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Chief: Zhijun Cheng


Zhijun Cheng
Chief of the Research Team of Crop Functional Genomics
Center for Crop Genomics & Molecular Design
Institute of Crop Sciences
No.12 Zhongguancun South Street
Beijing, 100081, China


  • 1994 Ph.D., Agronomy, Graduate school of CAAS
  • 1991 M.A., Agronomy, Graduate school of CAAS
  • 1984 B.A., Agronomy, Anhui Agriculture University

Working Experience

  • 2004-present Senior Researcher of rice molecular biology, Institute of Crop Science of CAAS
  • 1999-2004 Post-doctoral Fellow, Research Institute for Bioresources, Okayama University, Japan
  • 1994-1999 associate researcher, Institute of Crop Science of CAAS
  • 1984-1988 Lecturer, Luan Agriculture school

Research Interests

Academic Qualifications

Selected Publications (*corresponding authors)

Yueqin Heng, Chuanyin Wu, Yu Long, Sheng Luo, Jin Ma, Jun Chen, Jiafan Liu, Huan Zhang, Yulong Ren,Min Wang, Junjie Tan, Shanshan Zhu, Jiulin Wang, Cailin Lei, Xin Zhang, Xiuping Guo, Haiyang Wang, Zhijun Cheng and Jianmin Wan (2018) OsALMT7 Maintains Panicle Size and Grain Yield in Rice by Mediating Malate Transport. The Plant Cell, Vol. 30: 889–906 (Co-correspondent).
Jin Ma, Jun Chen, Min Wang, Yulong Ren, Shuai Wang, Cailin Lei, Zhijun Cheng and Sodmergen (2018) Disruption of OsSEC3A increases the content of salicylic acid and induces plant defense responses in rice. Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol. 69, No. 5 pp. 1051–1064 (Co-correspondent).
Min Wang, Tao Zhang, Hao Peng, Sheng Luo, Juejie Tan, Kaifeng Jiang, Yueqin Heng, Xin Zhang, Xiuping Guo, Jiakui Zheng and Zhijun Cheng (2018) Rice Premature Leaf Senescence 2, Encoding a Glycosyltransferase (GT), Is Involved in Leaf Senescence. Frontiers in Plant Science. 9,560, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00560 (Co-correspondent).
Zhang Z, Zhang F, Cheng ZJ, Liu LL, Lin QB, Wu FQ, Zhang H, Wang JL, Wang J, Guo XP, Zhang X, Lei CL, Zhao ZC, Zhu SS, Wan JM※(2017) Functional characterization of rice CW-domain containing zinc finger proteins involved in histone recognition. Plant Science, 263:168-176 (Co-first author).
Jin Ma, Zhijun Cheng, Jun Chen, Jinbo Shen, Baocai Zhang, Yulong Ren, Yu Ding, Yihua Zhou, Huan Zhang, Kunneng Zhou, Jiu-Lin Wang, Cailin Lei, Xin Zhang, Xiuping Guo, He Gao, Yiqun Bao, Jian-Min Wan (2016) Phosphatidylserine Synthase Controls Cell Elongation Especially in the Uppermost Internode in Rice by Regulation of Exocytosis. PLOS ONE, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0153119 (co-first author.& correspondent) .
Chaolong Wang, Yang Wang, Zhijun Cheng, Zhigang Zhao, Jun Chen, Peike Sheng, Yang Yu,Weiwei Ma, Erchao Duan, Fuqing Wu, Linglong Liu, Ruizhen Qin, Xin Zhang, Xiuping Guo, Jiulin Wang, Ling Jiang and Jianmin Wan (2016) The role of OsMSH4 in male and female gamete development in rice meiosis. Journal of Experimental Botany, 67(5): 1447-1459 (co-first author).
Xiaole Wang, Zhijun Cheng, Zhichao Zhao, Lu Gan, Ruizhen Qin, Kunneng Zhou, Weiwei Ma, Baocai Zhang, Jiulin Wang, Huqu Zhai, Jianmin Wan (2016) BRITTLE SHEATH1 encoding OsCYP96B4 is involved in secondary cell wall formation in rice. 2016. Plant Cell Report, 35:745–755 (co-first author).
Zhe Zhang, Zhi-jun Cheng, Lu Gan, Huan Zhang, Fu-qing Wu, Qi-bing Lin, Jiu-lin Wang, Jie Wang, Xiu-ping Guo, Xin Zhang, Zhi-chao Zhao, Cai-lin Lei,Shan-shan Zhu, Chun-ming Wang, Jian-min Wan (2016) OsHSD1, a hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase, is involved in cuticle formation and lipid homeostasis in rice. Plant Science, 249: 35–45 (co-first author).
Min Wang, Liping Chen, Ruizhen Qin, Haitao Zhang, Yingrao Shi, Qinquan Chen, Shen Luo, Fan Wang, Zhijun Cheng (2016) Fine mapping of a day-length-sensitive dwarf gene in rice. Plant Breeding, 135:580-587 (correspondent) .
Lu Gan, Xiaole Wang, Zhijun Cheng, Linglong Liu, Jiulin Wang, Zhe Zhang, Yulong Ren, Cailin Lei, Zhichao Zhao, Shanshan Zhu, Qibing Lin, Fuqing Wu, Xiuping Guo, Jie Wang, Xin Zhang, Jianmin Wan (2016) Wax crystal-sparse leaf 3 encoding a b-ketoacyl-CoA reductase is involved in cuticular wax biosynthesis in rice. 2016. Plant Cell Report 35:1687–1698 (co-first author).
Wei Dong, Zhijun Cheng, Cailin Lei, Xiaole Wang, Jiulin Wang, Jie Wang, Fuqing Wu, Xin Zhang, Xiuping Guo, Huqu Zhai, Jianmin Wan (2014) Overexpression of Folate Biosynthesis Genes in Rice (Oryza sativa L.) and Evaluation of Their Impact on Seed Folate Content. Plant Foods Hum Nutrition, 69:379–385 (co-first author).
Wei Dong, Zhijun Cheng, Xu Jianlong, Zheng Tianqing, Wang Xiaole, Zhang Hongzheng, Wang Jie, Wan Jianmin ZHANG Hong-zheng, WANG Jie and WAN Jian-min Identification of QTLs Underlying Folate Content in Milled Rice. 2014. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 13: 1827-1834 (co-first author).
Xuefeng Ma, Zhijun Cheng, Ruizhen Qin, Yang Qiu, Yueqin Heng, Hui Yang, Yulong Ren, Xiaole Wang, Jingcui Bi, Xiaoding Ma, Xin Zhang, Jiulin Wang, Cailin Lei, Xiuping Guo, Jie wang, Fuqing Wu, Ling Jiang, Haiyang Wang, Jianmin Wan (2013) OsARG encodes an arginase that plays critical roles in panicle development and grain production in rice. The Plant Journal, 73, 190–200 (co-first author).
Hong Chen, Zhijun Cheng, Xiaoding Ma, Han Wu, Yanling Liu, Kunneng Zhou, Yilin Chen, Weiwei Ma, Jingcui Bi, Xin Zhang, Xiuping Guo, Jiulin Wang, Cailin Lei, Fuqing Wu, Qibing Lin, Yuqiang Liu, Linglong Liu, Ling Jiang (2013) A knockdown mutation of YELLOW-GREEN LEAF2 blocks chlorophyll biosynthesis in rice. Plant Cell Report, 32:1855–1867 (co-first author).
Xiaoding Ma, Zhijun Cheng, Fuqing Wu, Mingna Jin, Liguo Zhang, Feng Zhou, Jiulin Wang, Kunneng Zhou, Jian Ma, Qibing Lin, Cailin Lei, Jianmin Wan (2013) BEAK LIKE SPIKELET1 is required for Lateral Development of Lemma and Palea in Rice. Plant Mol Biol Rep, 31:98-108 (co-first author).
LG. Zhang, ZJ. Cheng, RZ Qin, Y. Qiu, JL. Wang, Xk. Cui, LF. Gu, X. Zhang, XP. Guo, D. Wang, L. Jiang, CY. Wu, HY. Wang, XF. Cao and JM. Wan.(2012).Identification and Characterization of an Epi-Allele of FIE1 Reveals a Regulatory Linkage between Two Epigenetic Marks in Rice. The Plant Cell. 24:4407-21. (co-first author)
XF. Ma, ZJ. Cheng, RZ. Qin, Y. Qiu, YQ Heng, H. Yang, YL. Ren, XL. Wang, JC Bi, XD. Ma, X. Zhang, JL. Wang, CL. Lei, XP. Guo, J. wang, FQ. Wu, L. Jiang, HY. Wang and JM. Wan. (2013). OsARG encodes an arginase that plays critical roles in panicle development and grain production in rice. The Plant Journal. 73:190–200. (co-first authors)
BG. Mao, ZJ. Cheng, CL. Lei, FH. Xu, SW. Gao, YL. Ren, JL. Wang, X. Zhang, J. Wang, FQ. Wu, XP. Guo, XL. Liu, CY. Wu, HY. Wang, JM. Wan. (2012).Wax crystal-sparse leaf2, a rice homologue of WAX2/GL1, is involved in synthesis of leaf cuticular wax. Planta, 235:39-52. (co-first authors)
XD. Ma, ZJ. Cheng, FQ. Wu, MN. Jin, LG. Zhang, F. Zhou, JL. Wang, KN. Zhou, J. Ma , QB. Lin, CL. Lei and JM. Wan. (2013). BEAK LIKE SPIKELET1 is required for Lateral Development of Lemma and Palea in Rice. Plant Mol Biol Rep. 31:98-108. (co-first authors)
W. Dong, ZJ. Cheng, XL. Wang, B. Wang, HZ. Zhang, N. Su, C. Yamamaro, CL. Lei, J. Wang, JL. Wang, X. Zhang, XP. Guo, FQ. Wu, HQ. Zhai and JM. Wan. (2011). Determination of folate content in rice germplasm (Oryza sativa L.) using tri-enzyme extraction and microbiological assays. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 7:537-543. (co-first authors)
ZJ. Cheng, BG. Mao, SW. Gao, L. Zhang, JL. Wang, CL. Lei, X. Zhang, FQ. Wu, XP. Guo and JM. Wan. (2011). Fine Mapping of qPAA8, a Gene Controlling Panicle Apical Development in Rice. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 53: 710–718.
ZJ. Cheng, M. Murata, Sodmergen, XM. Li, H. Nian and JM. Wan. (2008). Effects on Genome Constitution and Novel Cell Wall Formation Caused by the Addition of 5RS Rye Chromosome to Common Wheat,Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 50: 503–509.
ZJ. Cheng and M. Murata. (2003).A Centromeric Tandem Repeat Family Originating From a Part of Ty3/gypsy-Retroelement in Wheat and Its Relatives. Genetics, 164: 665–672.
ZJ. Cheng and M. Murata. (2002). Loss of chromosome 2R and 5RS in octoploid triticale selected for agronomic traits. Genes Genet. Syst., 77:23-29.

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