Dr. Qiang Xu

  • Address: Institute of Citrus Science, Huazhong Agricultural University,Wuhan 430070, China
  • Tel: +86-27-87286623 (O)
  • Email: xuqiang@mail.hzau.edu.cn


2005-2007: Ph.D degree. Molecular biology in horticulture, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China

2002-2005: Master degree. Molecular biology in horticulture, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China

1998-2002: Bachelor degree in Horticulture, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China.


2012-now, Professor of pomology, Huazhong Agricultural University

2010-2012, Associate Professor of pomology, Huazhong Agricultural University

2009-2010, Collaborative research in Cornell University, NY, USA

2007-2010, Assistant professor of pomology, Huazhong Agricultural University


Genomics and Functional Genomics in fruit crops

Citrus genetic resources and somatic mutation mechanism

Fruit quality and regulatory mechanism

HLB and genome basis of HLB tolerance in Murraya and wild citrus


Leading Scientist of Science & Technology Innovation of “Ten Thousand Talent Program”, 2016

Outstanding scholarship of Hubei Provincial Natural Science Foundation, 2015

Young leading scientist of the innovative talent development program, Department of Science and Technology of Central government, 2013

Young excellent scientist grant of NSFC, 2012

National Excellent 100 Doctoral Dissertation of China, 2010

Second prize for advancement in science and technology by provincial government, 2009

First prize on the natural scientific paper of Hubei province, 2006

“Syngenta” Agriculture Education Scholarship, 2006

Selected publications ( * Corresponding author )
  • 1) Xu Q, Chen LL, Ruan X, Chen D, Zhu A, Chen C, Bertrand D, Jiao WB, Hao BH, Lyon MP, Chen J, Gao S, Xing F, Lan H, Chang JW, Ge X, Lei Y, Hu Q, Miao Y, Wang L, Xiao S, Biswas MK, Zeng W, Guo F, Cao H, Yang X, Xu XW, Cheng YJ, Xu J, Liu JH, Luo OJ, Tang Z, Guo WW, Kuang H, Zhang HY, Roose ML, Nagarajan N, Deng XX, Ruan Y. (2013) The draft genome of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis). Nature Genetics 45:59-66
  • 2) Jiao WB, Huang D, Xing F, Hu YB, Deng XX, Xu Q (*), Chen LL(*). (2013) Genome-wide characterization and expression analysis of genetic variants in sweet orange. Plant J. 75: 954-964.
  • 3) Xu YT, Wu GZ, Hao BH, Chen LL, Deng XX, Xu Q(*) (2015) Identification, characterization and expression analysis of lineage-specific genes within sweet orange (Citrus sinensis). BMC Genomics 16:995.
  • 4) Xu JD, Xu HD, Xu Q(*), Deng XX (2015) Characterization of DNA Methylation Variations During Fruit Development and Ripening of Sweet Orange. Plant Mol. Biol. Rep. 33:1–11.
  • 5) Li L, Yuan H, Zeng Y, Xu Q (2015) Plastids and carotenoid accumulation. In “Carotenoid Function and Biosynthesis in Plants” (edited by C Stange), the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series, Springer
  • 6) Liu Y, Wang L, Chen D, Wu X, Huang D, Chen L, Li L, Deng X, Xu Q (*). (2014) Genome-wide comparison of microRNAs and their targeted transcripts among leaf, flower and fruit of sweet orange. BMC Genomics 15:695.
  • 7) Xu Q, Liu CY, Biswas MK, Pan ZY, Deng XX* (2014) Recent advances in fruit crop genomics. Front. Agr. Sci. Eng. 1(1): 21–27
  • 8) Yu KQ, Xu Q (*),Da XL, Guo F, Ding YD, Deng XX (*) (2012) Transcriptome changes during fruit development and ripening of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis). BMC Genomics 13:10
  • 9) Huang M, Xu Q (*), Deng X. (2012) The photorespiratory pathway is involved in the defense response to powdery mildew infection in chestnut rose. Mol Biol Rep 39:8187-95
  • 10) Xu Q (*), Biswas MK#, Lan H, Zeng WF, Liu CY, Xu JD, Deng XX (2011) Phylogenetic and evolutionary analysis of NBS-encoding genes from two genera of citrus and their inter-generic progeny. Mol Genet Genomics, 285:151–161
  • 11) Xu Q(*), Liu YL, Zhu AD, Wu XM, Ye JL, Yu KQ, Guo WW, Deng XX(*) (2010) Discovery and comparative profiling of microRNAs in a sweet orange red-flesh mutant and its wild type. BMC Genomics 11: 246
  • 12) Xu Q*, Deng XX (2010) Cloning and phylogenetic analyses of serine/threonine kinase class defense-related genes in a wild fruit crop. BMC Res. Notes 3:202
  • 13) Xu Q(*),Yu KQ, Zhu AD, Ye J, Liu Q, Zhang JC, Deng XX(*). (2009) Comparative transcripts profiling reveals new insight into molecular processes regulating lycopene accumulation in a sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) red-flesh mutant. BMC Genomics, 10:540
  • 14) Xu Q, Wen XP, Deng XX*(2008)Genomic organization, rapid evolution and meiotic instability of NBS-encoding genes in a new fruit crop “chestnut rose”. Genetics 178: 2081-2091
  • 15) Xu Q, Wen XP, Deng XX*(2007)Phylogenetic and evolutionary analysis of NBS-encoding genes in Rosaceae fruit crops. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 44:315-324
  • 16) Xu Q, Wen XP, Deng XX*(2007)Cloning of two classes of PR genes and development of SNAP markers for powdery mildew resistance loci in chestnut rose (Rosa roxburghii Tratt). Mol. Breeding 19: 179-191
  • 17) Xu Q, Wen XP, Tao NG, Yue HL, Hu ZY, Deng XX*(2006)Extraction of high quality of RNA and construction of a suppression subtractive hybridization library from chestnut rose (Rosa roxburghii tratt). Biotechnol. Lett. 28: 587-591
  • 18) Xu Q, Wen XP, Deng XX*(2005)Isolation of TIR and NonTIR NBS-LRR resistance gene analogues and identification of molecular markers linked to a powdery mildew resistance locus in chestnut rose (Rosa roxburghii Tratt). Theor. Appl. Genet. 111: 819-830
  • 19) A method for the isolation of citrus chromoplast, Xiuxin Deng, Yunliu Zeng, Zhiyong Pan, Qiang Xu, 201010260376.8
  • 20) The development RFP molecular marker and its application in the selection of red-peel pummelo, Qiang Xu, Ding Huang, Shaohua Wen, Xiuxin Deng, 201510331323.3
  • 21) A method for the identification of somatic mutation by whole genome sequencing, Qiang Xu, Xia Wang, Huiwen Yu, Shaohua Wen, Xiuxin Deng, 201510357924.1