Dr. Xiaomeng Wu

  • Address: Institute of Citrus Science, Huazhong Agricultural University,Wuhan 430070, China
  • Tel: 86 027-87287393 (O)
  • Email: wuxm@mail.hzau.edu.cn


2006 – 2014 Ph.D. Huazhong Agricultural University, Fruit Science, Wuhan, China

2013 – 2014 Visiting Graduate Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

2002 – 2006 B.A. Huazhong Agricultural University, Horticulture, Wuhan, China

Professional Experience

2015 – present Lecturer, Huazhong Agricultural University

2018- present Associate professor, Huazhong Agricultural University

Program emphasis

Citrus biotechnology (mechanism of embryogenesis). In vitro somatic embryogenesis (SE) from callus and in vivo nucellar embryony (NE) in ovule are two forms of asexual embryogenesis for citrus. SE has been widely used in biotechnology as a powerful way of regeneration and a model system for studying plant embryogenesis; whereas NE is an adventitious form of apomixis common in citrus which enables the fixation of desirable agronomic traits but impedes progress in cross breeding. In order to explore the controlling mechanisms of citrus SE and NE, using omics approach, we identify the related genes, proteins, miRNAs and biological processes, and manage to dissect the corresponding functions.


“Young Scientist Award Honorable Mention”, The International Society of Citriculture, 2016

Selected publications ( * Corresponding author )
  • 1. Long JM, Liu CY, Feng MQ, Liu Y, Wu XM*, Guo WW* (2018) miR156-SPLs module regulates somatic embryogenesis induction in citrus callus. Journal of Experimental Botany, accepted
  • 2. Liu MY, Wu XM* (co first author), Long JM, Guo WW (2017) Genomic characterization of miR156 and SQUAMOSA promoter binding protein-like genes in sweet orange (Citrus sinensis). Plant Cell Tissue Organ Culture 130:103–116
  • 3. Long JM, Liu Z, Wu XM*, Fang YN, Jia HH, Xie ZZ, Deng XX, Guo WW* (2016) Genome-scale mRNA and small RNA transcriptomic insights into initiation of citrus apomixis. Journal of Experimental Botany 67(19): 5743–5756
  • 4. Wu XM, Kou SJ, Liu YL, Fang YN, Xu Q, Guo WW* (2015) Genomewide analysis of small RNAs in nonembryogenic and embryogenic tissues of citrus: microRNA- and siRNA- mediated transcript cleavage involved in somatic embryogenesis. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 13(3): 383-394
  • 5. Kou SJ#, Wu XM#, Liu Z, Liu YL, Xu Q, Guo WW* (2012) Selection and validation of suitable reference genes for miRNA expression normalization by quantitative RT-PCR in citrus somatic embryogenic and adult tissues. Plant Cell Reports 31: 2151-2163
  • 6. Wu XM, Liu MY, Ge XX, Xu Q, Guo WW* (2011) Stage and tissue-specific modulation of ten conserved miRNAs and their targets during somatic embryogenesis of Valencia sweet orange. Planta 233: 495-505
  • 7. Wu XM, Liu MY, Xu Q, Guo WW* (2011) Identification and characterization of microRNAs from citrus expressed sequence tags. Tree Genetics & Genomes 7: 117-133