Dr Bo Xu

Postdoctoral Researcher
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

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Dr Bo Xu

Understanding plant physiological adaptation to abiotic and biotic stresses, including toxic ion exclusion from plant roots to salinity tolerance, regulation of anion ion flux across guard cells and calcium signalling in plant innate immunity.


Date Position Institution name
2015 Postdoctoral Reasearcher University of Adelaide
2014 - 2015 Waite Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow University of Adelaide


Date Institution name Country Title
2010 - 2013 University of Adelaide Australia Ph.D in Sciences
2008 - 2009 University of Adelaide Australia M. Biotech.
2003 - 2007 Huazhong Agricultural University China B.Agr.


Date Citation
2017 Xu,B, Cheval,C, Laohavisit,A, Hocking,B, Chiasson,D, Olsson,T, Shirasu,K, Faulkner,C, Gilliham,M, 2017, A calmodulin-like protein regulates plasmodesmal closure during bacterial immune responses, New Phytologist, 215, 1, 77-84 10.1111/nph.14599
2017 Ramesh,S, Tyerman,S, Gilliham,M, Xu,B, 2017, γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) signalling in plants, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 74, 9, 1577-1603 10.1007/s00018-016-2415-7
2017 Li,B, Qiu,J, Jayakannan,M, Xu,B, Li,Y, Mayo,G, Tester,M, Gilliham,M, Roy,S, 2017, AtNPF2.5 modulates chloride (Cl¯) efflux from roots of Arabidopsis thaliana, Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, 2013-1-2013-16 10.3389/fpls.2016.02013
2015 Ramesh,S, Tyerman,S, Xu,B, Bose,J, Kaur,S, Conn,V, Domingos,P, Ullah,S, Wege,S, Shabala,S et al, 2015, GABA signalling modulates plant growth by directly regulating the activity of plant-specific anion transporters, Nature Communications, 6, 7879-1-7879-9 10.1038/ncomms8879
2014 Byrt,C, Xu,B, Krishnan,M, Lightfoot,D, Athman,A, Jacobs,A, Watson-Haigh,N, Plett,D, Munns,R, Tester,M et al, 2014, The Na⁺ transporter, TaHKT1;5-D, limits shoot Na⁺ accumulation in bread wheat, The Plant Journal, 80, 3, 516-526 10.1111/tpj.12651
2013 Conn,S, Hocking,B, Dayod,M, Xu,B, Athman,A, Henderson,S, Aukett,L, Conn,V, Shearer,M, Fuentes,S et al, 2013, Protocol: optimising hydroponic growth systems for nutritional and physiological analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana and other plants, Plant Methods, 9, 1, 4-4 10.1186/1746-4811-9-4
2012 Munns,R, James,R, Xu,B, Athman,A, Conn,S, Jordans,C, Byrt,C, Hare,R, Tyerman,S, Tester,M et al, 2012, Wheat grain yield on saline soils is improved by an ancestral Na+ transporter gene, Nature Biotechnology, 30, 4, 360-364 10.1038/nbt.2120
2011 Gilliham,M, Dayod,M, Hocking,B, Xu,B, Conn,S, Kaiser,B, Leigh,R, Tyerman,S, 2011, Calcium delivery and storage in plant leaves: exploring the link with water flow, Journal of Experimental Botany, 62, 7, 2233-2250 10.1093/jxb/err111

Current students:

Ph.D: Xueying Feng (co-supervise with Prof. Matthew Gilliham)

Honours: Daniel McKay (co-supervise with Prof. Matthew Gilliham and A/Prof. Matthew Tucker)

Former students:

Honours: Zongyu Chen (Mario) 2016 (co-supervise with Prof. Matthew Gilliham and Dr. Sam Henderson)

Postdoctoral Researcher
Plant Research Centre
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine