CHEN Xue-xin

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CHEN Xue-xin

Dr Xue-xin Chen

Title: Chang-Jiang Distinguished Professor of Entomology
Mailing address: Institute of Insect Science, Zhejiang University, Zijingang Campus, Yuhangtang Road 866, Hangzhou 310058, China
Tel: +86 571 88982868 (office), +86 571 88982423 (lab)
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lBachelor of Agriculture – Plant Protection: Zhejiang Agricultural University (currently Zhejiang University), 1984.

lDoctor of Philosophy – Entomology: Zhejiang University, 1994.


Professional Experience:

l1987 to 1998, Professor Assistant, Lecturer and Associate Professor, Department of Plant Protection, Zhejiang Agricultural University, Hangzhou, China

l1996 to 1997, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Terrestrial Zoology, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands

l1997 to 1998, Deputy Director of Department of Plant Protection, Zhejiang Agricultural University, Hangzhou, China

l1998 to present, Professor, Institute of Insect Sciences, Department of Plant Protection, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

l1998 to 2001, Vice Director of Institute of Insect Science, Deputy Director of Department of Plant Protection, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

l2001 to 2002, Visiting Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA

l2002 to 2009, Head of Department of Plant Protection, Vice Director of Institute of Insect Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

l2009 to 2010, Visiting Professor, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, USA

l2009 to 2013, Vice Dean of College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Hangzhou, Zhejiang University, China

l2010 to present, Director of Institute of Insect Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

l2013 to present, Dean of College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China


Teaching Activity:

Instructor for the following courses:

lPlant Protection (undergraduate students)

lEnvironmental Biology (undergraduate students)

lBio-invasion and Bio-safty (undergraduate students)

lInsect Systematics (Master students)

lInsect Biogeography (Master & PhD students)

lSelected Topics on General Entomology (PhD students)

lInsect Molecular Science (PhD students)

Supervision of Postgraduate Students:

lMajor supervisor for 56 MSc students from 1995 to 2016

lMajor supervisor for 41 PhD students from 1999 to 2016


Major Research Interests:

lPhysiological interaction between parasitoids and their hosts, with particular reference to the molecular mechanism underlying the host regulation by the parasitoids

lEvolutionary biology, including systematics, molecular phylogeny and evolution, and developmental biology of Hymenopteran parasitoids, especially the family Braconidae

lBiological control and integrated pest management of agricultural insect pests, and Bio-safety of transgenic crops


Research Activity:

Hymenopteran parasitoids (Insecta) constitute one of the most specious groups of terrestrial organisms with probably 1 million species worldwide. They are of major importance in both natural ecosystems and agriculture and forestry. Some of them have been exploited in many successful biological control programs. The major focus of research in my laboratory used to cover from morphology and ultra-structure, systematic and evolution, to immune physiology of parasitoids, including: (1) the physiological interference of the host Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) by its three parasitoid species, i.e, Cotesia vestalis, Diadegma semiclausum and Diadromus collaris (each having the different kinds of parasitoid-associated factors, such as venom, polydnavirus (PDV) and teratocyte) and the molecular mechanism underlying the host regulation by parasitoid-associated factors. (2) the molecular phylogeny and evolution of parasitoids based on mitochondrial and ribosomal genes, and mitochondrial genomes, and population genetics based on microsatellite loci and mitochondrial genes; (3) the morphology and ultra-structure of immature stages and reproductive systems of endoparasitoids and parasitoid-associated factors; and (4) the systematics of the hymenopteran parasitoids, especially the family Braconidae.

Meanwhile, my laboratory has also been conducting applied research on biological control and management of insect pests, particularly the invaded pests. In the last several decades, we have been persisting on the investigation and evaluation of parasitoids of insect pests, and utilization of parasitoids as biological control agents in both IPM and biological control programs in different crop systems in China. Recently we have been launching several programs (both national and provincial levels) on the recently invaded insect, the super-bug, Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera) in Zhejiang, China with particular reference to its parasitoids and biocontrol in vegetable crops. In addition, we have also been carrying out research on the bio-safety of transgenic Bt rice, especially the impact on the natural enemies and insect community since 1998.


Societies and Professional Activities:

lEditorial posts for science journals:

üChinese Journal of Biological Control:Associate editor

üBulletin of Entomological Research (UK): Subject Editor

üScientific Reports: Member of Editorial Board

üJournal of Integrative Agriculture: Member of Editorial Board

üInsect Science: Member of Editorial Board

üZooKeys: Member of Editorial Board

üActa Entomologica Sinica: Member of Editorial Board

üJournal of Applied Entomology: Member of Editorial Board

üActa Zootaxonomica Sinica: Member of Editorial Board

üEntomotaxonomia: Member of Editorial Board

üJournal of Environmental Entomology: Member of Editorial Board

lNational Natural Science Foundation of China: Member of Expert Advisory Committee of Biological Sciences

lEntomological Society of China: Deputy chair of the Insect Systematics and Biodiversity Committee; Deputy chair of the Pest Biological Control Committee; Deputy chair of Insect Genome

lPlant Protection Society of China: Member of the Standing Council, Deputy chair of the Bio-safety Committee

lAgricultural Society of Zhejiang province, China: Member of the Standing Council

lPlant Protection Society of Zhejiang province, China: Vice president

lEntomological Society of Zhejiang province, China: President

lForestry Society of Zhejiang province, China: Deputy chair of the Pest and Diseases Committee


Selected Recent Publications (correspondence author marked with "*")

1. Shi M, Zhao S, Wang ZH, Stanley D, Chen XX*. 2016. Cotesia vestalis parasitization suppresses expression of a Plutella xylostella thioredoxin. Insect Molecular Biology, 25(6): 679–688

2. Gao F, Gu QJ, Pan J, Wang ZH, Yin CL, Li F, Song QS, Strand MR, Chen XX, Shi M*. 2016. Cotesia vestalis teratocytes express a diversity of genes and exhibit novel immune functions in parasitism. Scientific Reports, 6: 26967

3. Li Q, Wei SJ, Tang P, Wu Q, Shi M, Sharkey MJ, Chen XX*. 2016. Multiple lines of evidence from mitochondrial genomes resolve phylogeny and evolution of parasitic wasps in Braconidae. Genome Biology and Evolution, 8(9): 2651–2662

4. Wang LL, Wang XR, Wei XM, Huang H, Wu JX, Chen XX, Liu SS, Wang XW* (2016) The autophagy pathway participates in resistance to tomato yellow leaf curl virus infection in whiteflies. Autophagy, 12(9): 1560-1574

5. Wang ZZ, Shi M, Huang YC, Wang XW, Stanley D, Chen XX* (2016). A peptidoglycan recognition protein acts in whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) immunity and involves in Begomovirus acquisition. Scientific Reports, 6: 37806

6. Wei SJ, Cao LJ, Gong YJ, Wang S, Zhang F, Guo XJ, Wang YM, Chen XX*. 2015. Population genetic structure and approximate Bayesian computation analyses reveal the southern origin and northward dispersal of the oriental fruit moth Grapholita molesta (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in its native range. Molecular Ecology, 24(16): 4094-4111

7. Shi M, Dong S, Li MT, Yang YY, Stanley D, Chen XX*. 2015. Theendoparasitoid, Cotesia vestalis, regulates host physiology by reprogramming the neuropeptide transcriptional network. Scientific Reports 5: 8173

8.Pu DQ, Shi M, Wu Q, Gao MQ, Liu JF, Ren SP, Yang F, Tang P, Ye GY, Shen ZC, He JH, Yang D, Bu WJ, Zhang CT, Song QS, Xu D, Strand MR, Chen XX*. 2014. Flower-visiting insects and their potential impact on transgene flow in rice. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 1357 – 1365 (Highlighted by Nature 511: 8)

9.Chen XX*, Tang P, Zeng J, van Achterberg C, He HJ. 2014. Taxonomy of parasitoid wasps in China: an overview. Biological Control 68: 57-72

10.Wei SJ, Li Q, van Achterberg C, Chen XX*. 2014. Two mitochondrial genomes from the families Bethylidae and Mutillidae: independent rearrangement of protein-coding genes and higher-level phylogeny of the Hymenoptera. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 77: 1-10

11.Wang ZZ, Shi M, Ye XQ, Chen MY, Chen XX*. 2013. Identification, characterization, and expression of a defensin-like antifungal peptide from the whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). Insect Molecular Biology 22(3): 297–305

12.Shi M, Wang YN, Zhu N, Chen XX*. 2013. Four heat shock protein genes of the endoparasitoid wasp, Cotesia vestalis, and their transcriptional profiles in relation to developmental stages and temperature. PLoS ONE 8(3): e59721

13.Chen YF, Gao F, Ye XQ, Wei SJ, Shi M, Zheng HJ, Chen XX*. 2011. Deep sequencing of Cotesia vestalis bracovirus reveals the complexity of a polydnavirus genome. Virology 414(1): 42-50

14.Wei SJ, Shi M, Chen XX*, Sharkey M, van Achterberg C, Ye GY, He JH. 2010. New views on strand asymmetry in insect mitochondrial genomes. PLoS ONE 5(9): e12708

15.Wei SJ, Shi M, Sharkey M, van Achterberg C, and Chen XX*. 2010. Comparative mitogenomics of Braconidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) and the phylogenetic utility of mitochondrial genomes with special reference to Holometabolous insects. BMC Genomics 11: 371

16.Bai SF, Cai DZ, Li X, Chen XX*, 2009. Parasitic castration of Plutella xylostellalarvae induced by polydnaviruses and venom of Cotesia vestalis and Diadegma semiclausum. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 70(1): 30-43

17.Huang F, Shi M, Yang YY, Li JY, Chen XX*, 2009. Changes in hemocytes ofPlutella xylostella after parasitism by Diadegma semiclausum. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 70(3): 177-187

18.Wei SJ, Shi M, He JH, Sharkey M, Chen XX*, 2009. The complete mitochondrial genome of Diadegma semiclausum (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) indicates extensive independent evolutionary events. Genome 52(4): 308-319

19.Xu P, Shi M, Chen XX*, 2009. Antimicrobial peptide evolution in the Asiatic honey bee Apis cerana. PLoS ONE 4(1): e4239

20.Chen YF, Shi M, Huang F, Chen XX*, 2008. Characterization of an IκB-like gene in Cotesia vestalis polydnavirus. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 68(2): 71-78

21.Huang F, Shi M, Chen YF, Cao TT, Chen XX*, 2008. Oogenesis of Diadegma semiclausum (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) and its associated polydnavirus. Microscopy Research and Technique 71(9): 676-683

22.Meng XF, Shi M, Chen XX*, 2008. Population genetic structure of Chilo suppressalis (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae): strong subdivision in China inferred from microsatellite markers and mtDNA gene sequences. Molecular Ecology 17(12): 2880-2896

23.Shi M, Chen YF, Huang F, Liu PC, Zhou XP, Chen XX*, 2008. Characterization of a novel gene encoding ankyrin repeat domain from Cotesia vestalispolydnavirus (CvBV). Virology 375(2): 374-382

24.Chen YF, Shi M, Huang F, Chen XX*. 2007. Characterization of two genes ofCotesia vestalis polydnavirus and their expression patterns in the host Plutella xylostella. Journal of General Virology 88: 3317-3322

25.Li FF, Ye GY, Wu Q, Peng YF, Chen XX*, 2007. Arthropod abundance and diversity in Bt and non-Bt rice fields. Environmental Entomology 36(3): 646-654

26.Yu RX, Chen YF, Chen XX*, Huang F, Lou YG, Liu SS, 2007. Effects of venom/calyx fluid from the endoparasitic wasp Cotesia plutellae on the hemocytes of its host Plutella xylostella in vitro. Journal of Insect Physiology 53(1): 22-29

27.Shi M, Chen XX*, van Achterberg C, 2005. Phylogenetic relationships among the Braconidae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) inferred from partial 16S rDNA, 28S rDNA D2, 18S rDNA gene sequences and morphological characters. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 37(1): 104-116

28.Chen XX*, Lang FY, Xu ZH, He JH, Ma Y, 2003. The occurrence of leafminers (Diptera: Agromyzidae) and their parasitoids (Hymenoptera) on vegetables and weeds in Hangzhou area, Southeast China. BioControl 48 (5): 515-527


Selected Monographs:

1.Ren SX, Chen XX, 2012. Biological Control. Beijing, China Agriculture Publishing House, 415 pp.

2.Chen XX (Associate Editor) (Lei CL & Rong XL, Editor-in-Chief), 2011. General Textbook of Entomology (2nd edition). Beijing, China Agriculture Publishing House, 522 pp.

3.Chen XX, He JH, 2006. Parasitoids and Predators of Forest Pests in China. Beijing, China Forestry Publishing House, 216 pp.

4.Chen XX, He JH, Ma Y. 2004. Fauna Sinica: Insecta Vol.37. Hymenoptera: Braconidae (II). Beijing: Science Press, 1-581

5.He JH, Chen XX, Ma Y. 2000. Fauna Sinica: Insecta Vol.37. Hymenoptera: Braconidae (I). Beijing: Science Press, 1-757


Research Awards:

lAward for outstanding contribution to Biological Control, Pu Zhe-long Fundation for Scholars and Science, Zhongshan University, 2007

lWinner of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 2006

lWinner of Special Government Allowance, the State Council, China, 2006

lAward for Excellent Teacher, Baogang Education Fund, 2000

lAward for Outstanding Young Scientist, Zhejiang Provincial Government, 1999

lAward for Outstanding Young Scientist, China Entomological Society, 1997

lMore than ten awards for research achievements from the Zhejiang Province, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Forestry, China (1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, and 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015).