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Plant Evolution Ecology Research Group
Author: Sun Yongshuai
Update time: 2016-12-15
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Head of the Group: Dr. SUN Yongshuai


E-mail: sunyongshuai@xtbg.ac.cn

URL: http://peer.groups.xtbg.ac.cn/



The research field is focus on the reproductive characteristics of tropical plants, especially the plants of ginger family (Zingiberaceae). Study areas:

Tropical plant pollination biology.

Diversity and evolution of plant breeding system.

The mechanism of co-evolution and its ecological effects.


1. Adaptive significance of intra-inflorescence sex allocation in Hosta ventricosa

(Project supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China, PI: G-X Cao, 2009-2011, RMB 250,000).

2. Study on plant adaptive radiation and speciation on Himalayan area (Supported

by the Ministry of Science and Technology, PI: Li Qingjun, 2007-2011, RMB 200,000).

3. The Fund for Top One Hundred Young Scientists of Chinese Academy of

Sciences (PI: Li Qingjun, 2007-2010, RMB 1,000,000).

4. The Scientific Fund for National Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation (Supported by

the Chinese Academy of Sciences, PI: Li Qingjun, 2006-2008, RMB 400,000).

5. The effects of floral longevity on the fitness and its evolutionary significance in

genus Hedychium (Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China,

PI: Gao Jiangyun, 2002-2004, RMB 220,000).

6. The Scientific Fund for Outstanding Young Scientists of National Natural Science

Foundation (PI: Li Qingjun, 2003-2006, RMB 1,000,000).

7. Study on the flexistyly outcrossing mechanism and the evolution of plant breeding systems (Supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology, PI: Li Qingjun, 2002-2004, RMB 1,100,000).

8. Study on the pollination biology and the breeding system of Alpinia ginger plants

(Project supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China, PI: Li Qingjun,

2002-2004, RMB 200,000).  

9. The mechanism of co-evolution and its ecological effects (Supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, PI: Li Qingjun, 2002-2005, RMB 600,000).

Selected Publications

  Zhang B, Li QJ: Phenotypic selection on the staminal lever mechanism in Salvia digitaloides (Labiaceae). Evolutionary Ecology 2014, 28(2):373-386. 

  Gao JY, Liu Q, Li QJ: The comparative reproductive biology of a tetraploid species, Hedychium villosum, and its diploid progenitor H.tenuiflorum (Zingiberaceae). Plant Biology 2014, 16(3):683-689. 

    Zhu XF, Yang JQ, Li QJ: Alpine Codonopsis convolvulacea (Campanulaceae) provides multiple rewards to its main pollinator. Plant Ecology & Diversity 2013, 6(2):187-193. 

 Luo YL, Bi TJ, Li D, Su ZL, Tao C, Luo YJ, Li QJ: Effects of indole-3-acetic acid and auxin transport inhibitors on the style curvature of three Alpinia species (Zingiberaceae). Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 2012, 34(5):2019-2025. 

   Fan YL, Li QJ: Stigmatic fluid aids self-pollination in Roscoea debilis (Zingiberaceae): a new delayed selfing mechanism. Annals of Botany 2012, 110(5):969-975. 

    Du GH, Zhang ZQ, Li QJ: Morphological and molecular evidence for natural hybridization in sympatric population of Roscoea humeana and R. cautleoides (Zingiberaceae). Journal of Plant Research 2012, 125(5):595-603. 

   Zhang ZQ, Kress WJ, Xie WJ, Ren PY, Gao JY, Li QJ: Reproductive biology of two Himalayan alpine gingers (Roscoea spp., Zingiberaceae) in China: pollination syndrome and compensatory floral mechanisms. Plant Biology 2011, 13(4):582-589. 

   Zhang L, Li HT, Gao LM, Yang JB, Li DZ, Cannon CH, Chen J, Li QJ: Phylogeny and Evolution of Bracts and Bracteoles in Tacca (Dioscoreaceae). Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 2011, 53(11):901-911. 

     Zhang B, Classen-Bockhoff R, Zhang ZQ, Sun S, Luo YJ, Li QJ: Functional implications of the staminal lever mechanism in Salvia cyclostegia (Lamiaceae). Annals of Botany 2011, 107(4):621-628.   Sun S, Zhang DY, Ives AR, Li QJ: Why do stigmas move in a flexistylous plant? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 2011, 24(3):497-504. 

  Luo YL, Luo YJ, Li QJ: Subcellular localization of calcium during Alpinia mutica Roxb. (Zingiberaceae) style movement. Protoplasma 2011, 248(2):251-256. 

  Zhu XF, Wan JP, Li QJ: Nectar robbers pollinate flowers with sexual organs hidden within corollas in distylous Primula secundiflora (Primulaceae). Biology Letters 2010, 6(6):785-787. 

  Luo YL, Li QJ: Effects of light and low temperature on the reciprocal style curvature of Flexistylous Alpinia Species (Zingiberaceae). Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 2010, 32(6):1229-1234. 

  Kong JJ, Xia YM, Li QJ: Inflorescence and flower development in the Hedychieae (Zingiberaceae): Hedychium coccineum Smith. Protoplasma 2010, 247(1-2):83-90. 


  Xia YM, Gao XM, Li QJ: Identification and Expression of Floral Organ Homeotic Genes from Alpinia oblongifolia (Zingiberaceae). Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 2009, 51(2):155-166. 

  Chen XS, Marten-Rodriguez S, Li QJ, Fenster CB: Potential Autonomous Selfing in Gesneria citrina (Gesneriaceae), a Specialized Hummingbird Pollinated Species with Variable Expression of Herkogamy. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 2009, 51(10):973-978. 

   Zhang ZQ, Li QJ: Autonomous selfing provides reproductive assurance in an alpine ginger Roscoea schneideriana (Zingiberaceae). Annals of Botany 2008, 102(4):531-538. 

   Zhang L, Li QJ: Tacca ampliplacenta (Taccaceae), a new species from Yunnan, China. Annales Botanici Fennici 2008, 45(4):311-314. 

   Duan YA, Li QJ: The pollination biology of Phrynium oliganthum (Marantaceae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution 2008, 46(4):545-553. 

   Chen XS, Li QJ: Patterns of plant sexual systems in subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forests in Ailao Mountains, SW China. Journal of Plant Ecology 2008, 1(3):179-185. 

  Wang YF, Owen SM, Li QJ, Penuelas J: Monoterpene emissions from rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) in a changing landscape and climate: chemical speciation and environmental control. Global Change Biology 2007, 13(11):2270-2282. 

     Sun S, Gao JY, Liao WJ, Li QJ, Zhang DY: Adaptive significance of flexistyly in Alpinia blepharocalyx (zingiberaceae): a hand-pollination experiment. Annals of Botany 2007, 99(4):661-666. 

 Ren PY, Liu M, Li QJ: An example of flexistyly in a wild cardamom species (Amomum maximum (Zingiberaceae)). Plant Systematics and Evolution 2007, 267(1-4):147-154. 

   Zhang L, Li QJ, Li HT, Chen J, Li DZ: Genetic diversity and geographic differentiation in Tacca chantrieri (Taccaceae): an autonomous selfing plant with showy floral display. Annals of Botany 2006, 98(2):449-457. 

    Gao XM, Xia YM, Li QJ: Isolation of two putative homologues of PISTILLATA and AGAMOUS from Alpinia oblongifolia (Zingiberaceae) and characterization of their expression. Plant Science 2006, 170(3):674-684. 

  Gao JY, Yang ZH, Ren PY, Li QJ: Reproductive ecology of Rhynchanthus beesianus W. W Smith (Zingiberaceae) in South Yunnan, China: A ginger with bird pollination syndrome. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 2006, 48(11):1294-1299. 

  Gao JY, Ren PY, Yang ZH, Li QJ: The pollination ecology of Paraboea rufescens (Gesneriaceae): A buzz-pollinated tropical herb with mirror-image flowers. Annals of Botany 2006, 97(3):371-376. 

 Zhang L, Barrett SCH, Gao JY, Chen J, Cole WW, Liu Y, Bai ZL, Li QJ: Predicting mating patterns from pollination syndromes: The case of "sapromyiophily" in Tacca chantrieri (Taccaceae). American Journal of Botany 2005, 92(3):517-524. 

  Wang ZH, Bai YH, Liu ZR, Wang XS, Li QJ, Klinger LF: Investigation of natural VOC emitted from tropical vegetations in China. Journal of Environmental Sciences-China 2005, 17(1):8-13. 

  Kress WJ, Liu AZ, Newman M, Li QJ: The molecular phylogeny of Alpinia (Zingiberaceae): A complex and polyphyletic genus of gingers. American Journal of Botany 2005, 92(1):167-178. 

  Gao JY, Ren PY, Li QJ: Advances in the study of breeding system and pollination biology of gingers (Zingiberaceae and Costaceae). Acta Phytotaxonomica Sinica 2005, 43(6):574-585. 

  Baker B, Bai JH, Johnson C, Cai ZT, Li QJ, Wang YF, Guenther A, Greenberg J, Klinger L, Geron C et al: Wet and dry season ecosystem level fluxes of isoprene and Gao JY, Zhang L, Deng XB, Ren PY, Kong JJ, Li QJ: The floral biology of Curcumorpha longiflora (Zingiberaceae): A ginger with two-day flowers. American Journal of Botany 2004, 91(2):289-293. 

  Deng XB, Ren PY, Gao JY, Li QJ: The striped squirrel (Tamiops swinhoei hainanus) as a nectar robber of ginger (Alpinia kwangsiensis). Biotropica 2004, 36(4):633-636. Zhang L, Li QJ, Deng XB, Ren PY, Gao JY: Reproductive biology of Alpinia blepharocalyx (Zingiberaceae): another example of flexistyly. Plant Systematics and Evolution 2003, 241(1-2):67-76. 

  Li QJ, Kress WJ, Xu ZF, Mia YM, Zhang L, Deng XB, Gao JY: Mating system and stigmatic behaviour during flowering of Alpinia kwangsiensis (Zingiberaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 2002, 232(1-2):123-132. 

     Klinger LF, Li QJ, Guenther AB, Greenberg JP, Baker B, Bai JH: Assessment of volatile organic compound emissions from ecosystems of China. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 2002, 107(D21). 

   Li QJ, Xu ZF, Kress WJ, Xia YM, Zhang L, Deng XB, Gao JY, Bai ZL: Pollination - Flexible style that encourages outcrossing. Nature 2001, 410(6827):432-432. 

     Li QJ, Klinger LF: The correlation between the volatile organic compound emissions and the vegetation succession of the ecosystems in different climatic zones of China. Acta Botanica Sinica 2001, 43(10):1065-1071. 

    Chen J, Yao TQ, Li QJ, Wang H, Li BG, Cai CT, Zhang YH, Chanthone, Manivanh S: Assessment of opium-based fanning systems: a case study in the Nahom area, Oudomxay Province in Northern Laos. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 2001, 8(1):47-55. 

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