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Biography of Xiurong WANG


Xiurong Wang is a Professor of the Root Biology Center at the College of Resources and Environment, South China Agricultural University. She received a Ph.D. in Plant Nutrition and a M.S. in Plant Nutrition and Fertilization from South China Agricultural University in 2008 and 1997, respectively, and a B.S. in Soil and Plant Nutrition from Northwest A&F University in1994.

In addition to her work at the South China Agricultural University, she has served as Visiting Scholar in the department of Biology and Microbiology at South Dakota State University in 2013, in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Adelaide in 2006, and in the Department of Biology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong during 2002-2003.

Her research has focused on physiological and molecular biology of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, and production and application of phosphorous-efficient transgenic soybean.

Dr.Wang has received 4 major research grants, obtained 2 patents on soybean transformation and published over 40 articles.

Current Title and Address

Professor, College of Resources and Environment, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China Tel.: 86-20-85281829, Fax: 86-20-85281829, Cell Phone: 15918672880. E-mail:


Ph.D. in Plant Nutrition, South China Agricultural University, 2008. Advisors: Xiaolong Yan and Hong Liao;

M.S. in Plant Nutrition and Fertilization, South China Agricultural University, 1997. Advisor: Xiaolong Yan;

B.S. in Soil and Plant Nutrition, Northwest A&F University, 1994.

Working Experience

Professor, South China Agricultural University, 2011-present;

Visiting Scholar, the department of Biology and Microbiology at South Dakota State University, 2013.3-2014.3

Associate Professor, South China Agricultural University, 2006-2011;

Visiting Scholar, the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Adelaide, 2006, 9-12;

Visiting Scholar, Department of Biology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2002.6-2003.6;

Research Associate, South China Agricultural University, 2000-2006;

Research Assistant, South China Agricultural University, 1997-2000.

Main Research Grants and Fellowship 

  1. Study on mechanisms of carbon partitioning regulated by mycorrhizal-induced sucrose transporters in soybean-arbuscular mycorrhizae symbiosis (A grant from National Natural Science Foundation of China). 600,000 RMB. 2017-2020;
  2. Breeding for phosphorus-efficient transgenic soybean (A grant from Science and Technology Planning Project of Guangdong Province, China). 150,000 RMB. 2017-2020;
  3. Physiological and molecular mechanisms of GmPAP4 and GmPAP33 regulating phosphorous re-utilization in soybean-AM symbiosis (A grant from National Natural Science Foundation of China). 760,000 RMB. 2014-2017;
  4. The physiological mechanisms of AM-mediated Al tolerance in soybean (A grant from High-quality Talents in Higher Education of Guangdong). 250,000 RMB. 2014-2016.

Selected Publications

  1. Riaz M, Kamran M, Fang Y, Yang G, Rizwan M, Ali S, Zhou Y, Wang Q, Deng, Wang Y, Wang X*. Boron supply alleviates cadmium toxicity in rice (Oryza sativa L.) by enhancing cadmium adsorption on cell wall and triggering antioxidant defense system in roots. Chemosphere, Online, 128938. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.128938.
  2. Sheng L, Cui G, Luo M, Sheng J, Wang X*. Rhizobium inoculation alleviates separate and combined toxicities of Na+ and Cl in alfalfa. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 2020, 42:177.
  3. Riaz M, Kamran M, Fang Y, Wang Q, Cao H, Yang G, Deng L, Wang Y, Zhou Y, Anastopoulos I, Wang X*. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi-induced mitigation of heavy metal phytotoxicity in metal contaminated soils: A critical review. Journal of Hazardous Materials, Online. 402: 123919
  4. Qin J, Wang H, Cao H, Chen K, Wang X*. 2020. Combined effects of phosphorus and magnesium on mycorrhizal symbiosis through altering metabolism and transport of photosynthates in soybean. Mycorrhiza, 30:285-298
  5. Li CC, Zhou J, Wang X*, Liao H*. 2019. A purple acid phosphatase, GmPAP33, participates in arbuscule degeneration during arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in soybean. Plant, Cell & Environment, 42: 2015-2027
  6. Zhao S, Chen A, Chen C, Li C, Xia R, Wang X*. 2019. Transcriptomic analysis reveals the possible roles of sugar metabolism and export for positive mycorrhizal growth responses in soybean. Physiologia Plantarum, 166: 712-728
  7. Kafle A, Garcia K, Wang X, Pfeffer PE, Strahan GD, Bücking H. 2019. Nutrient demand and fungal access to resources control the carbon allocation to the symbiotic partners in tripartite interactions of Medicago truncatulaPlant, Cell & Environment, 42: 270-284
  8. Cui GJ, Ai SY, Chen K, Wang XR*. 2019. Arbuscular mycorrhiza augments cadmium tolerance in soybean by altering accumulation and partitioning of nutrient elements, and related gene expression. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 171: 231-239
  9. Li CC, Li CF, Zhang HY, Liao H, Wang X*. 2017. The purple acid phosphatase GmPAP21 enhances internal phosphorus utilization and possibly plays a role in symbiosis with rhizobia in soybean. Physiologia Plantarum, 159(2): 215-227
  10. Wang G, Sheng L, Zhao D, Sheng J*, Wang X* and Liao H. 2016. Allocation of nitrogen and carbon is regulated by nodulation and mycorrhizal networks in soybean/maize intercropping system. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7:1901. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01901
  11. Liu X, Zhang C, Wang X, Liu Q, Yuan D, Pan G, Sun SSM, Tu J. 2016. Development of high-lysine rice via endosperm-specific expression of a foreign LYSINE RICH PROTEIN gene. BMC Plant Biology, 16: 147. DOI: 10.1186/s12870-016-0837-x
  12. Wang X, Zhao S, Bücking H. 2016. Arbuscular mycorrhizal growth responses are fungal specific but do not differ between soybean genotypes with different phosphorus efficiency. Annals of Botany, 118 (1): 11-21
  13. Zhang S, Zhou J, Wang G, Wang X*, Liao H. 2015. Role of mycorrhizal symbiosis in aluminum and phosphorus interactions in relation to aluminum tolerance in soybean. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 99:10225–10235
  14. Xie J, Zhou J, Wang XR*, Liao H. 2015. Effects of transgenic soybean on growth and phosphorus acquisition in mixed culture system. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 57: 477-485. doi: 10.1111/jipb.12243
  15. Li CF, Zhang HY, Wang XR*, Liao H. 2014. A comparison study of Agrobacterium-mediated transformation methods for root-specific promoter analysis in soybean. Plant Cell Reports, 33:1921-1932
  16. Zhou J, Xie JN, Liao H, Wang XR*. 2014. Overexpression of β-expansin gene GmEXPB2 improves phosphorus efficiency in soybean. Physiologia Plantarum, 150(2):194-204
  17. Gao X, Wu M, Xu R, Wang X, Pan R, Kim H-J, Liao H. 2014. Root interactions in a maize/soybean intercropping system control soybean soil-borne disease, red crown rot. PLoS ONE 9(5): e95031. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0095031
  18. Tian J, Wang XR, Tong YP, Chen XP, Liao H. 2012. Bioengineering and management for efficient phosphorus utilization in crops and pastures. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 23:1-6
  19. Li CC, Gui SH, Yang T, Walk T, Wang XR*, Liao H. 2012. Identification of soybean purple acid phosphatase genes and their expression responses to phosphorus availability and symbiosis. Annals of Botany, 109: 275-285
  20. Wang XR, Pan Q, Chen FX, Yan XL, Liao H. 2011. Effects of co-inoculation with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and rhizobia on soybean growth as related to root architecture and availability of N and P. Mycorrhiza, 21: 173-181
  21. Wang XR, Shen JB and Liao H. 2010. Acquisition or utilization, which is more critical for enhancing phosphorus efficiency in modern crops? Plant Science, 179: 302-306
  22. Wang XR, Yan XL and Liao H. 2010. Genetic improvement for phosphorus efficiency in soybean: a radical approach. Annals of Botany, 106: 215–222
  23. Wang XR, Wang YX, Tian J, Lim BL, Yan XL and Liao H. 2009. Overexpressing AtPAP15 enhances phosphorus efficiency in soybean. Plant Physiology, 151: 233-240.
  24. Cheng FX, Cao GQ, Wang XR, Zhao J, Yan XL and Liao H. 2009. Isolation and application of effective nitrogen fixation rhizobial strains on low-phosphorus acid soils in South China. Chinese Science Bulletin, 54(3): 412-420.
  25. Wang XR, Smith SE, Liao H, Yan XL, Smith FA. 2009. Growth responses of pea to different species of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi as affected by P treatments in acid soils. In: Liao H, Yan X, Kochian L, eds. Plant-soil interactions at low pH: a nutriomic approach. Guangzhou: South China University of Technology press. pp188-189
  26. Liao H, Wan H, Shaff J, Wang XR, Yan XL and Kochian L. 2006. Phosphorus and Aluminum Interactions in Soybean in Relation to Al Tolerance: Exudation of Specific Organic Acids from Different Regions of the Intact Root System. Plant Physiology, 141(2): 674-684
  27. Tian J., Liao H., Wang X., Yan. X., 2003, Phosphorus starvation-induced expression of leaf acid phosphatase isoforms in soybean. Acta Botanica Sinica  45 (9):1037-1042
  28. Shen H, Yan XL, Wang X, Zheng S. 2002. Exudation of citrate in common bean in response to aluminum stress. Journal of Plant Nutrition 25(9):1921-1932
  29. Shen H, Yan X, Zhao M, Zheng S, Wang X. 2002. Exudation of organic acids in common bean as related to mobilization of aluminum- and iron-bound phosphates. Environmental and Experimental Botany 48 (1): 1-9