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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: https://www.xtbg.cas.cn/2022/kywzq/peer/boptp/ 



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.Sun Y., Abbott R. J., Lu Z. , Mao K., Zhang L., Wang X., Ru D., Liu J. 2018. Reticulate evolution within a spruce (Picea) species complex revealed by population genomic analysis. Evolution. evo.13624.   .

2.Ru, D., Sun, Y., Wang, D., Chen, Y., Wang, T., Hu, Q., Abbott, R.J., Liu, J. 2018. Population genomic analysis reveals that homoploid hybrid speciation can be a lengthy process. Molecular Ecology, mec.14909.

3.Yang J-Q, Fan Y-L, Jiang X-F, Li Q-J, Zhu X-F*. 2018. Correlation between the timing of autonomous selfing and floral traits: A comparative study from three selfing Gentianopsis species (Gentianaceae). Scientific reports, 3634.

4.Jiang X-F, Zhu X-F, Li Q-J. 2018. Variation in the degree of reciprocal herkogamy affects the degree of legitimate pollination in a distylous species. AoB Plants, ply022.

5.Wu Y, Zhong T, Zhang Z-Q, Li Q-J. 2018. Pollinator-mediated selection on floral traits varies in space and between morphs in primula secundiflora.  AoB Plants, ply059.

6.Lu, Z., Li, Y., Yang, X., Liu, J. 2018. Carpinus tibetana (Betulaceae), a new species from southeast Tibet, China. Phytokeys, doi:10.3897/phytokeys.98.23639.

7.Meegahakumbura, M. K., Wambulwa, M. C., Li, M. M., Thapa, K. K., Sun, Y., & M?ller, M., et al. 2018. Domestication origin and breeding history of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) in china and india based on nuclear microsatellites and cpdna sequence data. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8(2270).

8.Wu, Y., Zhong, T., Liu, G., Tan, L., Li, Q. 2018. The relative strength of different floral visitors driving floral evolution within a Primula secundiflora population. Evolutionary Ecology32: 587.

9.Feng, S., Ru, D., Sun, Y., Mao, K., Milne, R. and Liu, J. 2018. Trans-lineage polymorphism and non-bifurcating diversification of the genus PiceaNew Phytologist.  nph.15590.


①Xie, Y. et al. (2017) Natural hybridization and reproductive isolation between two Primula species. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 59, 526-530.

②Wu, Y. & Li, Q.-J. (2017) Phenotypic selection on flowering phenology and pollination efficiency traits between Primula populations with different pollinator assemblages. Ecology and Evolution 7, 7599-7608.

③Paudel, B. R., Shrestha, M., Dyer, A. G. & Li, Q. J. (2017). Ginger and the beetle: Evidence of primitive pollination system in a Himalayan endemic alpine ginger (Roscoea alpina, Zingiberaceae). Plos One 12. e0180460.

④Jiang, X.-F. & Li, Q. J. (2017) Self- and intra-morph incompatibility and selection analysis of an inconspicuous distylous herb growing on the Tibetan plateau (Primula tibetica). Ecology and Evolution 7, 5746-5753.

⑤Jiang, X. F., Zhu, X. F., Chen, L. L. & Li, Q. J. (2017) What ecological factors favor the shift from distyly to homostyly? A study from the perspective of reproductive assurance. Journal of Plant Ecology. Online.

⑥Jiang,  X. F., Zhu, X. F. & Li, Q. J. (2017). Variation in reciprocal herkogamy affects the pollen source: evidence for Darwin’s disassortative pollination hypothesis. AOB Plants (accepted with revision).

⑦Chen, L., Zhang, B. & Li, Q. (2017) Pollinator-mediated selection on flowering phenology and floral display in a distylous herb Primula alpicola. Scientific Reports 7, 13157.

⑧Luo, Y. et al. (2017) Salt tolerance response revealed by RNA-Seq in a diploid halophytic wild relative of sweet potato. Scientific Reports 7, 9624.

⑨Hong, Y. et al. (2017) Phylogeny and reclassification of Aconitum subgenus Lycoctonum (Ranunculaceae). Plos One 12, e0171038.

⑩Zhang, H. et al. (2017) Comparative RNA-Seq Analysis Uncovers a Complex Regulatory Network for Soybean Cyst Nematode Resistance in Wild Soybean ( Glycine soja ). Scientific Reports 7. 9699


Number Authors Title Journal Volume, issue and page number Impact factor Note
1 Fan YL, Li QJ Tail-like anther crest aids

pollination by manipulating

pollinator’s behaviour in a wild


Scientific reports 2234 5.228 First author institution
2 Fan YL, Li QJ A New Secondary Pollen Presentation

Mechanism from a Wild Ginger (Zingiber 

densissimum) and Its Functional Roles in

Pollination Process

Plos one 0143812 3.057 First author institution
3 Zhao JL, Xia YM, Cannon CH, Kress WJ, Li Qj Evolutionary diversification of alpine ginger reflects the early uplift of the
Himalayan–Tibetan Plateau and rapid extrusion of Indochina
Gondwana Research 32:232–241 8.743 First author institution
4 Zhao JL, Gugge PF, Xia YM, Li Qj Ecological divergence of two closely

related Roscoea species associated with

late Quaternary climate change

Journal of Biogeography 12809 3.997 First author institution
5 Paudel BR, Shrestha, M, Burd, M, Adhikari S, SunYS, Li QJ Coevolutionary elaboration of pollination-related traits in an alpine ginger (Roscoea purpurea) and a tabanid fly in the Nepalese Himalayas New Phytologist 211: 1402-1411. 7.210 First author institution
6 Luo Yan, Hu Jin-Yong, Li Lu, Luo Yin-Ling, Wang Peng-Fei, Song Bao-Hua Genome-wide analysis of gene expression reveals gene regulatory networks that regulate chasmogamous and cleistogamous flowering in Pseudostellaria heterophylla (Caryophyllaceae). BMC Genomics 17: 382. 3.867 First author institution
7 Alem S, Perry CJ, Zhu XF, Loukola OJ, Ingraham T, S?vik E, Chittka L Associative Mechanisms Allow for Social Learning and Cultural Transmission of String Pulling in an Insect. PLoS Biology 14: e1002564 8.668 Second author institution
8 Ru D, Mao, KS, Zhang L, Wang X, Lu Z, Sun YS Genomic evidence for polyphyletic origins and inter-lineage gene flow within complex taxa: a case study of Picea brachytyla in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Molecular Ecology. 25:232–241 5.947 Third author institution
9 Bi H, Yue W, Wang X, Zou J, Li L, Liu J, Sun YS Late Pleistocene climate change promoted divergence between Picea asperata and P. crassifolia on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau through recent bottlenecks. Ecology and Evolution 6:4435-4444 2.537 Third author institution
10 Reid RW, Luo Yan, Yan S, Miller TE, Song BH. Transcriptome dataset of halophyte beach morning glory, a close wild relative of sweet potato Frontiers in Plant Science 7: 1267 4.495 Third author institution
11 Pan Bang-Zhen, Luo Yan, Song Liang, Chen Mao-Sheng, Li Jia-Long, Xu Zeng-Fu. Thidiazuron increases fruit number in the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas by promoting pistil development. Industrial Crops and Products Industrial Crops and Products 81: 202-210. 3.449 First author institution
12 Hong Yu, Gao Q, Luo Y, Luo JP, Zhang Y, Yuan Q, Yang QE Karyology of Aconitum subgenus Lycoctonum (Ranunculaceae) from China, with report of a new base chromosome number of x = 6 for the genus Aconitum Nordic Journal of Botany 34: 441-454 0.921 Third author institution
13 Leamy LJ, Lee CR, Song QJ, Mujacic I, Luo Y, Chen CY, Li CB, Kjemtrup S, Song BH Environmental versus geographical effects on genomicvariation in wild soybean (Glycine soja) across its nativerange in northeast Asia Ecology and Evolution 6(17): 6332-6344 2.537 Fifthauthor institution


Zhu X-F, Jiang X-F, Li L, Zhang Z-Q, Li Q-J. 2015. Asymmetrical disassortative pollination in a distylous primrose: the complementary roles of bumblebee nectar robbers and syrphid flies. Scientific reports.

Mohandass D, Davidar P, Somasundaram S, Vijayan L, Beng KC. 2015. Influence of disturbance regime on liana species composition, density and basal area in the tropical montane evergreen forests (sholas) of the Western Ghats, India. Tropical Ecology 56(2): 169-182.PDF 


Mohandass D, Hughes AC, Campbell M, Davidar P. 2014. Effects of patch size on liana diversity and distributions in the tropical montane evergreen forests of the Nilgiri Mountains, southern India. Journal of Tropical Ecology 30:579–590. PDF 

Mohandass D, Puyravaud JP, Hughes AC, Davidar P, Ganesh PS, Campbell M. 2014. Edge transition impacts on swamp plant communities in the nilgiri mountains, southern India. Applied ecology and environmental research 12(4): 909-929.PDF 

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


Luo Y, Guo Z-H, Li L. 2013. Evolutionary conservation of microRNA regulatory programs in plant ?ower development. Developmental Biology 380: 133–144.

Zhao, J-L, Zhang L, Dayanandan S, Nagaraju S, Liu D-M, Li Q-M*. 2013. Tertiary origin and Pleistocene diversification of dragon blood tree (Dracaena cambodiana-Asparagaceae) populations in the Asian tropical forests. PLOS ONE 8: e60102.

Mohandss D. 2013. Pollination Ecology of Impatiens rufescens (Balsamineae) – An Endemic Annual Herb From Nilgiri Mountains, Western Ghats, India. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences 39: 59-65.

Zhu X-F, Yang J-Q, Li Q-J. 2013. Alpine Codonopsis convolvulacea (Campanulaceae) provides multiple rewards to its main pollinator. Plant ecology & diversity 6:187-193. pdf.

Cao G-X, Worley AC. 2013. Life history trade-offs and evidence for hierarchical resource allocation in two monocarpic perennials. Plant Biology 15: 158-65. IF=2.320.


Fan Y-L, Li Q-J.2012. Stigmatic fluid aids self-pollination in Roscoea debilis (Zingiberaceae): a new delayed selfing mechanis. Annals of Botany. doi:10.1093/aob/mcs169. pdf 

LuoY-L, Bi T-J, Li D, Su Z-L, Tao C, Luo  Y-J,  Li Q-J. 2012. Effects of indole-3-acetic acid and auxin transport inhibitors on the style curvature of three Alpinia species (Zingiberaceae). Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 34: 2019-2025.. pdf 

Du G-H. Zhang Z-Q, Li Q-J. 2012. Morphological and molecular evidence for natural hybridization in sympatric population of Roscoea humeana and R. Cautleoides (Zingiberaceae). Journal of Plant Research 125:595-603. pdf 


Zhang Z-Q, Kress WJ, Xie W-J, Ren P-Y, Gao J-Y & Li Q-J. 2011. Reproductive biology of two Himalayan alpine gingers (Roscoea spp., Zingiberaceae) in China: pollination syndrome and compensatory floral mechanisms. Plant biology, 13: 582-589. pdf 

Sun S, Zhang DY, Ives AR, Li QJ. 2011. Why do stigmas move in a flexistylous plant? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 497–504. IF= 3.816.pdf 

Zhang Bo, Regine Cla?en-Bockhoff, Zhang Zhi-Qiang, Sun Shan, Luo Yan-Jiang and Qing-Jun Li. 2011. Functional implications of the staminal lever mechanism in Salvia cyclostegia (Lamiaceae). Annals of Botany 107: 621-628. IF= 3.501. pdf 

Yin Ling Luo , Yan Jiang Luo, Qing Jun Li. 2011. Subcellular localization of calcium during Alpinia mutica Roxb. (Zingiberaceae) style movement. Protoplasma 248:251–256. IF= 1.523. pdf 


Zhu X-F, Wan J-P, Li Q-J. 2010. Nectar robbers pollinate flowers with sexual organs hidden within corollas in distylous Primula secundiflora (Primulaceae).   Biology Letters. 6: 785-787. IF=3.521. pdf 

Kong, Ji-Jun*, Yong-Mei Xia, Qing-Jun Li, 2010. Inflorescence and flower development in the Hedychieae (Zingiberaceae):Hedychium coccineum Smith. Protoplasma DOI 10.1007/s00709-010 -0145-5. IF=1.460

Luo, Yin-Ling, Qing-Jun Li*, 2010. Effects of Light and Low Temperature on the Reciprocal Style Curvature of FlexistylousAlpinia species (Zingiberaceae). Acta Physiologiae Plantarum DOI 10.1007/s11738-010-0497-7. IF=0.807

Zhu, Xing-Fu, Yuan Li, Gui-Li Wu, Zhen-Dong Fang, Qing-Jun Li and Jian-Quan Liu*, 2009. Molecular and morphological evidence for natural hybridization between Primula secundifora Franchet and Ppoissoni Franchet (Primulaceae). Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 51: 29-36. IF=0.351

Chen, Xin-Sheng*, Martén-Rodríguez S, Qing-Jun Li, Fenster C., 2009. Potential autonomous selfing in Gesneria citrina (Gesneriaceae), a specialized hummingbird pollinated species with variable herkogamy. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 51: 973-978. IF=0.859

Zhang, Zhi-Qiang and Qing-Jun Li*, 2008. Autonomous selfing provides reproductive assurance in an alpine ginger Roscoea schneideriana (Zingiberaceae). Annals of Botany 102: 531-538. IF=2.755 (Top journal)

Chen, Xin-Sheng and Qing-Jun Li*, 2008. Patterns of plant sexual systems in subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forests in Ailao Mountains, SW China. Journal of Plant Ecology-UK 1: 179-185. IF=N/O

Duan, You-Ai and Qing-Jun Li*, 2008. The pollination biology of Phrynium oliganthum (Marantaceae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution. 46: 545-553. IF=0.310

Chen, Xin-Sheng and Qing-Jun Li*, 2008.Community-level plant reproductive traits of an azonal tropical forest, Southwest China: I. Sexual systems and ecological correlates. Biotropica 40: 160-167. IF=1.704

Wang, Yong-Feng, Susan M. Owen*, Qing-Jun Li* and Joset Pe?uelas, 2007. Monoterpene emissions from rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) in a changing landscape and climate I: Chemical speciation and environmental control. Global Change Biology 13: 2270–2282. IF=4.786 (Top journal)

Ren, Pan-Yu; Min Liu and Qing-Jun Li*, 2007. An example of flexistyly in a wild cardamom species (Amomum maximum(Zingiberaceae)). Plant Systematics and Evolution 267: 147–154. IF=1.492

Sun, Shan, Jiang-Yun Gao, Wan-Jin Liao, Qing-Jun Li, and Da-Yong Zhang*, 2006. Adaptive significance of flexistyly in Alpinia blepharocalyx (Zingiberaceae): A hand-pollination experiment. Annals of Botany 99: 661–666. IF=2.755 (Top journal)

Gao, Jiang-Yun, Zi-Hui Yang, Pan-Yu Renand Qing-Jun Li*, 2006. Reproductive Ecology of Rhynchanthus beesianus W. W. Smith (Zingiberaceae) in South Yunnan, China: A Ginger with Bird Pollination Syndrome. Journal of Intigrative Plant Biolgy 48: 1294-1299. IF=0.859

Gao, Xue-Mei, Yong-Mei Xia and Qing-Jun Li*, 2006. Isolation of two putative homologues of PISTILLATA and AGAMOUS fromAlpinia oblongifolia (Zingiberaceae) and characterization of their expression. Plant Science 170: 274-284. IF=1.795

Gao, Jiang-Yun, Pan-Yu Ren and Qing-Jun Li*, 2006. The pollination ecology of Paraboea rufescens (Gesneriaceae): a buzz-pollinated tropical herb with mirror image flowers. Annals of Botany 97: 371-376. IF=2.755 (Top journal)

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