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  • Name:  Dawei Li
  • Title:  Professor
  • Education:  PhD
  • TEL:  027-87700895
  • Email:  lidawei@wbgcas.cn
  • Address:  Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences No. 201 Jiufeng 1 Road, East Lake High-Tech Development Zone, Wuhan, Hubei, P. R. China
  • Research Divisions:  Research Center for Resource Plants and Speciality Agricultural Plants


  • Dr. Dawei LI is the Professor of the kiwifruit germplasm and breeding centre at Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has co-authored over 60 publications, including Molecular Plants, New Phytologist and Plant Biotechnology Journal, holds ten patents, published four monographs and one English chapter, and bred 15 kiwifruit varieties. His research on kiwifruit has received three first prizes from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Science and Technology Department of Hubei Province, China.


    Education and qualifications:
    2022-present, Professor, Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    2016-2017, Visiting Scholar, New Zealand Institute of Plant and Food Research
    2015-2022, Associate Researcher, Wuhan Botanical Garden, CAS
    2010-2015, Assistant Researcher, Wuhan Botanical Garden, CAS
    2005-2010, Ph.D., Wuhan/South China Botanical Garden, CAS,
    2001-2005, Bachelor, School of Life Science, Wuhan University

    Professional specialty:

  • The current research interests include (1) Kiwifruit Germplasm assessment and new cultivar breeding; (2) Gene functional studies (Ascorbic acid, trichome); and (3) Gene editing and molecular breeding.

    Funded projects:


    Academic service:

  • 1.Member of Youth Innovation Promotion Association, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    2.Off-campus graduate tutor, Anhui Agricultural University of China
    3.Executive Director, Kiwifruit Branch of China Horticultural Society
    4.Scientific Committee of the 10.th International Kiwifruit Symposium
    5.Reviewer of New Phytologist, Plant Biotechnology Journal, Plant Physiology, etc.


    Aawards and honors:


    Major publications:

    1. Liu X#, Cheng C#, Min Y, Xie XD, Muzahid ANM, Lv H, Tian H, Zhang CX, Ye C, Cao SF, Chen P*, Zhong CH*, Li DW*. 2023. Increased ascorbic acid synthesis by overexpression of AcGGP3 ameliorates copper toxicity in kiwifruit. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 460, 132393.
    2. Liu X, Bulley SM, Erika VG, Zhong CH*, Li DW. 2023. Kiwifruit bZIP transcription factor AcePosF21 elicits ascorbic acid biosynthesis during cold stress. Plant Physiology, 192(2): 982–999.
    3. Han X#, Zhang YL, Zhang Q, Ma N, Liu XY, Tao WJ, Lou ZY, Zhong CH, Deng XW*, Li DW*, He H*. 2022. Two haplotype-resolved, gap-free genome assemblies of Actinidia latifolia and Actinidia chinensis shed light on regulation mechanisms of vitamin C and sucrose metabolism in kiwifruit. Molecular Plant, 16:452-470.
    4. Liu XY, Wu RM, Bulley SM*, Zhong CH*, Li DW*. 2022. Kiwifruit MYBS1‐like and GBF3 transcription factors influence L‐ascorbic acid biosynthesis by activating transcription of GDP‐L‐galactose phosphorylase 3. New Phytologist, 234(5): 1782-1800.
    5. Liu XY, Yang MJ, Xie XD, Khaldun ABM, Arif A, Zhong CH*, Li DW*. 2022. Effect of light on growth and chlorophyll development in kiwifruit ex vitro and in vitro. Scientia Horticulturae, 291, 110599.
    6. Li DW#, Xie XD#, Liu XY, Cheng C, Guo W*, Zhong CH*, Arif A*. 2022. Effects of short-term high temperature on gas exchange in kiwifruits (Actinidia spp.). Biology, 11, 1686.
    7. Li DW, Han F, Liu XY, Lv HY, Li L, Tian H, Zhong CH*. 2021. Localized graft incompatibility in kiwifruit: analysis of homografts and heterografts with different rootstock & scion combinations. Scientia Horticulturae, 283, 110080.
    8. Liu XY, Xie XD, Zhong CH*, Li DW*. 2021. Comparative transcriptome analysis revealed the key genes regulating ascorbic acid synthesis in Actinidia. International journal of molecular sciences, 22, 12894.
    9. Ma JT, Li DW, Liu JK. et al. 2021 Advances in research on chemical constituents and their biological activities of the genus Actinidia. Natural Products and Bioprospecting, 11: 573–609.
    10. Wang Z, Zhong CH, Li DW, et al. 2021. Cytotype distribution and chloroplast phylogeography of the Actinidia chinensis complex. BMC Plant Biology, 21, 325.
    11. Wang WQ, Wang J, Wu YY, Li DW, Andrew CA*, Ying XR*. 2020. Genome‐wide analysis of coding and non‐coding RNA reveals a conserved miR164‐NAC regulatory pathway for fruit ripening. New Phytologist, 225(4): 1618-1634.
    12. Wang SB#, Li DW#, Yao XH, et al. 2019. Evolution and diversification of kiwifruit mitogenomes through extensive whole-genome rearrangement and mosaic loss of intergenic sequences in a highly variable region. Genome Biology and Evolution, 11(4), 1192-1206.
    13. Zhou SY, Yao XH, Zhong CH, Li DW, et al. 2019. Recurrent somatic embryogenesis and development of somatic embryos in Akebia trifoliata (Thunb.) Koidz (Lardizabalaceae). Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture, 139: 493–504.
    14. Pilkington SM, Crowhurst R, Hilario E…Li DW…et al. 2018. A manually annotated Actinidia chinensis var. chinensis (kiwifruit) genome highlights the challenges associated with draft genomes and gene prediction in plants. BMC Genomics, 19, 257.
    15. Wang ZP, Wang SB, Li DW, et al. 2018, Optimized paired-sgRNA/Cas9 cloning and expression cassette triggers high-efficiency multiplex genome editing in kiwifruit. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 16: 1424-1433.
    16. Zhao TT, Li DW, Li L, et al. 2017. The differentiation of chilling requirements of kiwifruit cultivars related to ploidy variation. HortScience, 52(12), 1676-1679.
    17. Liu YF#, Li DW#, Zhang Q#, et al. 2017. Rapid radiations of both kiwifruit hybrid lineages and their parents shed light on a two‐layer mode of species diversification. New Phytologist, 215(2): 877-890.
    18. Zhang Y, Zhong CH, Zhang Q, Sun XR, Li DW*. 2017. Agronomic trait variations and ploidy differentiation of kiwiberries in northwest China: implication for breeding.Frontiers in Plant Science, 8: 711.
    19. Honour MC, Li L, Liu YF, Li DW, et al. 2017. Origin and evolution of the kiwifruit canker pandemic. Genome Biology and Evolution. 9(4):932-944.
    20. Wang ZP, Liu YF, Li DW, Li L, et al. 2017. Identification of circular RNAs in kiwifruit and their species-specific response to bacterial canker pathogen invasion. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8: 413.
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