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Name:
XU Zengfu
Education:
Ph.D
Positions:
Director of Key Laboratory of Tropical Plant Resources and Sustainable Use, XTBG
Academic title:
Professor
Postal Code:
650223
Subject categories:
 
Mailing Address:
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden Chinese Academy of Sciences 88 Xuefu Road, Kunming 650223, China Tel: +86-158 8718 2981; Fax: +86-871-6516 0916; +86-691-871 5070
E-mail:
zengfu.xu@gmail.com; zfxu@xtbg.ac.cn;

Resume:
 
Education

  1997-2001    Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Adviser: Prof. Mee-Len Chye) 

  1987-1990  M. Sc. in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China (Adviser: Prof. Rongxian Zhang) 

  1983-1987 B. Sc. in Genetics and Breeding, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China 

  Professional appointments 

  03/2008 - present       Professor, Group of Molecular Breeding of Energy Plants, Key Laboratory of Tropical Plant Resources and Sustainable Use, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China 

  04/2004 - 02/2008     Professor, Key Laboratory of Gene Engineering of the Ministry of Education, Biotechnology Research Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China 

  05/2001 - 03/2004  Associate Professor, Key Laboratory of Gene Engineering of the Ministry of Education, Biotechnology Research Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China 

  10/1992 - 04/1997  Lecturer, Biotechnology Research Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China 

  07/1990 - 09/1992  Teaching assistant, Biotechnology Research Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China 

  Research Interest  

  Functional genomics and molecular breeding of biodiesel feedstock plants. The goal of my research group is to breed improved varieties of biodiesel feedstock plants by transgenic approaches. In particular, my research group is focused on increasing the yield potential of two woody oil plants Jatropha curcas and Plukenetia volubilis through manipulating floral development and sex expression.  

Direction:
 
 Biology

Achievements:
 

Article:
 

  

1.         Zhao ML, Song Y, Ni J, Yao X, Tan YH, Xu ZF: Comparative chloroplast genomics and phylogenetics of nine Lindera species (Lauraceae). Scientific Reports 2018, 8.

2.         Li JL, Pan BZ, Niu LJ, Chen MS, Tang MY, Xu ZF: Gibberellin Inhibits Floral Initiation in the Perennial Woody Plant Jatropha curcas. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 2018, 37(3):999-1006.

3.         Hu XD, Pan BZ, Fu QT, Niu LJ, Chen MS, Xu ZF: De novo transcriptome assembly of the eight major organs of Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) and the identification of genes involved in alpha-linolenic acid metabolism. Bmc Genomics 2018, 19.

4.         Hu XD, Pan BZ, Fu QT, Chen MS, Xu ZF: The complete chloroplast genome sequence of the biofuel plant Sacha Inchi, Plukenetia volubilis. Mitochondrial DNA Part B-Resources 2018, 3(1):328-329.

5.         Fu QT, Niu LJ, Chen MS, Tao YB, Wang XL, He HY, Pan BZ, Xu ZF: De novo transcriptome assembly and comparative analysis between male and benzyladenine-induced female inflorescence buds of Plukenetia volubilis. Journal of Plant Physiology 2018, 221:107-118.

6.         Chai X, Yang Z, Fu Q, Pan BZ, Tang M, Li C, Xu ZF: First Report of Root and Basal Stem Rot in Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volztbilis) Caused by Fusarium oxysporum in China. Plant Disease 2018, 102(1):242-242.

7.         Cai L, Zhang L, Fu QT, Xu ZF: Identification and expression analysis of cytokinin metabolic genes IPTs CYP735A and CKXs in the biofuel plant Jiatropha curcas. Peerj 2018, 6.

8.         Sun YW, Wang CM, Wang N, Jiang XY, Mao HZ, Zhu CX, Wen FJ, Wang XH, Lu ZJ, Yue GH et al: Manipulation of Auxin Response Factor 19 affects seed size in the woody perennial Jatropha curcas. Scientific Reports 2017, 7.

9.         Ni J, Zhao ML, Chen MS, Pan BZ, Tao YB, Xu ZF: Comparative transcriptome analysis of axillary buds in response to the shoot branching regulators gibberellin A3 and 6-benzyladenine in Jatropha curcas. Scientific Reports 2017, 7.

10.       Li CQ, Fu QT, Niu LJ, Luo L, Chen JH, Xu ZF: Three TFL1 homologues regulate floral initiation in the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas. Scientific Reports 2017, 7.

11.       Hu YX, Tao YB, Xu ZF: Overexpression of Jatropha Gibberellin 2-oxidase 6 (JcGA2ox6) Induces Dwarfism and Smaller Leaves, Flowers and Fruits in Arabidopsis and Jatropha. Frontiers in Plant Science 2017, 8.

12.       Chen MS, Pan BZ, Fu QT, Tao YB, Martinez-Herrera J, Niu LJ, Ni J, Dong YL, Zhao ML, Xu ZF: Comparative Transcriptome Analysis between Gynoecious and Monoecious Plants Identifies Regulatory Networks Controlling Sex Determination in Jatropha curcas. Frontiers in Plant Science 2017, 7.

13.       Tao YB, He LL, Niu LJ, Xu ZF: Isolation and characterization of the Jatropha curcas APETALA1 (JcAP1) promoter conferring preferential expression in inflorescence buds. Planta 2016, 244(2):467-478.

14.       Tang MY, Tao YB, Xu ZF: Ectopic expression of Jatropha curcas APETALA1 (JcAP1) caused early flowering in Arabidopsis, but not in Jatropha. Peerj 2016, 4.

15.       Tang MY, Tao YB, Fu QT, Song YL, Niu LJ, Xu ZF: An ortholog of LEAFY in Jatropha curcas regulates flowering time and floral organ development. Scientific Reports 2016, 6.

16.       Pan BZ, Luo Y, Song L, Chen MS, Li JL, Xu ZF: Thidiazuron increases fruit number in the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas by promoting pistil development. Industrial Crops and Products 2016, 81:202-210.

17.       Niu LJ, Tao YB, Chen MS, Fu QT, Dong YL, He HY, Xu ZF: Identification and characterization of tetraploid and octoploid Jatropha curcas induced by colchicine. Caryologia 2016, 69(1):58-66.

18.       Tao YB, He LL, Niu LJ, Xu ZF: Isolation and characterization of an ubiquitin extension protein gene (JcUEP) promoter from Jatropha curcas. Planta 2015, 241(4):823-836.

19.       Niu LJ, Tao YB, Chen MS, Fu QT, Li CQ, Dong YL, Wang XL, He HY, Xu ZF: Selection of Reliable Reference Genes for Gene Expression Studies of a Promising Oilseed Crop, Plukenetia volubilis, by Real-Time Quantitative PCR. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2015, 16(6):12513-12530.

20.       Ni J, Gao CC, Chen MS, Pan BZ, Ye KQ, Xu ZF: Gibberellin Promotes Shoot Branching in the Perennial Woody Plant Jatropha curcas. Plant and Cell Physiology 2015, 56(8):1655-1666.

21.       Li CQ, Luo L, Fu QT, Niu LJ, Xu ZF: Identification and Characterization of the FT/TFL1 Gene Family in the Biofuel Plant Jatropha curcas. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 2015, 33(2):326-333.

22.       Fu QT, Li CQ, Tang MY, Tao YB, Pan BZ, Zhang L, Niu LJ, He HY, Wang XL, Xu ZF: An efficient protocol for Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas by optimizing kanamycin concentration and duration of delayed selection. Plant Biotechnology Reports 2015, 9(6):405-416.

23.       Tao YB, Luo L, He LL, Ni J, Xu ZF: A promoter analysis of MOTHER OF FT AND TFL1 1 (JcMFT1), a seed-preferential gene from the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas. Journal of Plant Research 2014, 127(4):513-524.

24.       Pan BZ, Chen MS, Ni J, Xu ZF: Transcriptome of the inflorescence meristems of the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas treated with cytokinin. Bmc Genomics 2014, 15.

25.       Niu LJ, Li JL, Chen MS, Xu ZF: Determination of oil contents in Sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) seeds at different developmental stages by two methods: Soxhlet extraction and time-domain nuclear magnetic resonance. Industrial Crops and Products 2014, 56:187-190.

26.       Li CQ, Luo L, Fu QT, Niu LJ, Xu ZF: Isolation and functional characterization of JcFT, a FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) homologous gene from the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas. Bmc Plant Biology 2014, 14.

27.       Fu QT, Niu LJ, Zhang QF, Pan BZ, He HY, Xu ZF: Benzyladenine treatment promotes floral feminization and fruiting in a promising oilseed crop Plukenetia volubilis. Industrial Crops and Products 2014, 59:295-298.

28.       Chen MS, Pan BZ, Wang GJ, Ni J, Niu LJ, Xu ZF: Analysis of the transcriptional responses in inflorescence buds of Jatropha curcas exposed to cytokinin treatment. Bmc Plant Biology 2014, 14.

29.       Zhang L, He LL, Fu QT, Xu ZF: Selection of Reliable Reference Genes for Gene Expression Studies in the Biofuel Plant Jatropha curcas Using Real-Time Quantitative PCR. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2013, 14(12):24338-24354.

30.       Song YL, Xu ZF: Ectopic Overexpression of an AUXIN/INDOLE-3-ACETIC ACID (Aux/IAA) Gene OsIAA4 in Rice Induces Morphological Changes and Reduces Responsiveness to Auxin. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2013, 14(7):13645-13656.

31.       Omar SA, Elsheery NI, Kalaji HM, Ebrahim MKH, Pietkiewicz S, Lee CH, Allakhverdiev SI, Xu ZF: Identification and differential expression of two dehydrin cDNAs during maturation of Jatropha curcas seeds. Biochemistry-Moscow 2013, 78(5):485-495.

32.       Omar SA, Elsheery NI, Kalaji HM, Xu ZF, Song SQ, Carpentier R, Lee CH, Allakhverdiev SI: Dehydroascorbate Reductase and Glutathione Reductase Play an Important Role in Scavenging Hydrogen Peroxide during Natural and Artificial Dehydration of Jatropha curcas Seeds. Journal of Plant Biology 2012, 55(6):469-480.

33.       Luo M, Ding LW, Ge ZJ, Wang ZY, Hu BL, Yang XB, Sun QY, Xu ZF: The Characterization of SaPIN2b, a Plant Trichome-Localized Proteinase Inhibitor from Solanum americanum. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2012, 13(11):15162-15176.

34.       Zhong YJ, Huang JC, Liu J, Li Y, Jiang Y, Xu ZF, Sandmann G, Chen F: Functional characterization of various algal carotenoid ketolases reveals that ketolating zeaxanthin efficiently is essential for high production of astaxanthin in transgenic Arabidopsis. Journal of Experimental Botany 2011, 62(10):3659-3669.

35.       Sun QY, Ding LW, Lomonossoff GP, Sun YB, Luo M, Li CQ, Jiang LW, Xu ZF: Improved expression and purification of recombinant human serum albumin from transgenic tobacco suspension culture. Journal of Biotechnology 2011, 155(2):164-172.

36.       Pan BZ, Xu ZF: Benzyladenine Treatment Significantly Increases the Seed Yield of the Biofuel Plant Jatropha curcas. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 2011, 30(2):166-174.

37.       Omar SA, Fu QT, Chen MS, Wang GJ, Song SQ, Elsheery NI, Xu ZF: Identification and expression analysis of two small heat shock protein cDNAs from developing seeds of biodiesel feedstock plant Jatropha curcas. Plant Science 2011, 181(6):632-637.

38.       Chen MS, Wang GJ, Wang RL, Wang J, Song SQ, Xu ZF: Analysis of expressed sequence tags from biodiesel plant Jatropha curcas embryos at different developmental stages. Plant Science 2011, 181(6):696-700.

39.       Wang H, Tse YC, Law AHY, Sun SSM, Sun YB, Xu ZF, Hillmer S, Robinson DG, Jiang LW: Vacuolar sorting receptors (VSRs) and secretory carrier membrane proteins (SCAMPs) are essential for pollen tube growth. Plant Journal 2010, 61(5):826-838.

40.       Shao JL, Long YS, Chen G, Xie J, Xu ZF: The reversed terminator of octopine synthase gene on the Agrobacterium Ti plasmid has a weak promoter activity in prokaryotes. Molecular Biology Reports 2010, 37(5):2157-2162.

41.       Pan JL, Fu QT, Xu ZF: Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation of biofuel plant Jatropha curcas using kanamycin selection. African Journal of Biotechnology 2010, 9(39):6477-6481.

42.       Wang RL, Peng SL, Zeng RS, Ding LW, Xu ZF: Cloning, expression and wounding induction of beta-caryophyllene synthase gene from Mikania micrantha HBK and allelopathic potential of beta-caryophyllene. Allelopathy Journal 2009, 24(1):35-44.

43.       Wang JQ, Suen PK, Xu ZF, Jiang LW: A 64 kDa sucrose binding protein is membrane-associated and tonoplast-localized in developing mung bean seeds. Journal of Experimental Botany 2009, 60(2):629-639.

44.       Sun QY, Ding LW, He LL, Sun YB, Shao JL, Luo M, Xu ZF: Culture of Escherichia coli in SOC medium improves the cloning efficiency of toxic protein genes. Analytical Biochemistry 2009, 394(1):144-146.

45.       Luo M, Wang ZY, Li HP, Xia KF, Cai YP, Xu ZF: Overexpression of a Weed (Solanum americanum) Proteinase Inhibitor in Transgenic Tobacco Results in Increased Glandular Trichome Density and Enhanced Resistance to Helicoverpa armigera and Spodoptera litura. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2009, 10(4):1896-1910.

46.       Li AM, Yu BY, Chen FH, Gan HY, Yuan JG, Qiu RL, Huang JC, Yang ZY, Xu ZF: Characterization of the Sesbania rostrata Phytochelatin Synthase Gene: Alternative Splicing and Function of Four Isoforms. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2009, 10(8):3269-3282.

47.       Fu LH, Miao YS, Lo SW, Seto TC, Sun SSM, Xu ZF, Clemens S, Clarke LA, Kermode AR, Jiang LW: Production and characterization of soluble human lysosomal enzyme alpha-iduronidase with high activity from culture media of transgenic tobacco BY-2 cells. Plant Science 2009, 177(6):668-675.

48.       Wang RL, Ding LW, Sun QY, Li J, Xu ZF, Peng SL: Genome sequence and characterization of a new virus infecting Mikania micrantha HBK. Archives of Virology 2008, 153(9):1765-1770.

49.       Miao YS, Ding Y, Sun QY, Xu ZF, Jiang LW: Plant Bioreactors for Pharmaceuticals. In: Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews, Vol 25. Edited by Harding SE, Tombs MP, vol. 25; 2008: 363-380.

50.       Ding LW, Sun QY, Wang ZY, Sun YB, Xu ZF: Using silica particles to isolate total RNA from plant tissues recalcitrant to extraction in guanidine thiocyanate. Analytical Biochemistry 2008, 374(2):426-428.

51.       Xie J, Ouyang XZ, Xia KF, Huang YF, Pan WB, Cai YP, Xu XP, Li BJ, Xu ZF: Chloroplast-like organelles were found in enucleate sieve elements of transgenic plants overexpressing a proteinase inhibitor. Bioscience Biotechnology and Biochemistry 2007, 71(11):2759-2765.

52.       Wang ZY, Ding LW, Ge ZJ, Wang ZY, Wang FH, Li N, Xu ZF: Purification and characterization of native and recombinant SaPIN2a, a plant sieve element-localized proteinase inhibitor. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 2007, 45(10-11):757-766.

53.       Lao YX, Zhang XQ, Zhou J, Su WW, Chen RJ, Wang YG, Zhou WH, Xu ZF: Characterization and in vitro mineralization function of a soluble protein complex P60 from the nacre of Pinctada fucata. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B-Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 2007, 148(2):201-208.

54.       Wei JY, Li AM, Li Y, Wang J, Liu XB, Liu LS, Xu ZF: Cloning and characterization of an RNase-related protein gene preferentially expressed in rice stems. Bioscience Biotechnology and Biochemistry 2006, 70(4):1041-1045.

55.       Liu J, Xia KF, Zhu JC, Deng YG, Huang XL, Hu BL, Xu XP, Xu ZF: The nightshade proteinase inhibitor IIb gene is constitutively expressed in glandular trichomes. Plant and Cell Physiology 2006, 47(9):1274-1284.

56.       Chye ML, Sin SF, Xu ZF, Yeung EC: Serine proteinase inhibitor proteins: Exogenous and endogenous functions. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Plant 2006, 42(2):100-108.

57.       Rawat R, Xu ZF, Yao KM, Chye ML: Identification of cis-elements for ethylene and circadian regulation of the Solanum melongena gene encoding cysteine proteinase. Plant Molecular Biology 2005, 57(5):629-643.

58.       Xu ZF, Teng WL, Chye ML: Inhibition of endogenous trypsin- and chymotrypsin-like activities in transgenic lettuce expressing heterogeneous proteinase inhibitor SaPIN2a. Planta 2004, 218(4):623-629.

59.       Yu RMK, Zhou Y, Xu ZF, Chye ML, Kong RYC: Two genes encoding protein phosphatase 2A catalytic subunits are differentially expressed in rice. Plant Molecular Biology 2003, 51(3):295-311.

60.       Xu ZF, Chye ML, Li HY, Xu FX, Yao KM: G-box binding coincides with increased Solanum melongena cysteine proteinase expression in senescent fruits and circadian-regulated leaves. Plant Molecular Biology 2003, 51(1):9-19.

61.       Xu ZF, Qi WQ, Ouyang XZ, Yeung E, Chye ML: A proteinase inhibitor II of Solanum americanum is expressed in phloem. Plant Molecular Biology 2001, 47(6):727-738.

62.       Wong WS, Li GG, Ning W, Xu ZF, Hsiao WLW, Zhang LY, Li N: Repression of chilling-induced ACC accumulation in transgenic citrus by over-production of antisense 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate synthase RNA. Plant Science 2001, 161(5):969-977.

63.       Paris N, Rogers SW, Jiang LW, Kirsch T, Beevers L, Phillips TE, Rogers JC: Molecular cloning and further characterization of a probable plant vacuolar sorting receptor. Plant Physiology 1997, 115(1):29-39.

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