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

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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 ( 2016 - 2019 )

  1. 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., the first report of natural hybridization in sect. Petermannia”, PHYTOTAXA, 407 (1), 5-21. (SCI) (IF: 1.185; SCI ranking: 53.4%) Link
  2. Gabriela Olivares, Bárbara Peña-Ahumada, Johany Peñailillo, Claudia Payacán, Ximena Moncada, Monica Saldarriaga-Córdoba, Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith, Kuo-Fang Chung, Daniela Seelenfreund, Andrea Seelenfreund, 2019, “Human mediated translocation of Pacific paper mulberry [Broussonetia papyrifera (L.) L’Hér. ex Vent. (Moraceae)]: genetic evidence of dispersal routes in Remote Oceania”, PLoS ONE, 14(6), e0217107. (SCI) (IF: 2.766; SCI ranking: 25%) Link
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Peñailillo Johany, Olivares Gabriela, Moncada Ximena, Payacán Claudia, Chang Chi-Shan, Chung Kuo-Fang, Matthews Peter J., Seelenfreund Andrea, Seelenfreund Daniela, 2016, “Sex Distribution of Paper Mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) in the Pacific”, PLOS ONE, 11(8), e0161148. (SCI) (IF: 2.806; SCI ranking: 23.4%) Link
學術會議(研討會)論文 ( 2016 - 2019 )
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Kuo-Fang Chung, Cheng-Te Hsu, 2016, “Past, present and future of alpine flora of Taiwan—Insights from integrating phylogeography and species distribution model of Chaerophyllum involucratum (Apiaceae)”, paper presented at 臺灣植物學會第三十屆第二次會員大會暨 「氣候變遷:植物演化之因應策略研討會」, 國立中興大學, 台中: 國立中興大學, 2016-11-26 ~ 2016-11-27. Link
  6. Kuo-Fang Chung, 2016, “Tracking Austronesian expansion and migrations via paper mulberry genomic data”, paper presented at 2016 演化基因體學與生物資訊學國際研討會, 高雄: 中央研究院生物多樣性中心, 2016-11-24 ~ 2016-11-25. Link
  7. 黃郁嵐、李宜軒、游旨价、陳凱儀、鍾國芳, 2016, “限制酶位點標定之核酸定序法 (RADseq) 在植物多樣性研究之應用:臺灣瓦氏組小檗的輻射種化”, paper presented at 高通量 SNP 基因型分析平台及育種應用成果發表會, 台大集思會議中心: 國立臺灣大學農藝學系, 2016-11-10.
  8. Kuo-Fang Chung, 2016, “Challenges to the Conservation of Sino-Vietnamese Limestone Karst Biodiversity”, paper presented at PNC 2016 Annual Conference and Joint Meetings, Getty Center, Los Angeles: Pacific Neighborhood Consortium, 2016-08-16 ~ 2016-08-18. Link
  9. Wai-Chao Leong, Ching-I Peng, Yan Liu, Rosario Rubite, Ruth Kiew, Mark Hughes, Rimi Repin, Kuo-Fang Chung, 2016, “Molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of Asian Begonia, with an emphasis on the continental species”, 63 pages, paper presented at 10th International Flora Malesiana Symposium, Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2016-07-11 ~ 2016-07-15. Link
  10. Chih-Chieh Yu, Kuo-Fang Chung, 2016, “Molecular phylogenetics, historical biogeography, and diversification of Berberis s.l. (Berberidaceae).”, paper presented at Botany2016, Savannah, Georgia: Botanical Society of America, 2016-07-30 ~ 2016-08-02. Link
  11. Wei-Bin Xu, An-Ya Chu, Yi-Hsuan Hsu, Kuo-Fang Chung, 2016, “Phylogeography of Primulina bipinnatifida (Gesneriaceae) species complex – insights into limestone karst plant diversification and implications for its classification”, 63 pages, paper presented at 10th International Flora Malesiana Symposium, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2016-07-11 ~ 2016-07-15. Link
  12. Yu-Hsin Tseng, Kuo-Fang Chung, Alex Monro, Yi-Gang Wei, Jer-Ming Hu, 2016, “The historical origins and evolution of paleotropical intercontinental disjunction in Elatostema (Urticaceae)”, paper presented at Botany2016, Savannah, Georgia: Botanical Society of America, 2016-07-30 ~ 2016-08-02. Link
  13. Rosario Rubite, Mark Hughes, Ching-I Peng, Patrick Blanc, Kuo-Fang Chung, Grecebio Alejandro, 2016, “Three new species of Begonia endemic to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan”, 35 pages, paper presented at 10th International Flora Malesiana Symposium, Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2016-07-11 ~ 2016-07-15. Link
  14. Yu-Lan Huang, Kuo-Fang Chung, Kai-Yi Chen, Chih-Chieh Yu, 2016, “Using RAD-seq to infer phylogeny of a rapid radiation of a subalpine everygreen shrub (Berberis sect. Wallichianae, Berberidaeae) in Taiwan”, paper presented at Botany2016, Savannah, Georgia: Botanical Society of America, 2016-07-30 ~ 2016-08-02. Link
  15. Chung Kuo-Fang, Peñailillo Johany, Olivares Gabriela, Moncada Ximena, Payacán Claudia, Matthews Peter J., Seelenfreund Andrea, Seelenfreund Daniela, 2016, “Why paper mulberry is not invasive in remote Oceanic islands?”, paper presented at The 23rd Pacific Science Congress, Taipei, Academia Sinica: The Pacific Science Association, 2016-06-13 ~ 2016-06-17.
  16. Chih-Chieh Yu, Kuo-Fang Chung, 2016, “Why Mahonia? Recircumscribing Berberis s.l. based on molecular and morphological data, with description of two new genera, Alloberberis and Moranthamnus”, 19 pages, paper presented at 台灣植物分類學會2016年年會暨植物多樣性與系統分類研討會, 國立臺灣師範大學: 台灣植物分類學會, 2016-03-05.
  17. 鍾國芳, 2016, “構樹DNA記載的南島語族遷徙史”, paper presented at 2016年地球科學系統學術論壇-地球.科學.智慧.生活, 中國文化大學: 中國文化大學, 2016-03-19.
他類論文 ( 2016 - 2019 )
  1. 鍾國芳,2016,〈藏在構樹DNA中的南島語族遷徙史〉,《科學人》,168, 80-85。