Teng Yang

Teaching Assistant Professor
Controlled Environment Agriculture


Teng Yang, Ph.D.Contact info


Teng is pronounced Tung


Teng Yang, Ph.D., is a teaching assistant professor in controlled environment agriculture. With a focus on aquaponics and hydroponics, Yang's teaching and research revolve around sustainable cultivation practices in controlled environments. She is dedicated to developing innovative coursework that integrates into the urban food systems and horticulture curriculums.

Before joining K-State Olathe, Yang was a teaching assistant, guest instructor and post-doctoral researcher in the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University for nearly three years. She taught courses on greenhouse environment control, greenhouse vegetable production, greenhouse annual production, plant propagation and horticulture introduction. Dr. Yang also facilitated lab sessions for students, demonstrating her commitment to hands-on learning experiences. Furthermore, she contributed her expertise as an instructor for the Unite Nationwide Summer Program and K-12 Summer Program, and as a guest instructor for the undergraduate Horticulture Club.

She joined K-State Olathe in August 2022, bringing her wealth of knowledge and passion for controlled environment agriculture to the institution.


Research Interests

Sustainable nutrient and water management techniques and practices for greenhouse and indoor vegetable cultivation using hydroponic and aquaponic systems.



  • Ph.D. in Horticultural Science, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Master of Agronomy in Silviculture, Beijing Forestry University in Beijing, China
  • Bachelor of Agronomy in Forestry, Center South University of Forestry and Technology in Changsha, China


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Publications/Scholarly Work

Yang, T., Altland, J. E., & Samarakoon, U. C. (2023). Evaluation of substrates for cucumber production in the Dutch bucket hydroponic system. Scientia Horticulturae, 308, 111578.

Wang, Y. J., Yang, T., & Kim, H. J. (2023). pH Dynamics in Aquaponic Systems: Implications for Plant and Fish Crop Productivity and Yield. Sustainability, 15(9), 7137.

Yang, T., Samarakoon, U., & Altland, J. (2023). Comparison of Growth, Phytochemical Content, Nutrient Uptake, and Water Consumption of Lettuce under Two Hydroponic System Designs: Nutrient Film Technique and Deep-Water Culture. Acta horticultae, accepted for publication.

Li, M., Liu, T., Yang, T., Zhu, J., Zhou, Y., Wang, M., & Wang, Q. (2022). Gut microbiota dysbiosis involves in host non-alcoholic fatty liver disease upon pyrethroid pesticide exposure. Environmental Science and Ecotechnology, 11, 100185.

Yang, T., J. Altland, and U.C. Samarakoon (2021, August). Evaluation of organic substrates as an alternative to perlite for cucumber production in the Dutch bucket hydroponic system. In II International Symposium on Growing Media, Soilless Cultivation, and Compost Utilization in Horticulture 1317 (pp. 319-326).

Yang, T., U.C. Samarakoon, J. Altland, and P. Ling. (2021). Photosynthesis, Biomass Production, Nutritional Quality, and Flavor-Related Phytochemical Properties of Hydroponic-Grown Arugula (Eruca sativa Mill.) ‘Standard’ under Different Electrical Conductivities of Nutrient Solution. Agronomy, 11(7), 1340.

Samarakoon, U.C., T. Yang, and J. Michel. Effect of Calcium Chloride on Powdery Mildew in Green Butter Lettuce Grown in Hydroponics. In progress.

Yang, T., and H.J. Kim. "Nutrient management regime affects water quality, crop growth, and nitrogen use efficiency of aquaponic systems." Scientia horticulturae 256 (2019): 108619.

Yang, T., and H.J. Kim. "Comparisons of nitrogen and phosphorus mass balance for tomato-, basil-, and lettuce-based aquaponic and hydroponic systems." Journal of Cleaner Production 274 (2020): 122619.

Yang, T., and H.J. Kim. "Characterizing nutrient composition and concentration in tomato-, basil-, and lettuce-based aquaponic and hydroponic systems." Water 12, no. 5 (2020): 1259.

Yang, T., and H.J. Kim. "Effects of hydraulic loading rate on spatial and temporal water quality characteristics and crop growth and yield in aquaponic systems." Horticulturae 6, no. 1 (2020): 9.

Kim, H.J., T. Yang, S. Choi, Y.J. Wang, Meng-Yang Lin, and Andrea M. Liceaga. "Supplemental intracanopy far-red radiation to red LED light improves fruit quality attributes of greenhouse tomatoes." Scientia Horticulturae 261 (2020): 108985.

Kim, H.J., T. Yang, et al. Plant propagation for successful hydroponic production. ACTA HORTICULTURAE. 1212(1212):109-116.

Yang, T., L. Ma, J. Duan, et al. Dry Matter Accumulation and Root Growth of Xanthoceras sorbifolia Seedlings, SCIENTIA SILVAE SINICAE, 2014, 50 (6): 82- 89.

Yang, T., J. Duan, L. Ma, et al. Effects of N application rates on growth, nutrient accumulation and translocation of Xanthoceras sorbifolia. JOURNAL OF BEIJING FORESTRY UNIVERSITY. 2014, 36 (3): 59- 64.