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Chunxiang HU
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Female, research Professor. Graduated from Biology Department of Northwest Normal University in 1988, obtained her Master’s degree in 1991, and Doctor’s degree in Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS in 1999. 2000-2002 successively as a guest researcher and post-doctor worked in the Pharmacy School of Oslo University, Norway. 

Research Experience:

1988.9-1996.9  Cyanobacterial taxonomy and ecology in Northwest Normal University

1996.9-1999.8  The formation mechanism on biological soil crusts in Tengger Desert in Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS.

2000.4-2001.12  Chemical structure and physical character of algal extracellular polysaccharides in Pharmacy School of Oslo University, Norway.

2002.1-2004.6  Biological activity of algal extracellular polysaccharides and ecophysiology on terrestrial cyanobacteria in Northwest Normal University

2004.7-  Professor of Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS.

Research Directions:

Cyanobacterial and algal physiology and ecology in soil, polluted fresh water and other particular environments

·Cyanobacterial carbon metabolism and extracellular polysaccharides.

·Algal application in the restoration of damaged soil ecosystem and biofuel.

Cyanobacterial and algal  

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Recent Publications:

Zhou XP, Xia L, Zhang DL, Hu CX*. Effect of outdoor conditions on the biomass and lipid accumulation of six green algae. Energy Sources Part A-Recovery Utilization and Environmental Effects, 2012, accepted.

Zhou XP, Ge HM, Xia L, Zhang DL, Hu CX*. Evaluation of oil-producing algae as potential biodiesel feedstock. Bioresource Technology, 2013, 134: 24-29.

Lan SB,Wu L, Zhang DL, Hu CX*. Assessing level of development and successional stages in biological soil crusts with biological indicators. Microbial Ecology, Doi 10.1007/ s00248 -013-0191-6, online, 2013.

Wu L, Lan SB, Zhang DL, Hu CX*. Functional reactivation of photosystem II in lichen soil crusts after long-term desiccation. Plant and Soil, Doi. 10.1007/s11104-012-1563-2, online, 2013.

Wu L, Lan SB, Zhang DL, Hu CX*. Recovery of chlorophyll fluorescence and CO2 exchange in lichen soil crusts after rehydration. European Journal of Soil Biology, 55: 77-82, 2013.

Hu CX*, Gao KS, Whitton BA. Semi-arid Regions and Deserts. In: Ecology of Cyanobacteria II: Their Diversity in Space and Time (Whitton BA ed.). Doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-3855-3_12, Springer Science + Business Media Dordrecht, 2012. p.345-369.

Lan SB, Wu L, Zhang DL, Hu CX*. Composition of photosynthetic organisms and diurnal changes of photosynthetic efficiency in algae and moss crusts. Plant and Soil. 2012, 351(1): 325-336.

Lan S.B., Wu L., Zhang D.L., Hu CX*. Successional stages of biological soil crusts and their microstructure variability in Shapotou region (China). Environ. Earth Sci., 2012, 65: 77-88.

Zhang Y, Li XY, Ge HM, Wu L, Xia L, Wang GH, Hu CX*, Liu YD. Influence of clinorotation on cellular structure, photosynthetic activity, carbohydrate and astaxanthin metabolism of Haematococcus pluvialis. Fresen Environ Bull. 2012, 21(8): 2017-2026

Zhang Y, Li XY, Wang GH, Hu CX*, Liu YD. Physiological responses of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 under clinorotation. Microgravity Science and Technology, 2012, 24 (4): 281-286.

Lan SB, Wu L, Zhang DL, Hu CX*, Liu YD. Ethanol outperforms multiple solvents in the extraction of chlorophyll-a from biological soil crusts. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 2011, 43: 857-861.

Wu L, Lan SB, Zhang DL, Hu CX*. Small-scale vertical distribution of algae and structure of lichen soil crusts. Microbial Ecology, 2011, 62:715-724.

Zhang Y, Hu CX, Zhang CG, Gan L. Expression analysis of Rsk in Branssica napus induced by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Acta Physiol Plant. 2011, 33: 1277-1283.

Lan SB, Hu CX*, Rao BQ, Wu L, Zhang DL, Liu YD. Non-rainfall water sources in the topsoil and their changes during formation of man-made algal crusts at the eastern edge of Qubqi Desert, Inner Mongolia. Science China Life Sciences, 2010, 53 (9): 1131-1141.

Lan SB, Wu L, Zhang DL, Hu CX*, Liu YD. Effects of drought and salt stresses on man-made cyanobacterial crusts. European Journal of Soil Biology, 2010, 46: 381-386.

Wang GH, Hao ZJ, Huang ZB, Li XY, Hu CX, Liu YD. Raman spectroscopic analysis of a desert cyanobacterium Nostoc sp. in response to UV-B radiation. Astrobiology 2010, 10(8): 783-788

Wang WB, Liu YD, Li DH, Hu CX, Rao BQ. Feasibility of cyanobacterial inoculation for biological soil crusts formation in desert area. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 2009, 41: 926-929.

Rao BQ, Liu YD, Wang WB, Hu CX, Li DH, Lan SB. Influence of dew on biomass and photosystem II activity of cyanobacterial crusts in the Hopq Desert, northwest China. Soil Biologiy & Biochemistry, 2009, 41(12): 2387-2393

Liu YD, Cockell CS, Wang GH, Hu CX, Chen L Z, De Philippis R. Control of Lunar and Martian Dust—Experimental Insights from Artificial and Natural Cyanobacterial and Algal Crusts in the Desert of Inner Mongolia, China. Astrobiology, 2008, 8 (1): 75-86

Wang GH, Chen K, Chen LZ, Hu CX, Zhang DL, Liu YD. The involvement of the antioxidant system in protection of desert cyanobacterium Nostoc sp. against UV-B radiation and the effects of exogenous antioxidants. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 2008, 69:150–157

Wang GH, Liu YD, Li GB, Hu CX, Zhang DL, Li XY. A simple closed aquatic ecosystem (CAES) for space, Adv. Space Res. 2008, 41 (5): 684-690.

Tang D, Shi S, Li D, Hu C, Liu Y. Physiological and biochemical responses of Scytonema javanicum (cyanobacterium) to salt stress, Journal of Arid Environments, 2007, 71: 312–320.

Xie ZM, Liu YD, Hu CX, Chen LZ. and Li DH. Relationships between the biomass of algal crusts in fields and their compressive strength. Soil Biologiy & Biochemistry, 2007, 39: 567-572.

Wang GH, Hu CX, Li DH, et al. The response of antioxidant systems in Nostoc sphaeroides against UV-B radiation and the protective effects of exogenous antioxidants. Adv. Space Res. 2007, 39(6): 1034-1042.

Wang WB,Yang CY, Tang DS, Li DH, Liu YD, Hu CX. Effects of sand burial on biomass, chlorophyll fluorescence and extracellular polysaccharides of man-made cyanobacterial crusts under experimental conditions. Science in China series C. Life Sciences, 2007, 50 (4): 530-534.

Chen L, Xie Z, Hu C, Li D, Wang G, Liu Y. Man-made desert algal crusts as affected by environmental factors in Inner Mongolia, China, Journal of Arid Environments, 2006, 67:521–527.

Wang G.H., Chen HF, Li GB, Chen LZ, Li DH, Hu CX, Chen K, Liu YD. Population growth and physiological characteristics of microalgae in a miniaturized bioreactor during space flight. Acta Astronautica, 2006, 58: 264-269.

Chen LZ, Li DH, Song LR, Hu CX, Wang GH, Liu YD. Effects of Salt Stress on Carbohydrate Metabolism in Desert Soil Alga Microcoleus vaginatus. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. 2006, 48 (8): 1−5.

Wang GH, Chen LZ, Li GB, Li DH, Hu CX, Chen HF, Liu YD, Song LR. Improving      photosynthesis of microalgae by changing the ratio of light-harvesting pigments. Chinese    Science Bulletin, 2005, 50(15): 1622-1626.

Hu CX, Zhang DL, Liu YD. Research progresses on algae of the microbial crusts in arid and semiarid regions. Progress in Natural Science. 2004, 14 (4): 289-295.

Wang G-H, Li G-B, Hu C-X, Liu Y-D, et al. Performance of a simple closed aquatic ecosystem (CAES) in space. Adv. Space Res. 2004, 34 (6); 1455-1460

Hu CX, Liu YD, Paulsen BS, Petersen D, Klaveness D. Extracellular carbohydrate polymers from five species soil algae with different cohesion in the stabilization of fine sand grains. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2003, 54 (1): 33-42.

Hu CX, Zhang DL, Huang ZB, Liu YD. The vertical microdistribution of cyanobacteria and green algae within desert crusts and the development of the algal crusts. Plant and Soil. 2003, 257: 97-111.

Hu CX, Liu YD. Primary succession on algal community structure in desert soil. Acta Bot. Sin., 2003, 45 (8): 917-924.

Hokputsa S, Hu CX, Paulsen BS, Harding SE. A physico-chemical comparative study on extracellular carbohydrate polymers from five desert algae.Carbohydrate Polymers, 2003, 54 (1): 27-32.

Hu CX, Liu YD, Song LR, Zhang DL. Effect of desert soil algae on the stabilization of fine sands. J. Applied Phycol. 2002,14 (4): 281-292.

Hu CX, Liu YD., Zhang DL. Huang ZB, Paulsen BS. Cementing mechanism of algal crusts from desert area. Chinese Science Bulletin. 2002, 47(16): 1361-1368.

Liu, YD, Song, LR, Shen, YW, Li, DH, Hu, CX, Huang, ZB, Hu, ZL, Zhu, YZ. Potentiaal of terrestrial microalgae and cyanobacteria in environmental technology. In: Photosynthetic microorganisms in environmental biotechnology. Kojima H and Lee Y K (ed.). Hong Kong: Springer-Verlag Hong Kong Ltd., 2001. p: 195-216.

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