Dr. Yong-Zhong Liu

  • Address: Institute of Citrus Science, Huazhong Agricultural University,Wuhan 430070, China
  • Tel: 86 27 872818210 (O)
  • Email: liuyongzhong@mail.hzau.edu.cn


2002 – 2006 Ph.D. Huazhong Agricultural University, Fruit Science, Wuhan, China

1996 – 1999 M.S. Southwest Agricultural University, Fruit Science, Chongqing, China

1996 – 1999 B.A. Southwest Agricultural University, Fruit Science, Chongqing, China

Professional Experience:

2016 – present Professor, Huazhong Agricultural University

2009 – 2010 Postdoctoral research in Agricultural Research Organization (Volcani Center), Isreal

2007 – 2015 Associate professor, Huazhong Agricultural University

2002 – 2006 Lecturer, Huazhong Agricultural University

Research Interests:

1) Mechanism for the regulation of citrate accumulation in (citrus) fruits

2) To improve fruit quality from practical and molecular levels

3) To develop labor-saving, safe and profitable planting model for citriculture

Selected publications ( * Corresponding author )
  • 1. Guo, LX, Shi CY, Liu X, Ning DY, Jin LF, Yang H, Liu YZ*. Citrate Accumulation-Related Gene Expression and/or Enzyme Activity Analysis Combined With Metabolomics Provide a Novel Insight for an Orange Mutant. Sci. Rep. 2016,6, 29343; doi: 10.1038/srep29343.
  • 2. Xiao Liu, Long-Fei Jin, Ling-xia Guo, Yong-Zhong Liu*, Tao Liu, Yu-Hua Fan, Shu-Ang Peng. Identification and transcript profiles of citrus growth-regulating factor genes involved in the regulation of leaf and fruit development. Molecular Biology Reports. 2016, doi: 10.1007/s11033-016-4048-1
  • 3. Long-Fei Jin, Yong-Zhong Liu*, Xin-Xing Yin, Shu-Ang Peng*. Transcript analysis of citrus miRNA397 and its target LAC7 reveals a possible role in response to boron toxicity. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 2016, 38: DOI 10.1007/s11738-015-2035-0.
  • 4. Xiao-Mei Hu, Cai-Yun Shi, Xiao Liu, Long-Fei Jin, Yong-Zhong Liu*, Shu-Ang Peng.Genome-wide identification of citrus ATP-citrate lyase genes and their transcript analysis in fruits reveals their possible role in citrate utilization.Molecular Genetics and Genomics, 2015, 290: 29-38
  • 5. Shi CY, Song RQ, Hu XM, Liu X, Jin LF and Liu YZ*. Citrus PH5-like H+-ATPase genes: identification and transcript analysis to investigate their possible relationship with citrate accumulation in fruits. Front. Plant Sci. 2015, 6: 135
  • 6. Mohammad Zahidul Islam, Long-Fei Jin, Cai-Yun Shi, Yong-Zhong Liu*, Shu-Ang Peng.Citrus sucrose transporter genes: genome-wide identification and transcript analysis in ripening and ABA-injected fruits.Tree Genetics & Genomes, 2015, 11(5): 97
  • 7. Ni Jiang, Long-Fei Jin, Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva, MD Zahidul Islam, Hai-Wen Gao, Yong-Zhong Liu*, and Shu-Ang Peng.Activities of enzymes directly related with sucrose and citric acid metabolism in citrus fruit in response to soil plastic film mulch. Scientia Horticulturae 2014, 168:73-80
  • 8. Liu X, Hu X-M, Jin L-F, Shi C-Y, Liu Y-Z*, Peng S-A (2014) Identification and transcript analysis of two glutamate decarboxylase genes, CsGAD1 and CsGAD2, reveal the strong relationship between CsGAD1 and citrate utilization in citrus fruit. Mol Biol Rep, 41:6253-6262
  • 9. Islam, M. Z., Hu, X. M., Jin, L. F., Liu, Y. Z., & Peng SA (2014) Genome-Wide Identification and Expression Profile Analysis of Citrus Sucrose Synthase Genes: Investigation of Possible Roles in the Regulation of Sugar Accumulation. PloS one, 9(11), e113623
  • 10. X-Y Yang, F-F Wang, Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva, J Zhong, Y-Z Liu* and S-A Peng.Branch Girdling at Fruit Green Mature Stage Affects Fruit Ascorbic Acid Contents and Expression of Genes Involved in L-Galactose Pathway(27-Sep-2012). New Zealand Journal of Crop & Horticultural Science, 2013, 41(1): 23-31
  • 11. Cheng-Quan Yang, Yong-Zhong Liu, Ji-Cui An, Shuang Li, Long-Fei Jin, Gao-Feng Zhou, Qing-Jiang Wei,Hui-Qing Yan, Nan-Nan Wang, Li-Na Fu, Xiao Liu, Xiao-Mei Hu, Ting-Shuai Yan, Shu-Ang Peng.Digital Gene Expression Analysis of Corky Split Vein Caused by Boron Deficiency in ‘Newhall’ Navel Orange ( Citrus sinensis Osbeck) for Selecting Differentially Expressed Genes Related to Vascular Hypertrophy.Plos One 2013, 8(6), e65737
  • 12. Ying Lei, Yong-Zhong Liu*, Qing-Qing Gu, Xiao-Yan Yang, Xiu-Xin Deng, Jin-Yin Chen. Comparison of cell wall metabolism in the pulp of three cultivars of ‘Nanfeng’ tangerine differing in mastication trait.Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 2012, 92: 496–502
  • 13. Yong-Zhong Liu, Tao Dong, Ying Lei, Xiu-Xin Deng, Qing-Qing Gu.Isolation of a polygalacturonase gene from Citrus sinensis fruit and its expression relative to fruit mastication trait, fruit development, and calcium or boron treatments. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter, 2011, 29:51–59
  • 14. Xiao-Yan Yang, Jin-Xia Xie, Xiao-Peng Lu, Yong-Zhong Liu*, Shu-Ang Peng.solation of a citrus ethylene-responsive element binding factor gene and its expression in response to abiotic stress, girdling and shading.Scientia Horticulturae, 2011, 127: 275–281
  • 15. Sorkina A, Bardosh G, Liu YZ, Fridman I, Schlizerman L, Zur N, Or E, Goldschmidt EE, Blumwald E and Sadka A. Isolation of a citrus promoter specific for reproductive organs and its functional analysis in isolated juice sacs and tomato. Plant Cell Reports, 2011, 30:1627–1640
  • 16. Xiao-Yan Yang, Jin-Xia Xie, Fang-Fang Wang, Jing Zhong, Yong-Zhong Liu*, Guo-Huai Li, Shu-Ang Peng.Comparison of ascorbate metabolism in fruits of two citrus species with obvious difference in ascorbate content in pulp.Journal of Plant Physiology, 2011,168:2196-2205
  • 17. Ying Lei, Yong-Zhong Liu*, Wen-Fang Zeng, Xiu-Xin Deng.Physiochemical and molecular analysis of cell wall metabolism between two navel oranges (Citrus sinensis) with different mastication trait.Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 2010, 90(9): 1479-1484