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Chun-Ming LIU



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The research field:
Plant Grain Development



  • 1992-1996, PhD. in Molecular Genetics, John Innes Centre/UEA, Norwich, United Kingdom
  • 1985-1987, MSc. in Plant Cell Biology, Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • 1980-1984, BSc. in Biology, Shandong Normal University, China

Working Experience

  • 2016.5 – 2020.5, Director General, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing
  • 2010 – 2016.5, Director, CAS-Key Laboratory for Plant Molecular Physiology, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
  • 2005-2010, Director, Center for Signal Transduction & Metabolomics, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
  • 2001.1-2005.12, Group Leader/Senior Scientist, Plant Research International, Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • 1999.2-2000.12, Section Leader/Senior Scientist, Center for Plant Breeding and Reproduction (CPRO-DLO), Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • 1996.2-1999.2, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Botany, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma, USA
  • 1990.3-1992.12, Visiting Scientist, Laboratory of Plant Genetic Engineering, Institute of Molecular & Cell Biology, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Research Interests

  • Plant Grain Development
  • Rice Quality Improvement

Academic Qualifications

  • Associate Editor, Plant Molecular Biology Reporter
  • General Coordinator, Committee of Plant Organogenesis, Chinese Society of Cell Biology

Selected Publications (*corresponding authors)

Xue-Feng Yao, Shengyang Wu, Lei Guo, Liu CM*. (2020) Efficient CELI endonuclease production in Nicotiana benthamiana through transient expression and applications in detections of mutation and gene editing events. Plant Science, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plantsci.2020.110469
Wu MW, Zhao H, Zhang JD, Guo L, Liu CM. (2019). RADICLELESS 1 (RL1)-mediated nad4 intron 1 splicing is crucial for embryo and endosperm development in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbrc.2019.11.084
Yu K#, Liu D#, Chen Y, Wang D, Yang W, Yang W, Liu CM*, Zhang AM*. (2019). Unraveling the genetic architecture of grain size in einkorn wheat through linkage and homology mapping, and transcriptomic profiling. Journal of Experimental Botany, doi:10.1093/jxb/erz247
Ren SC#, Song XF#, Chen WQ, Lu R, Lucas WJ, Liu CM. (2019). CLE25 peptide regulates phloem initiation in Arabidopsis through a CLERK‐ CLV2 receptor complex. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, doi: 10.1111/jipb.12846
Gao YL#, Yao XF#, Li WZ, Song ZB, Wang BW, Wu YP, Shi JL, Liu GS, Li YP, Liu CM. (2019). An efficient TILLING platform for cultivated tobacco. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, doi: 10.1111/jipb.12784
He Y, Yan L, Ge C, Yao XF, Han X, Wang R, Xiong LZ, Jiang LW, Liu CM, Zhao YD*. (2019). PINOID is required for formation of the stigma and style in rice. Plant Physiology, 180: 926-936
Liu JX#, Wu XB#, Yao XF, Yu R, Larkin P, Liu CM*. (2018). Mutations in the DNA demethylase OsROS1 result in a thickened aleurone and improved nutritional value in rice grains. PNAS, 115: 11327-11332
Song XG, Lu ZF, Yu H, Shao GN, Xiong JS, Meng XB, Jing YH, Liu GF, Xiong GS, Duan JB, Yao XF, Liu CM, Li HQ, Wang YH, Li JY*. (2017). IPA1 functions as a downstream transcription factor repressed by D53 in strigolactone signaling in rice. Cell Research, 27: 1128-1141
Guo L# Jiang L# Zhang Y, Lu XL, Xie Q, Weijers D, Liu CM*. (2016). The anaphase promoting complex initiates zygote division in Arabidopsis through degradation of cyclin B1. Plant Journal, 86: 161-174
Wu XB#, Liu JX#, Li DQ, Liu CM*. (2016) Rice caryopsis development II: Dynamic changes in the endosperm. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 58: 786-798
Wu XB, Liu JX, Li DQ, Liu CM*. (2016). Rice caryopsis development I: Dynamic changes in different cell layers. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 58: 772-785
Bai AN, Lu XD, Li DQ, Liu JX, Liu CM*. (2016). NF-YB1-regulated expression of sucrose transporters in aleurone facilitates sugar loading to rice endosperm. Cell Research, 26: 383-388
Xu TT, Ren SC, Song XF, Liu CM*. (2015). CLE19 expressed in the embryo regulates both cotyledon establishment and endosperm development in Arabidopsis. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66:5217-5227
Li S, Chen M. Yu D, Ren S, Sun S, Liu L, Ketelaar, T, Emons AM and Liu CM* (2013) EXO70A1-mediated vesicle trafficking is critical for tracheary element development in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 25: 1774-1786
Song XF, Guo P, Ren SC, Xu TT, Liu CM*. (2013). Antagonistic peptide technology for functional dissection of CLE genes in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, 161, 1076-1085
Song XF, Yu DL, Xu TT, Ren SC, Guo P, Liu CM* (2012), Contributions of individual amino acid residues to the endogenous CLV3 function in shoot apical meristem maintenance in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant, 5(2): 515-523
Li S, Os G van, Ren S, Yu D, Ketelaar T, Emons A and Liu CM*. (2010) Expression and functional analyses of EXO70 genes in Arabidopsis implicate their roles in regulating cell type-specific exocytosis. Plant Physiology, 154: 1819-1830
Fiers M, Ku KL, Liu CM* (2007) CLE peptide ligands and their roles in establishing meristems. Current Opinion of Plant Biology. 10: 39-43
Fiers M, Golemiec E, van der Schors R, van der Geest L, Li KW, Stiekema WJ, Liu CM* (2006) The CLV3/ESR motif of CLV3 is functionally independent from the non-conserved flanking sequences. Plant Physiology, 141:1284-1294 (cover story)
M. Fiers, E. Golemiec, J. Xu, L. van der Geest, R. Heidstra, W. Stiekema, and C.M. Liu* (2005) The 14-Amino Acid CLV3, CLE19 and CLE40 Peptides Trigger Consumption of the Root Meristem in Arabidopsis through a CLAVATA2-Dependent Pathway. Plant Cell 17: 2542-2553 (cover story)
J. Xu, H.Y. Zhang, C.H. Xie, H.W. Xue, P. Dijkhuis, and C.M. Liu* (2005) EMBRYONIC FACTOR 1 encodes an AMP deaminase and is essential for the zygote to embryo transition in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal 42:743-756
M. Fiers, G. Hause, K. Boutilier, E. Casamitjana-Marinez, D. Weijers, R. Offringa, L. van der Geest, M. van Lookeren Campagne, C.M. Liu* (2004) Mis-expression of the CLV3/ESR-like gene CLE19 in Arabidopsis leads to a consumption of root meristem. Gene, 327:37-49
E. Casamitjana-Martínez, H. F. Hofhuis, J. Xu, C.M. Liu, R. Heidstra and B. Scheres (2003) Root-Specific CLE19 Overexpression and the sol1/2: Suppressors Implicate a CLV-like Pathway in the Control of Arabidopsis Root Meristem. Current Biology, 13:1435-1441
C.M. Liu, John McElver, Irris Tzafrir, Ronny Joosen, Peter Wittich, David Patton, Andre A.M. van Lammeren and David Meinke (2002) Condensin and cohesin knockouts in Arabidopsis exhibit a titan seed phenotype. Plant Journal, 29:405-415
Liu, C.M., Johnson, S. Di Gregorio, S. and Wang, T.L. (1999) single cotyledon (sic) mutants of pea and their relevance to the pattern formation and the evolution of monocots. Developmental Genetics, 25:11-22
Liu, C.M. and Meinke, D.W. (1998) The titan mutants of Arabidopsis are disrupted in mitosis and cell cycle control during seed development. Plant Journal, 16:21-31
Liu C.M., Johnson, S. and Wang, T.L. (1995) cyd, a mutant of pea that alters embryo morphology is defective in cytokinesis. Developmental Genetics, 16:312-331
Liu C.M., Z.H. Xu, Z.H. and Chua, N.-H (1993) Proembryo culture: in vitro development of early globular-staged zygotic embryos of Brassica juncea. Plant Journal, 3: 291-300
Liu, C.M., Xu, Z.H. and Chua, N.-H (1993) Auxin polar transport is essential for the establishment of bilateral symmetry during early plant embryogenesis. Plant Cell, 5: 621-630