LIU Shu-Sheng

Title: Professor


Mailing address: Institute of Insect Sciences, Zhejiang University, 866 Yuhangtang Road, Hangzhou 310058, China

Telephone: (86-571) 88982505

Current position

“Qiu-Shi” Distinguished Professor of Zhejiang University; Deputy-President, Academic Committee of Zhejiang University; Discipline Leader of Plant Protection, Zhejiang University, China


  • Doctor of Philosophy – Zoology: Australian National University and CSIRO Division of Entomology, Canberra, Australia, 1984.
  • Postgraduate study – Entomology: Zhejiang Agricultural University, 1978-1980.
  • Undergraduate study – Plant Protection: Hunan Agricultural University, 1974-1977.


Major Research Interests

  • Biological invasion by alien insect pests
  • Tripartite interactions between insect vectors, viruses and plants
  • Behavioural and chemical ecology
  • Biological control and integrated pest management in vegetable crops


Research Activities

In recent years, the major focus of research in our laboratory has been invasion biology of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci species complex and integrated pest management in vegetable crops. In particular, we have been investigating the behavioural, ecological, physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying the rapid invasion by alien species of the whitefly species complex, including: (1) whitefly-begomovirus-plant interactions, (2) the systematics and species status of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci complex, and (3) the behavioural interactions between alien and native whitefly species.

While we have been conducting basic research in several areas, our laboratory has been strong in bridging basic and applied research. The major focus in applied research has been incorporation of basic research results, from both our own and the literature, into practice to develop and improve pest management systems in vegetable crops. These management systems strive to reduce chemical insecticide input and help produce safe products through enhancing naturally occurring biological control. We have close interactions with the local vegetable industry, and our laboratory has been recognized as an important resource by the local industry as well as the nationwide extension service.

Selected Recent Publications


Guo Tao, Zhao Jing, Pan Li-Long, Geng Liang, Chi Yao, Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2018. The level of midgut penetration of two begomoviruses affects their acquisition and transmission by two species of Bemisia tabaci. Virology 515: 66-73. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2017.12.004


Shan Hong-Wei, Deng Wen-Hao, Luan Jun-Bo, Zhang Min-Jing, Zhang Zhen, Liu Shu-Sheng, Liu Yin-Quan. 2017. Thermal sensitivity of bacteriocytes constrains the persistence of intracellular bacteria in whitefly symbiosis under heat stress. Environmental Microbiology Reports 9(6): 706-716. doi:10.1111/1758-2229.12554

Wei Jing, He Ya-Zhou, Guo Qi, Guo Tao, Liu Yin-Quan, Zhou Xue-Ping, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2017. Vector development and vitellogenin determine transovarial transmission of a begomovirus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114(26): 6746-6751. doi:10.1073/pnas.1701720114

Li Ping, Shu Yan-Ni, Fu Shuai, Liu Yin-Quan, Zhou Xue-Ping, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2017. Vector and non-vector insect feeding reduces subsequent plant susceptibility to virus transmission. New Phytologist 215(2): 699-710. doi:10.1111/nph.14550.

Sun Yan-Chun, Pan Li-Long, Ying Feng-Ze, Li Ping, Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2017. Jasmonic acid-related resistance in tomato mediates interactions between whitefly and whitefly-transmitted virus. Scientific Reports 7: 566. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-00692-w

Wang Xiao-Wei, Li Ping, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2017. Whitefly interactions with plants. Current Opinion in Insect Science 19:70-75. doi:10.1016/j.cois.2017.02.001

Pan Li-Long, Chen Qun-Fang, Zhao Juan-Juan, Guo Tao, Wang Xiao-Wei, Hariton-Shalev, A., Czosnek, H., Liu Shu-Sheng. 2017. Clathrin-mediated endocytosis is involved in Tomato yellow leaf curl virus transport across the midgut barrier of its whitefly vector. Virology 502: 152-159. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2016.12.029


Luan Jun-Bo, Shan Hong-Wei, Isermann P., Huang Jia-Hsin, Lammerding J., Liu Shu-Sheng, Douglas A.E. 2016. Cellular and molecular remodeling of a host cell for vertical transmission of bacterial symbionts.Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283: 20160580. doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.0580.

Wang Lan-Lan, Wang Xin-Ru, Wei Xue-Mei, Huang Huang, Wu Jian-Xiang , Chen Xue-Xin, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2016. The autophagy pathway participates in resistance to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus infection in whiteflies. Autophagy 12(9): 1560-1574. doi:10.1080/15548627.2016.1192749.

Hariton-Shalev Akiza, Sobol Iris, Ghanim Murad, Liu Shu-Sheng, Czosnek Henryk. 2016. The WhiteflyBemisia tabaci knottin-1 gene is implicated in regulating the quantity of Tomato yellow leaf curl virus ingested and transmitted by the insect. Viruses 8: 205; doi:10.3390/v8070205.

Zhu Dan-Tong, Xia Wen-Qiang, Rao Qiong, Liu Shu-Sheng, Ghanim Murad, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2016. Sequencing and comparison of the Rickettsia genomes from the whitefly Bemisia tabaci Middle East Asia Minor I. Insect Science 23: 531-542.

Xiao Na, Pan Li-Long, Zhang Chang-Rong, Shan Hong-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2016. Differential tolerance capacity to unfavourable low and high temperatures between two invasive whiteflies. Scientific Reports 6: 24306; doi:10.1038/srep24306.

Wang Hua-Ling, Cui Xi-Yun, Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng, Zhang Zheng-Hua, Zhou Xue-Ping. 2016. First report of Sri Lankan cassava mosaic virus infecting cassava in Cambodia. Plant Disease100(5): 1029; doi: 10.1094/PDIS-10-15-1228-PDN.

Shan Hong-Wei, Zhang Chang-Rong, Yan Ting-Ting, Tang Hai-Qin, Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng, Liu Yin-Quan. 2016. Temporal changes of symbiont density and host fitness after rifampicin treatment in a whitefly of the Bemisia tabaci species complex. Insect Science 23(2): 200-214.

Qin Li, Pan Li-Long, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2016. Further insight into the reproductive incompatibility between putative cryptic species of the Bemisia tabaci whitefly complex. Insect Science 23(2): 215-224.

Liu Shu-Min, Li Jie, Zhu Jin-Qi, Wang Xiao-Wei, Wang Cheng-Shu, Liu Shu-Sheng, Chen Xue-Xin, Li Sheng. 2015. Transgenic plants expressing the AaIT/GNA fusion protein show increased resistance and toxicity to both chewing and sucking pests. Insect Science 23(2): 265-276.

Wang Hua-Ling, Zhang Zhen, Bing Xiao-Li, Liu Yin-Quan, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2016. A complete mitochondrial DNA genome derived from a Chinese population of the Bemisia afer species complex (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). Mitochondrial DNA 27(5): 3500-3501; doi: 10.3109/19401736.2015.1066367

Wang Hua-Ling, Xiao Na, Yang Jiao, Wang Xiao-Wei, Colvin J., Liu Shu-Sheng. 2016. The complete mitochondrial genome of Bemisia afer (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). Mitochondrial DNA 27(1): 98-99, doi: 10.3109/19401736.2013.873921.

Bi Wang Bi, Wang Lanlan, Chen Fangyuan, Yang Xiuling, Ding Ming, Zhang Zhongkai, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei, Zhou Xueping. 2016. MicroRNA profiling of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci Middle East-Aisa Minor I following the acquisition of Tomato yellow leaf curl China virus. Virology Journal 13: 20, doi: 10.1186/s12985-016-0469-7.

Li Zhengyu, Feng Xia, Liu Shu-Sheng, You Minsheng, Furlong, M.J. 2016. Biology, ecology and management of the diamondback moth in China. Annual Review of Entomology 61: 277-296, doi: 10.1146/annurev-ento-010715-023622.


Zhang Chang-Rong, Shan Hong-Wei, Xiao Na, Zhang Fan-Di, Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Yin-Quan, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2015. Differential temporal changes of primary and secondary symbionts and whitefly host fitness following antibiotic treatments. Scientific Reports 5:15898; doi: 10.1038/srep15898.

Guo Tao, Guo Qi, Cui Xi-Yun, Liu Yin-Quan, Hu Jian, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2015. Comparison of transmission of Papaya leaf curl China virus among four cryptic species of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci complex.Scientific Reports 5:15432 | DOI: 10.1038/srep15432.

Luan Jun-Bo, Chen Wenbo, Hasegawa DK, Simmons AM, Wintermantel WM, Ling Kai-Shu, Fei Zhangjun, Liu Shu-Sheng, Douglas AE. 2015. Metabolic coevolution in the bacterial symbiosis of whiteflies and related plant sap-feeding insects. Genome Biology and Evolution 7: 2635-2647, doi:10.1093/gbe/evv170.

Xu Hong-Xing, Hong Yue, Zhang Min-Zhu, Wang Yong-Liang, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2015. Transcriptional responses of invasive and indigenous whiteflies to different host plants reveal their disparate capacity of adaptation. Scientific Reports 5: 10774.

Rao Qiong, Rollat-Farnier Pierre-Antoine, Zhu Dan-Tong, Santos-Garcia Diego, Silva Francisco J, Moya Andrés, Latorre Amparo, Klein Cecilia C, Vavre Fabrice, Sagot Marie-France, Liu Shu-Sheng, Mouton Laurence, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2015. Genome reduction and metabolic complementation of the dual endosymbionts in the whitefly Bemisia tabaciBMC Genomics 16:226.

Jiu Min, Li Jun-Min, Gao Xian-Long, Wang Lun-Ji, Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2015.  Identification and characterization of two phospholipid hydroperoxide glutathione peroxidase genes from the Mediterranean species of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci complex. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 89(1): 54-67.

Rollat-Farnier Pierre-Antoine, Santos-Garcia Diego, Rao Qiong , Sagot Marie-France, Silva Francisco J., Henri Hélène, Zchori-Fein Einat, Latorre Amparo, Moya Andrés, Barbe Valérie, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei, Vavre Fabrice, Mouton Laurence. 2015. Two host clades, two bacterial arsenals: evolution through gene losses in facultative endosymbionts. Genome Biology and Evolution 7: 839-855.

Gao Xian-Long, Li Jun-Min, Xu Hong-Xing, Yan Gen-Hong, Jiu Min, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2015. Cloning of a putative extracellular Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase and functional differences of superoxide dismutases in invasive and indigenous whiteflies. Insect Science 22: 52-64.

He Wen-Bo, Li Jie, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2015. Differential profiles of direct and indirect modification of vector feeding behaviour by a plant virus. Scientific Reports 5:7682


Li Ran. Weldegergis BT, Li Jie, Jung Choonkyun, Qu Jing, Sun Yanwei, Qin Hong-Mei, Tee ChuanSia, van Loon JJA, Dicke M, Chua Nam-Hai, Liu Shu-Sheng, Ye Jian. 2014.Virulence factors of geminivirus interact with MYC2 to subvert plant resistance and promote vector performance. The Plant Cell26(12): 4991-5008.

Wang Lan-Lan, Wei Xue-Mei, Ye Xiao-Dong, Xu Hong-Xing, Zhou Xue-Ping, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2014. Expression and functional characterization of a soluble form of Tomato yellow leaf curl virus coat protein. Pest Management Science 70:1624-1631.

Wei Jing, Zhao Juan-Juan, Zhang Tong, Li Fang-Fang, Ghanim Murad, Zhou Xue-Ping, Ye Gong-Yin, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2014. Specific cells in the primary salivary glands of the whiteflyBemisia tabaci control retention and transmission of begomoviruses. Journal of Virology 88: 13460-13468.

Shan Hong-Wei, Lu Yu-Hong, Bing Xiao-Li, Liu Shu-Sheng, Liu Yin-Quan. 2014. Differential responses of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci endosymbionts to unfavourable low and high temperatures. Microbial Ecology68: 472-482.

Wang Hu-Ling, Yang Jiao, Boykin, L.M., Zhao Qiong-Yi, Wang Yu-Yun, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2014 Developing conversed microsatellite markers and their implications in evolutionary analysis of the Bemisia tabaci complex. Scientific Reports 4: 6351.

Bing Xiao-Li, Xia Wen-Qiang, Gui Jia-Dong, Yan Geng-Hong, Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2014. Diversity and evolution of the Wolbachia endosymbionts of Bemisia (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) whiteflies. Ecology and Evolution 4:2714-2737.

Ye Xiao-Dong, Su Yun-Lin, Zhao Qiong-Yi, Xia Wen-Qiang, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2014. Transcriptomic analyses reveal the adaptive features and biological differences of guts from two invasive whitefly species. BMC Genomics 15:370.

Zhang Chang-Rong, Zhang Shan, Xia Jun, Li Fang-Fang, Xia We-Qiang, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2014. The immune strategy and stress response of the Mediterranean species of the Bemisia tabacicomplex to an orally delivered bacterial pathogen. PLoS ONE 9(4): e94477.

Luan Jun-Bo, Wang Xiao-Wei, Colvin John, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2014. Plant-mediated whitefly-begomovirus interactions: research progress and future prospects. Bulletin of Entomological Research 104: 267-276.

Sun Di-Bing, Li Jie, Liu Yin-Quan, Crowder D.W., Liu Shu-Sheng. 2014. Effects of reproductive interference on the competitive displacement between two invasive whiteflies. Bulletin of Entomological Research 104: 334-346.

Wang Jia, He Wen-Bo, Su Yun-Lin, Bing Xiao-Li, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2014. Molecular characterization of soluble and membrane-bound trehalases of the whitefly, Bemisia tabaciArchives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 85: 216-233.

Liu Shu-Sheng, Rao A, Vinson S.B. 2014. Biological Control in China: past, present and future - An introduction to this special issue. Biological Control 68: 1-5.

Liu Yin-Quan, Shi Zu-Hua, Zalucki M.P., Liu Shu-Sheng. 2014. Conservation biological control in Brassica vegetable crops in China. Biological Control 68: 37-46.

Bing Xiao-Li, Rao Qiong, Luan Jun-Bo, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2014. The distribution, transmission, functions and genomics of the symbiont Hamiltonella of invertebrates. Journal of Environmental Entomology36(2): 225-232 (in Chinese with English summary).


Liu Yong-Jie, Liu Jing, Ying Sheng-Hua, Liu Shu-Sheng, Feng Ming-Guang. 2013. A fungal insecticide engineered for fast per os kill of caterpillars has high field efficacy and safety in full-season control of cabbage insect pests. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79(20): 6452-6458.

Luan Jun-Bo, Wang Yong-Liang, Wang Jia, Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2013. Detoxification activity and energy cost is attenuated in the whiteflies feeding on begomovirus-infected tobacco plants. Insect Molecular Biology 22(5): 597-607.

Qian Cen, Liu Yang, Fang Qi, Li Yan-Min, Liu Shu-Sheng, Ye Gong-Yin. 2013. Venom of the ectoparasitoid,Nasonia vitripennis, influences gene expression in Musca domestica hemocytes. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 83(4): 211-231.

Xia Jun, Zhang Chang-Rong, Zhang Shan, Li Fang-Fang, Feng Ming-Guang, Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2013. Analysis of whitefly transcriptional responses to Beauveria bassiana infection reveals new insights into insect-fungus interactions. PLOS ONE 8(7):e68185.

Su Yun-Lin, He Wen-Bo, Wang Jia, Li Jun-Min, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2013. Selection of endogenous reference genes for gene expression analysis in the Mediterranean species of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) complex. Journal of Economic Entomology106(3): 1446-1455.

Luan Jun-Bo, Ghanim, M., Liu Shu-Sheng, Czosnek, H. 2013. Silencing the ecdysone synthesis and signaling pathway genes disrupts nymphal development in the whitefly. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 43(8):740-746.

Wang Lan-Lan, Huang Huang, Zhang Chang-Rong, Xia Jun, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2013. Cloning and functional characterization of c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase from the Mediterranean species of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci complex. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 14(7): 13433-13446; doi:10.3390/ijms140713433.

Wang Hua-Ling, Yang Jiao, Boykin L.M., Zhao Qiong-Yi, Li Qian, Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2013. The characteristics and expression profiles of the mitochondrial genome for the Mediterranean species of the Bemisia tabaci complex. BMC Genomics 14: 401.

Wang Yong-Liang, Wang Yu-Jun, Luan Jun-Bo, Yan Gen-Hong, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2013. Analysis of the transcriptional differences between indigenous and invasive whiteflies reveals possible mechanisms of whitefly invasion. PLoS ONE 8(5):e62176.

Sun Di-Bing, Liu Yin-Quan, Qin Li, Xu Jing, Li Fang-Fang, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2013. Competitive displacement between two invasive whiteflies: insecticide application and host plant effects. Bulletin of Entomological Research 103: 344-353.

Bing Xiao-Li, Ruan Yong-Ming, Rao Qiong, Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2013. Diversity of secondary endosymbionts among different putative species of the whitefly Bemisia tabaciInsect Science20(2): 194-206.

Luan Jun-Bo, Yao Dan-Mei, Zhang Tong, Walling Linda L., Yang Mei, Wang Yu-Jun, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2013. Suppression of terpenoid synthesis in plants by a virus promotes its mutualism with vectors. Ecology Letters 16: 390-398.

Gao Xian-Long, Li Jun-Min, Wang Yong-Liang, Jiu Min, Yan Gen-Hong, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2013. Cloning, expression and characterization of mitochondrial manganese superoxide dismutase from the whitefly, Bemisia tabaciInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences14: 871-887.

Bing Xiao-Li, Yang Jiao, Zchori-Fein E., Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2013. Characterization of a newly discovered symbiont in the whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79(2): 569-575.

Luan Jun-Bo, Paul De Barro, Ruan Yong-Ming, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2013. Distinct behavioural strategies underlying asymmetric mating interactions between invasive and indigenous whiteflies. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata146(1): 186-194.


Wang Xiao-Wei, Zhao Qiong-Yi, Luan Jun-Bo, Wang Yu-Jun, Yan Gen-Hong, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2012. Analysis of a native whitefly transcriptome and its sequence divergence with two invasive whitefly species. BMC Genomics 13: 529. DOI:10.1186/1471-2164-13-529 .

Guo Jian-Yang, Dong Sheng-Zhang, Yang Xiu-Lin, Cheng Lu, Wan Fang-Hao, Liu Shu-Sheng, Zhou Xue-Ping, Ye Gong-Yin. 2012. Enhanced vitellogenesis in a whitefly via feeding on a begomovirus-infected plant. PLoS ONE 7(8): e43567. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0043567.

Zalucki M.P., Shabbir A., Silva R., Adamson D., Liu Shu-Sheng, Furlong M.J. 2012. Estimating the economic cost of one of the world’s major insect pests, Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae): just how long is a piece of string? Journal of Economic Entomology 105: 1115-1129.

Rao Qiong, Wang Shuang, Zhu Dan-Tong, Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2012. Draft genome sequence of Rickettsia sp. strain MEAM1, isolated from the whitefly, Bemisia tabaciJournal of Bacteriology194(17): 4741-4742.

Su Yun-Lin, Li Jun-Min, Li Meng, Luan Jun-Bo, Ye Xiao-Dong, Wang Xiao-Wei, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2012. Transcriptomic analysis of the salivary glands of an invasive whitefly. PLoS ONE 7(6): e39303. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039303.

Wang Peng, Crowder David W., Liu Shu-Sheng. 2012. Roles of mating behavioural interactions and life history traits in the competition between alien and indigenous whiteflies. Bulletin of Entomological Research 102: 395-405.

Wang Jia, Bing Xiao-Li, Ye Gong-Yin, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2012. Infection of tobacco plants by a begomovirus improves nutritional assimilation by a whitefly. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 144: 191-201.

Rao Qiong, Wang Shuang, Su Yun-Lin, Bing Xiao-Li, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2012. Draft genome sequence of Candidatus Hamiltonella sp., an endosymbiont of the whitefly, Bemisia tabaciJournal of Bacteriology 194(13): 3558.

Zhang Peng-Jun, Lu Yao-Bin, Zalucki, M.P., Liu Shu-Sheng. 2012. Relationship between adult oviposition preference and larval performance of the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostellaJournal of Pest Science, 85: 247-252.

Luan Jun-Bo, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2012. Differences in mating behavior lead to asymmetric mating interactions and consequential changes in sex ratio between an invasive and an indigenous whitefly. Integrative Zoology7: 1-15.

Liu Shu-Sheng, Walling, L. Linda, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2012. Special issue introduction – The whitefly Bemisia tabaci species complex and begomoviruses: research progress and future prospects. Journal of Integrative Agriculture 11: 171-175.

Li Fang-Fang, Xia Jun, Li Jun-Min, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2012. p38 MAPK is a component of the signal transduction pathway triggering cold stress response in the whitefly Bemisia tabaci.Journal of Integrative Agriculture 11: 303-311.

Luan Jun-Bo, Xu Jing, Lin Ke-Ke, Zalucki M. P., Liu Shu-Sheng. 2012. Species exclusion between an invasive and an indigenous whitefly on host plants with differential levels of suitability. Journal of Integrative Agriculture 11: 215-224.

Liu Shu-Sheng, John Colvin, Paul De Barro. 2012. Species concepts as applied to the whitefly Bemisia tabaci systematics: how many species are there? Journal of Integrative Agriculture 11: 176-186.

Zhang Tong, Luan Jun-Bo, Qi Jin-Feng, Huang Chang-Jun, Li Meng, Zhou Xue-Ping, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2012. Begomovirus-whitefly mutualism is achieved through repression of plant defenses by a virus pathogenicity factor. Molecular Ecology 21: 1294-1304.

A special issue entitled “The Whitefly Bemisia tabaci Species Complex and Begomoviruses” was published by Journal of Integrative Agriculture in 2012. Find articles of this special issue at:


Xu Jing, Lin Ke-Ke, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2011. Performance on different host plants of an alien and an indigenous Bemisia tabaci from China. Journal of Applied Entomology 135: 771-779.

Wang Xiao-Wei, Luan Jun-Bo, Li Jun-Min, Su Yun-Lin, Xia Jun, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2011. Transcriptome analysis and comparison reveal divergence between two invasive whitefly cryptic species. BMC Genomics12: 458.

Li Jun-Min, Su Yun-Lin, Gao Xian-Long, He Jiao, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2011. Molecular characterization and oxidative stress response of an intracellular Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD) of the whitefly, Bemisia tabaciArchives of Insect Biochemistry & Physiology 77: 11: 118-133.

Sun Di-Bing, Luan Jun-Bo, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2011. Leaf substrates determine oviposition and in turn the frequency of copulation in the whitefly Bemisia tabaciEntomologia Experimentalis et Applicata139: 180-185.

Luan Jun-Bo, Li Jun-Min, Varela Nélia, Wang Yong-Liang, Li Fang-Fang, Bao Yan-Yuan, Zhang Chuan-Xi, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2011. Global analysis of the transcriptional response of whitefly toTomato yellow leaf curl China virus reveals their relationship of coevolved adaptations. Journal of Virology 85: 3330-3340.

Sun Di-Bing, Xu Jing, Luan Jun-Bo, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2011. Reproductive incompatibility between the B and Q biotypes of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci in China: genetic and behavioural evidence. Bulletin of Entomological Research 101: 211-220.

Li Jun-Min, Ruan Yong-Ming, Li Fang-Fang, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Xiao-Wei. 2011. Gene expression profiling of the whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) Middle East-Asia Minor 1 feeding on healthy and Tomato yellow leaf curl China virus infected tobacco. Insect Science 18: 11-22.

Li Meng, Liu Jian, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2011. Tomato yellow leaf curl virus infection of tomato does not affect the performance of the Q and ZHJ2 biotypes of the viral vector Bemisia tabaciInsect Science 18: 40-49.

Wang Peng, Sun Di-Bing, Qiu Bao-Li, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2011. The presence of six cryptic species of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci complex in China as revealed by crossing experiments. Insect Science 18: 67-77.

Hu Jian, De Barro P.J., Zhao Hua, Wang Jia, Nardi F., Liu Shu-Sheng. 2011. An extensive field survey combined with a phylogenetic analysis reveals rapid and widespread invasion of two alien whiteflies in China. PLoS ONE 6(1): e16061. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016061.

De Barro P.J., Liu Shu-Sheng, Boykin L.M., Dinsdale A. 2011. Bemisia tabaci: a statement of species status. Annual Review of Entomology 56: 1-19.


Wang Peng, Ruan Yong-Ming, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2010. Crossing experiments and behavioral observations reveal reproductive incompatibility among three putative species of the whitefly Bemisia tabaciInsect Science 17: 508-516.

De Barro P.J., Liu Shu-Sheng, Bourne Anne. 2010. Age-based differential host acceptability and human mediated disturbance prevent establishment of an invasive species and displacement of a native competitor. Biological Invasions 12: 3429-3438.

Guo Jian-Yang, Ye Gong-Yin, Dong Sheng-Zhang, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2010. An invasive whitefly feeding on a virus-infected plant increased its egg production and realized fecundity. PLoS ONE 5(7): e11713. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0011713.

Li Meng, Hu Jian, Xu Fang-Cheng, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2010. Transmission of Tomato yellow leaf curl virus by two invasive biotypes and a Chinese indigenous biotype of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. International Journal of Pest Management 56: 275-280.

Wang Xiao-Wei, Luan Jun-Bo, Li Jun-Min, Bao Yan-Yuan, Zhang Chuan-Xi, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2010. De novo characterization of a whitefly transcriptome and analysis of its gene expression during development.BMC Genomics 11: 400; DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-11-400.

Shu Jin-Ping, Sun Di-Bing, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2010. Comparative performance of different methods used to collect tomato plant volatiles. Allelopathy Journal 26 (1): 71-82.

Wang Jia, Zhao Hua, Liu Jian, Jiu Min, Qian Ya-Juan, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2010. Low frequency of horizontal and vertical transmission of two begomoviruses through whiteflies exhibits little relevance to the vector infectivity. Annals of Applied Biology 157: 125-133.

Xu Jing, De Barro P.J., Liu Shu-Sheng. 2010. Reproductive incompatibility among genetic groups ofBemisia tabaci supports the proposition that the whitefly is a cryptic species complex. Bulletin of Entomological Research 100: 359-366.

Crowder D.W., Horowitz A.R., De Barro P.J., Liu Shu-Sheng, Showalter A.M., Kontsedalov S., Khasdan V., Shargal A., Liu Jian, Carrière Y. 2010. Mating behaviour, life-history, and adaptation to insecticides determine species exclusion between whiteflies. Journal of Animal Ecology 79: 563-570.

Zhang Peng-Jun, Shu Jin-Ping, Dicke Marcel, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2010. Different headspace profiles in wild crucifer species in response to Plutella xylostella herbivory and exogenous jasmonic acid application.Insect Science 17: 29-37.

Liu Jian, Li Meng, Li Jun-Min, Huang Chang-Jun, Zhou Xue-Ping, Xu Fang-Cheng, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2010. Viral infection of tobacco plants improves performance of Bemisia tabaci but more so for an invasive than for an indigenous biotype of the whitefly. Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE B 11: 30-40.


Liu Jian, Zhao Hua, Jiang Kai, Zhou Xue-Ping, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2009. Differential indirect effects of two plant viruses on an invasive and an indigenous whitefly vector: implications for competitive displacement. Annals of Applied Biology 155: 439-448.

Zhang Peng-Jun, Shu Jin-Ping, Wu Zhi-Yi, Dicke Marcel, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2009. Lack of correlation between constitutive and induced resistance to a herbivore in crucifer plants: real or flawed by experimental methods? Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 131: 58-66.

Wan Fang-Hao, Zhang Gui-Fen, Liu Shu-Sheng, Luo Chen, Chu Dong, Zhang You-Jun, Zang Lian-Sheng, Jiu Min, Lu Zhi-Chuang, Cui Xu-Hong, Zhang Li-Ping, Zhang Fan, Zhang Qing-Wen, Liu Wan-Xue, Liang Pei, Lei Zhong-Ren, Zhang Yong-Jun. 2009. Invasive mechanism and management strategy ofBemisia tabaci (Gennadius) biotype B: Progress report of 973 program on invasive alien species in China. Science in China Series C: Life Science 52: 88-95.


Luan Jun-Bo, Ruan Yong-Ming, Zhang Li, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2008. Pre-copulation intervals, copulation frequencies, and initial progeny sex ratios in two biotypes of whitefly, Bemisia tabaciEntomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 129: 316-324.

Zhang Peng-Jun, Shu Jin-Ping, Fu Cheng-Xin, Zhou Yun, Hu Ying, Zalucki M. P., Liu Shu-Sheng. 2008. Tradeoffs between constitutive and induced resistance in wild crucifers shown by a natural, but not an artificial, elicitor. Oecologia 157: 83-92.

Wang Hua, Guo Wen-Fei, Zhang Peng-Jun, Wu Zhi-Yi, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2008. Experience-induced habituation and preference towards non-host plant odors in ovipositing females of a moth. Journal of Chemical Ecology 34: 330-338.

Mugiira, R. B., Liu Shu-Sheng, Zhou Xue-Ping. 2008. Tomato yellow leaf curl virus and Tomato leaf curl Taiwan virus invade South-east coast of China. Journal of Phytopathology 156: 217-221.


Liu Shu-Sheng, De Barro P. J., Xu Jing, Luan Jun-Bo, Zang Lian-Sheng, Ruan Yong-Ming, Wan Fang-Hao. 2007. Asymmetric mating interactions drive widespread invasion and displacement in a whitefly.Science 318: 1769-1772.

Li Zeng-Mei, Liu Shu-Sheng, Liu Yin-Quan, Ye Gong-Yin. 2007. Temperature-related fitness costs of resistance to spinosad in the diamondback moth Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae).Bulletin of Entomological Research 97: 627-635.

Zhang Peng-Jun, Liu Shu-Sheng, Wang Hua, Zalucki M. P. 2007. The influence of early adult experience and larval food restriction on responses towards non-host plants in moths. Journal of Chemical Ecology 33: 1528-1541.

Ruan Yong-Ming, Luan Jun-Bo, Zang Lian-Sheng, Liu Shu-Sheng. 2007. Observing and recording copulation events of whiteflies on plants using a video camera. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 124: 229-233.





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