Sergey Shabala School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania, Australia
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Lana Shabala School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania, Australia
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Honghong Wu Huazhong Agricultural University
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Meixue Zhou
  • School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania, Australia
Research focus
  • Plant science
  • 1 Author merit


Ph.D. in Agriculture, Charles Sturt University, 2000

Current position

Associate Professor in Plant Breeding and Plant Stress Tolerance, University of Tasmania, Australia

Publications (since 2005)

  1. Wang, J., Yang, J., Zhang, Q., Zhu, J., Jia, Q., Hua, W., Shang, Y., Li, C. and Zhou, M. (2015). Mapping a major QTL for malt extract of barley from a cross between TX9425 x Naso Nijo. Theor Appl Genet 128(5): 943-952.
  2. Chen, G., Habib, A., Wei, Y., Zheng, Y., Shabala, S., Zhou, M. X. and Liu, C. (2015). Enhancing Fusarium crown rot resistance by pyramiding large-effect QTL in barley. Mol Breed 35: 26.
  3. Broughton, S., Zhou, G. F., Teakle, L. N., Matsuda, R., Zhou, M. X., O’Leary, A. R., Colmer, D. T. and Li, C. D. (2015). Root porosity QTL associated with waterlogging tolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Mol Breed.
  4. Zhu, M., Shabala, S., Shabala, L., Fan, Y. and Zhou, M. X. Evaluating predictive values of various physiological indices for salinity stress tolerance in wheat. J Agron Crop Sci.
  5. Zhu, M., Zhou, M. X., Shabala, L., and Shabala, S. (2015). Linking osmotic adjustment and stomatal characteristics with salinity stress tolerance in barley. Funct Plant Biol 42(3) 252-263.
  6. Fan, Y., Shabala, S., Ma, Y., Xu, R. and Zhou, M. (2015). Using QTL mapping to investigate the relationships between abiotic stress tolerance (drought and salinity) and agronomic and physiological traits. BMC Genomics 16: 43.
  7. Huang, X., Shabala, S., Shabala, L., Rengel, Z., Wu, X., Zhang, G. and Zhou, M. (2015). Linking waterlogging tolerance with Mn((2)(+) toxicity: a case study for barley. Plant Biol (Stuttg) 17(1): 26-33.
  8. Wu, H., Zhu, M., Shabala, L., Zhou, M. and Shabala, S. (2015). K+ retention in leaf mesophyll, an overlooked component of salinity tolerance mechanism: a case study for barley. J Integr Plant Biol 57(2): 171-185.
  9. Singh, D., Dracatos, P., Derevnina, L., Zhou, M. X. and Park, R. (2015). Rph23: A new additive adult plant resistance gene to leaf rust in barley on chromosome 7H. Plant Breeding 134: 62-69.
  10. Zeng, F., Konnerup, D., Shabala, L., Zhou, M., Colmer, T. D., Zhang, G. and Shabala, S. (2014). Linking oxygen availability with membrane potential maintenance and K+ retention of barley roots: implications for waterlogging stress tolerance. Plant Cell Environ 37(10): 2325-2338.
  11. Derevnina, L., Zhou, M., Singh, D., Wellings, C. R. and Park, R. F. (2015). The genetic basis of resistance to barley grass yellow rust (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. pseudo-hordei) in Australian barley cultivars. Theor Appl Genet 128(2): 187-197.
  12. Zhang, X. Z., Lu, C., Xu, R. G. and Zhou, M. X. (2015). Development of molecular markers linked to barley heterosis. Euphytica. 203(2): pp 309-319.
  13. Wu, H., Shabala, L., Zhou, M. and Shabala, S. (2014). Durum and bread wheat differ in their ability to retain potassium in leaf mesophyll: implications for salinity stress tolerance. Plant Cell Physiol 55(10): 1749-1762.
  14. Liu, X., Mak, M., Babla, M., Wang, F., Chen, G., Veljanoski, F., Wang, G., Shabala, S., Zhou, M. and Chen, Z. H. (2014). Linking stomatal traits and expression of slow anion channel genes HvSLAH1 and HvSLAC1 with grain yield for increasing salinity tolerance in barley. Front Plant Sci 5: 634.
  15. Fan, Y., Zhu, M., Shabala, S., Li, C. D., Johnson, P. and Zhou, M. X. (2014). Antioxidant activity in salt-stressed barley leaves: evaluating time- and age-dependence and suitability for the use as a physiological marker in breeding programs. J Agron Crop Sci 200:261-272.
  16. Zhou, G., Pereira, J. F., Delhaize, E., Zhou, M., Magalhaes, J. V. and Ryan, P. R. (2014). Enhancing the aluminium tolerance of barley by expressing the citrate transporter genes SbMATE and FRD3. J Exp Bot 65(9): 2381-2390.
  17. Gong, X., Li, C. D., Zhou, M. X., Bonnardeaux, Y. and Yan, G. J. (2014). Seed dormancy and pre-harvest sprouting tolerance in barley are dictated by genetics, environments and their interactions. Euphytica 197: 355-368.
  18. Adem, G. D., Roy, S. J., Zhou, M., Bowman, J. P. and Shabala, S. (2014). Evaluating contribution of ionic, osmotic and oxidative stress components towards salinity tolerance in barley. BMC Plant Biol 14: 113.
  19. Wang, J., Yang, J., Jia, Q., Zhu, J., Shang, Y., Hua, W. and Zhou, M. (2014). A new QTL for plant height in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) showing no negative effects on grain yield. PLoS One 9(2): e90144.
  20. Chen, G., Yan, W., Liu, Y., Wei, Y., Zhou, M., Zheng, Y. L., Manners, J. M. and Liu, C. (2014). The non-gibberellic acid-responsive semi-dwarfing gene uzu affects Fusarium crown rot resistance in barley. BMC Plant Biol 14: 22.
  21. Wu, H., Shabala, L., Barry, K., Zhou, M. and Shabala, S. (2013). Ability of leaf mesophyll to retain potassium correlates with salinity tolerance in wheat and barley. Physiol Plant 149:515-527.
  22. Bian, M., Zhou, M. X., Sun, D. F. and Li, C. D. (2013). Molecular approaches unravel the mechanism of acid soil tolerance in plants. The Crop Journal 1(2): 91-104.
  23. Chen, G. D., Liu, Y. X., Wei, Y. M., McIntyre, C. L., Zhou, M. X., Zheng, Y. L. and Liu, C. J. (2013). Major QTL for Fusarium crown rot resistance in a barley landrace. Theor Appl Genet 126(10): 2511-2520.
  24. Zeng, F., Shabala, L., Zhou, M., Zhang, G. and Shabala, S. (2013). Barley responses to combined waterlogging and salinity stress: separating effects of oxygen deprivation and elemental toxicity. Front Plant Sci 4: 313.
  25. Zhou, G., Delhaize, E., Zhou, M. and Ryan, P. R. (2013). The barley MATE gene, HvAACT1, increases citrate efflux and Al(3+) tolerance when expressed in wheat and barley. Ann Bot 112(3): 603-612.
  26. Bian, M., Waters, I., Broughton, S., Zhang, X. Q., Zhou, M. X., Lance, R., Sun, D. F. and Li, C. D. (2013). Development of gene-specific markers for acid soil/aluminium tolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Mol Breeding 32: 155-164.
  27. Maksimović, J. D., Zhang, J. Y., Živanović, B. D., Shabala, L., Zhou, M. X. and Shabala, S. (2013). Linking oxidative and salinity stress tolerance in barley: can root antioxidant enzyme activity be used as a measure of stress tolerance? Plant Soil 365: 141-155.
  28. Jin, X., Cai, S., Ye, L., Chen, Z., Zhou, M. and Zhang, G. (2013). Association of HvLDI with limit dextrinase activity and malt quality in barley. Biotechnol Lett 35(4): 639-645.
  29. Dai, F., Nevo, E., Wu, D., Comadran, J., Zhou, M., Qiu, L., Chen, Z., Beiles, A., Chen, G. and Zhang, G. (2012). Tibet is one of the centers of domestication of cultivated barley. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109(42): 16969-16973.
  30. Chen, G. D., Li, H. B., Zheng, Z., Wei, Y. M., Zheng, Y. L., McIntyre, C. L., Zhou, M. X. and Liu, C. J. (2012). Characterization of a QTL affecting spike morphology on the long arm of chromosome 3H in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) based on near isogenic lines and a NIL-derived population. Theor Appl Genet 125(7): 1385-1392.
  31. Li, H. B., Zhou, M. X. and Liu, C. J. (2012). Development and validation of markers closely linked to crown rot resistance in wheat and barley. Molecular Plant Breeding 3: 80-90.
  32. Liu, Y. X., Zheng, Y. L., Wei, Y. M., Zhou, M. X. and Liu, C. J. (2012). Genotypic differences in resistance to crown rot caused by Fusarium pseudograminearum in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Plant Breeding 131: 728-732.
  33. Xu, R., Wang, J., Li, C., Johnson, P., Lu, C. and Zhou, M. (2012). A single locus is responsible for salinity tolerance in a Chinese landrace barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). PLoS One 7(8): e43079.
  34. Zhou, M. X., Johnson, P., Zhou, G. F., Li, C. D. and Lance, R. (2012). Quantitative trait loci for waterlogging tolerance in a barley cross of franklin x YuYaoXiangTian erleng and the relationship between waterlogging and salinity tolerance. Crop Science 52: 2082-2088.
  35. Liu, Y. X , Ma, J., Yan, W., Yan, G. J., Zhou, M. X., Wei, Y. M., Zheng, Y. L. and Liu, C. J. (2012). Different tolerance in bread wheat, durum wheat and barley to fusarium crown rot disease caused by Fusarium pseudograminearum. J Phytopathol 160: 412–417.
  36. Cuin, T. A., Zhou, M., Parsons, D. and Shabala, S. (2012). Genetic behaviour of physiological traits conferring cytosolic K+/Na+ homeostasis in wheat. Plant Biol (Stuttg) 14(3): 438-446.
  37. Zhou, G. F., Johnson, P., Ryan, P. R., Delhaize, E. and Zhou, M. X. (2012). Quantitative trait loci for salinity tolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Mol Breeding 29:427-436.
  38. Liu, C. J., Ma, J., Li, H. B., Liu, Y. X., Liu, G. R., Wen, S. M., Zhou, M. X. and Yan, G. J. and Chakraborty S. (2011). The homoeologous regions on long arms of group 3 chromosomes in wheat and barley harbour major crown rot resistance loci. Czech J Genet Plant 47 (Special Issue): S109-S114.
  39. Dai, F., Qiu, L., Ye, L., Wu, D., Zhou, M. and Zhang, G. (2011). Identification of a phytase gene in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). PLoS One 6(4): e18829.
  40. Huang, J., Han, B., Xu, S., Zhou, M. and Shen, W. (2011). Heme oxygenase-1 is involved in the cytokinin-induced alleviation of senescence in detached wheat leaves during dark incubation. J Plant Physiol 168(8): 768-775.
  41. Zhou, M. X. (2011). Accurate phenotyping reveals better QTLs for waterlogging tolerance in barley. Plant Breeding 130: 203-208.
  42. Li, H. B. and Zhou, M. X. (2011). Quantitative trait loci controlling barley powdery mildew and scald resistances in two different barley doubled haploid populations. Mol Breeding 27: 479-490.
  43. Alsop, B. P., Farre, A., Wenzl, P., Wang, J. M., Zhou, M. X., Romagosa, I., Kilian, A. and Steffenson, B. J. (2011). Development of wild barley-derived DArT markers and their integration into a barley consensus map. Mol Breeding 27:77–92.
  44. Wang, J., Yang, J., McNeil, D. and Zhou, M. (2010). Mapping of quantitative trait loci controlling barley flour pasting properties. Genetica 138(11-12): 1191-1200.
  45. Li, H., Kilian, A., Zhou, M., Wenzl, P., Huttner, E., Mendham, N., McIntyre, L. and Vaillancourt, R. E. (2010). Construction of a high-density composite map and comparative mapping of segregation distortion regions in barley. Mol Genet Genomics 284(5): 319-331.
  46. Chen, F., Wang, F., Wu, F., Mao, W., Zhang, G. and Zhou, M. (2010). Modulation of exogenous glutathione in antioxidant defense system against Cd stress in the two barley genotypes differing in Cd tolerance. Plant Physiol Biochem 48(8): 663-672.
  47. Wang, J. M., Yang, J. M., McNeil, D. and Zhou, M. X. (2010). Identification and molecular mapping of a dwarfing gene in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and its correlation with other agronomic traits. Euphytica 175:331–342.
  48. Xue, D. W., Zhou, M. X., Zhang, X. Q., Chen, S., Wei, K., Zeng, F. R., Mao, Y., Wu, F. B. and Zhang, G. P. (2010). Identification of QTLs for yield and yield components of barley under different growth conditions. J Zhejiang Univ Sci B 11(3): 169-176.
  49. Pereira, J. F., Zhou, G., Delhaize, E., Richardson, T., Zhou, M. and Ryan, P. R. (2010). Engineering greater aluminium resistance in wheat by over-expressing TaALMT1. Ann Bot 106(1): 205-214.
  50. Jin, X. L., Huang, Y. Z., Zeng, F. R., Zhou, M. X. and Zhang, G. P. (2009). Difference in response of peroxidase and superoxide dismutase Isozymes and activities to salt stress in barley. Acta Physiol Plant 31: 1103-1109.
  51. Dai, F., Huang. Y. Z., Zhou, M. X. and Zhang, G. P. (2009). The influence of cold acclimation on antioxidative enzymes and antioxidants in barley and its relation to alleviation of freezing injury. Biol Plantarum 53: 257-262.
  52. Li, H. B., Zhou, M. X. and Liu, C. J. (2009). A major QTL conferring crown rot resistance in barley and its association with plant height. Theor Appl Genet 118(5): 903-910.
  53. Shabala, S., Pang, J., Zhou, M., Shabala, L., Cuin, T. A., Nick, P. and Wegner, L. H. (2009). Electrical signalling and cytokinins mediate effects of light and root cutting on ion uptake in intact plants. Plant Cell Environ 32(2): 194-207.
  54. Xue, D. W., Chen, M. C., Zhou, M. X., Chen, S., Mao, Y. and Zhang, G. P. (2008). QTL analysis of flag leaf in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) for morphological traits and chlorophyll content. J Zhejiang Univ Sci B 9(12): 938-943.
  55. Zhou, M. X., Li, H. B., Chen, Z. H. and Mendham, N. J. (2008). Combining ability of barley flour pasting properties. J Cereal Sci 48: 789-793.
  56. Chen, Z. H., Shabala, S., Mendham, N. J., Newman, I., Zhang, G. P. and Zhou, M. X. (2008). Combining ability of salt tolerance on the bases of NaCl induced K+ flux from roots of barley (Hordeum vulgare, L.). Crop Science 48:1382-1388.
  57. Li, H., Vaillancourt, R., Mendham, N. and Zhou, M. (2008). Comparative mapping of quantitative trait loci associated with waterlogging tolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). BMC Genomics 9: 401.
  58. Chen, Z., Cuin, T. A., Zh, Lu, C.ou, M., Twomey, A., Naidu, B. P. and Shabala, S. (2007). Compatible solute accumulation and stress-mitigating effects in barley genotypes contrasting in their salt tolerance. J Exp Bot 58(15-16): 4245-4255.
  59. Chen, Z., Pottosin, II, Cuin, T. A., Fuglsang, A. T., Tester, M., Jha, D., Zepeda-Jazo, I., Zhou, M., Palmgren, M. G., Newman, I. A. and Shabala, S. (2007). Root plasma membrane transporters controlling K+/Na+ homeostasis in salt-stressed barley. Plant Physiol 145(4): 1714-1725.
  60. Xu, R., Zhou, M., Lu, F. and Lu, C. (2007). The Effect of salinity on the growth of barley seedlings. Seed 26(9): 21-27.
  61. Dai, F., Zhou, M. and Zhang, G. (2007). The change of chlorophyll fluorescence parameters in winter barley during recovery after freezing shock and as affected by cold acclimation and irradiance. Plant Physiol Biochem 45(12): 915-921.
  62. Wang, J., Zhou, M. X., Xu, R. G., Lu, C. and Huang, Z. L. (2007). Studies on selecting indices and evaluation methods for waterlogging tolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Scientia Agricultura Sinica 40(10): 2145-2152.
  63. Xiao, Y. P., Wei, K., Chen, J. X., Zhou, M. X. and Zhang, G. P. (2007). Genotypic difference in growth inhibition and yield loss in barley under waterlogging stress. J Zhejiang Univ A 33(5): 525-532.
  64. Pang, J., Cuin, T., Shabala, L., Zhou, M., Mendham, N. and Shabala, S. (2007). Effect of secondary metabolites associated with anaerobic soil conditions on ion fluxes and electrophysiology in barley roots. Plant Physiol 145(1): 266-276.
  65. Guo, T., Zhang, G., Zhou, M. X., Wu, F. and Chen, J. (2007). Influence of aluminium and cadmium stresses on mineral nutrition and root exudates in two barley cultivars. Pedosphere 17:505-512.
  66. Wenzl, P., Raman, H., Wang, J., Zhou, M., Huttner, E. and Kilian, A. (2007). A DArT platform for quantitative bulked segregant analysis. BMC Genomics 8: 196.
  67. Wang, J., Raman, H., Zhou, M., Ryan, P. R., Delhaize, E., Hebb, D. M., Coombes, N. and Mendham, N. (2007). High-resolution mapping of the Alp locus and identification of a candidate gene HvMATE controlling aluminium tolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Theor Appl Genet 115(2): 265-276.
  68. Pang, J., Ross, J., Zhou, M. X., Mendham, N. and Shabala, S. (2007). Amelioration of detrimental effects of waterlogging by foliar nutrient sprays in barley. Funct Plant Biol 34:221-227.
  69. Chen, Z. H., Zhou, M. X., Newman, I., Mendham, N. J., Zhang, G. P. and Shabala, S. (2007). Potassium and sodium relations in salinised barley tissues as a basis of differential salt tolerance. Funct Plant Biol 34:150-162.
  70. Zhou, M. X., Li, H. B. and Mendham, N. J. (2007). Combining ability of waterlogging tolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Crop Science 47: 278-284.
  71. Wang, J., Zhou, M. X., Huang, Z. L., Lu, C. and Xu, R. G. (2006). Genetic analysis of quantitative traits of a doubled haploid population in barley. J Yangzhou Uni Agricultural and Life Science Edition 27(3): 65-69.
  72. Wang, J. P., Raman, H., Zhang, G. P., Mendham, N. and Zhou, M. X. (2006). Aluminium tolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.): physiological mechanisms, genetics and screening methods. J Zhejiang Univ Sci B 7(10): 769-787.
  73. Wenzl, P., Li, H., Carling, J., Zhou, M., Raman, H., Paul, E., Hearnden, P., Maier, C., Xia, L., Caig, V., Ovesna, J., Cakir, M., Poulsen, D., Wang, J., Raman, R., Smith, K. P., Muehlbauer, G. J., Chalmers, K. J., Kleinhofs, A., Huttner, E. and Kilian, A. (2006). A high-density consensus map of barley linking DArT markers to SSR, RFLP and STS loci and agricultural traits. BMC Genomics 7: 206.
  74. Wang, J. P., Raman, H., Read, B., Zhou, M. X., Mendham, N. and Venkatanagappa, S. (2006). Validation of a major locus for aluminium tolerance scored with eriochrome cyanine R staining in ‘Honen’ barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Aust J Agr Res 57: 113-118.
  75. Huang, Y. Z., Zhang, G. P., Wu, F. B., Chen, J. X. and Zhou, M. X. (2006). Difference in physiological traits as affected by salt stress among barley genotypes. Commun Soil Sci Plan 37(3/4): 1107-1121.
  76. Qi, J. C., Zhang, G. P. and Zhou, M. X. (2006). Protein and hordein fraction content in barley seeds as affected by nitrogen level and their relations to beta-amylase activity. J Cereal Sci 43:102-107.
  77. Pang, J. Y., Newman, I., Mendham, N., Zhou, M. and Shabala, S. (2006). Microelectrode ion and O2 fluxes measurements reveal differential sensitivity of barley root tissues to hypoxia. Plant Cell Environ 29(6): 1107-1121.
  78. Tajbakhsh, M., Zhou, M. X., Chen, Z. H. and Mendham, N. J. (2006). Physiological and cytological response of salt-tolerant and non-tolerant barley to salinity during germination and early growth. Aust J Exp Agr 46(4): 555-562.
1 Protocol published
MIFE Technique-based Screening for Mesophyll K+ Retention for Crop Breeding for Salinity Tolerance
Authors:  Honghong Wu, Lana Shabala, Meixue Zhou and Sergey Shabala, date: 05/05/2015, view: 8393, Q&A: 0
Potassium is known as a rate-limiting factor for crop yield and plays an important role in plants response under abiotic stresses. Recently, cytosolic K+ retention ability in leaf mesophyll has emerged as an important component of plant ...
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