Recent publications – Xiangming Xu


  1. Y. Su, M. Coombes, L. Guo, C.H. Wang, Q.D. Li, C.J Liu, W.-H. Chen, X.-M. Xu, X.P. Hu (2019). Spatio-temporal monitoring of wheat yellow rust using UAV multispectral imagery. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 167, 10535
  2. Hu X-P, Cao S-Q, Cornelius A, Xu X-M. (2019) Predicting overwintering of wheat stripe rust in central and north-western China. Plant Diseases, doi/10.1094/PDIS-06-19-1148-RE
  3. H. Wang, J.J. Wang, H.S. Shang, X.M. Chen, X.-M. Xu, X.P. Hu (2019) TaXa21, a LRR-rich receptor like kinase associated with TaWRKY76 and TaWRKY62, plays positive roles in wheat high-temperature seedling plant resistance to Puccinia striiformis f. sp. Tritici. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 32, 1526-1535, DOI: 10.1094/MPMI-05-19-0137-R
  4. Deakin, F. Fernández Fernández, J. Bennett, T Passey, N. Harrison, E. Tilston, X.-M. Xu (2019) The effect of rotating apple rootstock genotypes on apple replant disease and rhizosphere microbiome. Phytobiome Journal,
  5. R. Cao, X. M. Xu, H.Y. Che, J. S. West, D.Q. Luo (2019) Characteristics and distribution of Colletotrichum species in coffee plantations in Hainan, China. Plant Pathology (in press)
  6. B Li, X-M Xu, J. Han, L Zhang, C Bao, L Jian, J Liu (2019) The estimation of crop emergence in potatoes by UAV RGB imagery. Plant Methods 15, 10.1186/s13007-019-0399-7
  7. XR Cao, X-M Xu, DQ Lu (2019). Three Colletotrichum species, including a new species, are associated to leaf anthracnose of rubber tree in Hainan, China. Plant Disease 103, 117-124.
  8. -M. Xu, Lijie Ma, Xiaoping Hu (2019) Overwintering of wheat stripe rust under field conditions in the north-western regions of China. Plant Disease,103, 638-644


  1. Greg Deakin, Emma L. Tilston, Julie Bennett, Tom Passey, Nicola Harrison, Felicidad Fernandez, Xiangming Xu (2018). Soil microbiome data of two apple orchards in the U.K. Data in Brief,
  2. Y. Su, M. Coombes, L. Guo, C.H. Wang, Q.D. Li, C.J Liu, W.-H. Chen, X.-M. Xu, X.P. Hu (2018) Wheat yellow rust monitoring by learning from multispectral UAV aerial imagery. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture,
  3. Thomas A. J. Passey, Andrew D. Armitage, Xiangming Xu (2018) Annotated draft genome sequence of the apple scab pathogen Venturia inaequalis. Microbiology Resource Announcements. September 2018, DOI:1128/MRA.01062-18
  4. Xiangming Xu, Lijie Ma, Xiaoping Hu (2018) Overwintering of wheat stripe rust under field conditions in the north-western regions of China. Plant Disease,
  5. XR Cao, X-M Xu, DQ Lu (2018). Three Colletotrichum species, including a new species, are associated to leaf anthracnose of rubber tree in Hainan, China. Plant Disease,
  6. Deakin, G., Tilston, E. L., Bennett, J., Passey, T., Harrison, N., Fernández-Fernández, F., X-M Xu (2018). Spatial structuring of soil microbial communities in commercial apple orchards. Soil Ecol. doi:10.1016/j.apsoil.2018.05.015.
  7. Mian Zhang, Hao Feng, Yuhuan Zhao, Linlin Song, Chen Gao, Xiangming Xu, Lili Huang (2018) Valsa mali pathogenic effector VmPxE1 contributes to full virulence and interacts with the host peroxidase MdAPX1 as a potential target. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, doi: 13389/fmicb.2018.00821
  8. Fei Tao, Junjuan Wang, Zhongfeng Guo, Jingjing Hu, Xiangming Xu, Xianming Chen, Xiaoping Hu, Jiarong Yang. (2018) Transcriptomic Analysis Reveal the Molecular Mechanisms of Wheat Higher-Temperature Seedling-Plant Resistance to Puccinia striiformis sp. tritici. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9, DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00240
  9. Wei Liu, Xueren Cao, Jieru Fan, Zhenhua Wang, Zhengyuan Yan, Yong Luo, Jonathan S. West, Xiangming Xu, Yilin Zhou, (2018) Detecting wheat powdery mildew and predicting Grain yield using unmanned aerial photography. Plant Disease,
  10. Hulin, M. T., Mansfield, J. W., Brain, P., Xu, X-MJackson, R. W.and Harrison, R.(2018) Characterization of the pathogenicity of strains of Pseudomonas syringae towards cherry and plum. Plant Pathology.
  11. Feng R, H Cockerton, AD Armitage, H Bates, E Cascant-Lopez, L Antanaviciute, X-M Xu, X-P Hu and RJ Harrison (2018) Vegetative compatibility groups partition variation in the virulence of Verticillium dahliaeon strawberry. PLOS One,
  12. V. Madden, G. Hughes, W. Bucker Moraes, X.-M. Xu, and W. W. Turechek (2018) Twenty-Five Years of the Binary Power Law for Characterizing Heterogeneity of Disease Incidence. Phytopathology.108: 656-680


  1. Wang J.-J., Tao F., Tian W., Guo Z.F., Chen X.M., Xu X.-M., Shang H.S., Hu X.P. (2017) The wheat WRKY transcription factors TaWRKY49 and TaWRKY62 confer differential high-Temperature seedling-plant resistance to Puccinia striiformis sp. Tritici. PLOS ONE, July 25, 2017,
  2. Tang X.L., Cao X.-R., Luo Y., Ma, Z.H., Xu, X.-M., Jiang, Y.-Y., Fan, J.-R. Zhou Y.-L. (2017) Effects of climate change on epidemics of powdery mildew in winter wheat in China. Plant Disease, 101 (10), 1753-1760
  3. Xueren Cao, X-M. Xu, Haiyan Che, Yi Yang, Daquan Luo (2017) Distribution and fungicide sensitivity of Colletotrichum species complexes from rubber tree in Hainan, China. Plant Disease, 101 (10), 1774-1780
  4. Brown, S. Denman, S. Kirk, D. Williams, X.-M. Xu, M. Jeger (2017) The relationship between stem bleeding and D-shaped exit holes within acute oak decline sites. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, Forests, 87; doi:10.3390/f8030087
  5. Johann Martinez, E Luedeling, X-M. Xu, P. Hadley (2017) Delayed chilling appears to counteract flowering advances of apricot in southern UK. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 237-238, 209–218
  6. A.J. Passey, J.D. Robinson, M.W. Shaw, X.-M. Xu (2017) The relative importance of conidia and ascospores as primary inoculum of Venturia inaequalis in the United Kingdom. Plant Pathology, doi: 10.1111/ppa.12686
  7. Bernat, J. Segarra, X.-M. Xu, C. Casals, J. Usall (2017) Influence of temperature on decay, and mycelium development and sporodochia production caused by Monilinia fructicola and M. laxa on stone fruits. Food Microbiology 64, 112-118
  8. L-J Ma, X-P Hu, X-M Xu (2017) Effect of controlled fluctuating low temperatures on survival of Puccinia striiformis sp. Tritici. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 147: 713–716, doi:10.1007/s10658-016-1022-7


  1. Hu X-P, Ma L-J, Liu T-G, Wang C-H Wang, Peng Y-L, Pu Q, Xu X-M (2016) Population genetic analysis of Puccinia striiformis sp. tritici suggests two distinct populations in Tibet and the other regions of China. Plant Disease, 101: 288–296.
  2. Fan, S.J. Klosterman, C.-H. Wang, K.V. Subbarao, X.-M. Xu, W.J. Shang, X.-P. Hu (2016) Vayg1 is required for microsclerotium formation and melanin production in Verticillium dahliae. Fungal Genetics and Biology. 98: 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.fgb.2016.11.003.
  3. Gomez-Cortecero, R.J. Saville, R.W.A. Scheper, J.K. Bowen, H.A. de Medeiros, J. Kingsnorth, X.-M. Xu, R.J. Harrison (2016) Variation in host and pathogen in the Neonectria/Malus interaction; towards an understanding of the genetic basis of resistance to European canker. Frontiers in Plant Science, 15 September 2016,
  4. Louisa Robinson Boyer, Feng Wei, Natallia Gulbis, Klara Hajdu, Richard Jonathan Harrison, Peter Jeffries, X-M. Xu (2016) The use of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to improve strawberry production in coir substrate. Frontiers in Plant Science. 19 August 2016,
  5. Zhao, G.-L. Zhang, B.-H. Li, X-M. Xu, X.-L. Dong, C.X. Wang and G.F. Li (2016) Seasonal dynamics of Botryosphaeria dothidea infections and symptom development on apple fruits and shoots in China. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 146, 507–518; DOI 10.1007/s10658-016-0935-5
  6. J-J Wang, F Tao, F An, YP Zou, W Tian, XM Chen, X-M Xu and XP Hu (2016) Wheat transcription factor TaWRKY70 is positively involved in high-temperature seedling-plant resistance to Puccinia striiformis f. sp. Tritici. Molecular Plant Pathology: DOI: 10.1111/mpp.12425
  7. Cao X-R, Yao D-M, Zhou Y-L, West JS, Xu X-M, Luo Y, Ding K-J, Fan J-R, Duan X-Y. (2016). Detection and quantification of airborne inoculum of Blumeria graminis sp. Tritici using quantitative PCR European Journal of Plant Pathology. 10.1007/s10658-016-0908-8
  8. Feng Wei, Rong Fang,  Thomas Passey, X-M. Xu (2016) Identification of candidate soil microbes responsible for small-scale heterogeneity in strawberry vigour. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 15, 2049-2058
  9. Ma  L-J, Qiao  J-X, Kong X-Y, Wang  J-J, Xu  X.-M, Hu  X-P (2016). An improved method for RNA extraction from urediniospores of and wheat leaves infected by an obligate fungal pathogen, Puccinia striiformis sp. Tritici. Journal of Integrative Agriculture DOI: 10.1016/S2095-3119(15)61250-3
  10. Feng Wei, Xiaoping Hu, X-M. Xu (2016) Dispersal of Bacillus subtilis and its effect on strawberry phyllosphere microbiota under open field and protection conditions. Scientific Report 6, Article number: 22611 (2016) doi:10.1038/srep22611
  11. Wei, T. Passey, X-M Xu (2016) Effects of individual and combined use of bio-fumigation-derived products on the viability of Verticillium dahliae microsclerotia in soil. Crop Protection, 79, 170-176;
  12. Wei, T.A.J. Passey, X.-M. Xu (2016) Amplicon-based metabarcoding reveals temporal response of soil microbial community to fumigation-derived products. Applied Soil Ecology, doi: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2016.03.009


  1. L-J Ma, X-Yu Kong, J-X Qiao, F An, X-P Hu, X-M Xu (2015) Overwintering of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici on winter wheat plants at sites of varying altitudes in Gansu and Qinghai provinces. Plant Disease
  2. A. J. Passey, M. W. Shaw, X.-M. Xu (2015) Differentiation in populations of the apple scab fungus Venturia inaequalis on cultivars in a mixed orchard remain over time. Plant Pathology DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12492
  3. Brown, M. Jeger, S. Kirk, X-M Xu, S. Denman (2015) Spatial and temporal patterns in symptom expression within woodland affected by Acute Oak Decline. Forestry Ecology and Management doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2015.10.026
  4. J. Ma, J.X. Qiao, X.Y. Kong, Y.P. Zou, X-M Xu, X-M Chen, X-P Hu (2015) Effect of low temperature and wheat winter-hardiness on survival of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici under controlled conditions. PLOS One 10(6): e0130691. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0130691
  5. Feng Wei, Wenjing Shang, Jiarong Yang, Xiaoping Hu, X-M. Xu (2015) Spatial Pattern of Verticillium dahliae Microsclerotia and Cotton Wilt in Commercial Fields, PLoS ONE 10(7): e0132812. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132812
  6. X-M Xu, T Passey, F Wei, R Saville, RJ. Harrison (2015) Amplicon-based metagenomics identified candidate organisms in soils that caused yield decline in strawberry. Hort Res (Nature) 2, 15022; doi:10.1038/hortres.2015.22
  7. M.J. Jeger and X.-M. Xu (2015) Modelling biological control of a fungal plant pathogen which affects both leaves and flowers: implications for biocontrol strategies. Ecological Modelling, 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.06.015
  8. X-P Hu, LV Madden, S Edwards, X-M Xu (2015) Combining models is more likely to give better predictions. Phytopathology 105: 1174-82
  9. R. Cao, Y. Luo, Y.L .Zhou, J.R. Fan, X.-M. Xu, J.S. West, X.Y. Duan, D.F. Cheng (2015) Detection of powdery mildew in two winter wheat plant densities and prediction of grain yield using canopy hyperspectral reflectance. PLOS One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121462
  10. X-M. Xu and X.-P. Hu (2015) Statistical analysis of data commonly occurred in plant pathology. Chinese Plant Pathology (Chinese). Acta Phytopathologica Sinica, 45: 1-6
  11. Cao X–R, Yao D-M, Zhou Y-L, Ding K-J, Duan X-Y, Fan J-R, Luo Y, Xu X.-M (2015). Development of weather- and airborne inoculum-based models to describe disease severity of wheat powdery mildew. Plant Disease, 99: 395-400
  12. F Wei, R. Fan, H.-T. Dong, W.J. Shang, X-M. Xu, H.-Q Zhu, J.-R. Yang, X.-P. Hu (2015) Threshold microsclerotial inoculum for cotton Verticillium wilt determined through wet-sieving and real-time quantitative PCR. Phytopathology, 105: 220-229
  13. Debode, W. Van Hemelrijck, X.-M. Xu, M. Maes, P. Creemers, K. Heungens (2015) Latent introduction and spread of Colletotrichum acutatum in strawberry fields. Plant Pathology, 64: 385–395, DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12247
  14. L. Robinson-Bower, P. Brain, P. Jeffries, X.-M. Xu (2015) Effect of inoculation of drought-stressed strawberry with a mixed inoculum of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: qPCR studies of population dynamics of inoculum in roots. Mycorrhizae, 25: 215-27. DOI 10.1007/s00572-014-0603-6

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