XU Hong-Xing

PhD student


I am interested in the molecular mechanisms of whitefly interactions with plants. Whitefly salivary proteins, which are released into plant during phloem feeding, are likely mediators of these interactions. To identify whitefly salivary effectors that facilitate feeding from host plants, I have been using a multidisciplinary approach involving transcriptomics, ecological methods, and reverse genetics in my study. I have analyzed the transcriptional responses of some invasive and indigenous whiteflies to different host plants in order to decipher their differential capacity of host adaptation.


Wang LL, Wei XM, Xu HX, Zhou XP, Liu SS, Wang XW. 2014. Expression and functional characterization of a soluble form of Tomato yellow leaf curl virus coat protein. Pest Management Science. doi: 10.1002/ps.3750

Gao XL, Li JM, Xu HX, Yan GH, Jiu M, Liu SS, WangXW. 2013. Cloning of a putative extracellular Cu/Zn superoxide dismutaseand functional differences of superoxide dismutasesin invasive and indigenouswhiteflies. Insect Science. doi: 10.1111/1744-7917.12100

Yang NW, Zang LS, Wang S, Guo JY, Xu HX, Zhang F, Wan FH. 2014. Biological pest management by predators and parasitoids in the greenhouse vegetables in China. Biological Control 68: 92-102

Wang S, Tan XL, Xu HX, Zhang F. 2012. Interspecific Competition Among Three Predacious Ladybirds (Coleoptera: Coccinelildae). Scientia Agricultura Sinica 45: 3980-3987 (in Chinese with an English summary)

Xu HX, Wang S, Tan XL and Zhang F. 2011. Electrophysiological responses of Plutella xylostella to nine different plant volatiles. Journal of Environmental Entomology 33: 442- 447

Chen DX, Yu H, Xu HX, Zhang YL and Wang D. 2011. Cloning, expression and polyclonal antibody preparation of Plutella xylostella pheromone binding protein I. Acta Agriculturae Boreali- occidentalis Sinica 20: 182- 186 (in Chinese with an English summary)

Xu HX, Chen DX, Zhang YL and Wang D. 2010. Cloning, prokaryotic expression and polyclonal antibody preparation of Plutella xylostella odorant binding protein 2 (GOBP2) gene. Journal of Environmental Entomology 32: 207- 211 (in Chinese with an English summary)