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Kenong Xu

Kenong Xu

Associate Professor

109B Surge Laboratory
(315) 787-2496

The goal of my research program is to discover and characterize apple genes or gene networks controlling traits of horticultural and/or economic importance using tools of plant genomics. The research findings of the program will (1) advance our knowledge in understanding the underlying mechanisms of these traits, and (2) enable us to develop and integrate efficient approaches and tools for the improvement of apple scion varieties and rootstocks.

Research Focus

The goal of my research program is to discover and characterize apple genes or gene networks controlling traits of horticultural and/or economic importance using tools of plant genomics. A few traits unique to or essential in plant growth and development, plant reaction to biotic/abiotic stresses, and fruit shelf life and quality have been targeted. Several research projects are currently ongoing, including development of EST based SSR markers and construction of genetic maps for Malus × domestica cv ‘Royal Gala’ and an apple scab resistant accession of M. sieversii (a primary wild progenitor species for the domesticated apple); identification and characterization of Malus ERF genes involved in waterlogging tolerance in apple rootstocks; fine-scale genetic/physical mapping of the Co locus responsible for the columnar tree type; and an investigation into the interactions of genes related to ethylene production and fruit ripening.

Outreach and Extension Focus

My extension activities are tailored to regularly alert industry stake holders of the capabilities and benefits of plant genome research for fruit production and management through findings in my research program.

Awards and Honors

  • • Presidential Early Career Awards for the accomplishment in apple genomics studies (2016) The Whitehouse
  • The Tech Awards-Economic Development (2012) The Tech Museum of Innovation
  • The CGIAR Science Award (2007) The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research

Selected Publications

Journal Publications