Dr Baoxiu Qi

Baoxiu Qi

Research/Teaching Fellow

3 South 1.12/4 South 1.11
Tel.: 01225 38 6874
Fax: 01225 38 6779


PhD in Plant Biology, the University of Bath, UK

MPhil in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Shandong Agricultural University, China

BSc (Hons) in Vegetable Science, Shandong Agricultural University, China


2004-            Research Associate, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, UK

2000-2004    Research Associate, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

1998-2000    Research Scientist, National Institute of Fruit Tree Science, Japan

1991-1992    Senior Research Scientist, Shandong Fruit Tree Research Institute, China

1985-1988    Research Consultant, Shandong Junan Agricultural Bureau, China

Other International Visiting Academic Positions

2017-             Visiting Research Professor, Hebei Agricultural University, China

2006-2016     Visiting Research Professor, Shandong Agricultural University, China


My main research interest is centred on plant fatty acids, specifically, 1. protein posttranslational lipid modification by palmitoylation in the regulation of protein trafficking and function in plant; and 2. the biosynthesis pathways of very long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA and DHA (the main active ingredients in fish oils) and their production in transgenic crops.

Recent Publications (*corresponding author) – journal articles

Review articles

  1. Li Y and Baoxiu Qi* (2017) Progress towards Understanding Protein S-acylation: Prospective in Plants. Frontiers in Plant Science. 8:346. doi:10.3389/fpls.2017.00346
  2. Napier JA, Sayanova O, Baoxiu Qi, Lazarus CM (2004) Progress toward the production of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in transgenic plants. Lipids, 39: 1067-1075
  3. Baoxiu Qi* (2004) Transgenic plants produce omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.  ISB News Report (http//www.isb.vt.edu, July 2004) (invited)

Research articles

  1. Wang C, Yang X, Ma H, Liu J, Chen J, Zhang J, Dong S, Baoxiu Qi, Li X. (2017) Production of Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA, 20:5n-3) in Maize (Zea mays L.) Through the Alternative ∆8 desaturation pathway Mediated by Particle.  Acta Physiologiae Plantarum. DOI :10.1007/s11738 -017 017-2405x
  2. Xia F, Li X, Zheng D, Li X, Baoxiu Qi* (2016) Elevation of the yields of very long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids via codon optimization of the key enzymes (PLoS ONE 11:e0158103. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158103)
  3. Wang L, Clarke LA,  Eason RJ, Parker CC, Baoxiu Qi,  Scott RJ, Doughty J (2016) PCP-B class pollen coat proteins are key regulators of the hydration checkpoint in Arabidopsis thaliana pollen-stigma interactions. New Phytologist. doi: 10.1111/nph.14162
  4. Li Y, Doughty J, Scott R, Grant M, Baoxiu Qi* (2015) Protein S-acyltransferase 14: a specific role for palmitoylation in leaf senescence in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 2015 Nov 4. pii: pp.00448.2015 (featured on GARNet: ARABIDOPSIS RESEARCH ROUNDUP, 13th Nov 2015)
  5. Yuan X, Li Y, Liu S, Li X, Baoxiu Qi* (2014) Accumulation of eicosapolyenoic acids enhances sensitivity to abscisic acid and mitigates the effects of drought in transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Experimental Botany 65:1637-1649 (featured on GARNet: ARABIDOPSIS RESEARCH ROUND-UP, 12th Mar 2014)
  6. Liu J, Ma Y, Sun Q, Wu X, Li X, Sun M, Li Y, Li X, Baoxiu Qi* (2014) Production of Very Long Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Cotton. Acta Agronomica Sinica, 40: 86-92 (Chinese with English abstract)
  7. Baoxiu Qi*, Doughty J, Hooley R (2013) A Golgi and tonoplast localized S-acyl transferase is involved in cell expansion, cell division, vascular patterning and fertility in Arabidopsis.  New Phytologist, 200:444-456
  8. Yuan X, Zhang S, Sun M, Liu S, Baoxiu Qi, Li X. (2013) Putative DHHC-Cysteine-Rich Domain S-Acyltransferase in Plants. PLoS ONE 8: e75985.
  9. Sun Q, Liu J., Li Y, Zhang Q, Shan S, Li X, Baoxiu Qi* (2013) Creation and validation of a widely applicable multiple gene transfer vector system for stable transformation in plant. Plant Molecular Biology, 83:391-404
  10.  Liu J, Sun Q, Li X, Baoxiu Qi* (2013) Functional characterization of Isochrysis galbana Δ5 desaturase gene IgD5 in Arabidopsis thaliana. Acta Agronomica Sinica, 39: 928−934 (Chinese with English abstract)
  11. Sun Qi, Li X, Zheng D, Liu J, Li X, Baoxiu Qi* (2012) Isolation and functional analysis of a Δ5 desaturase gene from Isochrysis galbana. Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 36: 412-420 (Chinese with English abstract)
  12. Chen J, Sun Q, Ma H, Qi B, Li X, Dong S (2012) Research on induction and regeneration of callus initiated from seedling-derived young leaf segments of maize. Journal of Maize Science, 20: 39-43 (Chinese with English abstract)
  13. Sun Q, Liu J, Zhang Q, Qing X, Dobson G, Li X, Baoxiu Qi* (2012) Characterization of three novel desaturases involved in the delta-6 desaturation pathways for polyunsaturated fatty acid biosynthesis from Phytophthora infestans. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 97:7689-7697
  14. Chen J, Dong H, Ma H, Sun Q, Liu J, Qi B, Li X, Dong S (2011) Comparison of Induction and Regeneration of Embryogenic Callus Initiated from Immature Embryos and Seedling-Derived Young Leaf Segments of Maize. Scientia Agricultura Sinica, 44: 3676-3682 (Chinese with English abstract)
  15. Sayanova O. Haslam R, Baoxiu Qi, Lazarus CM, Napier J A (2006) The alternative pathway C20-D8-desaturase from the non-photosynthetic organism Acanthamoeba catellanii is an atypical cytochrome b5-fusion desaturase. FEBS Letters, 580: 1946-1952
  16. Baoxiu Qi, Hooley, R (2005) Heterotrimeric G protein signalling pathways in Arabidopsis.  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A 141, S1
  17. Baoxiu Qi*, Fraser T, Mugford S, Dobson G, Sayanova O, Butler J, Napier JA, Stobart AK, Lazarus  CM (2004) Production of very long chain polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in plants. Nature Biotechnology, 22: 739 – 745 (JIF 41.51) (Recommended by Faculty of 1000)
  18. Fraser T, Baoxiu Qi (co-first author), Elhussein S, Chatrattanakunchai, S, Stobart AK, Lazarus CM (2004) Expression of the Isochrysis C18-Δ9 polyunsaturated fatty acid specific elongase component alters Arabidopsis glycerolipid profiles. Plant Physiology, 135: 859-866
  19. Baoxiu Qi*, Fraser T, Bleakley C, Shaw E, Stobart AK, Lazarus CM (2003) The variant ‘his-box’ of the C18-∆9-PUFA-specific elongase IgASE1 from Isochrysis galbana is essential for optimum enzyme activity. FEBS Letters, 547: 137-139
  20. Baoxiu Qi*, Beaudoin F, Fraser T, Stobart AK, Napier JA, Lazarus CM (2002) Identification of a cDNA encoding a novel C18-delta9 polyunsaturated fatty acid-specific elongating activity from the docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)-producing microalga, Isochrysis galbana. FEBS Letters, 510: 159-165
  21. Baoxiu Qi, Keith Moore, and John Orchard (2000) Effect of cooking on banana and plantain texture. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 48: 4221-4226
  22. Baoxiu Qi, Keith Moore and John Orchard (2000) A comparison of two methods and the effect of cooking time on the extractability of pectin from the cell walls of cooking banana. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 33: 369-373

Recent Publications – patents

  1. Functional identification and application of a Phytophthora infestans acyl CoA:diacylglycerol acyltransferase, DGAT2-4.  November 19, 2014: CN20141066561.
  2. Cloning and application of delta 6 desaturase gene PinD6 of Phytophthora infestans. September 21, 2011: CN201110091053
  3. Functional identification and application of Phytophthora infestans Delta 12 desaturase gene PinD12. October 19, 2011: CN201110094579
  4. Functional identification and application of delta-5 desaturase gene PinD5 of Phytophthora infestans. October 19, 2011: CN201110094576
  5. Method for construction of multiple gene transfer vectors for plant transformation. April 8, 2009: CN200810160116
  6. Novel method for the production of polyunsaturated fatty acids. WO 2004/057001, A2. 2004, 7, 8.
  7. Novel Plant Acyltransferase Specific for Long-chained, Multiply Unsaturated Fatty Acids. WO 2004/087902, A2. 2004, 10, 14.
  8. New elongase gene and a process for the production of D9-polyunsaturated fatty acids. WO02/077213 A2. 2002, 10, 13

Teaching Qualification

2017  AFHEA awarded by the ‘Bath Course in Enhancing Academic Practice’

Teaching Experience – units taught

2017  Plant Biotechnology, the University of Bath

2016  Plant Biotechnology, the University of Bath

2016  Plant pathology & symbiosis, the University of Bath

2015  Plant pathology & symbiosis, the University of Bath

2015  Plant Biotechnology and the Environment, the University of Bath

2014  Plant Biotechnology and the Environment, the University of Bath

2013  Plant Reproductive Biology, the University of Bath

2012  Plant Responses to Abiotic Stress, the University of Bath