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Xiang Chengbin
Research interest:
His main research interest is plant stress biology including the genetic basis and molecular mechanisms of salinity-tolerance, drought-tolerance and low sulfur-tolerance ets; elucidating biological functions of glutathione (GSH) and regulatory mechanisms of GSH synthesis and degradation in higher plants and their application in agriculture.

Research projects:
Current research projects are sponsored by “973”, “863” Programs of Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, Rockefeller Foundations, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and NSFC.

Selected Publications:
1.Yu H, Chen X, Hong YY, Wang Y, Xu P, Ke SD, Liu HY, Zhu JK, Oliver DJ, Xiang CB (2008). Activated Expression of an Arabidopsis HD-START Protein Confers Drought Tolerance with Improved Root System and Reduced Stomatal Density. Plant Cell 20: 1134-1151.
2.Jin Du, Yue-Ping Huang, Jing Xi, Min-Jie Cao, Wan-Song Ni, Xi Chen, Jian-Kang Zhu, David J. Oliver, Cheng-Bin Xiang(2008). Functional gene-mining for salt-tolerance genes with the power of Arabidopsis. Plant Journal 56:653-664.
3.Rama Devi, Xi Chen, David J. Oliver, and Chengbin Xiang (2006). A Novel High-throughput Genetic Screen for Stress-Responsive Mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana Revealed Novel Loci Involving Stress Responses. Plant Journal 47:652-663.
4.Xiang, C. and Oliver, D.J. (2001). The biological functions of glutathione revisited in transgenic plants with altered glutathione levels. Plant Physiology 126:564-574.
5.Xiang, C., and Oliver, D.J. (1998). Glutathione metabolic genes coordinately respond to heavy metals and jasmonic acid in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 10:1539-1550.