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Biography of Xing LU


Xing Lu, an assistant professor, is the principal investigator of the Nutrient Management laboratory in Root Biology Center in South China Agricultural University. His research has focused on nutrient management, nitrogen cycling and its environmental effect on agro-ecosystem. Recently he is interested in image-based plant phenotyping, especially 3D RSA of crop roots

Current Title and Address

Assistant Professor of Root Biology Center and Laboratory of Plant Nutrition, College of Resources and Environment, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China Tel.: 86-20-85280156, E-mail:


Ph.D. in Plant Nutrition, China Agricultural University, 2009.

B.S. in Agricultural Resources and Environmental Science, South China Agricultural University, 2003

Research Experience

Assistant Professor, Root Biology Center, South China Agricultural Univerisiy, Guangzhou, 2011- present;

Visiting Scholar, Department of Plant Science, Cornell University, USA, 2014/06 -2014/09

Visiting Scholar, Department of Plant Science, Cornell University, USA 2013/12 - 2014/03

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Resources and Environmental Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing, 2009-2011;

Visiting student, Institute of Plant Nutrition, University of Hohenheim, Germany. 4 times during 2005-2008, 3 month for each visit.

Main Research Grants

1)Mitigation of N2O emissions from soybean field by intensification of biology nitrogen fixation. National Natural Science Foundation of China, 200,000 RMB. 2017-2019;

2)Reduction of N2O emissions by soybean BNF: its ecology effect and regulation strategy. The Ph.D. Programs Foundation of Ministry of Education of China.40,000 RMB. 2014-2016;

3)Products ratio of Nitrification and denitrification processes and the ways to mitigate N2O emissions in typical agricultural soils. China Postdoctoral Science Foundation. 30,000 RMB.2010-2011. 

Selected Pubilications

1)Zheng M, Li D, Lu X, Zhu X, Zhang W, Huang J, Fu S, Lu X, Mo J. Effects of phosphorus addition with and without nitrogen addition on biological nitrogen fixation in tropical legume and non-legume tree plantations. Biogeochemistry, 131(1):65-76. DOI 10.1007/s10533-016-0265-x. 2016.

2)Yu L, Lu X, He Y, Brookes PC, Liao H, Xu JM. Combined biochar and nitrogen fertilizer reduces soil acidity and promotes nutrient use efficiency by soybean crop. Journal of Soils and Sediments , DOI: 10.1007/s11368-016-1447-9. 2016.

3)Ao J, Chen Z, Wu M, Lu X, Huang Z, Liao H*. Phosphorus fractions of red soils in Guangdong Province of South China and their bioavailability for 5 crop species. Soil Science , 179(10): 514–521.2014.

4)Huang T, Gao B, X Hu, Lu X, Well R, Christie P, Bakken L, Ju X*. Ammonia-oxidation as an engine to generate nitrous oxide in an intensively managed calcareous Fluvo-aquic soil. Scientific Reports, 4, 3950; DOI:10.1038/srep03950. 2014.

5)Qin L, Zhao J, Tian J, Chen L, Sun ZA, Guo Y, Lu X, Gu M, Xu G, Liao H*.The high-affinity phosphate transporter GmPT5 regulates phosphate transport to nodules and nodulation in soybean. Plant Physiology, 159(4): 1634-1643. 2012.

6)Gao X, Lu X, Wu M, Zhang H, Pan R, Tian J, Li S, Liao H*. Co-inoculation with Rhizobia and AMF inhibited soybean red crown rot: from field study to plant defense-related gene expression analysis. PLoS One. 7(3): e33977. 2012.

7)Qiu S, Ju X, Lu X, Ingwersen J, Li L, Streck T, Christie P, Zhang F*. Improved nitrogen management for an intensive winter wheat / summer maize double-cropping system. Soil Science Society of America Journal . 76(1): 286-297. 2012.

8)Ju X, Lu X, Gao Z, Chen X, Su F, Kogge M, Römheld V, Christie P, Zhang F*. Processes and factors controlling N2O production in an intensively managed low carbon calcareous soil under sub-humid monsoon conditions. Environmental Pollution , 159(4): 1007-1016. 2011(Co 1st auther).

9)Well R*, Flessa H, Lu X, Ju X, Römheld V. Isotopologue ratios of N2O emitted from microcosms with NH4+ fertilized arable soils under conditions favoring nitrification. Soil Biology & Biochemistry , 40(9): 2416-2426. 2008.