Xiu-Qing Li, Ph.D.

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Molecular Genetics Research Scientist

Research Scientist

Responsible for the laboratory of molecular genetics

Principal Investigator

Current research and/or projects

  • Genomics for improving potato processing quality
  • Rapid screening and genome biology of potato tolerance to high temperatures, drought and nitrogen deficiency
  • Characterization and regulation of potato somatic genome instability: maintain stability for variety conservation; and enhance somatic variation for selecting new varieties
  • Development of genomic and bioinformatic tools

Research and/or project statements

Potato development and genetic improvement: heat tolerance, tuber cold sweetening resistance, drought tolerance, salinity tolerance, and fertilizer utilization efficiency;

Potato productivity, tuber quality, carbohydrate metabolism, storability, starch accumulation, and tuber number;

Potato cultivar identification and vegetative propagation-induced variation;

Genomic mechanisms for potato plant development and adaptation to environment.

Professional activities / interests

A long-standing academic editor for the scientific journal PloS ONE;

The organizer and chair for the Somatic Genome Workshops, Somatic Cell Breeding workshop, Genome Features and Chromosome Functionality Workshop at the International Plant and Animal Genome Conferences (San Diego, CA, USA).

Education and awards

Education:

State Doctor (Docteur d'ETAT), 1987, Natural Sciences, Universite Paris-Saclay (formerly Universite de Paris-Sud XI), France;

MSc, 1983, Plant Development and Breeding, Universite Paris-Saclay (formerly Universite de Paris-Sud XI), France.

Awards:

  • The 2020 Outstanding Paper Award (issued in 2021), American Journal of Potato Research, Potato Association of America.
  • The 2011 Outstanding Paper Award (nominated in 2012), American Journal of Potato Research, Potato Association of America
  • The Best Paper Award for the year 2003 (issued in 2004), from Canadian Society of Plant Science
  • The Best Paper Award for the year 2003 (issued in 2004) or Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
  • The Best Paper Award for the year 2009, Indian Potato Association

 

International experience and/or work

Organised and chaired the Genome Variation and Somatic Cell Breeding Workshop,  14-Jan-2020, Plant and Animal GenomeXXVII https://www.intlpag.org/2022/images/pdf/2020/PAGXXVIII-workshop-list-by-name.pdf

Genomic features and chromosome functionality 12-Jan-2019. Plant and Animal Genome XXVII. The Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXVII Saturday, January 12-16, 2019. https://www.intlpag.org/2022/images/pdf/2019/PAGXXVII-final-program.pdf

Organized and chaired the Genome Variation and Somatic Cell Breeding Woprkshop (Jan 12), The Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXVII Saturday, January 12-16, 2019, https://pag.confex.com/pag/xxvii/meetingapp.cgi/Session/5586

Oragnized and chaired the Somatic Genome Workshop at the Plant and Animal Genome 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. The 2018 workshop was on Saturday, January 13, 2018, https://pag.confex.com/pag/xxvi/meetingapp.cgi/Session/4869

Oragnized and chaired the Somatic Genome Workshop at the Plant and Animal Genome XXII. https://pag.confex.com/pag/xxii/webprogram/Session2212.html . January 11-15, 2014

Oragnized and chaired the Somatic Genome Workshop https://pag.confex.com/pag/xxi/webprogram/Session1581.html. January 12-16, 2013

Organised and chaired the Somatic Genome Variation and Evolution Workshop at the International Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG-XX), January 14-18, 2012, San Diego, CA, USA http://pag.confex.com/pag/xx/webprogrampreliminary/Session1038.html

Organised and chaired the Somatic Genome Variation and Evolution Workshop at the International Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG XIX)  January 8-12, 2011 - San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA, http://www.intl-pag.org/19/19-somatic.html

Organised and chaired the Somatic Genome Variation and Evolution Workshop at the International Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG-XVIII), January 9-13, 2010, San Diego, CA, USA http://www.intl-pag.org/18/18-somatic.html,

Chaired the International Science Committee and Organizing Committee of the International Potato Symposium and the Canada-China potato workshop (Nov 7-10, 2006).

Co-Chaired the Canada-China meeting between Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada  and Canadian Food Inspection Agency, November 3, 2006, Beijing.

Co-Chaired the opening ceremony and closing ceremony of the International Potato Symposium: Bridging Genomics, Varieties and Seed, Wuhan, Nov.7-10, 2006.

Chaired the Symposium Track 6-2: Profitable Industrial Materials from Agricultural Products: From Biomass to Additives and Animal Feeds, Dalian, July 26, 2010, Monday, BIT' s 3rd World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology.

Organizing Committee, The 3rd Genetics and Genomics Conference (GC2014), Suzhou China http://www.engii.org/workshop_/GC2014December/OrganizingCommittee.aspx

Chaired the seesion of "Genome Instability and DNA Repair" on BIT 6th Annual World Congress of Molecular and Cell Biology 2016 at World DNA Da y(April 25-28) (Dalian, China)

Communication Director and Exceutive Committee Member (2015-2018), Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology (http://www.canadianplantbiotech.ca/)

Editor (2015-2018) , Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology Newsletter (http://www.canadianplantbiotech.ca/).

Key publications

  1. Xie, X., Li, X.Q., Zebarth, B.J., Niu, S., Tang, R., Tai, H.H., Bizimungu, B., Wu, W., Haroon, M. (2018). Rapid Screening of Potato Cultivars Tolerant to Nitrogen Deficiency Using a Hydroponic System. American Journal of Potato Research, [online] 95(2), 157-163. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12230-017-9621-1

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  2. Xiu-Qing Li (2017) Preface and Introduction. In: Li X.-Q, editor, Somatic Genome Variation in Animals, Plants and Microorganisms. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ, page XIX.

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  3. Li, X.-Q., Xing, T., and Du, D. (2016). "Identification of top-ranked proteins within a directional protein interaction network using the PageRank algorithm: Applications in humans and plants.", Current Issues in Molecular Biology (CIMB), 20, pp. 13-28.

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  4. Li, X.-Q. (2016). "Natural attributes and agricultural implications of somatic genome variation.", Current Issues in Molecular Biology (CIMB), 20, pp. 29-46.

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  5. Lovat, C., Nassar, A.M.K., Kubow, S., Li, X.Q., Donnelly, D.J. (2016). Metabolic Biosynthesis of Potato (Solanum tuberosum l.) Antioxidants and Implications for Human Health. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, [online] 56(14), 2278-2303. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10408398.2013.830208

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  6. Cai, Y., Shao, L., Li, X., Liu, G., Chen, S. (2016). Gibberellin stimulates regrowth after defoliation of sheepgrass (Leymus chinensis) by regulating expression of fructan-related genes. Journal of Plant Research, [online] 129(5), 935-944. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10265-016-0832-1

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  7. Liu, B., Zhang, G., Murphy, A., De Koeyer, D., Tai, H., Bizimungu, B., Si, H., Li, X.Q. (2016). Differences between the bud end and stem end of potatoes in dry matter content, starch granule size, and carbohydrate metabolic gene expression at the growing and sprouting stages. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, [online] 64(5), 1176-1184. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jafc.5b05238

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  8. Gao, Y., Stebbing, J., Tubei, K., Tian, L.N., Li, X.Q., Xing, T. (2016). Response of TaFLR MAPKKK to wheat leaf rust and Fusarium head blight and the activation of downstream components, 41(1), 15-23. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40858-015-0063-3

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  9. Xiang, H., Li, X.Q. (2016). Development of TBSPG Pipelines for Refining Unique Mapping and Repetitive Sequence Detection Using the Two Halves of Each Illumina Sequence Read. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter, [online] 34(1), 172-181. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11105-015-0912-8

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  10. Ma, J., Zhu, C., Wen, F., Xu, H., and Li, X.-Q. (2015). "Strategic RNA silencing for plant viral resistance.", in Li, X-Q, Donnelly, D.J. and Jensen, T.G. (eds.) - Somatic Genome Manipulation: Advances, Methods and Applications., Springer, Chapter 11, pp. 237-252.

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  11. Li, X.-Q., Donnelly, D.J., and Jensen, T.G. (Eds.) (2015). Somatic Genome Manipulation: Advances, Methods and Applications., Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2389-2 (Book)

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  12. Li, X.-Q. (2015). "Bioinformatic approaches for analysis of gene direction, chromosome base composition, mRNA polyadenylation, and protein network.", in Li, X-Q, Donnelly, D.J. and Jensen, T.G. (eds.) - Somatic Genome Manipulation: Advances, Methods and Applications., Springer, Chapter 15, pp. 353-363.

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  13. Li, X.-Q. (2015). "Laboratory methods for investigating nuclear and cytoplasmic genomes and transcriptome.", in Li, X-Q, Donnelly, D.J. and Jensen, T.G. (eds.) - Somatic Genome Manipulation: Advances, Methods and Applications., Springer, Chapter 14, pp. 323-352.

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  14. Li, X.-Q., Donnelly, D.J., and Jensen, T.G. (2015). "Preface.", in Li, X-Q, Donnelly, D.J. and Jensen, T.G. (eds.) - Somatic Genome Manipulation: Advances, Methods and Applications., Springer, pp. v-viii.

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  15. Ma, J., Li, X.Q. (2015). Organellar genome copy number variation and integrity during moderate maturation of roots and leaves of maize seedlings. Current Genetics, [online] 61(4), 591-600. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00294-015-0482-1

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  16. Zebarth, B.J., Tai, H.H., Luo, S., De Koeyer, D.L., and Li, X.-Q. (2014). "Gene expression-based diagnostics: A new way to optimize crop fertilizer nitrogen management?", 18th Nitrogen Workshop. The nitrogen challenge: Building blueprint for nitrogen use efficiency and food security, Lisbon, Portugal, June 30-July 3, 2014. (Abstract)

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  17. Li, X.-Q. (2014). "RNA poly(A) site selection in plants and animals.", XXII Plant & Animal Genome Conference, Town & Country Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA, January 10-15, 2014, pp. W722.

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  18. Li, X.-Q. (2014). "Evolution of gene direction on chromosomes.", XXII Plant & Animal Genome Conference, Town & Country Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA, January 10-15, 2014, pp. W725.

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  19. Li, X.Q., Du, D. (2014). Motif types, motif locations and base composition patterns around the RNA polyadenylation site in microorganisms, plants and animals. BMC Evolutionary Biology, [online] 14(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12862-014-0162-7

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  20. Li, X.Q. (2014). Comparative analysis of the base compositions of the pre-mRNA 3′ cleaved-off region and the mRNA 3′ untranslated region relative to the genomic base composition in animals and plants. PLoS ONE, [online] 9(6), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0099928

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Research facility

95 Innovation Road
PO Box 20280
Fredericton, NB E3B 4Z7
Canada

Affiliations

Adjunct professor at University of New Brunswick.

Language

English
French

Other languages

Chinese