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 Phytohormone Regulation Lab  

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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. Liu was born in 1983 in Changsha, Hunan. Dr. Liu received his B.Sfrom Zhanjiang Normal University in June, 2006, and his Ph.D from South China Normal University in June, 2012, and he joined SCBG in July as associate research fellow in the Phytohormone Regulation Lab. Research interest mainly focuses on the molecular mechanisms of cross-talks between phytohormones in plant development and stress responses by expertise including biochemistry and molecular biology, molecular genetics, plant physiology, cell biology. Dr. Liu has been published many research papers in the international journals such as Nat Commun, Plant Cell, Mol Plant, Front Plant Sci, Plant Physiol Bioch. The relative researches have been funded by NSFC and Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province.

Research Interest

The molecular mechanisms of cross-talks between phytohormones in plant development and stress responses.

Supported Projects



  1. Yuge Li, Yuhua Yang, Yilong Hu, Hailun Liu, Ming He, Ziyin Yang, Fanjiang Kong, Xu Liu, and Xingliang Hou* (2019) DELLA and EDS1 form a feedback regulatory module to fine-tune plant growth-defense tradeoff in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant 12, 1485-1498 (IF=10.812)
  2. Yilong Hu, Limeng Zhou, Mingkun Huang, Xu Liu, Yuhua Ynag, Yuge Li, Xingliang Hou* (2018) Gibberellins play an essential role in late embryogenesis of Arabidopsis. Nature Plants 4, 289-298. (F1000Prime, IF2017-2018=11.471)
  3. He Sun, Zhu Qiao, Khi Pin Chua, Alma Tursic, Xu Liu, Yong-Gui Gao, Yuguang Mu, Xingliang Hou, Yansong Miao* (2018) Profilin negatively regulates formin-mediated actin assembly to modulate PAMP-triggered plant immunity. Current Biology 28: 1882-1895.e7. (IF2017-2018= 9.251)
  4. Xu Liu, Yuhua Yang, Yilong Hu, Limeng Zhou, Yuge Li, and Xingliang Hou*.(2018) Temporal-Specific Interaction of NF-YC and CURLY LEAF during the Floral Transition Regulates Flowering. Plant Physiology 177, 105-114. (IF2017-2018= 5.949)
  5. Xu Liu, Xingliang Hou* (2018) Antagonistic Regulation of ABA and GA in Metabolism and Signaling Pathways, Frontiers in Plant Science 9: 251. (IF2017-2018=3.678) 

6.       Yang Tang, Xuncheng Liu, Xu Liu, Yuge Li, Keqiang Wu, Xingliang Hou, Arabidopsis NF-YCs mediate the light control of hypocotyl elongation via modulating histone acetylation. Molecular Plant, 2017, 10(2): 260-273.

7.       Xu Liu, Pengwei Hu, Mingkun Huang, Yang Tang, Yuge Li, Xingliang Hou. The NF-YC–RGL2 module integrates GA and ABA signalling to regulate seed germination in Arabidopsis, Nature Communications, 2016, 7: 12768.

8.       Xiaoyun Li, Xiaoling Li, Meijuan Li, Youcheng Yan, Xu Liu*, Ling Li. Dual function of NAC072 in ABF3-mediated ABA-responsive gene regulation in Arabidopsis, Frontiers in Plant Science, 2016, 7: 1075.

9.       Mingkun Huang, Yilong Hu, Xu Liu, Yuge Li, Xingliang Hou, Arabidopsis LEAFY COTYLEDON1 Mediates Postembryonic Development via Interacting with PHYTOCHROME -INTERACTING FACTOR4, The Plant Cell, 2015, 27: 3099-3111.

10.   Xiaoyun Li, Jiabao Lu, Shuai Liu, Xu Liu, Yingying Lin, Ling Li, Identification of rapidly induced genes in the response of peanut (Arachis hypogaea) to water deficit and abscisic acid, BMC Biotechnology, 2014, 14: 58. 

11.   Xu Liu, Shuai Liu, Jiali Wu, Biyu Zhang, Xiaoyun Li, Youchen Yan, Ling Li. Overexpression of Arachis hypogaea NAC3 in tobacco enhances dehydration and drought tolerance by increasing superoxide scavenging, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 2013, 70: 354-359. 

12.   Xiaoyun Li, Xu Liu, Yao Yao, Yihao Li, Shuai Liu, Chaoyong He, Jianmei Li, Yingying Lin, Ling Li. Overexpression of Arachis hypogaea AREB1 Gene Enhances Drought Tolerance by Modulating ROS Scavenging and Maintaining Endogenous ABA Content, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2013, 14(6): 12827-12842.

13.   Lan Hong, Bo Hu, Xu Liu, Chaoyong He, Yao Yao, Xiaolin Li, Ling Li, Molecular cloning and expression analysis of a new stress-related AREB gene from Arachis hypogaea, Biologia Plantarum, 2013, 57(1): 56-62.

14.   Xu Liu, Lan Hong, Xiaoyun Li, Yao Yao, Bo Hu, Ling Li, Improved Drought and Salt Tolerance in Transgenic Arabidopsis Overexpressing a NAC Transcriptional Factor from Arachis hypogaea, Bioscience Biotechnology and Biochemistry, 2011, 75: 443-450.

15.   Xu Liu, Biyu Zhang, Lan Hong, Liangchen Su, Xuanqiang Liang, Xiaoyun Li, Ling Li, MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION OF ARACHIS HYPOGAEA NAC 2 (AHNAC2) REVEALS IT AS A NAC-LIKE PROTEIN IN PEANUT, Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment, 2010, 24: 2066-2070.

16.   Liu X, Hong L, Zhang B, Yao Y, Su L, Hu B, Li H, Li L. OVEREXPRESSION OF A NAC TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR, AHNAC2 FROM PEANUT (ARACHIS HYPOGAEA L.), ENHANCES ABA SENSITIVITY AND DROUGHT TOLERANCE IN TRANSGENIC ARABIDOPSIS, 21st International Conference on Arabidopsis Research, Yokohama, Japan, 2010.06.06 - 2010.06.10. (International conference abstract, page 89)

17.   刘旭,李玲,花生NAC转录因子AhNAC2AhNAC3的克隆及转录特征,作物学报 2009, 35(03): 541-545.

18.   刘旭,李玲,植物NAC转录因子的研究进展, 生命科学研究, 2008, 12(04): 10-16.

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