Zhu Hong
Highest Education Ph.D
Phone 020-87578854
Email zhuhong@scbg.ac.cn
Office Xing Ke Rd., Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510650, China
Education and Appointments



  Ph. D., Horticulture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA (December 2010) 

  Advisors: Dr. Rongcai Yuan and Dr. Eric P. Beers 

  Dissertation: Investigation of regulatory mechanism of chemical-mediated fruit thinning in apple (Malus x domestica Borkh.). 


  M. S., Postharvest Science and Technology, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China (June 2006) 

  Advisor: Professor Weixin Chen 

  Thesis: Changes of volatiles in harvested banana fruits during ripening and the relation to other physiological activities. 


  B. S., Horticulture, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China (June 2003) 


Professional experiences 


  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA  

  USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Agricultural Fruit Research Station, Kearneysville, WV 

  Postdoctoral fellow (January 2011 – December 2012) 


  -Unique expression, processing regulation, and regulatory network of peach miRNAs 

  -Epigenetic regulation of chilling-mediated dormancy release in peach flower buds  


  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA  

  Graduate research assistant (August 2006 - December 2010) 


  -Identification of genes that have potential to control young fruit abscission caused by chemical thinner NAA and shading in apples. 


  The effect of postharvest application of SmartFresh on fruit firmness, ethylene and expression of genes for MdACS1, MdACO1, and MdPG1 in ‘Gala’, ‘Red Delicious’, and ‘Golden Delicious’ apples 3 months after RA storage or 5 months after CA storage and 7 days at room temperature (a short program for AgroFresh). 


  South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China  

  Research assistant (September 1999 - June 2006) 


  -Investigation on changes in volatile compounds and associated relationships with other ripening events in bananas. 


  -Effect of hot water treatment on relieving postharvest diseases of banana. 

Research Interest

Research Interests

  • Identification, characterization and regulatory roles of small RNAs in postharvest fruits
  • Epigenetic regulation of fruit ripening and senescence
  • Genomics and bioinformatics
Public Services
Selected Publication

1. Zhu H, Chen C, Zeng J, Yun Z, Liu Y, Qu H, Jiang Y, Duan X, Xia R. MicroRNA528, a hub regulator modulating ROS homeostasis via targeting of a diverse set of genes encoding copper-containing proteins in monocots. 2019. New Phytol., doi: 10.1111/nph.16130.

2. Jiang G, Li Z, Song Y, Zhu H, Lin S Huang R, Jiang Y, Duan X. 2019. LcNAC13 physically interacts with LcR1MYB1 to coregulate anthocyanin biosynthesis-related genes during litchi fruit ripening. Biomolecules, 9(4).

3. Li T, Wu Q, Zhu H, Zhou Y, Jiang Y, Gao H, Yun Z. 2019. Comparative transcriptomic and metabolic analysis reveals the effect of melatonin on delaying anthracnose incidence upon postharvest banana fruit peel. BMC Plant Biol., 19(1):289.

4. Jun Zeng, Vijai Kumar Gupta, Yueming Jiang, Bao Yang, Liang Gong, Hong Zhu. 2019. Cross-kingdom small RNAs among animals, plants and microbes. Cells, 8, 371. (Corresponding author)

5. Hong Zhu, Yu Zhang, Ruifang Tang, Hongxia Qu, Xuewu Duan and Yueming Jiang. Banana sRNAome and degradome identify microRNAs functioning in differential responses to temperature stress. 2019. BMC Genomics, 20:33.

6. Liang Gong, Hong Zhu, Taotao Li, Guangfeng Ming, Xuewu Duan, Jiasheng Wang, Yueming Jiang. 2019. Molecular signatures of cytotoxic effects in human embryonic kidney 293 cells treated with single and mixture of ochratoxin A and citrinin. Food Chem. Toxicol., 123:374-384. (Co-first author)

7. Hong Zhu, Jiali Yang, Yueming Jiang, Jun Zeng, Xuesong Zhou, Yanglin Hua, Bao Yang. 2018. Morin as a preservative for delaying senescence of banana. Biomolecules, 8, 52.

8. Yu Zhang, Ze Yun, Liang Gong, Hongxia Qu, Xuewu Duan, Yueming Jiang, Hong Zhu. 2018. Comparison of miRNA evolution and function in plants and animals. Microrna, 7(1):4-10. (Corresponding author)

9. Furong Yao, Hong Zhu, Chun Yi, Hongxia Qu, Yueming Jiang. 2015. MicroRNAs and targets in senescent litchi fruit during ambient storage and post-cold storage shelf life. BMC Plant Biol., 15:181. (Co-first author)

10. Taotao Li, Hong Zhu, Qixian Wu, Chengwei Yang, Xuewu Duan, Hongxia Qu, Ze Yun, Yueming Jiang. 2015. Comparative proteomic approaches to analysis of litchi pulp senescence after harvest. Food Res. Int., http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodres.2015.09.033.

11. Taotao Li, Ze Yun, Dandan Zhang, Chengwei Yang, Hong Zhu, Yueming Jiang, Xuewu Duan. 2015. Proteomic analysis of differentially expressed proteins involved in ethylene-induced chilling tolerance in harvested banana fruit. Front. Plant Sci., doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00845.

12. Zhu H, Xia R, Zhao B, An YQ, Dardick CD, Callahan AM, Liu Z. 2012. Unique expression, processing regulation, and regulatory network of peach (Prunus persica) miRNAs. BMC Plant Biol., 12:149.

13. Xia R, Zhu H, An YQ, Beers EP, Liu Z. 2012. Apple miRNAs and tasiRNAs with novel regulatory networks. Genome Biol. 13:R47.

14. Zhu H, Dardick CD, Beers EP, Callahan AM, Xia R, Yuan R. 2011. Transcriptomics of shading-induced and NAA-induced abscission in apple (Malus domestica) reveals a shared pathway involving reduced photosynthesis, alterations in carbohydrate transport and signaling and hormone crosstalk. BMC Plant Biol. 11:138.

15. Li, J., H. Zhu, and R. Yuan. 2010. Profiling the expression of genes related to ethylene biosynthesis, ethylene perception, and cell wall degradation during fruit abscission and fruit ripening in apples. J Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 135:391-401. (Corresponding author)

16. Zhu H, R. Yuan, D.W. Greene, and E.P. Beers. 2010. Effects of 1-methylcyclopropene and naphthaleneacetic acid on fruit set and expression of genes related to ethylene biosynthesis and perception and cell wall degradation in apple. J Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 135:402-409.

17. Zhu H, X.P. Li, R. Yuan, Y.F. Chen, and W.X. Chen. 2010. Changes in volatile compounds and associated relationships with other ripening events in banana fruit. J Hort. Sci. Biotechnol. 85:283-288.