Zhongyi Li
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Research focus
  • Molecular biology
  • 1 Author merit


Ph.D. in Plant Molecular biology, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University, 1995

Current position

Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Agriculture, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia

Publications (since 2010)

  1. Regina, A., Berbezy, P., Kosar-Hashemi, B., Li, S., Cmiel, M., Larroque, O., Bird, A. R., Swain, S. M., Cavanagh, C., Jobling, S. A., Li, Z. and Morell, M. (2015). A genetic strategy generating wheat with very high amylose content. Plant Biotechnol J 13(9): 1276-1286.
  2. Luo, J., Jobling, S. A., Millar, A., Morell, M. K. and Li, Z. (2015). Allelic effects on starch structure and properties of six starch biosynthetic genes in a rice recombinant inbred line population. Rice (N Y) 8: 15.
  3. Fitzgerald, T. L., Powell, J. J., Stiller, J., Weese, T. L., Abe, T., Zhao, G., Jia, J., McIntyre, C. L., Li, Z., Manners, J. M. and Kazan, K. (2015). An assessment of heavy ion irradiation mutagenesis for reverse genetics in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). PLoS One 10(2): e0117369.
  4. Luo, J., Ahmed, R., Kosar-Hashemi, B., Larroque, O., Butardo, V. M., Jr., Tanner, G. J., Colgrave, M. L., Upadhyaya, N. M., Tetlow, I. J., Emes, M. J., Millar, A., Jobling, S. A., Morell, M. K. and Li, Z. (2015). The different effects of starch synthase IIa mutations or variation on endosperm amylose content of barley, wheat and rice are determined by the distribution of starch synthase I and starch branching enzyme IIb between the starch granule and amyloplast stroma. Theor Appl Genet 128(7): 1407-1419.
  5. McMaugh, S. J., Thistleton, J. L., Anschaw, E., Luo, J., Konik-Rose, C., Wang, H., Huang, M., Larroque, O., Regina, A., Jobling, S. A., Morell, M. K. and Li, Z. (2014). Suppression of starch synthase I expression affects the granule morphology and granule size and fine structure of starch in wheat endosperm. J Exp Bot 65(8): 2189-2201.
  6. Regina, A., Li, Z., Morell, M. K. and Jobling, S. A. (2014). Genetically modified starch: State of art and perspectives. 04/2014: pages 13 to 29; ISBN: 978-0-444-53730-0.
  7. Li, Q., Pan, Z., Deng, G., Long, H., Li, Z., Deng, X., Liang, J., Tang, Y., Zeng, X., Tashi, N. and Yu, M. (2014). Effect of wide variation of the Waxy gene on starch properties in hull-less barley from Qinghai-Tibet plateau in China. J Agric Food Chem 62(47): 11369-11385.
  8. Curaba, J., Talbot, M., Li, Z. and Helliwell, C. (2013). Over-expression of microRNA171 affects phase transitions and floral meristem determinancy in barley. BMC Plant Biol 13: 6.
  9. Higgins, J. E., Kosar‐Hashemi, B., Li, Z., Howitt, C. A., Larroque, O., Flanagan, B., Morell, M. K. and Rahman, S. (2013). Characterization of starch phosphorylases in barley grains. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 93(9): 2137-2145.
  10. Zaplin, E. S., Liu, Q., Li, Z., Butardo, V. M., Blanchard, C. L. and Rahman, S. (2013). Production of high oleic rice grains by suppressing the expression of the OsFAD2-1 gene. Functional Plant Biology 40(10): 996-1004.
  11. Chanvrier, H., Appelqvist, I. A., Li, Z., Morell, M. K. and Lillford, P. J. (2013). Processing high amylose wheat varieties with a capillary rheometer: Structure and thermomechanical properties of products. Food Research International 53(1): 73-80.
  12. Ral, J. P., Bowerman, A. F., Li, Z., Sirault, X., Furbank, R., Pritchard, J. R., Bloemsma, M., Cavanagh, C. R., Howitt, C. A. and Morell, M. K. (2012). Down-regulation of Glucan, Water-Dikinase activity in wheat endosperm increases vegetative biomass and yield. Plant Biotechnol J 10(7): 871-882.
  13. Regina, A., Blazek, J., Gilbert, E., Flanagan, B. M., Gidley, M. J., Cavanagh, C., Ral, J. P., Larroque, O., Bird, A. R., Li, Z. and Morell, M. K. (2012). Differential effects of genetically distinct mechanisms of elevating amylose on barley starch characteristics. Carbohydr Polym 89(3): 979-991.
  14. Curaba, J., Spriggs, A., Taylor, J., Li, Z. and Helliwell, C. (2012). miRNA regulation in the early development of barley seed. BMC Plant Biol 12: 120.
  15. BeNCze, S. and VeiSz, O. (2011). Quality of winter wheat in relation to heat and drought shock after anthesis. Czech J. Food Sci. Vol 29(2): 117-128.
  16. Pritchard, J. R., Lawrence, G. J., Larroque, O., Li, Z., Laidlaw, H. K., Morell, M. K. and Rahman, S. (2011). A survey of beta-glucan and arabinoxylan content in wheat. J Sci Food Agric 91(7): 1298-1303.
  17. Li, Z., Li, D., Du, X., Wang, H., Larroque, O., Jenkins, C. L., Jobling, S. A. and Morell, M. K. (2011). The barley amo1 locus is tightly linked to the starch synthase IIIa gene and negatively regulates expression of granule-bound starch synthetic genes. J Exp Bot 62(14): 5217-5231.
  18.  Fitzgerald, T. L., Kazan, K., Li, Z., Morell, M. K. and Manners, J. M. (2010). A high-throughput method for the detection of homologous gene deletions in hexaploid wheat. BMC Plant Biol 10: 264.
  19. Rakszegi, M., Bognár, Z., Li, Z., Békés, F., Láng, L. and Bedő, Z. (2010). Effect of milling on the starch properties of winter wheat genotypes. Starch‐Stärke 62(2): 115-122.
  20. Regina, A., Kosar-Hashemi, B., Ling, S., Li, Z., Rahman, S. and Morell, M. (2010). Control of starch branching in barley defined through differential RNAi suppression of starch branching enzyme IIa and IIb. J Exp Bot 61(5): 1469-1482.
1 Protocol published
Analysis of Starch Synthase Activities in Wheat Grains using Native-PAGE
Author:  Zhongyi Li, date: 01/20/2016, view: 7568, Q&A: 0
Starch synthases are one class of key enzymes involving in the synthesis of cereal starch, which transfer glucose from ADP-glucose to the non-reducing end of pre-existing α-(1-4)-liked glucosyl chains of amylopectin. This protocol is highly ...
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