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Job Title

Associate Professor

Highest Education



South China Botanical Garden, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Xingke Road #723, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510650, China



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Academic Education & Work Career

Dr. Li (Ruyu Li) received her B.S. from Shenyang Agriculture University in 1994 and her M.S. from Chungbuk National University,Korea. In 2007, she received her Ph.D from North Carolina State University, USA. After pursuing Postdoctoral research at North Carolina State University, she joined SCBG as an Associate Researcher in July 2013. 

Research Interest

Plant physiology and biochemistry and molecular biology

Supported Projects




 1. Wang, C., Guo, W., Cai, X., Li, R., Ow, D.W. 2019. Engineering low-  cadmium rice through stress-inducible expression of OXS3-family member genes.  New BIOTECHNOLOGY 48: 29-34.

 2. Chen*, W., Kaur*, G., Hou, L., Li, R., Ow, D.W. 2019. Replacement of stacked transgenes in planta.  Plant Biotechnology Journal 17: 2019-2032 (*co-first authors).

 3.Li. R., Han Z.,Hou L., Ow DW. 2016. Chromosome and Genomic Engineering in Plants: Method for biolistic site-specific integration in plants catalyzed by Bxb1 integrase. Methods in Molecular Biology. Vol. 1469. Springer publication. 

 4.Zhao B, R. Qu, R. Li, B. Xu, and T. Frazier. 2013. Switchgrass (chapter 9): Tissue Culture, Genetic Transformation, and Improvement of Switchgrass through Genetic Engineering. Hong Luo (editors). Compendium of Bioenergy Plants: Switchgrass. SCIENCE PUBLISHERS/Taylor & Francis/CRC PRESS, Boca Raton, FL, USA.  

 5.Wang, Z., R. Li, J. Xu, J.M. Marita, R.D. Hatfield, R. Qu , J.J. Cheng. 2012. Sodium hydroxide pretreatment of genetically modified switchgrass for improved enzymatic release of sugars. Bioresource Technology. 110:364-370.  

 6.Zhou X, J. Xu, Z. Wang, J.J. Cheng, R. Li, R. Qu. 2012. Dilute sulfuric acid pretreatment of transgenic switchgrass for sugar production. Bioresource Technology 104:823-827  

 7.Li R. and R. Qu. 2011. High throughput Agrobacterium- mediated switchgrass transformation. Biomass and Bioenergy 35: 1046-1054.  

 8. Li R, A. H. Bruneau and R. Qu. 2010. Tissue culture-induced morphological somaclonal variation in St. Augustinegrass [Stenotaphrum secundatum (Walt.) Kuntze]. Plant Breeding. 129: 96-99.  

 9. Li R, A. H. Bruneau, and R. Qu. 2010. Morphological mutant of St. Augustinegrass induced by gamma ray irradiation. Plant breeding. 129:412-416.  

 10.Li R, R. Qu, A. H. Bruneau, and D.P. Livingston. 2010. Selection for freezing tolerance in St. Augustinegrass through somaclonal variation and germplasm evaluation. Plant breeding. 129:417-421.  

 11.Reynolds, W.C, R. Li, K. de Silva, A. H. Bruneau, and R. Qu, 2009: Field performance of mutant and somaclonal variation lines of St. Augustinegrass [Stenotaphrum secundatum (Walt.) Kuntze]. Intl. Turfgrass Soc. Res. J.11:573-582.  

 12.Li R, A. H. Bruneau, and R. Qu. 2006. Improved plant regeneration and in vitro somatic embryogenesis of St. Augustinegrass [Stanotaphrum secundatum (Walt.) Kuntze]. Plant Breeding. 125: 52-56.  

 13.Li L, R. Li, S. Fei, and R. Qu. 2005. Agrobacterum-mediated transformation of common bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon). Plant Cell Tiss. and Org. Cult.. 83: 223-229.  

 14.Li R, H. N. Murthy, S. K. Kim, and K. Y. Paek. 2001. CO2-enrichment and photosynthetic photon flux affect the growth of in vitro-cultured apple plantlets. J. of Plant Biology. 44 (2): 87-91.  

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