Xiaofei Liang
  • Faculty, Northwest A&F University
Research focus
  • Microbiology
Personal information


PhD, University of Florida, 2014

Lab information

Fungal Genetics Laboratory

Research focus

Apple Fungal Pathogens
Fungal Genomics and Genetics
Fungi-Plant Interactions


Xiaofei Liang, Jeffrey A. Rollins. 2018. Mechanisms of broad host range necrotrophic pathogenesis in Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Phytopathology. 108(10): 1128-1140.
Xiaofei Liang, Shengping Shang, Qiuyue Dong, Bo Wang, Rong Zhang, Mark L. Gleason, Guangyu Sun. 2018. Transcriptomic analysis reveals candidate genes regulating development and host interactions of Colletotrichum fructicola. BMC Genomics. 19(1):557. doi: 10.1186/s12864-018-4934-0.
Xiaofei Liang, Bo Wang, Qiuyue Dong, Lingnan Li, Jeffrey A. Rollins, Rong Zhang, Guangyu Sun. 2018. Pathogenic adaptations of Colletotrichum fungi revealed by genome wide gene family evolutionary analyses. PLoS One. 13(4):e0196303. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0196303.
Pengbo Dai, Xiaofei Liang, Yajing Wang, Mark L. Gleason, Rong Zhang, Guangyun Sun. High humidity and age-dependent fruit susceptibility promote development of Trichothecium black spot on apple. Plant Disease. Accepted. doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-05-18-0734-RE.
Bo Wang, Xiaofei Liang, Mark L. Gleason, Rong Zhang, Guangyu Sun. 2018. Comparative genomics of Botryosphaeria dothidea and B. kuwatsukai, causal agents of apple ring rot, reveals both species expansion of pathogenicity-related genes and variations in virulence gene content during speciation. IMA Fungus. 9(2): 243-257.
Qiuyue Dong, Xiaofei Liang, Wei Zhang, Guangyu Sun, Rong Zhang. 2018. Fluorescent labeling of Colletotrichum fructicola nuclei based on a reporter gene knock-in strategy. Mycosystema (in Chinese), 37(2): 166-174. doi: 10.13346/j.mycosystema.170117.
Xiaofei Liang, Xianglin Tian, Wenkui Liu, Tingyu Wei, Wei Wang, Qiuyue Dong, Bo Wang, Yanan Meng, Rong Zhang, Mark L. Gleason, Guangyu Sun. 2017. Comparative analysis of the mitochondrial genomes of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides sensu lato: insights into the evolution of a fungal species complex interacting with diverse plants. BMC Genomics, 18(1):171. doi: 10.1186/s12864-016-3480-x.
Bo Wang, Xiaofei Liang, Mark L. Gleason, Rong Zhang, Guangyu Sun. 2017. Genome sequence of the ectophytic fungus Ramichloridium luteum reveals unique evolutionary adaptations to plant surface niche. BMC Genomics, 18(1):729. doi: 10.1186/s12864-017-4118-3.
Wei Wang, Xiaofei Liang, Rong Zhang, M.L. Gleason, Guangyu Sun. 2017. Liquid shake culture overcomes solid plate culture in inducing conidial production of Colletotrichum isolates. Australasian Plant Pathology, 46 (3):285-287. doi: 10.1007/s13313-017-0490-3.
Li Zheng, Jie Zhao, Xiaofei Liang, Gangming Zhan, Shuchang Jiang, Zhensheng Kang. 2017. Identification of a novel Alternaria alternata strain able to hyperparasitize Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, the causal agent of wheat stripe rust. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8:71. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00071.
Li Zheng, Xia Lu, Xiaofei Liang, Shuchang Jiang, Jing Zhao, Gangming Zhan, Peng Liu, Jianhui Wu, Zhensheng Kang. 2017. Molecular characterization of novel totivirus-like double-stranded RNAs from Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, the causal agent of wheat stripe rust. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8:1960. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01960.
Xiaofei Liang, Ellen Moomaw, Jeffrey A. Rollins. 2015. Fungal oxalate decarboxylase activity contributes to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum early infection by affecting both compound appressoria development and function. Molecular Plant Pathology, 16(8):825-36. doi: 10.1111/mpp.12239.
Xiaofei Liang, Daniele Liberti, Moyi Li, Young-Tae Kim, Andrew Hutchens, Ron Wilson, Jeffrey A. Rollins. 2015. Oxaloacetate acetylhydrolase gene mutants of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum do not accumulate oxalic acid but retain the capacity to form primary lesions in host plants. Molecular Plant Pathology, 16(6):559-571. doi: 10.1111/mpp.12211
Li, Moyi, Xiaofei Liang, Jeffrey A Rollins. 2012. Sclerotinia sclerotiorum γ-glutamyl transptidase (Ss-Ggt1) is required for regulating glutathione accumulation and development of sclerotia and compound appressoria. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 25 (3): 412–420. doi: 10.1094/MPMI-06-11-0159.
Xiaofei Liang, Bo Liu, Lin Zhu, Xiaoyu Zhang, Xiaojie Wang, Lili Huang, Zhensheng Kang. 2009. Cloning and expression of a class II chitin synthase gene PstChs II from the rust fungus Puccinia striiformis. Wei Sheng Wu Xue Bao (Acta Microbiologica Sinica, in Chinese), 49 (12): 1621–1627.
Xu, Liangsheng, Jianguang Jia, Jie Lv, Xiaofei Liang, Dejun Han, Lili Huang, Zhensheng Kang. 2010. Characterization of the expression profile of a wheat acireductone-dioxygenase-like gene in response to stripe rust pathogen infection and abiotic stresses. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 48 (6): 461–468. doi: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2010.03.002.
Liu, Bo, Xiaodan Xue, Suping Cui, Xiaoyu Zhang, Qingmei Han, Lin Zhu, Xiaofei Liang, Xiaojie Wang, Lili Huang, Xianming Chen, Zhensheng Kang. 2010. Cloning and characterization of a wheat beta-1,3-glucanase gene induced by the stripe rust pathogen Puccinia striiformis f. Sp. tritici. Molecular Biology Reports, 37 (2): 1045–1052. doi: 10.1007/s11033-009-9823-9.
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