Dr. Lijun Chai

  • Address: Institute of Citrus Science, Huazhong Agricultural University,Wuhan 430070, China
  • Tel: 86 27 8728 7593 (O)
  • Email: chailijun@mail.hzau.edu.cn


2005 – 2012 Ph.D. Huazhong Agricultural University, Fruit Science, Wuhan, China

2001 – 2005 B.A. Huazhong Agricultural University, Horticulture , Wuhan, China

Professional Experience

2015 – present Associate professor, Huazhong Agricultural University

2011.3 –2012.3 Visiting researcher in School of Bioscience, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

2012 – 2015 Lecturer, Huazhong Agricultural University

Services for academic communities

Review editor: Frontiers in Plant Science

Program emphasis/ Research Interests:

1) Investigation, collection, evaluation and utilization of citrus germplasm resources in China

2) Assessment of genetic diversity and genetic relationship of citrus germplasm by using multiple molecular markers

3) Identification and function analysis male/female determinant genes related to the self-incompatibility in ‘Shatian Pummelo’ (Citrus grandis Osbeck)

Selected publications ( * Corresponding author )
  • 1. Chai Lijun, Tudor RL, Poulter NS, Wilkins KA, Eaves DJ, Franklin FCH, Franklin-Tong VE* (2017) MAP Kinase PrMPK9-1 contributes to the Self-Incompatibility Response. Plant Physiology doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1104/pp.17.00213.
  • 2. Liang Mei, Yang Wei, Su Shiying, Fu Lili, Yi Hualin, Chuanwu Chen, Deng Xiuxin, Chai Lijun* (2017) Genome-wide identification and functional analysis of S-RNase involved in the self-incompatibility of citrus. Molecular Genetics and Genomics 292: 325-341.
  • 3. Wang Xiaohua, Yin Wu, Wu Juxun, Chai Lijun*, Yi Hualin* (2016) Effects of exogenous abscisic acid on the expression of citrus fruit ripening-related genes and fruit ripening. Scientia Horticulturae 201:175-183.
  • 4. Liang Mei, Yang Xiaoming, Li Hang, Su Shiying, Yi Hualin, Chai Lijun*, Deng Xiuxin (2015) De Novo Transcriptome Assembly of Pummelo and Molecular Marker Development. PLoS ONE 10(3):e0120615.
  • 5. Li Hang, Yang Xiaoming, Zhu Lianshu, Yi Hualin, Chai Lijun*, Deng Xiuxin (2015) Parentage analysis of natural citrus hybrid ‘Zhelong Zhoupigan’ based on nuclear and chloroplast SSR markers. Scientia Horticulturae 186:24-30.
  • 6. Zhang Ya-Jian, Wang Xing-Jian, Wu Ju-Xun, Chen Shan-Yan, Chen Hong, Chai Li-Jun*, Yi Hua-Lin* (2014) Comparative Transcriptome Analyses between a Spontaneous Late-Ripening Sweet Orange Mutant and Its Wild Type Suggest the Functions of ABA, Sucrose and JA during Citrus Fruit Ripening. PLoS ONE 9(12):e116056.
  • 7. Wu Juxun, Su Shiying, Fu Lili, Zhang Yajian, Chai Lijun*, Yi Hualin* (2014) Selection of reliable reference genes for gene expression studies using quantitative real-time PCR in navel orange fruit development and pummelo floral organs. Scientia Horticulturae. 176: 180-188
  • 8. Chai Lijun, Ge Xiaoxia, Kumar Biswas Manosh, Xu Qiang, Deng Xiuxin* (2011) Self-sterility in the mutant ‘Zigui shatian’ pummelo (Citrus grandis Osbeck) is due to abnormal post-zygotic embryo development and not self-incompatibility. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 104:1-11.
  • 9. Chai Lijun, Ge Xiaoxia, Xu Qiang, Deng Xiuxin* (2011) CgSL2, an S-like RNase gene in ‘Zigui shatian’ pummelo (Citrus grandis Osbeck), is involved in ovary senescence. Molecular Biology Reports 38:1-8.
  • 10. Chai Lijun, Kumar Biswas Manosh, Ge Xiaoxia, Deng Xiuxin* (2010) Isolation, characterization, and expression analysis of an SKP1-like gene from ‘Shatian’ Pummelo (Citrus grandis Osbeck). Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 28:569-577.
  • 11. Chai Lijun, Ge Xiaoxia, Kumar Biswas Manosh, Deng Xiuxin* (2011) Molecular analysis and expression of a floral organ-relative F-box gene isolated from 'Zigui shatian' pummelo (Citrus grandis Osbeck). Molecular Biology Reports 38:4429-4436.
  • 12. Chai Lijun, Kumar Biswas Manosh, Yi Hualin, Guo Wenwu, Deng Xiuxin* (2013) Transferability, polymorphism and effectiveness for genetic mapping of the Pummelo (Citrus grandis Osbeck) EST-SSR markers. Scientia Horticulturae 155:85-91
  • 13. Kumar Biswas Manosh, Chai Lijun (Co-first author), Xu Qiang, Deng Xiuxin* (2012) Generation, functional analysis and utility of C. grandis EST from a flower-derived cDNA library. Molecular Biology Reports 39: 7221-7235
  • 14. de Graaf BHJ, Vatovec S, Andrés Juárez-Díaz J, Chai Lijun, Kooblal K, Katie A. Wilkins KA, Zou Huawen, Forbes T, Franklin FCH, Franklin-Tong VE (2012) The Papaver Self-Incompatibility Pollen S-Determinant, PrpS, Functions in Arabidopsis thaliana. Current Biology 22:1-6.