FACULTY

Chinese
Xiaohong Yang
Ph.D., Professor
Tel:86-10-62732400(O)
E-mail:
yxiaohong@cau.edu.cn
Research Area: Studies on Genetic Basis of Maize Grain Yield and Quality; Molecular Breeding in Maize Grain Yield and Quality

Employment:
2015.01 to date, Professor, China Agricultural University
2011.03-2014.12, Associate Professor, China Agricultural University
2008.07-2011.02, Post Doc, China Agricultural University
2010.12, Visiting Scholar, Cornell University
2010.10-2010.11, Visiting Scholar, Michigan State University
2008.10-2009.02, Visiting Scholar, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Education:
2002.08-2008.06, Ph.D., China Agricultural University
1998.09-2002.07, B.S., China Agricultural University

Research of Special Interest
Research of Special Interest:
Our research interests focus on maize grain yield and nutritional quality. We aim to dissect the genetic architecture of the traits related to grain yield and nutritional quality in maize by QTL mapping and association mapping. We are also interested in cloning the QTLs controlling the traits related to grain yield and nutritional quality, mining favorable alleles and understanding molecular mechanism. Finally, we aim for the improvement of maize grain yield and nutritional quality by molecular breeding using the identified genes or favorable alleles.
Publications      *Correspondence Author
Publications#co-first author*corresponding author
2019
1           Zhang LL, Zhang X, Wang XJ, Xu J, Wang M, Li L, Bai GH, Fang H, Hu ST, Li JG, Yan JB, Li JS, Yang XH*. 2019 SEED CAROTENOID DEFICIENT Functions in the plastid MEP pathway to produce isoprenoids in maize. Plant Physiol, 179: 1723–1738
2           Xu J, Fu XY, Cai Y, Wang M, Xu ST, Li JS, Yang XH*. 2019 Uncovering the genetic basis of carotenoid variations in maize kernels using two segregating populations. Mol Breeding, 39:78
3           Li K, Wen WW, Alseekh S, Yang XH, Guo H, Li WQ, Wang LX, Pan QC, Zhan W, Liu J, Li YH, Wu X, Brotman Y, Willmitzer L, Li JS*, Fernie AR*, Yan JB*. 2019 Large-scale metabolite QTL analysis provides new insights for high-quality maize improvement. Plant J, 99(2):216-230
 
2018
4           Li WY, Yang ZX, Yao JY, Li JS, Song WB*, Yang XH*. 2018 Cellulose synthase-like D1 controls organ size in maize. BMC Plant Biology, 18:239
5           Chen QY, Han YJ, Liu HJ, Wang XF, Sun JM, Zhao BH, Li WY, Tian JG, Liang YM, Yan JB, Yang XH*, Tian F*. 2018 Genome-wide association analyses reveal the importance of alternative splicing in diversifying gene function and regulating phenotypic variation in maize. Plant Cell, 30:1404-1423.
6           Zhang RY, Xu G, Li JS, Yan JB, Li HH*, Yang XH*. 2018 Patterns of genomic variation in Chinese maize inbred lines and implications for genetic improvement. Theor Appl Genet, 131:1207-1211
7           Wang H, Xu ST, Fan YM, Liu NN, Zhan W, Liu HJ, Xiao YJ, Li K, Pan QC, Li WQ, Deng M, Liu J, Jin M, Yang XH, Li JS, Li Q, Yan JB. 2018 Beyond pathways: genetic dissection of tocopherol content in maize kernels by combining linkage and association analyses. Plant Biotechnol J, 16(8):1464-1475
8           Huang C, Sun HY, Xu DY, Chen QY, Liang YM, Wang XF, Xu GH, Tian JG, Wang CL, Li D, Wu LS, Yang XH, Jin WW, Doebley JF, Tian F. 2018 ZmCCT9 enhances maize adaptation to higher latitudes. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 115(2):E334-E341
9           Hao YF, Wang HW, Yang XH, Zhang HW, He C, Li DD, Li HH, Wang GY, Wang JH, Fu JJ. 2018 Genomic prediction using existing historical data contributing to selection in biparental populations: a study of kernel oil in maize. Plant Genome, 12:180025
10       Ma HL, Li GL, Tobias Würschum, Zhang Y, Zheng DB, Yang XH, Li JS, Liu WX, Yan JB, Chen SJ. 2018 Genome-wide association study of haploid male fertility in maize (Zea Mays L.). Frontiers in Plant Science, 9: 974
 
2017
11       Han YJ, Xu G, Du HW, Hu JY, Liu ZJ, Li H, Li JS, Yang XH*. 2017 Natural variations in stearoyl-acp desaturase genes affect the conversion of stearic to oleic acid in maize kernel. Theor Appl Genet, 130:151-161
12       Yang N, Xu XW, Wang RR, Peng WL, Cai LC, Song JM, Li WQ, Luo X, Niu LY, Wang YB, Jin M, Chen L, Luo JY, Deng M, Wang L, Pan QC, Liu F, Jackson D, Yang XH, Chen LL, Yan JB. 2017 Contributions of Zea mays subspecies Mexicana haplotypes to modern maize. Nat Commun, 8: 1874
13       Li YP, Tong LX, Deng LL, Liu QY, Xing YX, Wang C, Liu BS, Yang XH, Xu ML. 2017 Evaluation of ZmCCT haplotypes for genetic improvement of maize hybrids. Theor Appl Genet, 130:2587–2600
14       Ma CY, Ma XN, Yao LS , Liu YJ, Du FL, Yang XH, Xu ML. 2017 qRfg3, a novel quantitative resistance locus against Gibberella stalk rot in maize. Theor Appl Genet, 130: 1723–1734
15       Xu DY, Wang XF, Huang C, Xu GH, Liang YM, Chen QY, Wang CL, Li D, Tian JG, Wu LS, Wu YY, Guo L, Wang XH, Wu WH, Zhang WQ, Yang XH, Tian F. 2017 Glossy15 plays an important role in the divergence of the vegetative transition between maize and its progenitor, teosinte. Mol Plant, 10: 1579–1583
16       Xu GH, Wang XF, Huang C, Xu DY, Li D, Tian JG, Chen QY, Wang CL, Liang YM, Wu YY, Yang XH, Tian F. 2017 Complex genetic architecture underlies maize tassel domestication. New Phytol, 214: 852-864
17       Liu J, Huang J, Guo H, Lan L, Wang HZ, Xu YC, Yang XH, Li WQ, Tong H, Xiao YJ, Pan QC, Qiao F, Raihan MS, Liu HJ, Zhang XH, Yang N, Wang XQ, Deng M, Jin ML, Zhao LJ, Luo X, Zhou Y, Li X, Zhan W, Liu NN, Wang H, Chen GS, Li Q, Yan JB. The Conserved and Unique Genetic Architecture of Kernel Size and Weight in Maize and Rice. Plant Physiol, 175: 774–785
18       He C, Fu JJ, Zhang J, Li YX, Zheng J, Zhang HW, Yang XH, Wang JH, Wang GY. 2017 A gene-oriented haplotype comparison reveals recently selected genomic regions in temperate and tropical maize germplasm. PLoS One, 12(1): e0169806
 
2016
19       Cui ZH, Luo JH, Qi CY, Ruan YY, Li J, Zhang A, Yang XH*, He Y*. 2016 Genome-wide association study (GWAS) reveals the genetic architecture of four husk traits in maize. BMC Genomics, (2016) 17:946
20       Wang XL, Wang HW, Liu SX, Ferjani A, Li JS, Yan JB, Yang XH*, Qin F*. 2016 Genetic variation in ZmVPP1 contributes to drought tolerance in maize seedlings. Nat Genet, 48(10): 1233-1241
21       Xiao YN, Thatcher S, Wang M, Wang TT, Beatty M, Zastrow-Hayes G, Li L, Li JS, Li BL, Yang XH*. 2016 Transcriptome analysis of near-isogenic lines provides molecular insights into starch biosynthesis in maize kernel. J Integr Plant Bio, 58(8): 713-723
22       Xu J, Li ZG, Yang HR, Yang XH, Chen CX, Li Hui. 2016 Genetic diversity and molecular evolution of a violaxanthin de-epoxidase gene in maize. Front in Genet, 7:1-11
23       Pan QC, Li L, Yang XH, Tong H, Xu ST, Li ZG, Li WY, Muehlbauer GJ, Li JS, Yan JB. 2015 Genome-wide recombination dynamics are associated with phenotypic variation in maize. New Phytol, 210(3):1083-1094
24       Xiao YJ, Tong H, Yang XH, Xu SZ, Pan QC, Qiao F, Raihan MS, Luo Y, Liu HJ, Zhang XH, Yang N, Wang XQ, Deng M, Jin ML, Zhao LJ, Luo X, Zhou Y, Li X, Liu J, Zhan W, Liu NN, Wang H, Chen GS, Cai Y, Xu G, Wang WD, Zheng DB, Yan JB. 2016 Genome-wide dissection of the maize ear genetic architecture using multiple populations. New Phytol, 210 (3): 1095-1106
25       Jittham O, Fu XY, Xu Ji, Chander S, Li JS, Yang XH*. 2016 Genetic dissection of carotenoids in maize kernels using high-density single nucleotide polymorphism markers in a recombinant inbred line population. The Crop Journal, 5(1): 63-72
 
2015
26       Wang TT, Wang M, Hu ST, Xiao YN, Tong H, Pan QC, Xue JQ, Yan JB, Li JS, Yang XH*. 2015 Genetic basis of maize kernel starch content revealed by high-density single nucleotide polymorphism markers in a recombinant inbred line population. BMC Plant Biol, 15:288
27       Mao HD, Wang HW, Liu SX, Li ZG, Yang XH, Yan JB, Li JS, Tran LP, Qin F. 2015 A transposable element in a NAC gene is associated with drought tolerance in maize seedlings. Nat Commun, 6:8326
28       Liu HJ, Wang XQ, Warburtonb MY, Wen WW, Jin ML, Deng M, Liu J, Tong H, Pan QC, Yang XH, Yan JB. 2015 Genomic, transcriptomic and phenomic variation reveals the complex adaptation of modern maize breeding. Mol Plant, 8(6):871-84
29       Xing AQ, Gao YF, Ye LF, Zhang WP, Cai LC, Ching A, Llaca V, Johnson B, Liu L, Yang XH, Kang DM, Yan JB, Li JS. 2015 A rare SNP mutation in Brachytic2 moderately reduces plant height and increases yield potential in maize. J Exp Bot, 66(13):3791-802
 
2014
30       Cai LC, Li K, Yang XH*, Li JS*. 2014 Identification of lager-effect QTL for kernel row number has potential for maize yield improvement. Mol Breeding, 34:1087-1096
31       Hao XM, Li XW, Yang XH*, Li JS*. 2014 Transferring a major QTL for oil content using marker-assisted backcrossing into an elite hybrid to increase the oil content in maize. Mol Breeding, 34:739–748
32       Li K, Yan JB, Li JS*, Yang XH*. 2014 Genetic architecture of rind penetrometer resistance in two maize recombinant inbred line populations. BMC Plant Biol, 14:152
33       Guo TT, Yang N, Tong H, Pan QC, Yang XH, Tang JH, Wang JK, Li JS, Yan JB. 2014 Genetic basis of grain yield heterosis in an “immortalized F2” maize population. Theor Appl Genet,  127:2149–2158
34       Liu HH, Liu HQ, Wei L, Yang XH, Lin ZW. 2014 A transposable element insertion disturbed starch synthase gene SSIIb in maize. Mol Breeding, 34:1159–1171
35       Yang N, Lu YL, Yang XH, Huang J, Zhou Y, Ali F, Wen WW, Liu J, Li JS, Yan JB. 2014 Genome wide association studies using a new nonparametric model reveal the genetic architecture of 17 agronomic traits in an enlarged maize association panel. PLoS Genet, 10(9): e1004573
 
2013
36       Li H#, Peng ZY#, Yang XH#, Wang WD#, Fu JJ#, Wang JH#, Han YJ, Chai YC, Guo TT, Yang N, Liu J, Warburton ML, Cheng YB, Hao XM, Zhang P, Zhao JY, Liu YJ, Wang GY, Li JS, Yan JB. 2013 Genome-wide association study dissects the genetic architecture of oil biosynthesis in maize kernels. Nat Genet, 45: 43-50
37       Yang Q, Li Z, Li WQ, Ku LX, Wang C, Ye JR, Li K, Yang N, Li YP, Zhong T, Li JS, Chen YH*, Yan JB*, Yang XH*, Xu ML*. 2013 CACTA-like transposable element in ZmCCT attenuated photoperiod sensitivity and accelerated the postdomestication spread of maize. PNAS, 110: 16969-16974
38       Fu JJ#, Cheng YB#, Linghu JJ#, Yang XH#, Kang L#, Zhang ZX#, Zhang J, He C, Du XM, Peng ZY, Wang B, Zhai LH, Dai CM, Xu JB, Wang WD, Li XR, Zheng J, Chen L, Luo LH, Liu JJ, Qian XJ, Yan JB, Wang J, Wang GY. 2013 RNA sequencing reveals the complex regulatory network in maize kernel. Nat Commun, 4:2832
39       Liu SX, Wang XL, Wang HG, Xin HB, Yang XH, Yan JB, Li JS, Tran LP, Shinozaki K, Yamaguchi-Shinozaki K, Qin F. 2013 Genome-wide analysis of ZmDREB Genes and their association with natural variation in drought tolerance at seedling stage of Zea mays L. PLoS Genet, 9(9): e1003790
40       Fu ZY, Chai YC, Zhou Y, Yang XH, Warburton ML, Xu ST, Cai Y, Zhang DL, Li JS, Yan JB. 2013 Natural variation in the sequence of PSY1 and frequency of favorable polymorphisms among tropical and temperate maize germplasm. Theor Appl Genet, 126(4):923-35
41       Guo YQ, Yang XH, Chander S, Yan JB, Zhang J, Song TM, Li JS. 2013 Identification of unconditional and conditional QTL for oil, protein and starch content in maize. Crop J, 1: 34-42
 
2012
42       Pan QC, Ali F, Yang XH, Li JS, Yan JB. 2012 Exploring the genetic characteristics of two recombinant inbred line populations via high-density SNP markers in maize. PLoS One, 7: e52777
43       Li Q#, Yang XH#, Xu ST#, Cai Y, Zhang DL, Han YJ, Li L, Zhang ZX, Gao SB, Li JS, Yan JB. 2012 Genome-wide association studies identified three independent polymorphisms associated with α-tocopherol content in maize kernels. PLoS One, 7: e36807
44       Yang XH#, Ma HL#, Zhang P, Yan JB, Guo YQ, Song TM, Li JS. 2012 Characterization of QTL for oil content in maize kernel. Theor Appl Genet, 125(6): 1169-1179
45       Zhou Y, Han YJ, Li ZG, Fu Y, Fu ZY, Xu ST, Li JS, Yan JB, Yang XH*. 2012 ZmcrtRB3 encoding a carotenoid hydroxylase that affects the accumulation of α-carotene in maize kernel. J Integr Plant Bio, 54 (4): 260–269
46       Chai YC, Hao XM, Yang XH, Allen WB, Li JM, Yan JB, Shen B, Li JS. 2012 Validation of DGAT1-2 polymorphisms associated with oil content and development of functional markers for molecular breeding of high-oil maize. Mol Breeding, 29: 939-949
47       Zhang P, Allen WB, Nagasawa N, Ching AS, Heppard EP, Li H, Hao XM, Li XW, Yang XH, Yan JB, Nagato Y, Sakai H, Shen B, Li JS. 2012 A transposable element insertion within ZmGE2 gene is associated with increase in embryo to endosperm ratio in maize. Theor Appl Genet, 125(7): 1463-1471
48       Xu ST, Zhang DL, Cai Y, Zhou Y, Shah T, Farthan A, Li Q, Li ZG, Wang WD, Li JS, Yang XH, Yan JB. 2012 Dissecting tocopherols content in maize (Zea mays L.), using two segregating populations and high-density single nucleotide polymorphism markers. BMC Plant Biol, 12: 201
 
2011
49       Yang XH, Gao SB, Xu ST, Zhang ZX, Prasanna BM, Li L, Li JS, Yan JB. 2011 Characterization of a global germplasm collection and its potential utilization for analysis of complex quantitative traits in maize. Mol Breeding, 28:511-526
50       Yang XH, Xu YB, Shah T, Li HH, Han ZH, Li JS, Yan JB. 2011 Comparison of SSRs and SNPs in assessment of genetic relatedness in maize. Genetica, 139:1045-1054
51       Li L, Li H, Li Q, Yang XH, Zheng DB, Warburton M, Chai YC, Zhang P, Guo YQ, Yan JB , Li JS. 2011 An 11-bp insertion in Zea mays fatb reduces the palmitic acid content of fatty acids in maize grain. PLoS One, 6: e24699
52       Du HW, Yang XH, Yan JB, Li JS. Fatty acid elongase 1 (FAE1) promoter as a candidate for genetic engineering of fatty acids to improve seed oil composition. African Journal of Biotechnology, 2011 10:19615-19622
 
2010
53       Yang XH, Guo YQ, Yan JB, Zhang J, Song TM, Rocheford T, Li JS. 2010 Major and minor QTL and epistasis contribute to fatty acid compositions and oil concentration in high-oil maize. Theor Appl Genet, 120: 665-678
54       Yang XH, Yan JB, Shah T, Warburton ML, Li Q, Li L, Gao YF, Chai YC, Fu ZY, Zhou Y, Xu ST, Bai GH, Meng YJ, Zheng YP, Li JS. 2010 Genetic analysis and characterization of a new maize association mapping panel for quantitative trait loci dissection. Theor Appl Genet, 121:417-431
55       Yan JB, Kandianis CB, Harjes CE, Bai L, Kim E, Yang XH, Skinner D, Fu ZY, Mitchell S, Li Q, Fernandez M GS, Zaharieva M, Babu R, Fu Y, Palacios N, Li JS, DellaPenna D, Brutnell T, Buckler ES, Warburton ML, Rocheford T. 2010 Rare genetic variation at zea mays crtrb1 increases β-carotene in maize grain. Nat Genet, 42: 322-327
56       Li Q, Li L, Yang XH, Warburton ML, Bai GH, Dai JR, Li LS, Yan JB. 2010 Relationship, evolutionary fate and function of two maize orthologous genes of rice GW2 associated with kernel size and weight. BMC Plant Bio, 10:143
57       Li Q, Yang XH, Bai GH, Warburton ML, Mahuku G, Gore M, Dai JR, Li JS, Yan JB. 2010 Cloning and characterization of a putative GS3 ortholog involved in maize kernel development. Theor Appl Genet, 120:753-763
58       Yan JB, Yang XH, Shah T, Sánchez-Villeda H, Li JS, Warburton ML, Zhou Y, Crouch JH, Xu YB. 2010 High-throughput SNP genotyping with the GoldenGate assay in maize. Mol Breeding, 25:441-451
59       Li L, Li H, Li JY, Xu ST, Yang XH, Li JS, Yan JB. 2010 A genome-wide survey of maize lipid-related genes: candidate genes mining, digital gene expression profiling and co-location with QTL for maize kernel oil. China Science Life Science, 53: 690-700
 
2009
60       Liu ZJ, Yang XH, Fu Y, Zhang YR, Yan JB, Song TM, Rocheford TR, Li JS. 2009 Proteomic analysis of early germs with high-oil and normal inbred lines in maize. Mol Biol Rep, 36:813-821
61       Liu ZJ, Yang XH, Fu Y. 2009 SAD, a stearoyl-acyl carrier protein desaturase, highly expressed in high-oil maize inbred lines. Russ J Plant Physiol, 56: 709-715
62       Yang XH, Guo YQ, Fu Y, Hu JY, Chai YC, Zhang YR, Li JS. 2009 Measuring fatty acid concentration in maize grain by near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy. Spectroscopy and Spectral Analysis, 29: 106-109
 
2008
63       Chander S, Guo YQ, Yang XH, Zhang J, Lu XQ, Yan JB, Song TM, Rocheford TR, Li JS. 2008 Using molecular markers to identify two major loci controlling carotenoid contents in maize grain. Theor Appl Genet, 116: 223-233

Chander S, Guo YQ, Yang XH, Yan JB, Zhang YR, Song TM and Li JS. 2008 Genetic dissection of tocopherol content and composition in maize grain using quantitative trait loci analysis and the candidate gene approach. Mol Breeding, 22: 353-365