Ph D in Plant Pathology, Professor, Deputy Director of the Key Lab of Plant Resources, CAS. Distinguished Young Scholars.
She graduated from Sichuan Agricultural University
in 1982, studied in University of Bologna, Italy, as a visiting scholar, Ph D student and post-doctoral researcher from 1991 to 1997. Then, she has been working in Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In recent years, she has published more than 100 scientific papers in SCI journals, edited 8 books (4 in English), and been granted 12 invention patents in China. Moreover, she obtained 2 achievements, one is the first class award (Science Research) by Guangdong province and the other is the second class award (Technology Research) by Ministry of Education of China, respectively.

Email: Tel:86-10-62836559

Research Focus:

1. Molecular mechanism of fruit ripening and quality maintaining.

2. Pathogenicity and toxin metabolic pathway of fungal pathogens and regulating mechanisms.

3. Apoptosis of antagonistic yeast cells and the regulating mechanisms.


Qin GZ, Liu J, Li BQ, Cao BH, Tian SP*. 2011. Hydrogen Peroxide Acts on Specific Mitochondrial Proteins to Induce Cell Death of Fungal Pathogen Revealed by Proteomic Analysis. PLos One. 7(6):21945

Lai TT, Li BQ, Qin GZ, Tian SP*. 2011. Oxidative damage involves in the inhibitory effect of nitric oxide on spore germination of Penicillium expansum. Current Microbiology. 62:229-234.

Shi XQ, Li BQ, Qin GZ, Tian SP*. 2011. Antifungal activity of borate against Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and its possible mechanism. Plant Diseases, 95:63-69.

Liu J, Wisniewski M*, Droby S, Tian SP*, Hershkovitz V, Tworkoski T. 2011. Effect of heat shock treatment on stress tolerance and biocontrol efficacy of Metschnikowia fructicola. FEMS- Microbiology Ecology. 76:145-155.

Liu J, Wisniewski M*, Droby S, Vero S, Shiping Tian SP*, Hershkovitz V. 2011. Glycine betaine improves oxidative stress tolerance and biocontrol efficacy of the antagonistic yeast Cystofilobasidium infirmominiatum. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 146:76-83.

Wang YY, Li BQ, Qin GZ, Li L, Tian SP*. 2011. Defense response of tomato fruit at different maturity stages to salicylic acid and ethephon. Scientia Horticulturea,129 :183-188.

Lai TT, Wang YY, Li BQ, Qin GZ, Tian SP*. 2011. Physiological response of harvested tomato fruit to nitric oxide. Postharvest Biology and Technology. 62:127-132.

Li BQ, Lai TF, Qin GZ, Tian SP*. 2010. Ambient pH stress inhibits spore germination of Penicillium expansum by impairing protein synthesis and folding: a proteomic-based study. Journal of Proteome Research. 9:298-307.

Zhang CF, Ding ZS, Xu XB, Wang Q, Qin GZ, Tian SP*. 2010. Crucial roles of membrane stability and its related proteins in the tolerance of peach fruit to chilling injury. Amino Acids. 39: 181-194.

Meng XH, Yang LY, Kennedy JF, Tian SP*. 2010. Effects of chitosan and oligochitosan on growth of two fungal pathogens and physiological properties in pear fruit. Carbohydrate Polymers. 81:70-75.

Zhang CF, Tian SP*. 2010. Peach fruit acquired tolerance to low temperature stress by accumulation of linolenic acid and N-acylphosphatidylethanolamine in plasma membrane. Food Chemistry. 120: 864-872.

Qin GZ, Zong YY, Chen QL, Hua DL, Tian SP*. 2010. Inhibitory effect of boron against Botrytis cinerea on table grapes and its possible mechanisms of action. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 138:145-150.

Zhu Z, Zhanga ZQ, Qin GZ, Tian SP*. 2010. Effects of brassinosteroids on postharvest disease and senescence of jujube fruit in storage. Postharvest Biology and Technology. 56:50-55.

Meng XH, Qin GZ, Tian SP*. 2010. Influences of preharvest spraying Cryptococcus laurentii combined with postharvest chitosan coating on postharvest diseases and quality of table grapes in storage. LWT - Food Science and Technology. 43: 596-601.

Zong YY, Liu J,Li BQ, Qin GZ, Tian SP*. 2010. Effects of yeast antagonists in combination with hot water treatment on postharvest diseases of tomato fruit. Biological Control. 54: 316-321.

Liu J, Li BQ, Qin GZ, Tian SP*. 2010. Plasma membrane damage contributes to antifungal activity of silicon against Penicillum digitatum. Current Microbiology, 61:274-279.

Qin GZ, Meng XH, Wang Q, Tian SP*. 2009. Oxidative damage of mitochondrial proteins contributes to fruit senescence: A redox proteomics analysis. Journal of Proteome Research, 8:2449-2462.

Qin GZ, Wang Q, Meng XH, Liu J, Li BQ, Tian SP*. 2009. Proteomic analysis of changes in mitochondrial protein expression during fruit senescence. Proteomics, 9:4241-4253.

Wang Q, Qin GZ, Lai TF, Tian SP*. 2009. Response of jujube fruit to exogenous oxalic acid treatment based on proteomic analysis. Plant and Cell Physiology. 50:230-242.

Zhang CF, Tian SP*. 2009. Crucial contribution of membrane lipids’ unsaturation to acquisition of chilling-tolerance in peach fruit stored at 0°C. Food Chemistry, 115:405-411.

Meng XH, Han J, Wang Q, Tian SP*. 2009. Changes in physiology and quality of peach fruit treated by methyl jasmonate under low temperature stress. Food Chemistry. 106:501-508.

Meng XH, Tian SP* Li BQ, Liu J. 2008. Physiologic responses and quality attributes of table grape fruit to chitosan preharvest spray and postharvest coating during storage. Food Chemistry, 106:501-508.

Chan ZL, Wang Q, Xu XB, Meng XH, Ding ZS, Qin GZ, Li BQ, Tian SP*. 2008. Functions of defense-related proteins and dehydrogenases in resistance response induced by salicylic acid in sweet cherry fruit at different maturity stages, Proteomics, 8:4791-4807.

Xu XB, Tian SP*. 2008. Salicylic acid alleviated pathogen-induced oxidative stress in harvested sweet cherry fruit. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 49:379–385.

Xu XB, Tian SP*. 2008. Reducing oxidative stress in sweet cherry fruit by Pichia membranefaciens: a possible mode of action against Penicillium expansum. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 105:1170-1177.

Xu XB, Chan ZL, Xu Y, Tian SP*. 2008. Synergistic effect of antagonist yeast and SA on controlling brown rot in peach fruit and its mechanism. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 88:1786-1793.

Li BQ, Zhou ZW, Tian SP*. 2008. Combined effects of endo- and exogenous trehalose on stress tolerance and biocontrol efficacy of two antagonistic yeasts. Biological Control. 46:187-193.

Xu XB, Qin GZ, Tian SP*. 2008. Effect of microbial biocontrol agents on alleviating oxidative damage of peach fruit subjected to fungal pathogen, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 126:153-158.

Qin GZ, Tian SP*, Chan ZL, Li BQ. 2007. Crucial role of antioxidant proteins and hydrolytic enzymes in pathogenicity of Penicillium expansum: Analysis based on proteomic approach. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics. 6:425-438.

Chan ZL, Qin GZ, Xu XB, Li BQ, Tian SP*. 2007. Proteome approach to characterize proteins induced by antagonist yeast and salicylic acid in peach fruit. Journal of Proteome Research, 6:1677-1688.

Zheng XL, Tian SP*, Meng XH, Li BQ. 2007. Physiological and biochemical responses in peach fruit to oxalic acid treatment during storage at room temperature. Food Chemistry. 104:156-162.

Tian SP*, Yao HJ, Deng X, Xu XB, Qin GZ, Chan ZL. 2007. Characterization and expression of β-1, 3-glucanase genes in jujube fruit induced by the biocontrol microbial agent, Cryptococcus laurentii. Phytopathology, 97:260-268.

Ding ZS, Tian SP*, Zheng XL, Zhou ZW, Xu Y. 2007. Responses of reactive oxygen metabolism and quality in mango fruit to exogenous oxalic acid or salicylic acid under low-temperature stress. Physiologia Plantarum, 130:112-121.

Liu J, Tian SP*, Meng XH, Xu Y. 2007. Effects of chitosan on control of postharvest diseases and physiological responses of tomato fruit. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 44:300-306.

Zheng XL, Tian SP*, Gidley M, Yue H, Li BQ. 2007. Effects of exogenous oxalic acid on ripening and decay incidence in mango fruit during storage at room temperature. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 45:281-284.

Li BQ, Tian SP*. 2007. Effect of intracellular trehalose in Cryptococcus laurentii and exogenous lyoprotectants on its viability and biocontrol efficacy on Penicillium expansum in apple fruit. Letter of Applied Microbiology. 44:437-442.

Zheng XL, Tian SP*, Gidley MJ, Yue H, Li BQ , XU Y, Zhou ZW. 2007. Slowing deterioration of mango fruit during cold storage by pre-storage application of oxalic acid. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, 82:707-714.

Tian SP*, Qin GZ, Li BQ, Wang Q, Meng XH. 2007. Effects of salicylic acid on disease resistance and postharvest decay control of fruit. Stewart Postharvest Rewiew. 6:1-7.

Tian SP*, Wan YK, Qin GZ, Xu Y. 2006. Induction of defense responses against Alternaria rot by different elicitors in harvested pear fruit. Applied Microbial Biotechnology, 70:729-734.

Zheng XL, Tian SP*. 2006. Effect of oxalic acid on control of postharvest browning of litchi fruit. Food Chemistry, 96:519-523.

Qin GZ, Tian SP*, Xu Y. 2006. Integrated control of brown rot of sweet cherry fruit with food additives in combination with biological control agents. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 100:508-515.

Chan ZL, Tian SP*. 2006. Induction of H2O2-metabolizing enzymes and total protein synthesis in sweet cherry fruit by Pichia membranefaciens and salicylic acid treatment. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 39:314-320.

Li BQ, Tian SP*. 2006. Effects of trehalose on stress tolerance and biocontrol efficacy of Cryptococcus laurentii. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 100:854-861.

Ding ZS, Tian SP*, Wang YS, Chan ZL, Han J, Xu Y. 2006. Physiological response of loquat fruit to different storage conditions and its storability. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 41:143-150.

Han J, Tian SP*, Meng XH. 2006. Response of physiological metabolism and cell structures of mango fruit to exogenous methyl salicylate under low temperature stress. Physiologia Plantarum, 128:125-133.

Bi Y, Tian SP*, Guo YR, Ge YH, Qin GZ. 2006. Sodium silicate reduces postharvest decay on Hami melons: induce resistance and fungistatic effects. Plant Disease, 90: 279-283.

Tian SP*, Li BQ, Xu Y. 2005. Effects of O2 and CO2 concentrations on physiology and quality of litchi fruit in storage. Food Chemistry, 91:659-663.

Tian SP*, Qin GZ. Xu Y. 2005. Synergistic effects of combining biocontrol agents with silicon against postharvest diseases of jujube fruit. Journal of Food Protection, 68:544-550.

Wang YS, Tian SP*, Xu Y. 2005. Effect of high oxygen concentration on pro- and anti-oxidant enzymes in peach fruits during postharvest periods. Food Chemistry, 91:99-104.

Qin GZ, Tian SP*. 2005. Enhancement of biological control activity by silicon and the possible mechanisms involved. Phytopathology, 95:69-75.

Chan ZL, Tian SP*. 2005. Interaction of antagonistic yeasts against postharvest pathogens of apple fruit and possible mode of action. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 36:215-223.

Yao HJ, Tian SP*. 2005. Effects of pre- and postharvest application of SA or MeJA on inducing disease resistance of sweet cherry fruit in storage. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 35:253-262.

Yao HJ, Tian SP*. 2005. Effects of a biocontrol agent and methyl jasmonate on postharvest diseases of peach fruit and the possible mechanisms involved. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 98:941-950.

Bi Y, Tian SP*, Zhao J, Ge YH. 2005. Postharvest Harpin treatment suppresses decay and induces the accumulation of defense-related enzymes in Hami melons. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 38:183-187.