Expertise Statement

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Dr Longfu Zhu

Associate Professor in Plant Genetics and Breeding

Expertise Statement

Teaching Duties

  • Biochemistry

Research Interests

  • Metabolism and signal pathway involved in response to Verticillium wilt

  • Metabolism and signal pathway involved in response to abotic stresses, expecially on high temperature and salt stress.

  • Cotton biotechnology

Education & Working Experience
Ph. D. 1999-2004, Huazhong Agricultural University

Major: Agronomy

Minor: Cotton Genetics and Breeding
B. Sc. 1995-1999 Huazhong Agricultural University

Major: Agronomy

Visit Professor: 2007.12-2008.12 Biological Department of Texas Tech Univeristy, USA


  1. Zhu L F, Zhang X L, Nie Y C, Wu J H. Genetic diversity among transgenic cotton cultivars (lines) analyzed with RAPDs and SSRs. Journal of Huazhong Agri. Univ., 2002, 21(5): 401-405

  2. Zhu L F, Zhang X L, Nie Y C. Genetic Diversity in Upland Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) Cultivars Based on RAPDs and SSRs. Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology, 2003, 11(5): 450-455

  3. Zhu L F, Zhang X L. RNAi and its application in plant genetic improvement. Journal of Huazhong Agri. Univ., 2004,23(4):472-477

  4. Zhu L F, Zhang X L, Tu L L, Nie Y C, Guo X P, Xia Q Z. Construction and analysis of SSH library of Gossypium barbadense upon infection with Verticillium dahliae. Acta Genetica Sinica, 2005, 32(5): 528-532

  5. Zhu L F, Tu L L, Zhen F C, Liu D Q, Zhang X L. An improved simple protocol for isolation of high quality RNA from Gossypium spp. suitable for cDNA library construction. Acta Agromomica Sinica, 2005, 31 (12): 1657-1659

  6. Zeng FC, Zhang XL, Zhu LF, TuLL, Guo XP and Nie YC. Isolation and characterization of genes associated to cotton somatic embryogenesis by suppression subtractive hybridization and macroarray. Plant Molecular Biology, 2006,60(2): 169-185.

  7. Zhu Longfu, Zhang Xianlong., Tu Lili., et al.. Identification and Characterization of Two Novel Dirigent-like Genes Highly Expressed in Cotton (G. barbadense) during Inoculation of Verticillium daliae.Journal of Plant Pathology,2007, 89 (1), 25-29

  8. ZHU Long-fu, HE Xin, YUAN Dao-jun, XU Lian, XU Li, TU Li-li, SHEN Guo-xin, ZHANG Hong, ZHANG Xian-long.Genome-Wide Identification of Genes Responsive to ABA and Cold/Salt Stresses in Gossypium hirsutum by Data-Mining and Expression Pattern Analysis. Agricultural Sciences in China, 2011, 10(4): 499-508

  9. Vijaya Pasapula, Guoxin Shen, Sundaram Kuppu, Julio Paez-Valencia, Marisol Mendoza, Pei Hou, Jian Chen,Xiaoyun Qiu, Longfu Zhu, Xianlong Zhang, Dick Auld, Eduardo Blumwald, Hong Zhang, Roberto Gaxiola, and Paxton. Expression of an Arabidopsis vacuolar H+-pyrophosphatase gene (AVP1) in cotton improves drought- and salt-tolerance and increases fiber yield in the field conditions. Plant Biotechnology J, 2011, 9: 88-99

  10. Xu, L., Zhu, L., Tu, L., Guo, X., Long, L., Sun, L., Gao, W., and Zhang, X. Differential Gene Expression in Cotton Defence Response to Verticillium dahliae by SSH. Journal of Phytopathology, 2011, 159: 606-615

  11. Xu, L., Zhu, L., Tu, L., Liu, L., Yuan, D., Jin, L., Long, L., and Zhang, X. Lignin metabolism has a central role in the resistance of cotton to the wilt fungus Verticillium dahliae as revealed by RNA-Seq-dependent transcriptional analysis and histochemistry. Journal of Experimental Botany, 2011 doi:10.1093/jxb/err245

  12. Banjara, M., Zhu, L., Shen, G., Payton, P., and Zhang, H. (2011). Expression of an Arabidopsis sodium/proton antiporter gene (AtNHX1) in peanut to improve salt tolerance. Plant Biotech. Rep., 2012, 6(1), 59-67

  13. XU Li, ZHU Long-Fu, ZHANG Xian-Long. Research on Resistance Mechanism of Cotton to Verticillium Wilt [J]. Acta Agron Sin, 2012, 38(09): 1553-1560.

  14. Li Xu, Li Jin, Lu Long, Linlin Liu, Xin He, Wei Gao, Longfu Zhu*, Xianlong Zhang. Overexpression of GbWRKY1 positively regulates the Pi starvation response by alteration of auxin sensitivity in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Reports, 2012,online, doi:10.1007/s00299-012-1328-7.

Contact details
Zhu Longfu

College of Plant Science and Technology

Huazhong Agricultural University

Wuhan, 430070 Tel: +86-27-87283955

Fax: +86-27-87280196

P. R. China,

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