Research of Special Interest
Publications      *Correspondence Author


  1. Fan W, Lou HQ, Gong YL, Liu MY, Cao MJ, Liu Y, Yang JL*, Zheng SJ. 2015. Characterization of an inducible C2H2-type zinc finger transcription factor VuSTOP1 in rice bean (Vigna umbellata) reveals differential regulation between low pH and Al tolerance mechanisms. New Phytologist. Accepted
  2. Zhu XF, Wang ZW, Wan JX, Sun Y, Li GX, Shen RF, Zheng SJ*. 2015. Pectin enhances rice (Oryza sativa) root phosphorus remobilization. Journal of Experimental Botany. 66:1017-1024
  3. Shi YZ, Zhu XF, Wan JX, Li GX, Zheng SJ*. 2015. Glucose alleviates Cd toxicity by increasing Cd fixation in root cell wall and sequestration into vacuole in Arabidopsis. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. doi: 10.1111/jipb.12312
  4. Xu XY, Ding ZJ, Chen L, Yang JY, Li GX, Zheng SJ*. 2015. An eukaryotic translation initiation factor, AteIF5A-2, affects cadmium accumulation and sensitivity in Arabidopsis. d sequestration into vacuole in Arabidopsis. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. doi: 10.1111/jipb.12329.
  5. Shi YZ, Zhu XF, Miller JG, Gregson T, Zheng SJ, Fry SC*.  2015. Distinct catalytic capacities of two aluminium-repressed Arabidopsis thaliana xyloglucan endotrans-glucosylase/hydrolases, XTH15 and XTH31, heterologously produced in Pichia. Phytochemistry. Doi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2014.09.020


  1. Zhu XF, Sun Y, Zhang BC, Wan JX, Liu Y, Wang ZW, Shi YZ, Zhou YH, Zheng SJ*. 2014. TRICHOME BIREFRINGENCE-LIKE27 Affects Aluminum Sensitivity by Modulating the O-Acetylation of Xyloglucan and Aluminum-Binding Capacity in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology. 166:181-189
  2.  Ding ZJ, Yan JY, Li GX, Wu ZC, Zhang SQ, Zheng SJ*. 2014. WRKY41 controls Arabidopsis seed dormancy via direct regulation of ABI3 transcript levels not downstream of ABA. The Plant Journal. 79:810-823. 
  3.  Zhu XF, Wan JX, Sun Y, Shi YZ, Braam J, Li GX, Zheng SJ*. 2014. Xyloglucan Endotransglucosylase-Hydrolase17 Interacts with Xyloglucan Endotransglucosylase- Hydrolase31 to Confer Xyloglucan Endotransglucosylase Action and Affect Aluminum Sensitivity in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology. 165:1566-1574.
  4. Ding ZJ, Yan JY, Xu XY, Yu DQ, Li GX, Zhang SQ, Zheng SJ*. 2014. Transcription factor WRKY46 regulates osmotic stress responses and stomatal movement independently in Arabidopsis. The Plant Journal. 79:13-27
  5. Fan W, Lou HQ, Gong YL, Liu MY, Wang ZQ, Yang JL*, Zheng SJ. 2014. Identification of early Al-responsive genes provides new clues to molecular mechanisms of Al toxicity and tolerance in rice bean (Vigna umbellata) roots. Plant Cell & Environment. 37:1586-1597
  6. Lei GJ, Zhu XF, Wang ZW, Dong F, Dong NY, Zheng SJ*. 2014. Abscisic acid alleviates iron deficiency by promoting root iron reutilization and transport from root to shoot in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell & Environment.37:852-863. 
  7. Wang ZQ, XY Xu, Gong QQ, Xie C, Fan W, Yang JL, Lin QS, Zheng SJ*. 2014. Root Proteome of Rice Studied by iTRAQ Provides Integrated Insight into Aluminum Stress Tolerance Mechanisms in Plants. Journal of Proteomics. 26:189-205


  1. Ding ZJ, Yan JY, Xu XY, Li GX, Zheng SJ*. 2013. WRKY46 functions as a transcriptional repressor of ALMT1 regulating Al-induced malate secretion in Arabidopsis. The Plant Journal.  76:825-835
  2. Zhu XF, Lei GJ, Wang ZW, Shi YZ, Braam J, Li GX, Zheng SJ*. 2013. Coordination between apoplastic and symplastic detoxification confers plant Al resistance. Plant Physiology. 162:1947-1955.
  3.  Liu MY, Chen WW, Xu JM, Fan W, Yang JL, Zheng SJ. 2013. The role ofVuMATE expression in aluminium-inducible citrate secretion in rice bean (Vigna umbellata) roots. Journal of Experimental Botany. 64:1795-1804.
  4. Yang JL, Chen WW, Qin C, Shi YZ, Jin CW, Zheng SJ*. 2013. The 14-3-3 protein GRF11 acts downstream of nitric oxide to regulate 1 iron acquisition inArabidopsis thaliana. New Phytologist. 197:814-824
  5. Zhu XF, Wang ZW, Dong F, Lei GJ, Shi YZ, Li GX*, Zheng SJ. 2013. Exogenous auxin alleviates cadmium toxicity in Arabidopsis thaliana by stimulating synthesis of hemicellulose 1 and increasing the cadmium fixation capacity of root cell walls. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 263:398-403
  6.  Jin CW, Ye YQ, Zheng SJ*. 2013. An underground tale: Contribution of microbial activity to plant iron acquisition via ecological processes. Annals of Botany. 113:7-18
  7. Yang XY, Zeng ZH, Yan, JY, Fan W, Bian HW, Zhu MY, Yang JL, Zheng SJ*. 2013. Association of specific pectin methylesterases with Al-induced root elongation inhibition in rice. Phyiologia Plantarum.  148:502-511
  8. Meng ZB, You XD, Suo D, Chen YL, Tang C, Yang JL, Zheng SJ*.  2013. Root-derived auxin contributes to the phosphorus-deficiency-induced cluster root formation in white lupin (Lupinus albus L.). Phyiologia Plantarum. 148:481-489


  1. Zhu XF, Shi YZ, Lei GJ, Fry SC, Zhang BC, Zhou YH, Braam J, Jiang T, Xu XY, Mao CZ, Pan YJ, Yang JL, Wu P, Zheng SJ*. 2012. XTH31, encoding an in-vitro XEH/XET-active enzyme, regulates Al sensitivity by modulating in-vivo XET action, cell wall xyloglucan content and Al binding capacity in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell. 24:4731-4747.
  2. Zhu XF, Jiang T, Wang ZW, Lei GJ, Liu Y, Shi YZ, Li GX*, Zheng SJ. 2012. Gibberellic acid alleviates cadmium toxicity by reducing nitric oxide accumulation and expression of IRT1 in Arbidopsis. Journal of Hazardous Materials.  239-240:302-307. 
  3. Hu YT, Ming F, Chen WW, Yang JY, Xu ZY, Li GX, Xu CY, Yang JL, Zheng SJ*. 2012. TcOPT3, a member of oligopeptide transporters from the hyperaccumulator Thlaspi caerulescens, is a novel Fe/Zn/Cd/Cu transporter. PLos One. 7(6): e8535.
  4. Zhu XF, Lei GJ, Jiang T, Liu Y, Li GX*, Zheng SJ. 2012. Cell Wall Polysaccharides are Involved in P-deficiency-induced Cd Exclusion in Arabidopsis thalianaPlanta. 236:989-997 
  5. Meng ZB, Chen LQ, Suo D, Li GX, Tang CX, Zheng SJ*. 2012. Nitric oxide is the shared signalling molecule in phosphorus- and iron-deficiency-induced formation of cluster roots in white lupin (Lupinus albus). Annals of Botany. 109:1055-1064 
  6. Zhou Y, Xu XY, Chen LQ, Yang JL, Zheng SJ*. 2012. Nitric oxide exacerbates Al-induced inhibition of root elongation in rice bean by affecting cell wall and plasma membrane properties. Phytochemistry. 76:46-51



  1. Yang JL, Zhu XF, Peng YX, Zheng C, Li GX, Liu Y, Zheng SJ*. 2011. Cell wall hemicellulose contributes significantly to Al adsorption and root growth in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology. 155: 1885–1892
  2. Zhu XF, Zheng C, Hu YT, Jiang T, Liu Y, Dong NY, Yang JL, Zheng SJ*. 2011. Cadmium-induced oxalate secretion from root apex is associated with cadmium exclusion and resistance in Lycopersicon esulentumPlant Cell and Environment. 34:1055-1064
  3. Yang XY, Yang JL, Zhou Y, Pineros M, Kochian LV, Li GX, Zheng SJ*. 2011. A de novo synthesis citrate transporter, VuMATE, implicates in Al-activated citrate efflux in rice bean (Vigna umbellata) root apex. Plant Cell and Environment. 34:2138-2148.
  4. Zhang L, Hogan S, Li JR, Sun S, Canning C, Zheng SJ*, Zhou KQ. 2011. Grape skin extract inhibits mammalian intestinal alpha-glucosidase activity and suppresses postprandial glycemic response in streptozocin-treated mice. Food Chemistry. 126:466-471.
  5. Xu Y, Wong M, Yang J, Ye Z, Jiang P, Zheng SJ*. 2011. Dynamics of Carbon Accumulation During the Fast Growth Period of Bamboo Plant. The Botanical Review. 77:287–295.
  6. Yang JL, Zhu XF, Peng YX, Zheng C, Ming F,  Zheng SJ. 2011. Alumium regulates oxalate secretion and plasma membrane A+-ATPase activity independly in tomato roots. Planta. 234:281–291
  7. Yang JL, Zhu XF, Zheng C, Zhang YJ, Zheng SJ*. 2011. Genotypic differences in Al resistance and the role of cell-wall pectin in Al exclusion from root apex in Fagopyrum tataricum. Annals of Botany. 107: 371-378 



  1. Chen WW, Qin C, Jin CW, Mo JH, Ye T, Yang JL, Zheng SJ*. 2010.  Nitric oxide acts downstream of auxin to trigger root ferric-chelate reductase activity in arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) in response to iron deficiency. Plant Physiology. 154:810–819
  2. Zheng SJ*. 2010. Crop production on acidic soils: overcoming aluminium toxicity and phosphorus deficiency. Annals of Botany. 106:183-184
  3. Jin CW, Li GX, Yu XH, Zheng SJ*. 2010. Plant Fe status affects the composition of siderophore-secreting microbes in the Zheng SJ*. 2010. Iron homeostasis and iron acquisition in plants: maintenance, functions and consequences. Annals of Botany. 105:799-800



  1. Jin CW, Du ST, Chen WW, Li GX, Zhang YS, Zheng SJ*. 2009. Elevated carbon dioxide improves plant Fe nutrition through enhancing the Fe-deficiency- induced responses under Fe-limited condition in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill). Plant Physiology. 150:272-280.
  2. Li YY, Yang JL, Zhang YJ, Zheng SJ*. 2009. Disorganized distribution of homogalacturonan epitopes in cell walls as one possible mechanism for aluminium-induced root growth inhibition in maize. Annals of Botany. 104: 235–241
  3. Li YY, Yang JL, Zhou Y, Zheng SJ*. 2009. Protecting cell walls from binding aluminum by organic acids contributes to Al resistance. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology.51:574-580.
  4. Tang C, Han XZ, Qiao YF and Zheng SJ. 2009 Rhizosphere acidification and carboxylate exudation do not play an important role inphosphorus acquisition by soybean [Glycine max (L.) Murr.].  Environmental and Experimental Botany.



  1. Yang JL, Li YY, Zhang YJ, Zhang SS, Wu YR, Wu P, Zheng SJ*.2008. Cell Wall Polysaccharides are Specifically Involved in the Exclusion of Aluminum from the Rice Root Apex. Plant Physiology. 146:602-611.
  2. Yang JL, Zhang L, Liu Q, Zheng SJ*. 2008. Aluminum-activated oxalate secretion does not associated with internal content among some oxalate accumulators. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. 50:1103-1107.
  3. Jin CW, Chen WW, Meng ZB and Zheng SJ*. 2008. Iron-deficiency-induced Increase of Root Branching Contributes to the Enhanced Root Ferric Chelate Reductase Activity. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. 50:1557-1562.
  4. Liu Q, Yang JL, He LS, Li YY, Zheng SJ*. 2008. Effect of aluminum on cell wall, plasma membrane, antioxidants and root elongation in triticale. Biologia Plantarum. 52:87-92. 
  5. He XX, Jin CW, Li GX, You GY, Zhou XP*, Zheng SJ*. 2008. Use of the modified viral satellite DNA vector to silence mineral nutrition-related genes in plants: Silencing of the tomato ferric chelate reductase gene, FRO1, as an example. Science in China Series C: Life Sciences. 51:402-409 (†Equal contribution to this work).
  6. Jin CW, You GY, Zheng SJ*. 2008. The iron deficiency-induced phenolics secretion plays multiple important roles in plant iron acquisition underground. Plant Signaling & Behavior. 3:60-61



  1. Jin CW, You GY, Tang C, Wu P, Zheng SJ*. 2007. Iron-deficiency-induced secretion of phenolics facilitates the reutilization of root apoplastic iron in red clover. Plant Physiology. 144:279-285
  2. Yang JL, You JF, Wu P, Zheng SJ*. 2007. Magnesium enhances aluminum-induced citrate secretion in rice bean roots (Vigna umbellata) by restoring plasma membrane H+-ATPase activity. Plant & Cell Physiology 48:66-73.
  3. Liu Q, He LS, Wang ZY, Cheng XZ, Zheng SJ*. 2007. Differential aluminum resistance and organic acid anions secretion in triticale. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. 38:1991-2004.



  1. Jin CW, He YF, Tang CX, WU P, Zheng SJ*. 2006. Mechanisms of microbially enhanced iron acquisition in red clover (Trifolium pratense L). Plant Cell & Environment. 29:888-897
  2. Yang JL, Zheng SJ*, He YF, You JF, Zhang L, Yu XH. 2006. Comparative studies on the effect of a protein-synthesis inhibitor on aluminum-induced secretion of organic acids from Fagopyrum esculentum Moench and Cassia tora L. roots. Plant Cell & Environment 29:240-246.
  3. Yang JL, Zhang L, Li YY, Zheng SJ*. 2006. Citrate transporters play a critical role in aluminium-stimulated citrate efflux in rice bean (Vigna umbellata [Thunb.] Ohwi & Ohashi) roots. Annals of Botany. 97: 597-584.
  4. Tang CX, Zheng SJ, Qiao YF, Wang GH, Han XZ. 2006. Interactions between high pH and iron supply on nodulation and iron nutrition of Lupinus albus L. genotypic differing in sensitivity to iron deficiency. Plant and Soil. 279:153-162



  1. Zheng SJ*,Yang JL, He YF, Yu XH, Zhang L, You JF, Shen RF, Matsumoto H. 2005. Immobilization of aluminum with phosphorous in roots is associated with high Al resistance in buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench). Plant Physiology 138:297-303
  2. Yang JL, Zheng SJ*, He YF, Matsumoto H. 2005. Aluminum resistance requires resistance to acid stress: a case study with spinach that exudes oxalate rapidly when exposed to Al stress. Journal of Experimental Botany 56:1197-1203.
  3. Shen H, He LF, Sasaki T, Yamamoto Y, Zheng SJ, Ligaba A, Yan XL, Ahn SJ, Yamaguchi M, Hideo S, and Matsumoto H. 2005. Citrate secretion coupled with the modulation of soybean root tip under aluminum stress: up-regulation of transcription, translation and threonined-oriented phosphorylation of plasma membrane H+-ATPase. Plant Physiology 138:287-296.
  4. Jin CW, He YF, Zhou GD, Shi JL, Zhang K, Zheng SJ*. 2005. Lead contamination in tea leaves and non-edaphic factors affecting it. Chemosphere. 61:726-732.
  5. Jin CW, Zheng SJ*, He YF, Zhou GD, Zhou ZY. 2005. Lead contamination in tea garden soils and factors affecting its bioavailability. Chemosphere 59:1151-1159.
  6. You JF, He YF, Yang JL, Zheng SJ*. 2005. A comparison of aluminum resistance among Polygonum species originating on strongly acidic and neutral soils. Plant and Soil 276:143-151.
  7. Zheng SJ*, Yang JL. 2005. Target sites of Al phytotoxicity. Biologia Plantarum 49:321-331.
  8. Zheng SJ*, He YF, Arakawa Y, Masaoka Y. 2005. A copper-deficiency-induced root reductase is different from the iron-deficiency induced one in red clover (Trifolium pratense L.). Plant and Soil 273:69-76.
  9. Yang JL, Zheng SJ*, He YF, Tang C, Zhou GD. 2005. Genotypic difference among plant species in response to Al stress. Journal of Plant Nutrition 28:949-961.
  10. Zheng SJ*, He YF, Tang C, Masaoka Y. 2005. Modified methods for measuring root iron reductase activity under normal laboratory conditions. Pedosphere 15:363-368.



  1. Zheng SJ*, Li X, Yang J, Liu Q, Tang C. 2004. The kinetics of aluminum adsorption and desorption by root cell walls of an aluminum resistant wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivar. Plant and Soil 261: 85-90.
  2. Chen Y, Shi J, Tian G, Zheng SJ, Lin Q. 2004. Fe deficiency induces cu uptake and accumulation in Commelina communis. Plant Science 166:1371-1377.



  1. Zheng SJ*, Tang C, Arakawa Y, Masaoka Y. 2003. The responses of red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) to iron deficiency: a root Fe(III) chelate reductase. Plant Science 164:679-687. IF 2.220
  2. Han FX, Banin A, Kingery WL, Triplett GB, Zhou LX, Zheng SJ, Ding WX. 2003. New approach to studies of redistribution of heavy metals in soils. Advances in Environmental Research 8:113-120.  (Invited Review)
  3. Chen YX, He YF, Yang YL, Yu S, Zheng SJ, Tian GM, Luo YM, Wong MH. 2003. Effect of cadmium on nodulation and N2-fixation of soybean in contaminated soils. Chemopshere 50: 781-787.
  4. Chen YX, Lin Q, Luo YM, He YF, Zheng SJ, Yu YL, Tian GM, Wong MH. 2003. The role of citric acid on the phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soil. Chemosphere 50:807-811.


2002 以前:

  1. Zheng SJ, Ma JF, Matsumoto H 1998 High aluminum resistance in buckwheat. I. Al-induced specific secretion of oxalic acid from root tips.  Plant Physiology. 117:745-751.
  2. Ma JF, Zheng SJ, Hiradate S, Matsumoto H. 1997. Detoxifying aluminum with buckwheat. Nature 390:569-570.
  3. Ma JF, Zheng SJ, Matsumoto H. 1997. Specific secretion of citric acid induced by Al stress in Cassia Tora L.  Plant Cell Physiology 38: 1019-1025.
  4. Zheng SJ, Ma JF, Matsumoto H 1998 Continuous secretion of organic acids is related to aluminium resistance during relatively long-term exposure to aluminum stress.  Physiologia Plantarum 103:209-214.
  5. Ma JF, Zheng SJ, Li SF, Taketa K, Matsumoto H. 1997. A rapid hydroponic screening system for aluminum tolerance in barley. Plant and Soil 191:133-137.