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Li Huang -
Associate Professor, PhD. from Kansas State University, 2002.

Office: 307 Plant BioScience Building
Lab: 338 Plant BioScience Building

Office Phone: 406-994-5058
Lab Phone: 994-6695

Fax: 406-994-7600
Email Dr. Huang 


Plant host-pathogen interaction emphasizing on the genetic mechanisms of resistance gene mediated defense responses in host and the pathogenicity in the pathogens. Research programs include “Functional analysis of the Lr21-mediated resistance pathway” and “Molecular characterization of avirulence/virulence genes of the wheat leaf rust fungal pathogen”.


  • AGSC 455/PSPP 555 - Molecular Plant-Pathogen and Pest Interactions
  • BIOB 375 - General Genetics


  • B.S. Genetics Nanjing Agricultural University 1985
  • M.S. Plant Pathology Kansas State University 1998
  • Ph.D. Plant Pathology Kansas State University 2002


  • American Phytopathological Society



Xizojing Wang, Yaru Wang, Peng Liu, Yan Ding, Xiaoqian Mu, Xiping Liu, Xiaojie Wang, Mengxin Zhao, Baoyu Huai, Li Huang and Zhensheng Kang. 2017. TaRar1 is involved in wheat defense against stripe rust pathogen mediated by YrSu. Frontiers in Plant Science. 8:156. DOI:10.33389/fpls.2017.00156.

Hongtao Zhang, Xiaojing Wang, Michael J. Giroux, and Li Huang. 2016. A wheat COP9 subunit 5-like gene is negatively involved in host response to leaf rust. Molecular Plant Pathology. 18(1):125-133.

Vincent Pujol, Jose Robles, Penghao Wang, Jen Taylor, Peng Zhang, Li Huang, Linda Tabe, and Evans Lagudah. 2016. Cellular and molecular characterization of a stem rust resistance locus on wheat chromosome 7AL. BMC Research Notes. 9:501-507.

Vanesa Segovia, Myron Bruce, Jessica L. Rupp, Li Huang, Guus Bakkeren, Harold N. Trick and John P. Fellers. 2016. Two small secreted proteins from Pucciniatriticina induce reduction of ß glucoronidase transient expression in wheat isolines containing Lr9, Lr24 and Lr26. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. 38(1):91-102.

Mina Talajoor, Xiaojing Wang, Hongtao Zhang, Peng Zhang, Sridhar Bhavani, Linda Tabe, Evans Lagudah and Li Huang. 2016. Wheat mutant MNR220 delays haustoria formation during leaf rust pathogenesis at the seedling stage. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. 38(3):338-347.

David L. Parrott, Li Huang, and Andreas M. Fisher. 2016. Downregulation of a barley (Hordeum vulgare) leucine-rich repeat, non-arginine-aspartate receptor-like protein kinase reduces expression of numerous genes involved in plant pathogen defense. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 100:130-140.

Mina Talajoor, Yue Jin, Anmin Wan, Xianming Chen, Sridhar Bhavani, Linda Tabe, Evans, Lagudah, and Li Huang. 2015. Specificity of a rust resistance suppressor on 7DL in the spring wheat cultivar Canthatch. Phytopathology. 105 (4): 477-481. 

Vincent Pujol, · Kerrie L. Forrest, · Peng Zhang, · Matthew N. Rouse, ·Matthew J. Hayden, · Li Huang, · Linda Tabe, · and Evans Lagudah. 2015. Identification of a stem rust resistance locus effective against Ug99 on wheat chromosome 7AL using a RAD-seq approach. Theor Appl Genet. 128:1397-1405. 

Junjie Yu, Wenxian Sun, Mina Yu, Xiaole Yin, Xiangkun Meng, Jie Zhao, Lei Huang, Li Huang, and Yongfeng Liu. 2015. Characterization of mating-type loci in rice false smut fungus Villosclava virens.  Microbiology letters. DOI:10.1093/femsle/fnv014.

Sambasivam Periyannan, John Moore, Michael Ayliffe, Urmil Bansal, Xiaojing Wang, Li Huang, Karin Deal, Mingcheng Luo, Xiuying Kong, Harbans Bariana, Rohit Mago, Robert McIntosh, Peter Dodds, Jan Dvorak, Evans Lagudah. 2013. The Ug99 effective wheat stem rust  resistance gene Sr33 is an orthology of barley Mla genes. Science DOI:10.1126/science.1239028.

Xuming Liu, Chitvan Khajuria, Jiarui Li, Harold Trick, Li Huang, Bikram Gill, Gerald Reeck,  Ginny antony, Frank White and Min-Shun Chen. 2013 Wheat Mds-1 encodes a heat-shock protein and governs susceptibility towards the Hessian fly gall midge. Nature Communications    DOI:10.1038/ncomms3070.

Xiaojing Wang, Xiaojie Wang, Yinghuo Duan, Shuining Yin, Hongchang Zhang, Li Huang,  Zhensheng Kang. 2013. TaAbc1, a member of Abc1-like Family involved in hypersensitive response against the stripe rust fungal pathogen in wheat. PLOS ONE   DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0058969.

Kumari Neelam, Gina Brown Guedira, and Li Huang. 2012. Development and validation of a breeder-friendly KASPar marker for wheat leaf rust locus Lr21. Molecular Breeding. DOI 10.1007/s11032-012-9773-0 (

Meng Ma, Yan Yan, Li Huang, Minshun Chen and Huixian Zhao. 2012. Virus-induced gene-silencing in wheat spikes and grains and its application in functional analysis of HMW-GS-encoding genes. BMC Plant Biology. 12:141 (

Jackie Campbell, Michele Giroux, Yue Jin, Meinan Wang, Xianming Chen and Li Huang. 2012.  A mutagenesis-derived broad-spectrum disease resistance locus in wheat. Theor. Appl. Genet. 125:391-404.

Petrea Hofer, Jim E. Berg, Li Huang, Robert J. Graf, and Phil L. Bruckner. 2011. Registration of yellowstone winter wheat backcross-derived lines incorporating leaf rust and wheat curl mite resistance. Journal of Plant Registrations, 5(3):1-4. 

Yong-Bi Fu; Gregory W. Peterson; Brent D. McCallum; and Li Huang. 2010. Population-based resequencing analysis of improved wheat germplasm at wheat leaf rust resistance locus Lr21. Theor. Appl. Genet. 121:271-281.

Jinrui Zhang, John M. Martin, Peter Balint-Kurti, Li Huang and Michael J. Giroux. 2010. The Wheat Puroindoline Genes Confer Fungal Resistance in Transgenic Corn. Journal of Phytopathology 159:188-190.

Campbell, B.J., and Huang, L. 2010. Silencing of multiple genes in wheat using barley stripe mosaic virus. Journal of Biotech Research 2(1): 1-9.

Huang, L., Brooks, S.A., Li, W., Fellers, J.P., Nelson, J.C., and Gill, B.S. 2009. Evolution of new disease specificity at a simple resistance locus in a crop–weed complex: Reconstitution of the Lr21 gene in wheat . Genetics 182:595-602 (Highlight of the issue)

Li, W., Huang, L., Gill, B.S. 2008 Recurrent deletions of Puroindoline genes at the grain hardness locus in four independent lineages of polyploid wheat. Plant Physiology. 146: 200-212.

B. S. Gill, L. Huang, V. Kuraparthy, W. J. Raupp, D. L. Wilson, and B. Friebe. 2008. Alien genetic resources for wheat leaf rust resistance, cytogenetic transfer, and molecular analysis. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 59, 197–205.

Liu, X., J. Bai, L. Huang, L. Zhu, X. Liu, N. Weng, J. Reese, M. Harris, J. Stuart, and M.-S. Chen. 2007. Gene Expression of Different Wheat Genotypes During Attack by Virulent and Avirulent Hessian Fly ( Mayetiola destructor ) Larvae. Journal of Chemical Ecology 33:2171-2194.

Brooks, S.A., L. Huang, M.N. Herbel, B.S. Gill, G. Brown-Guedira, and J.P. Fellers. 2006. Structural variation and evolution of a defense-gene cluster in natural populations of Aegilops tauschii. Theor Appl Genet.112:618-626.

Steven R. Scofield, Li Huang, Amanda S. Brandt and Bikram S. Gill. 2005. Development of a virus-induced gene-silencing system for hexaploid wheat and its use in functional analysis of the Lr21-mediated leaf rust resistance pathway. Plant Physiology. 138(4):2165-2173.

Huang, L., Brooks, S.A., Li, W., Fellers, J.P., Trick, H.N., and Gill, B.S. 2003. Map-based cloning of leaf rust resistance gene Lr21 from the large and polyploid genome of bread wheat Genetics. 164: 655-664.

Brooks S., Huang L., Gill B.S. & Fellers J.P. 2002. Analysis of 106 kb of contiguous DNA sequence from the D genome of wheat reveals high gene density and a complex arrangement of genes related to disease resistance. Genome. 45, 963-972.

L. Huang and B.S. Gill. 2001. An RGA–like marker detects all known Lr21 leaf rust resistance gene family members in Aegilops tauschii and wheat, Theor Appl Genet. 103,1007-1013.

W. Spielmeyer, L. Huang, H. Bariana, O. Moullet, A. Laroche, B.S. Gill, and E.S. Lagudah. 2000. Highly recombinogenic regions at storage protein and disease resistance loci on the short arm of chromosome 1D of wheat. Theor Appl Genet. 101:1139-1144.

L. Huang, E. Millet, J.R. Rong, J.F. Wendel, Y. Anikster, and M. Feldman. 1999. Restriction fragment length polymorphism in wild and cultivated tetraploid wheat. Israel Journal of Plant Sciences. 47:213-224.

L. Huang, E. Millet, and M. Feldman. 1996. Genetic relationships among Mediterranean common wheat cultivars as determined by RFLP and parentage analysis. J. Genet. & Breed. 50: 377-382.

P.D. Chen, L. Huang, and D.J. Liu. 1991. Analysis of the genomic constitution of Xinjiang wheat (Triticum aestivum L. ssp. tibetanum Shao) using double ditelosomic of T. aestivum cv. Chinese spring. Acta Genetic Sinica. 18(1):39-43.

L. Huang, P.D. Chen, and D.J. Liu. 1989. Analysis of the chromosome constitution of Yunan wheat (Triticum aestivum ssp. Yunan King) with double ditelosomic lines of T. aestivum cv. Chinese Spring. Scientia Agricultura Sinica. 22:13-16.

S.L. Wang, P.D. Chen, B.X. Qu , L. Huang and D.J. Liu 1989. The cytological stability analysis of Triticum aestivum--Haynaldia villosa addition lines. J. Nanjing Agri. University12: 9-14.

P.D. Chen, Z. T. Wang, S. L. Wang, L. Huang, Y. Z. Wang and D. J. Liu. 1993 Transfer of scab resistance from Elymus giganteus into common wheat. Proc.8th Intern. Wheat Genet. Symp. P153-157. Beijing China.