PROF. XIONG, Liming (熊禮明)


Ph.D. (Plant Science, University of Arizona)
Ph.D. (Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
M.S. (Nanjing Agricultural University)
B.S. (Huazhong Agricultural University)


Professor Liming Xiong obtained his BSc in Soil & Agricultural Chemistry from Huazhong Agricultural University, MS in Plant Nutrition and Fertilization, Nanjing Agricultural University and PhD in Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing in China.  He obtained another PhD in Plant Science, University of Arizona, Tucson in USA.  He developed his research career in different corners of the world including China, France, USA and Saudi Arabia.

Joining the University in 2019, Prof Xiong has proactively established multiple collaborative projects at the University and with other institutions.  He is currently a Co-Investigator for an Area-of-Excellence project and a Co-Investigator for a CRF project.

Prof. Xiong developed his expertise in plant science as reflected in his research summary:

Agricultural plants, like wild plants, are also grown under constantly changing environmental conditions that often are not optimal for their growth and could lead to significant yield reduction. These adverse conditions include, for example, drought, extreme temperatures, and high soil salinity. With global climate change, these adverse conditions are expected to occur more frequently and more severely in the coming decades. Plants have evolved certain mechanisms to mitigate the impact of environmental stress on their growth. Revealing the mechanisms underlying plant resistance to environmental stress will be essential for devising novel strategies to enhance plant stress tolerance. By using multidisciplinary approaches, we are identifying genes that determine plant resistance to the above adverse environmental conditions and are uncovering their modes of action. The knowledge gained in the study and the stress-tolerance genes thus identified will be used for breeding.


  • Associate Editor, Plant Molecular Biology (2008 – present)
  • Member, Scientific Reports (2015 – present)
  • Reviewer Editor, Frontier in Plant Science/Genetics and Genomics (2010-2017)
  • Faculty member, Faculty of 1000 (2011-2016)


  • Plant tolerance to environmental stress
  • Gene regulation under abiotic stress
  • RNA biology
  • Plant mineral nutrition
  • Agrobiotechnology


  1. Qin T, Zhao H, Cui P, Albesher N, Xiong L. 2017. A nucleus-localized long non-coding RNA enhances drought and salt stress tolerance. Plant Physiology 175:1321-1336
  2. Cui P, Chen T, Qin T, Ding F, Chen H, and Xiong L. 2016. The RNA polymerase II C-terminal domain phosphatase-like protein FIERY2 interacts with eIF4AIII and UPF3 and is essential for nonsense-mediated mRNA decay in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 28: 770-785
  3. Chen T, Cui P, and Xiong L. 2015. The RNA-binding protein HOS5 and serine/arginine-rich proteins RS40 and RS41 participate in miRNA biogenesis in Arabidopsis. Nucleic Acids Research 43: 8283-8298
  4. Cui P, Zhang S, Ding F, Ali S, Xiong L. 2014. Dynamic regulation of genome-wide pre-mRNA splicing and stress tolerance by the Sm-like protein LSm5 in Arabidopsis. Genome Biology 15 (1): R1
  5. Chen T, Cui P, Chen H, Ali S, Zhang S, Xiong L. 2013. A KH-domain RNA-binding protein interacts with RNA polymerase II CTD phosphatases and splicing factors and functions in mRNA splicing and stress tolerance in Arabidopsis. PLoS Genetics 9(10): e1003875
  6. Chen H, Li Z, Xiong L. 2012. A plant microRNA mediates the adaptation of roots to drought stress. FEBS Letters. 586: 1742-1747
  7. Chen H, Saksa K, Zhao F, Qiu Y, and Xiong L. 2010. Genetic analysis of pathway regulation for enhancing branched-chain amino acid biosynthesis in plants. Plant Journal 63: 573-583
  8. Fu Y, Bannach O, Chen H, Teune JH, Schmitz A, Steger G, Xiong L and Barbazuk B. 2009. Alternative splicing of anciently exonized 5S rRNA regulates plant transcription factor TFIIIA. Genome Research 19: 913-921
  9. Chen H, Xiong L. 2009. Enhancement of vitamin B6 levels in seeds through metabolic engineering. Plant Biotechnology Journal 7: 673-681
  10. Chen H, Zhang J, Neff, MM, Hong SW, Deng XW, Xiong L. 2008. Integration of light and abscisic acid signaling during seed germination and seedling development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105: 4495-4590


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