Dr. Yunjiang Cheng

  • Address: Institute of Citrus Science, Huazhong Agricultural University,Wuhan 430070, China
  • Tel: 86 27 8728 1796 (O)
  • Email: Yjcheng@mail.hzau.edu.cn


1998 – 2004 Ph.D. Huazhong Agricultural University, Pomology, Wuhan, China

1994 – 1998 B.A. Northwest Agriculture & Forestry University, Horticulture, Yangling, China

Professional Experience

2011 to Present

Professor, College of Horticulture and Forestry Science, HZAU

Dean of College of Horticulture and Forestry Sciences, HZAU, Wuhan, China

Vice director of Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, Ministry of Education

Scientist of Post-harvest Storage and Fresh-keeping, National Modern Agriculture Development Plan

Executive Director of The Chinese Society of Citrus

Secretary General of Hubei Horticultural Society

Vice Chairman of The Hubei Society of Citrus

2005-2011 Associate Professor, College of Horticulture and Forestry Science, HZAU

2004-2005 Lecturer, College of Horticulture and Forestry Science, Huazhong Agricultural University

Program emphasis

Fruit Quality and Postharvest biology

1) Elucidation of the mechanisms underlying postharvest biology to extend shelf-life of citrus and enhance the fruit quality;

2) Development of the methods e.g., sweating, heat, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, γ-aminobutyric acid, salicylic acid, and 2,4-epibrassinolide to extend shelf-life of citrus;

3) Development of wax liquid formula for citrus; design refrigeration house and ventilation house for citrus long-term storage; provide technical supports and consultation to citrus production areas and company and government.

Selected publications ( * Corresponding author )
  • 1. Sheng, L; Shen, D; Luo, Y; Sun, X; Wang, J; Luo, T; Zeng Y; Xu, J; Deng, X; Cheng, Y*. Exogenous γ-aminobutyric acid treatment affects citrate and amino acid accumulation to improve fruit quality and storage performance of postharvest citrus fruit. FOOD CHEMISTRY, 2017,138–145
  • 2. Zhu, F; Chen, JJ; Xiao, X; Yun, Z; Zhang, MF; Zeng, YL; Xu, J; Cheng, YJ*; Deng, XX. Salicylic acid treatment reduces the rot of postharvest citrus fruit by inducing the accumulation of H2O2, primary metabolites and lipophilic polymethoxylated flavones. FOOD CHEMISTRY, 2016, accepted
  • 3. Wang, JQ; Sun, L; Xie, L; He, YZ; Luo, T; Sheng, L; Luo, Y; Zeng, YL; Xu, J; Deng, XX; Cheng, YJ*. Regulation of cuticle formation during fruit development and ripening in 'Newhall' navel orange (Citrus sinensis Osbeck) revealed by transcriptomic and metabolomic profiling. PLANT SCIENCE, 2016, 243 : 131-144
  • 4. Yun, Z; Zhu, F; Liu, P; Zeng, YL; Xu, J; Cheng, YJ*; Deng, XX. Sweating treatment enhances citrus fruit disease resistance by inducing the accumulation of amino acids and salicylic acid-induced resistance pathway. PHYSIOLOGIA PLANTARUM, 2015, 155(2): 109-125
  • 5. Luo, T; Xu, KY; Luo, Y; Chen, JJ; Sheng, L; Wang, JQ; Han, JW; Zeng, YL; Xu, J; Chen, JM; Wu, Q; Cheng, YJ*; Deng, XX. Distinct carotenoid and flavonoid accumulation in a spontaneous mutant of ponkan (Citrus reticulata Blanco) results in yellowish fruit and enhanced postharvest resistance. JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY, 2015, 63 (38) : 8601-8614
  • 6. Ma, QL; Zhu, LH; Feng, SY; Xu, RW; Kong, DX; Deng, XX; Cheng, YJ*. Fluroxypyr-a potential surrogate of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid for retarding calyx senescence in postharvest citrus fruit. POSTHARVEST BIOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY, 2015, 105: 17-25
  • 7. Ding, YD; Chang, JW; Ma, QL; Chen, LL; Liu, SZ; Jin, S; Han, JW; Xu, RW; Zhu, AD; Guo, J; Luo, Y; Xu, J; Xu, Q; Zeng, YL; Deng, XX; Cheng, YJ*. Network analysis of postharvest senescence process in citrus fruits revealed by transcriptomic and metabolomic profiling. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 2015,168: 357-376
  • 8. Zhu, F; Yun, Z; Ma, QL; Gong, Q; Zeng, YL; Xu, J; Cheng, YJ*; Deng, XX. Effects of exogenous 24-epibrassinolide treatment on postharvest quality and resistance of Satsuma mandarin (Citrus unshiu). POSTHARVEST BIOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY, 2015, 100: 8-15
  • 9. Wang, JQ; Hao, HH; Liu, RS; Ma, QL; Xu, J; Chen, F; Cheng, YJ*; Deng, XX. Comparative analysis of surface wax in mature fruits between Satsuma mandarin (Citrus unshiu) and 'Newhall' navel orange (Citrus sinensis) from the perspective of crystal morphology, chemical composition and key gene expression. FOOD CHEMISTRY, 2014, 153: 177-185
  • 10. Ding, YD; Chang, JW; Guo, J; Chen, D; Li, S; Xu, Q; Deng, XX; Cheng, YJ*; Chen, LL *. Prediction and functional analysis of the sweet orange protein-protein interaction network. BMC PLANT BIOLOGY, 2014,14
  • 11. Ma, QL; Ding, YD; Chang, JW; Sun, XH; Zhang, L; Wei, QJ; Cheng, YJ*; Chen, LL; Xu, J; Deng, XX. Comprehensive insights on how 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid retards senescence in post-harvest citrus fruits using transcriptomic and proteomic approaches. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, , 2014, 65 (1) : 61-74
  • 12. Sun, XH; Zhu, AD; Liu, SZ; Sheng, L; Ma, QL; Zhang, L; Mohamed, E; Nishawy, E; Zeng, YL; Xu, J; Ma, ZC; Cheng, YJ *; Deng, XX. Integration of metabolomics and subcellular organelle expression microarray to increase understanding the organic acid changes in postharvest citrus fruit. JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE PLANT BIOLOGY, 2013,55: 1038-1053
  • 13. Yun, Z; Gao, HJ; Liu, P; Liu, SZ; Luo, T; Jin, S; Xu, Q; Xu, J; Cheng, YJ*; Deng, XX. Comparative proteomic and metabolomic profiling of citrus fruit with enhancement of disease resistance by postharvest heat treatment. BMC PLANT BIOLOGY, 2013, 13
  • 14. Sun, XH; Xiong, JJ; Zhu, AD; Zhang, L; Ma, QL; Xu, J; Cheng, YJ*; Deng, XX. Sugars and organic acids changes in pericarp and endocarp tissues of pumelo fruit during postharvest storage. SCIENTIA HORTICULTURAE, 2012,142: 112-117
  • 15. Yun, Z; Jin, S; Ding, YD; Wang, Z; Gao, HJ; Pan, ZY; Xu, J; Cheng, YJ*; Deng, XX. Comparative transcriptomics and proteomics analysis of citrus fruit, to improve understanding of the effect of low temperature on maintaining fruit quality during lengthy post-harvest storage. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, 63(8) : 2873-2893
  • 16. Zhu, AD; Li, WY; Ye, JL; Sun, XH; Ding, YD; Cheng, YJ*; Deng, XX. Microarray expression profiling of postharvest ponkan mandarin (Citrus reticulata) fruit under cold storage reveals regulatory gene candidates and implications on soluble sugars metabolism. JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE PLANT BIOLOGY, 2011, 53(5) : 358-374