.411; SCI ranking: 50.7%) Link
  6. Shih-Hui Liu, Yu-Hsin Tseng, Diati Zure, Rosario Rivera Rubite, Teodora D. Balangcod, Ching-I Peng, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2019, “Begonia balangcodiae sp. nov. from northern Luzon, the Philippines and its natural hybrid with B. crispipila, B. × kapangan nothosp. nov.”, PHYTOTAXA, 407 (1), 5-21. (SCI) (IF: 1.185; SCI ranking: 53.4%) Link
  7. Kaori Murayama, Richard H. Ree, Kuo-Fang Chung, Chih-Chieh Yu, Noriyuki Fuiji*, 2019, “Taxonomical Review of Pedicularis ser. Verticillatae (Orobanchaceae)”, ACTA PHYTOTAXONOMICA ET GEOBOTANICA, 70(2), 103-118. (SCI) (IF: 0.441; SCI ranking: 91.9%) Link
  8. Goro Kokubugata, Koh Nakamura, Wen-Hsi Kuo, Qi-Zhe Che, Kuo-Fang Chung, Chen-Xin Fu, Yumiko Suzuki, Masatsugu Yokota, 2019, “Reappraisal of Tashiroea as a genus independent of Bredia (Melastomataceae) based on molecular data”, Phytotaxa, 392(1), 75-83. (SSCI) (IF: 1.185; SCI ranking: 53.4%) Link
  9. Julian Harber, Kuo-Fang Chung, Chih-Chieh Yu*, 2018, “A new species of Berberis Sect. Wallichianae from Taiwan, Berberis morii”, Taiwania, 63(3), 235-240. (SCI) Link
  10. Mark Hughes, Ching-I Peng, Che-Wei Lin, Rosario Rivera Rubite, Patrick Blanc, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2018, “Chloroplast and nuclear DNA exchanges among Begonia sect. Baryandra species (Begoniaceae) from Palawan Island, Philippines, and descriptions of five new species”, PLOS ONE, 13(5), e0194877. (SCI) (IF: 2.806; SCI ranking: 23.4%) Link
  11. Yu-Lan Huang, Yu-Hsin Tseng, Kuo-Fang Chung, Chih-Chieh Yu*, 2018, “Chromosome numbers of Berberis Sect. Wallichianae from Taiwan: a new basis for taxonomic and evolutionary implications”, Taiwania, 63(2), 111-118. (SCI) Link
  12. Moonlight Peter W., Ardi Wisnu H., Padilla Luzmila Arroyo, Chung Kuo-Fang, Fuller Daniel, Girmansyah Deden, Hollands Ruth, Jara-Muñoz Adolfo, Kiew Ruth, Leong Wai-Chao, Liu Yan, Mahardika Adi, Marasinghe Lakmini D.K., O'Connor Meriel, Peng Ching-I, Pérez Álvaro J., Phutthai Thamarat, Pullan Martin, Rajbhandary Sangeeta, Reynel Carlos, Rubite Rosario R., Sang Julia, Scherberich David, Shui Yu-Min, Tebbitt Mark C., Thomas Daniel C., Wilson Hannah P., Zaini Nura H., Hughes Mark, 2018, “Dividing and conquering the fastest-growing genus: Towards a natural sectional classification of the mega-diverse genus Begonia (Begoniaceae)”, Taxon, 67(2), 267-323. (SCI) (IF: 2.447; SCI ranking: 52.1%,25.9%) Link
  13. Rorario R. Rubite*, Ching-I Peng, Kuo-Fang Chung, Che-Wei Lin, Luisito T. Evangelista, Danilo N. Tandang, Johny Rey C. Callado, Mark Hughes, 2018, “Three new species of Begonia (section Baryandra, Begoniaceae) from Luzon Island, the Philippines”, Phytotaxa, 347(3), 201-212. (SCI) (IF: 1.24; SCI ranking: 54.7%) Link
  14. Xu Wei-Bin, Guo Jing, Pan Bo, Han Meng-Qi, Liu Yan*, Chung Kuo-Fang*, 2017, “Three new species of Paraboea (Gesneriaceae) from limestone karsts of China based on morphological and molecular evidence”, Botanical Studies, 58, e56. (SCI) (IF: 1.452; SCI ranking: 44.8%) Link
  15. Chih-Chieh Yu, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2017, “Why Mahonia? Molecular recircumscription of Berberis s.l., with the description of two new genera, Alloberberis and Moranothamnus”, TAXON, 66(6), 1371-1392. (SCI) (IF: 2.447; SCI ranking: 52.1%,25.9%) Link
  16. Lin Cheng-Tao, Chung Kuo-Fang*, 2017, “Phylogenetic Classification of Seed Plants of Taiwan”, Botanical Studies, 58, e52. (SCI) (IF: 1.452; SCI ranking: 44.8%) Link
  17. Payacan Claudia, Moncada Ximena, Rojas Gloria, Clarke Andrew, Chung Kuo-Fang, Allaby Robin, Seelenfreund Daniela, Seelenfreund Andrea, 2017, “Phylogeography of herbarium specimens of asexually propagated paper mulberry [Broussonetia papyrifera (L.) L’Hér. ex Vent. (Moraceae)] reveals genetic diversity across the Pacific”, Annals of Botany, 120(3), 387-404. (SCI) (IF: 4.041; SCI ranking: 10.4%) Link
  18. Johany Peñailillo, Wenhsi Kuo, Gabriela Olivares, Gerardo Silva-Poblete, Barbara Peña-Ahumada, Sofía Muñoz, Ximena Moncada, Kuo-Fang Chung, Daniela Seelenfreund, Andrea Seelenfreund, 2017, “Characterization of Microsatellite Markers for Broussonetia papyrifera (Moraceae)”, Applications in Plant Sciences, 5(8), 1700044. (SCI) (IF: 1.492; SCI ranking: 43.9%) Link
  19. Erika J. Edwards, David S. Chatelet, Bo-Chang Chen, Jin Yao Ong, Shuichiro Tagane, Hironobu Kanemitsu, Kazuki Tagawa, Kentaro Teramoto, Brian Park, Kuo-Fang Chung, Jer-Ming Hu, Tetsukazu Yahara, Michael J. Donoghue*, 2017, “Convergence, Consilience, and the Evolution of Temperate Deciduous Forests”, The American Naturalist, 190(S1), S87-S104. (SCI) (IF: 4.167; SCI ranking: 27.1%,19%) Link
  20. Takuro Ito, Chih-Chieh Yu, Koh Nakamura, Kuo-Fang Chung, Qin-er Yang, Cheng-Xin Fu, Zhe-Chen Qi, Goro Kokubugata*, 2017, “Unique parallel radiations of high-mountainous species of the genus Sedum (Crassulaceae) on the continental island of Taiwan”, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 113, 9-22. (SCI) (IF: 4.419; SCI ranking: 20.8%,19.2%,22.1%) Link
  21. Peng Ching-I, Rubite Rosario Rivera, Lin Che-Wei, Hughes Mark, Kono Yoshiko, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2017, “Three new species of Begonia sect. Baryandra from Panay Island, Philippines”, Botanical Studies, 58, e28. (SCI) (IF: 1.452; SCI ranking: 44.8%) Link
  22. Tseng Yu-Hsin, Huang Han-Yau, Xu Wei-Bin, Yang Hsun-An, Liu Yan, Peng Ching-I, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2017, “Development and Characterization of EST-SSR Markers for Begonia luzhaiensis (Begoniaceae)”, Applications in Plant Sciences, 5(5), 1700024. (SCI) (IF: 1.492; SCI ranking: 43.9%) Link
  23. Tseng Yu-Hsin, Kim Young-Dong, Peng Ching-I, Htwe Khin Myo, Cho Seong-Hyun, Kono Yoshiko, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2017, “Begonia myanmarica (Begoniaceae), a new species from Myanmar, and molecular phylogenetics of Begonia sect. Monopteron”, Botanical Studies, 58, e21. (SCI) (IF: 1.452; SCI ranking: 44.8%) Link
  24. The Legume Phylogeny Working Group, 2017, “A new subfamily classification of the Leguminosae based on a taxonomically comprehensive phylogeny – The Legume Phylogeny Working Group (LPWG)”, Taxon, 66(1), 44-77. (SCI) (IF: 2.447; SCI ranking: 52.1%,25.9%) Link
  25. Kuo-Fang Chung*, Kuo Wen-Hsi, Hsu Yi-Hsuan, Li Yi-Hsuan, Rubite Rosario Rivera, Xu Wei-Bin, 2017, “Molecular recircumscription of Broussonetia (Moraceae) and the identity and taxonomic status of B. kaempferi var. australis ”, Botanical Studies, 58, e11. (SCI) (IF: 1.452; SCI ranking: 44.8%) Link
  26. Wei-Bin Xu, Jing Guo, Bo Pan, Meng-Qi Han, Yan Liu*, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2017, “Three new species of Paraboea (Gesneriaceae) from limestone karsts of China based on morphological and molecular evidence”, BOTANICAL STUDIES, 58(1), 56. (SCI) (IF: 1.452; SCI ranking: 44.8%) Link
  27. Chih-Chieh Yu, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2017, “Why Mahonia? Molecular recircumscription of Berberis s.l., with the description of two new genera, Alloberberis and Moranothamnus”, Taxon, 66(6), 1371-1392. (SCI) (IF: 2.447; SCI ranking: 52.1%,25.9%) Link
學術會議(研討會)論文 ( 2017 - 2020 )
  1. Kuo-Fang Chung, Goro Kokubugata, 2019, “How paper mulberry DNA tells stories of Austronesian migration and the origin of Japanese paper?”, 15-24 pages, paper presented at International Study of Historical Paper Materials: New Perspectives for Studies of Historical Materials, Tokyo: The University of Tokyo, 2019-11-23.
  2. Kuo-Fang Chung,2019,〈Taiwan is the ancestral homeland of Pacific paper mulberry〉,發表於International Symposium on the Migration and Voyaging Culture of Austronesian People,台東鹿野度假村:國立台東大學,2019-11-29 ~ 2019-12-01。
  3. Kuo-Fang Chung, 2019, “Taiwan is the ancestral homeland of Pacific paper mulberry”, paper presented at 2019 International Austronesian Languages Revitalization Forum, 帛琉共和國: 中華民國原住民委員會, 2019-09-29.
  4. Kuo-Fang Chung, 2019, “Population genomics of Paper mulberry supports the “out of Taiwan” hypothesis of Austronesian expansion and migration”, paper presented at 2019 Conference on Pan-Pacific Anthropocene (ConPPA), Taipei: Chinese Geoscience Union, 2019-05-14 ~ 2019-05-16.
  5. Kuo-Fang Chung, 2019, “Daisy, Ludwigia, Begonia and HAST: Dr. Ching-I Peng’s Botanical Legacy”, 37 pages, paper presented at 2019 TSPS Dr. Ching-I Peng Memorial Symposium of East Asian Plant Systematics, 台灣大學: 臺灣植物分類學會 (TSPS), 2019-03-09 ~ 2019-03-10.
  6. Kuo-Fang Chung, 2018, “How paper mulberry genomics supports the “out of Taiwan” hypothesis of Austronesian expansion and migration”, paper presented at International Symposium on Forest Tree Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Harbin, China: Forest Biotechnology Group, North Carolina State University, 2018-07-23 ~ 2018-07-27.
  7. Chih-Chieh Yu, Erika Edwards, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2017, “Biogeography of Berberidaceae and biome shifts”, paper presented at International Botanic Congress, Shenzhen, China: IAPT, 2017-07-23 ~ 2017-07-29.
  8. Yu-Hsin Tseng, Catherine Kidner, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2017, “Reconstructing phylogenetic relationship of Begonia sect. Coelocentrum (Begoniaceae) using targeted enrichment of nuclear genes" in the symposium”, paper presented at International Botanic Congress, Shenzhen, China: IAPT, 2017-07-23 ~ 2017-07-29.
他類論文 ( 2017 - 2020 )
  1. 章璿、鍾國芳,2019,〈有「構」厲害〉,《台灣博物季刊》,38(2), 56-65。 Link