Liping Long was born in a small remote village in south China and became interested in insects as a teenager. She went to South China Agricultural University for her B.S. and M.S in Entomology, where she studied plant protection and insect pest management. After graduating from the University, she began work at the Rice Research Institute (RRI) and the Institute of Plant Protection (IPP) at Guangxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GXAAS). She returned to the University for her Ph.D. in 2003.
Liping’s research focuses on insecticide resistance (rice, vegetable and fruit insects), pesticide application technology and insect pest management, especially rice insects such as Nilaparvata lugens(Stål), Sogatella furcifera and Cnaphalocrocis medialis. Recently, she has been studying the effect of genetically modified rice on non-target arthropods.
Liping is a professor of entomology and the director of the Rice Research Institute at GXAAS, and an adjunct professor and graduate advisor of the Agricultural College, Guangxi University. From November 2011 to October 2012, she is a visiting scientist in the Shelton Lab at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University.