John (Zhen-Xiang) Lu, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist

Dr. Lu’s research program is mainly focused on the improvement of crop nutritional composition and food quality to develop novel and value-added bioproducts.

Current research and/or projects

  • Enhancement of protein and resistant starch contents in field pea to promote its uses in functional food application

  • Development of genetically improved field pea varieties and evaluation of flavor, physicochemical and functional characteristics in high-protein pea lines

  • Novel extraction of oil from canola seeds and evaluation of antioxidants on the quality and shelf life of canola oil for potato deep frying

Research and/or project statements

 

  • Bioproducts and Bioprocessing
  • Starch and Dietary Fibre in Crops
  • Proteins and Amino Acids in Crops

  • Recent Publications

    Liyanagea, D.W.K., Yevtushenko, D.P., Konschuh, M., Bizimungu, B., Lu, Z.X. 2020. Processing strategies to decrease acrylamide formation, reducing sugars and free asparagine content in potato chips from three commercial cultivars. Food Control 119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2020.107452.

    Li, X., Shi, J., Scanlon, M., Xue, S.J., Lu, Z.X. 2020. Effects of pretreatments on physicochemical and structural properties of proteins isolated from canola seeds after oil extraction by supercritical-CO2 process. LWT - Food Science and Technology 110415. doi: 10.1016/j.lwt.2020.110415.

    Lu, Z.X., He, J.F., Zhang, Y.C., Bing, D.J. 2019. Composition, physicochemical properties of pea protein and its application in functional foods. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2019.1651248.

    Xiong, M., Zhao, M.L., Lu, Z.X., Balasubramanian, P. 2019. Genotypic variation for phenolic compounds in developing and whole seeds, and storage conditions influence visual seed quality of yellow dry bean genotypes. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 100: 284-295. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2019-0153.

    He, J.F., Fang, Y.Y. Lu, Z.X., Wang, L.W., Zhao, X.Q., Fu, X.F., Zhao, J., Liu, H.K. 2019. Identification of differentially expressed genes of Haloxylon ammodendron in response to salinity stress. Biologia Plantarum 63: 610-617. doi: 10.32615/bp.2019.066.

    Zhang, Y.C., Kahl, D.H.W, Bizimungu, B., Lu, Z.X. 2018. Effects of blanching treatments on acrylamide, asparagine, reducing sugars and colour in potato chips. Journal of Food Science and Technology 55: 4028-4041.

    Zhou, Y.J., Yang, Q., Zhong, X.J., Tang, H.P., Deng, M., Ma, J., Qi, P.F., Wang, J.R., Chen, G.Y., Liu, Y.X., Lu, Z.X., Li, W., Lan, X.J., Wei, Y.M., Zheng, Y.L., Jiang, Q.T. 2017. Alternative splicing results in a lack of starch synthase IIa-D in Chinese wheat landrace. Genome 61: 201-208. doi: 10.1139/gen-2017-0246.

    Zhang, X.W., Li, S.Y., Zhang, L.L., Yang, Q., Jiang, Q.T., Lu, Z.X., Liu, C.J., Wei, Y.M., Zheng, Y.L. 2016. Structure and expression analysis of genes encoding ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase large subunit in wheat and its relatives. Genome 59: 501-507.

    Shen, S.A., Hou, H.W., Ding, C.B., Bing, D.J., Lu, Z.X. 2016. Protein content correlates with starch morphology, composition and physicochemical properties in field peas. Can. J. Plant Sci. 96: 404-412.

    Zheng, K., Jiang, Q.T., Wei, L., Zhang, X., Ma, J., Chen, G.Y., Wei, Y.M., Jennifer, M.F., Lu, Z.X., Zheng, Y.L. 2015. Characterization of starch morphology, composition, physicochemical properties and gene expressions in oat. Journal of Integrative Agriculture 14: 20-28.

    Zheng, K., Jiang, Q.T., Zhang, X., Lan, X.J., Dai, S.F., Wei, Y.M., Laroche, A., Lu, Z.X., Zheng, Y.L. 2015. Differences in starch composition and physiochemical properties are influenced by granule types in wheat and its relatives. Pakistan Journal of Botany 46: 2239-2248.

     

Education and awards

Ph.D. Genetics, Clemson University, U.S.A. 1997.                                           

M.Sc. Plant Genetics & Breeding, Nanjing Agricultural University, P.R.China. 1989.

B.Sc. Horticuture, Nanjing Agricultural University, P.R.China. 1982.                 

 

Key publications

  1. Gaudet, D.A., Penniket, C., Lu, Z.-X., Leggett, F.L., Frick, M., Puchalski, B., Bakkeren, G., and Laroche, A. (2008). "Cytological aspects of host and non-host interactions involving Ustilago hordei on barley and wheat coleoptiles.", 16th Biennial Meeting on the Smuts and Bunts, Beltsville, MD, USA, June 9-12, 2008.

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  2. Beres, B.L., Eudes, F., Graf, R.J., Spaner, D.M., Clarke, J.M., Salmon, D.F., Clarke, F.R., Singh, R.P., Knox, R.E., McLeod, G.J., Frick, M., Dion, Y., Lu, Z.-X., Randhawa, H.S., Laroche, A., Gaudet, D.A., McCallum, B.D., Cuthbert, R.D., Irvine, R.B., Voldeng, H.D., Martin, R.A., Pageau, D., Comeau, A., Pozniak, C.J., DePauw, R.M. (2008). "A Pan-Canadian ethanol feedstock study to benchmark the relative performance of triticale.", Plants and Soils: Montreal '08: Joint meeting of the CSHS, CSA and Northeastern Branch ASA-CSSA-SSSA, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada, July 13-16, 2008. (Poster)

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  3. Gaudet, D.A., Penniket, C., Lu, Z.-X., Leggett, F.L., Frick, M., Puchalski, B., Bakkeren, G., and Laroche, A. (2008). "Transcriptional analysis of host- and non-host interactions between wheat and barley and the barley smut pathogen Ustilago hordei.", 16th Biennial Meeting on the Smuts and Bunts, Beltsville, MD, USA, June 9-12, 2008.

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  4. Gaudet, D.A., Penniket, C., Lu, Z.-X., Leggett, F.L., Puchalski, B., Bakkeren, G., and Laroche, A. (2007). "Histological observations on host- and non-host interactions between wheat and barley and the smut pathogens Tilletia tritici and Ustilago hordei.", 28th Annual Meeting of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, November 5-7, 2007. (Poster)

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  5. Lu, Z.X., Laroche, A., and Huang, H.-C. (2005). "Isolation and characterization of chitinases from Verticillium lecanii.", Canadian Journal of Microbiology, 51(12), pp. 1045-1055.

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  6. Z.-X. Lu, A. Laroche*, and H.C. Huang 2004. Segregation patterns for integration and expression of Coniothyrium minitans xylanase gene in Arabidopsis thaliana transformants Bot. Bull. Acad. Sin. (2004) 45: 23-31.

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  7. Machida, K., Trifonov, L.S., Ayer, W.A., Lu, C., Laroche, A., Huang, A.J., Cheng, K.-J., and Zantinge, J.L. (2002). "3(2H)-benzofuranones and chromanes from liquid cultures of the mycoparasitic fungus Coniothyrium minitans. [Phytochemistry, 58(1), pp. 173-177] (Erratum).", Phytochemistry, 59(2), pp. 239.

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  8. Machida, K., Trifonov, L.S., Ayer, W.A., Lu, C., Laroche, A., Huang, A.J., Cheng, K.-J., and Zantinge, J.L. (2001). "3(2H)-benzofuranones and chromanes from liquid cultures of the mycoparasitic fungus Coniothyrium minitans.", Phytochemistry, 58(1), pp. 173-177.

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Research facility

5403 1st Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B1
Canada

Expertise

Affiliations

 

Research Scientist at Lethbridge Research and Development Centre, AAFC, Alberta, Canada

Adjunct Professor at University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Language

English