Prof. Dr. Jinsong Wu
Kunming insitute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science
Telephone: 08715229552
Address: Lanhei Road 132, Kunming, PR. China
Postcode: 650201

Research Areas

Dr. Jinsong Wu is a professor of plant molecular biology in Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His main research interests are plant signaling mechanisms mediating responses to pathogenic fungi, and the downstream responses, especially phytoalexins like scopoletin underlying plant defense. One current project is investigating how plants respond to the infection of plant pathogen Alternaria alternata. After perception of the fungal attacks, plants activate ABA signaling to close stomata, and JA signaling to regulate the phytoalexin scopoletin, for defending against this fungus. Many of his papers were published in Plant Journal, Journal of Experimental Botany, Journal of Integrative Plant Biology (JIPB), Planta and Plant Pathology as first or corresponding authors.


Ph. D (Dr. rer. nat.) in plant molecular biology and genetics (June, 2008)
The Max-Planck institute of Chemical Ecology, Jena Germany
(Ph.D. Certificate issued by Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany)

M.S in cell biology (June, 2003)
The Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China

B.S in Biochemistry (July, 1998)
Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China


November. 2011 to Present: Professor in Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science

November, 2008 to October, 2011:
Postdoctoral fellow in Max-Planck-Institut fuer terrestrische Mikrobiologie in Germany (Prof. Dr. Regine Kahmann)

June 2008 –September 2008:
Visiting Scholar in Dept. of Plant Science in UC-Davis, USA


1.       Li J and Wu J (2016) Scopolin, a glycoside form of the phytoalexin scopoletin, is likely involved in the resistance of Nicotiana attenuata against Alternaria alternata. Journal of Plant Pathology 10.4454/JPP.V98I3.006 

2.       Sun HSong N, Ma L, Li J, Ma L, Wu J and Wu J (2016) Ethylene signalling is essential for the resistance of Nicotiana attenuata against Alternaria alternata and phytoalexin scopoletin biosynthesis. Plant Pathology DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12568

3.       Luo J, Wei K, Wang S, Zhao W, Ma C, Hettenhausen C, Wu J, Cao G, Sun G, Baldwin IT, Wu J, and Wang L (2016) COI1-regulated hydroxylation of jasmonoyl-L-isoleucine impairs Nicotiana attenuata’s resistance to the generalist herbivore Spodoptera litura. J. Agric. Food Chem. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.5b06056

4.       Sun H, Wang L, Zhang B, Ma J, Hettenhausen C, Cao G, Sun G, Wu J and Wu J* (2014) Scopoletin is a phytoalexin against Alternaria alternata in wild tobacco dependent on JA signalling. Journal of Experimental Botany 65 (15) 4305-4315

5.       Zhang D, Qi J, Yue J, Huang J, Sun T, Li S, Wen JF, Hettenhausen C, Wu J, Wang L, Zhuang H, Wu J, Sun G. (2014) Root parasitic plant Orobanche aegyptiaca and shoot parasitic plant Cuscuta australis obtained Brassicaceae-specific strictosidine synthase-like genes by horizontal gene transfer. BMC Plant Biol. 14(1):19. doi: 10.1186/1471-2229-14-19.

6.       Sun H, Hu X, Ma J, Hettenhausen C, Wang L, Sun G, Wu J and Wu J* (2014) Requirement of ABA signalling-mediated stomatal closure for resistance of wild tobacco to Alternaria alternata. Plant Pathology 63: 1070–1077

7.       Wu J, Wang LWunsche HBaldwin IT (2013) Narboh D, a respiratory burst oxidase homolog in Nicotiana attenuata, is required for late defense responses after herbivore attack. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 55(2): 187-198

8.       Wu J (2008) The role of three signalling molecules in adaptation and herbivore resistance in Nicotiana attenuata. Ph.D Thesis, Biologisch-Pharmazeutische Fakultät, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

9.       Wu J, Wang L, Baldwin IT (2008) Methyl jasmonate (MeJA)-elicited herbivore resistance: does MeJA function as a signal without being hydrolyzed to JA? Planta 227: 1161–1168

10.   Wang L, Allman S, Wu J, Baldwin IT (2008) Comparisons of LOX3- and JAR4/6 silenced plants reveal that JA and JA-AA conjugates play different roles in herbivore resistance of Nicotiana attenuata. Plant Physiology 146: 904–915

11.   Wu J, Kurten EL, Monshausen G, Hummel GM, Gilroy S, and Baldwin IT (2007) NaRALF, a peptide signal essential for the regulation of root hair tip apoplastic pH in Nicotiana attenuata, is required for root hair development and plant growth in native soils. The Plant Journal 52: 877-890

12.   Xu Y, Wang X, Li J, Li J, Wu J, Walker JC, Xu Z, Chong K (2005) Activation of the WUS gene induces ectopic initiation of floral meristems on mature stem surface in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Mol Biol. 57(6):773-846.

13.   Wu J, Chong K, Xu Y, Xu Z, Tan K (2004) Cloning and characterization of an allene oxide synthase (TaAOS) gene in winter wheat. Journal of plant physiology and molecular biology . 30 (4): 413-420

14.   Yong W, Xu Y, Xu W, Wang X, Li N, Wu J, Liang T, Chong K, Xu Z, Tan K, Zhu Z (2003) Vernalization-induced flowering in wheat is mediated by a lectin-like gene VER2. Planta 217(2): 261-705

15.   Wu J, Chong K (2002). The molecular biology research on the action of Jasmonates. Chinese Bulletin of Botany 19 (2): 164-170.

16.   Jia S, Yong W, Xu W, Xu Y, Wu J, Chong K, Tan K, Xu Z (2001) Existence of homologous sequences corresponding to cDNA of the ver gene in diverse higher plant species. Cell Res. 11(4): 265-71

17.   Zeng F, Wu J, Zhang L, Wang J, Zhou R, Zhang M (2000) Effect of water stress on the Mossbauer spectrum of Fe2+/Fe3+ components in cucumber PSII particles. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology (Acta Botanica Sinica) 42(5):467-470



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