Research Assistant Professor
205 Waters Annex
Department of Entomology/KSU
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: (785) 532-4717
Fax: (785) 532-6232
Area(s) of Specialization: Molecular Biology of Plant-Insect Interactions and Plant Resistance to Insects
B.S. Plant Protection, Hunan Agricultural University, Hunan, China, 1984
M.S. Entomology , Beijing Agricultural University (now China Ag Univ), 1989
Ph.D. Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA, 2001
Summary: Three book chapters on integrated pest management, and 36 peer-reviewed papers on plant-insect interactions and host plant resistance to insects and diseases published in Nature Communications, Theoretical and Applied Genetics, Plant Physiology, Crop Science, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Insect Molecular Biology, Journal of Economic Entomology, BMC Genomics, BMC Evolutionary Biology, and Chemical Ecology. (Updated on Oct 23, 2013)
1. Liu, X. M., C. Khajuria, J. R. Li, H. N. Trick, L. Huang, B. S. Gill, G. R. Reeck, G. Antony, F. F. White, and M.S. Chen. 2013. Wheat Mds-1 encodes a heat-shock protein and governs susceptibility towards the Hessian fly gall midge. Nature Communications. June 24, 2013, 4: Online article # 2070. http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2013/130624/ncomms3070/full/ncomms3070.html
2. Khajuria, C., H. Wang, X. M. Liu, S. Wheeler, J. C. Reese, M. E. Bohssini, R. J. Whitworth, M. S. Chen. 2013. Mobilization of lipids and fortification of cell wall and cuticle are important in host defense against Hessian fly. BMC Genomics. 14:423
3. Zhu, L., X. M. Liu, H. Wang, C. Khajuria, J. C. Reese, R. J. Whitworth, R. Welti, and M. S. Chen. 2012. Rapid mobilization of membrane lipids in wheat leaf sheathes during incompatible interactions with Hessian fly. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 25 (7) : 920-930
4. Chen, M. S., X. M. Liu, Z. H. Yang, H. X. Zhao, R. H Shukle, J. J Stuart, and S. Hulbert. 2010. Unusual conservation among genes encoding small secreted salivary gland proteins from a gall midge. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10: 296. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/10/296
5. Smith, C. M., X. M. Liu, L. J. Wang, X. Liu, M. S. Chen, S. Starkey, and J. F. Bai. 2010. Aphid feeding activates expression of a transcriptome of oxylipin-based defense signals in wheat involved in resistance to herbivory. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 36: 260-276.
6. Liu, X. M., C. E. Williams, J. A. Nemacheck, H. Wang, S. Subramanyam, C. Zheng, and M. S. Chen. 2010. Reactive oxygen species are involved in plant defense against a gall midge. Plant Physiology. 152:985-999.
7. Chen, M.S., X. M. Liu, H. Wang, and M. El Bouhssini. 2009. Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor) interactions with barley, rice, and wheat seedlings. Journal of Economic Entomology. 102(4): 1663-1672.
8. Liu, X. M., J. F. Bai, L. Huang, L. C. Zhu, X. Liu, N. Y. Weng, J. C. Reese, M. Harris, J. J. Stuart, and M. S. Chen. 2007. Gene expression of different wheat genotypes during attack by virulent and avirulent Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor) larvae. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 33: 2171-2194.
9. Zhao, H. X, X. M. Liu, and M. -S. Chen. 2006. H22, a major resistance gene to the Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor), is mapped to the distal region of wheat chromosome 1DS. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 113:1491-1496.
10. Maddur, A.A., X. M. Liu, Y. C. Zhu, J.P. Fellers, B. Oppert, Y. S. Park, J. Bai, G. E. Wilde and M.-S. Chen. 2006. Cloning and characterization of protease inhibitor-like cDNAs from the Hessian fly, Mayetiola destructor (Say). Insect Molecular Biology. 15(4): 485-496.
11. Liu, X. M., G. L. Brown-Guedira, J. H. Hatchett, J. O. Owuoche, and M. S. Chen. 2005. Genetic characterization and molecular mapping of a Hessian fly resistance gene Hdic transferred from T. turgidum ssp. dicoccum to common wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 111:1308-1315.
12. Liu, X. M., B. S. Gill, and M. S. Chen. 2005. Hessian fly resistance gene H13 mapped to a distal cluster of R genes in chromosome 6DS of wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 111:243-249.
13. Liu, X. M., A. K. Fritz, J. C. Reese, G. E. Wilde, B. S. Gill, and M. S. Chen. 2005. H9, H10, and H11 compose a cluster of Hessian fly-resistance genes in the distal gene-rich region of wheat chromosome 1AS. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 110:1473-1480.
14. Liu, X. M., C. M. Smith, B. R. Friebe, and B. S. Gill. 2005. Molecular mapping and allelic relationships of Russian wheat aphid resistance genes. Crop Science.45: 2273-2280.
15. Liu, X. M., J. P. Fellers, G. E. Wilde, J. J. Stuart, and M.S. Chen. 2004. Characterization of two genes expressed in the salivary glands of the Hessian fly [Mayetiola destructor (Say)]. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 34(3):229-237.
16. Liu, X. M., C. M. Smith, and B. S. Gill. 2002. Identification of microsatellite markers linked to Russian wheat aphid resistance genes Dn4 and Dn6. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 104: 1042-1048.