Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science Horticulture Section
303 Bradfield Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
lc89 [at] cornell.edu
Oregon State University
- Master of Science
Shandong Agricultural University
- Bachelor of Science
Shandong Agricultural University
Lailiang Cheng Full Publication List
Li, C.L., Meng, D., Pineros, M.A., Mao, Y., Dandekar, A.M. and L. Cheng. 2020. A sugar transporter takes up both hexose and sucrose for sorbitol-modulated in vitro pollen tube growth in apple. Plant Cell Vol. 32: 449–469. http://www.plantcell.org/content/32/2/449
Li, C.L., Dougherty, L., Coluccio, A.E., Meng, D., El-Sharkawy, I., Borejsza-Wysocka, E., Liang, D., Pineros, M.A., Xu, K., Cheng, L. 2020. Apple ALMT9 requires a conserved C- terminal domain for malate transport underlying fruit acidity. Plant Physiology 182: 992–1006. http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/182/2/992
Li, C.L., Meng, D., Zhang, J. and L. Cheng. 2019. Genome-wide identification and expression analysis of calmodulin and calmodulin-like genes in apple (Malus × domestica). Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 139. 10.1016/j.plaphy.2019.04.014
Cao, H., Luo, H., Yuan, H., Eissa, M.A., Thannhauser, T.W., Welsch, R., Hao, Y.-J., Cheng, L. and L. Li. 2019. A neighboring aromatic-aromatic amino acid combination governs activity divergence between tomato phytoene synthases. Plant Physiology 180: 1988-2003.
Lee, J., Cheng, L., Rudell, D.R., Nock, J.F., and C.B. Watkins. 2019. Antioxidant metabolism in stem and calyx end tissues in relation to flesh browning development during storage of 1- methylcyclopropene treated ‘Empire’ apples. Postharvest Biology and Technology 149: 66-73.
Valverdi, N., Cheng, L. and L. Kalcsits. 2019. Apple Scion and Rootstock Contribute to Nutrient Uptake and Partitioning under Different Belowground Environments. Agronomy 9, 415;
Wang, Z., Wei, X., Yang, J., Li, H., Ma, B., Kaikai, Z., Zhang, Y., Cheng, L., Ma, F. and Li, M. (2019) Heterologous expression of the apple hexose transporter MdHT2.2 altered sugar concentration with increasing cell wall invertase activity in tomato fruit. Plant Biotechnology Journal https://doi.org/10.1111/pbi. 13222
Li, M., Li, P., Ma, F., Dandekar, A.M., and L. Cheng. 2018. Sugar metabolism and accumulation in the fruit of transgenic apple trees with decreased sorbitol synthesis. Horticulture Research 5: 60.
Meng, D., C. Li, H-J. Park, J. Gonzalez, J. Wang, G.B. Turgeon and L. Cheng 2018. Sorbitol modulates resistance to Alternaria alternata by regulating the expression of an NLR resistance gene in apple. Plant Cell 30: 1562-1581.
Meng D., M. He, Y. Bai, H. Xu, A.M. Dandekar, Z. Fei and L. Cheng 2018. Decreased sorbitol synthesis leads to abnormal stamen development and reduced pollen tube growth via a MYB transcription factor, MdMYB39L, in apple (Malus domestica). New Phytologist 217: 641-656.
Reig, G., J. Lordan, G. Fazio, M.A. Grusak, S. Hoying, L. Cheng, P. Francescatto, and T. Robinson, 2018. Horticultural performance and elemental nutrient concentrations on 'Fuji' grafted on apple rootstocks under New York State climatic conditions. Scientia Horticulturae 227: 22-37.
Yang D., S. Donovan, B.C. Black, L. Cheng and A.G. Taylor 2018. Relationships between compound lipophilicity on seed coat permeability and embryo uptake by soybean and corn. Seed Science Research 1–7.
Duan, N., Y. Bai, H. Sun … L. Cheng, Z. Fei and X. Chen 2017. Genome re-sequencing reveals the history of apple and supports a two-stage model for fruit enlargement. Nature Communications 8: 249 |DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00336-7
Guo, X., Ma, Z., Zhang, Z., Cheng, L., Li, T. and X. Zhang 2017. Small RNA-sequencing links internal physiological changes and RdDM process to vegetative-to-floral transition in apple.
Frontiers in Plant Science 8:873. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00873
Shen, Y., Meng, D., McGrounther, K., Zhang, J. and L. Cheng 2017. Efficient isolation of Magnolia protoplasts and the application to subcellular localization of MdeHSF1. Plant Methods 13:44. doi: 10.1186/s13007-017-0193-3
Li, M., D. Li, F. Feng, S. Zhang, F. Ma and L. Cheng 2016 Proteomic analysis reveals dynamic regulation of fruit development and sugar and acid accumulation in apple. Journal of Experimental Botany 67: 5145–5157.
Meng, D., Li, Y., Bai, Y., Li, M. and L. Cheng. 2016. Genome-wide identification and characterization of WRKY transcriptional factor family in apple and analysis of their responses to waterlogging and drought stress. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 103, 71-83
Li, Y., D. Meng, M. Li and L. Cheng, 2016. Genome-wide identification and expression analysis of the bZIP gene family in apple (Malus domestica). Tree Genetics & Genomes (2016) 12: 82 DOI 10.1007/s11295-016-1043-6
Hu, D., Sun, C., Ma, Q., You, C., Cheng, L. and Y. Hao. 2016. MdMYB1 regulates anthocyanin and malate accumulation by directly facilitating their transport into vacuoles in apples. Plant Physiology 170 (3), 1315-1330
Harbut, R.M., Pritts, M.P. and L. Cheng. 2016. Changes in morphological, biochemical and physiological traits in strawberry in the northeastern United States during one hundred years of breeding. Journal of American pomological Society 70 (4), 194-206.
Wu T, Y. Wang, Y. Zheng, Z. Fei Z, A. M. Dandekar, K. Xu, Z. Han and L. Cheng 2015. Suppressing sorbitol synthesis substantially alters the global expression profile of stress response genes in apple (Malus domestica) leaves. Plant Cell Physiology 56: 1748-1761.
Bai Y, L. Dougherty, L. Cheng, G. Y. and K. Xu 2015. Uncovering co-expression gene network modules regulating fruit acidity in diverse apples. BMC Genomics 16: 612
Bai Y, L. Dougherty, L. Cheng and K. Xu 2015. A co-expression gene network associated with developmental regulation of apple fruit acidity. Molecular Genetics and Genomics 290: 1247- 1263. DOI: 10.1007/s00438-014-0986-2:1-17
Li, P., Y. Zhang, T.C Einhorn and L. Cheng 2014. Comparison of phenolic metabolism and primary metabolism between green ‘Anjou’ pear and its bud mutation, red ‘Anjou’. Physiologia Plantarum 150: 339-354.
Feng, F., M. Li, F. Ma and L. Cheng 2014. Effects of location within the tree canopy on carbohydrates, organic acids, amino acids and phenolic compounds in the fruit peel and flesh from three apple (Malus × domestica) cultivars. Horticulture Research 1, 14019; doi:10.1038/hortres.2014.19
Feng, F., M. Li, F. Ma and L. Cheng 2014. The effects of bagging and debagging on external fruit quality, metabolites, and the expression of anthocyanin biosynthetic genes in ‘Jonagold’ apple (Malus domestica Borkh). Scientia Horticulturae 165-123-131.
Liang Z., Cheng L., Zhong G-Y and R. H. Liu 2014. Antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of twenty-four Vitis vinifera grapes. PLoS ONE 9(8): e105146. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0105146
Li, P., F. Ma and L. Cheng 2013. Primary and secondary metabolism in apple peel under different irradiation conditions. Physiologia Plantarum 148: 9-24.
Feng, F., M. Li, F. Ma and L. Cheng 2013. Phenylpropanoid metabolites and expression of key genes involved in anthocyanin biosynthesis in the shaded peel of apple fruit in response to sun exposure. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 69: 54-61.
Wang, P., X. Sun, C. Chang, F. Feng, D. Liang, L. Cheng and F. Ma 2013. Delay in leaf senescence of Malus hupehensis by long-term melatonin application is associated with its regulation of metabolic status and protein degradation. Journal of Pineal Research 55:424–434.
Li, M., F. Feng and L. Cheng. 2012. Expression patterns of genes involved in sugar metabolism and accumulation during apple fruit development. PLoS ONE 7(3): e33055. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033055
Lee, J., L. Cheng, D. R. Rudell and C. B. Watkins. 2012. Antioxidant metabolism of 1- methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) treated ‘Empire’ apples during controlled atmosphere storage. Postharvest Biology and Technology 65: 79-91.
Bai, Y., L. Doughty, M. Li, Gennaro Fazio, L. Cheng and K. Xu. 2012. A natural mutation-led truncation in one of the two ALMT-like genes at the Ma locus is associated with low fruit acidity in apple. Molecular Genetics and Genomics 287:663–678.
Fu, Q., Cheng, L., Guo, Y. and R. Turgeon. 2011. Phloem loading strategies and water relations in trees and herbaceous plants. Plant Physiology 157: 1518-1527.
Liang, Z., C. L. Owens, G-Y Zhong and L. Cheng. 2011 Polyphenolic profiles detected in the ripe berries of Vitis vinifera germplasm Food Chemistry 129: 940-950.
Wang, H. and L. Cheng. 2011. Differential effects of nitrogen supply on skin pigmentation and flesh starch breakdown of ‘Gala’ apple. HortScience 46: 1116-1120.
Chen, L. S. and L. Cheng. 2010. The acceptor side of photosystem II is damaged more severely than the donor side of photosystem II in ‘Honeycrisp’ apple leaves with zonal chlorosis. Acta Physiologia Plantarum 32:253–261.
Wang, H., F. Ma and L. Cheng. 2010. Metabolism of organic acids, nitrogen and amino acids in chlorotic leaves of ‘Honeycrisp’ apple (Malus domestica Borkh) with excessive accumulation of carbohydrates. Planta 232: 511-522.
Zhang, Y., P. Li and L. Cheng. 2010. Developmental changes of carbohydrates, organic acids, amino acids, and phenolic compounds in ‘Honeycrisp’ apple flesh. Food Chemistry 123: 1013- 1018.
Pagay, V. and L. Cheng. 2010. Variability in Berry Maturation of Concord and Cabernet Franc in a Cool Climate. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 61: 61-67.
Cheng, L. and R. Raba. 2009. Accumulation of macro- and micronutrients and nitrogen demand- supply relationship of ‘Gala’/M.26 trees grown in sand culture. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 134(1): 3-13.
Reidel, E. J., E. Rennie, V. Amiard, L. Cheng, and R. Turgeon. 2009. Phloem loading strategies in three plant species that transport sugar alcohols. Plant Physiology 149: 1601-1608.
Chen, L. S., P. Li and L. Cheng. 2009. Comparison of thermotolerance of sun-exposed peel and shaded peel of ‘Fuji’ apple. Environmental and Experimental Botany 66: 110-116.
Chen, L. S., P. Li and L. Cheng. 2009. Photosystem 2 is more tolerant to high temperature in apple (Malus domestica Borkh.) leaves than in fruit peel. Photosynthetica 47(1): 112-120.
Xia, G., L. Cheng, A. N. Lakso, and M. Goffinet. 2009. Effects of nitrogen supply on source- sink balance and fruit size of ‘Gala’ apple trees. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 134(1): 126-133.
Li, P. and L. Cheng. 2009. The elevated anthocyanin level in the shaded peel of ‘Anjou’ pear enhances its tolerance to high temperature under high light. Plant Science 177: 418-426.
Li, P., L. Cheng, H. Gao, C. Jiang, and T. Peng. 2009. Heterogeneous behavior of PSII in soybean (Glycine max) leaves with identical PSII photochemistry efficiency under different high temperature treatments. Journal of Plant Physiology 166(15): 1607-1615.
Chen, L. S., P. Li and L. Cheng. 2008. Effects of high temperature coupled with high light on the balance between photooxidation and photoprotection in the sun-exposed peel of apple. Planta 228: 745-756.
Li, P. and L. Cheng. 2008. The shaded side of apple fruit becomes more sensitive to photoinhibition with fruit development. Physiologia Plantarum 134: 282-292.
Li, P., S. Castagnoli and L. Cheng. 2008. Red ‘Anjou’ pear has a higher photoprotective capacity than green ‘Anjou’. Physiologia Plantarum 134: 486-498.
Reidel, E. J., R. Turgeon and L. Cheng. 2008. A maltose transporter from apple is expressed in source and sink tissues and complements the Arabidopsis maltose export-defective mutant. Plant and Cell Physiology 49: 1607-1613.
Zhou, R. and L. Cheng. 2008. Competitive inhibition of phosphoglucose isomerase of apple leaves by sorbitol 6-phosphate. Journal of Plant Physiology 165: 903-910.
Chen, L. S. and L. Cheng. 2007. The sun-exposed peel of apple fruit has a higher photosynthetic capacity than the shaded peel. Functional Plant Biology 34, 1038-1048.
Smith, B. R. and L. Cheng, 2007. Iron Assimilation and Carbon Metabolism in ‘Concord’ Grapevines Grown at Different pHs. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 132(4):473-483.
Huang, J. L., Cheng, L. and Z. X. Zhang. 2007. Molecular cloning and characterization of violaxanthin de-epoxidase (VDE) in Zingiber officinale. Plant Science 172: 228-235.
Smith, B. and L. Cheng. 2006. FeEDDHA alleviates chlorosis in ‘Concord’ grapevines grown at high pH. HortScience 41: 1498-1501.
Zhou, R., L. Cheng, and A. M. Dandekar. 2006. Down-regulation of sorbitol dehydrogenase and up-regulation of sucrose synthase in shoot tips of transgenic apple trees with decreased sorbitol synthesis. Journal of Experimental Botany 57: 3647-3657.
Cheng, L., R. Zhou, E. J. Reidel, T. D. Sharkey, and A. M. Dandekar. 2005. Antisense inhibition of sorbitol synthesis leads to up-regulation of starch synthesis without altering CO2 assimilation in apple leaves. Planta 220: 767-776.
Smith, B. and L. Cheng. 2005. Photoprotective mechanisms of grape leaves (Vitis labrusca L. cv. Concord) in relation to iron supply. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science. 130: 331-340.
Zhou, R. and L. Cheng. 2005. Binding of 3-phosphoglycerate not only activates but also stabilizes ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase of apple leaves. Functional Plant Biology. 32: 839-848.
Dong, S., L. Cheng, C. F. Scagel, and L. H. Fuchigami. 2005. Timing of urea application affects leaf and root N uptake of young Fuji/M.9 apple trees. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 80: 116-120.
Dong, S., L. Cheng, C. F. Scagel, and L. H. Fuchigami. 2005. Method of nitrogen application in summer affects plant growth and nitrogen uptake in autumn in young Fuji/M.26 apple trees.
Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 36: 1465-1477.
Chen, L.S. and L. Cheng. 2004. Photosynthetic enzymes and carbohydrate metabolism of apple leaves in response to nitrogen limitation. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 79: 923-929.
Chen, L. S. and L. Cheng. 2004. CO2 assimilation, carbohydrate metabolism, xanthophyll cycle and the antioxidant system of ‘Honeycrisp’ apple leaves with zonal chlorosis. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 129: 729-737.
Chen, L. S., B. R. Smith and L. Cheng. 2004. CO2 assimilation, photosynthetic enzymes and carbohydrates of ‘Concord’ grape leaves in response to iron supply. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 129: 738-744.
Cheng, L. and F. Ma. 2004. Diurnal operation of the xanthophyll cycle and the antioxidant system in the peel of apple fruit. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 129: 313-320.
Cheng, L., F. Ma and D. Ranwala. 2004. Nitrogen storage and its interaction with carbohydrates of young apple trees in response to nitrogen supply. Tree Physiology 24: 91-98.
Cheng, L., G. Xia and T. Bates. 2004. Growth and fruiting of young ‘Concord’ grapevines in relation to reserve nitrogen and carbohydrates. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 129: 660-666.
Dong, S., L. Cheng, C. F. Scagel and L. H. Fuchigami. 2004. Nitrogen uptake, soil retention and loss of soil-applied ammonium nitrate in young Fuji/M.26 apple trees with different N status.
Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 79: 395-399.
Dong, S., L. Cheng, C. F. Scagel and L. H. Fuchigami. 2004. Nitrogen mobilization, nitrogen uptake and growth of cuttings obtained from poplar stock plants grown in different N regimes and sprayed with urea in autumn. Tree Physiology 24: 355-359.
Ma, F. and L. Cheng. 2004. Exposure of the shaded side of apple fruit to full sun leads to up- regulation of both the xanthophyll cycle and the ascorbate-glutathione cycle. Plant Science 166: 1479-1486.
Bi, G. C. F. Scagel, L. Cheng and L. H. Fuchigami. 2004. Soil and foliar nitrogen supply affects the composition of nitrogen and carbohydrates in young almond trees. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 79: 175-181.
Xia, G. and L. Cheng. 2004. Foliar urea application in the fall affects both nitrogen and carbon storage in young ‘Concord’ grapevines grown under a wide range of nitrogen supply. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 129: 653-659.
Zhou, R. and L. Cheng. 2004. Biochemical characterization of cytosolic fructose-1,6- bisphosphatase from apple leaves. Plant and Cell Physiology 45: 879-886.
Cheng, L. 2003. Xanthophyll cycle pool size and composition in relation to nitrogen content of apple leaves. Journal of Experimental Botany 54:385-393.
Chen, L. S. and L. Cheng. 2003. Both xanthophyll cycle-dependent thermal dissipation and the antioxidant system are up-regulated in grape (Vitis labrusca L.) leaves in response to N limitation. Journal of Experimental Botany 54: 2165-2175.
Chen, L. S. and L. Cheng. 2003. Carbon assimilation and carbohydrate metabolism of ‘Concord’grape (Vitis labrusca L.) leaves in response to nitrogen supply. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 128: 754-760.
Ma, F. and L. Cheng. 2003. The exposed peel of apple fruit has higher xanthophyll cycle- dependent thermal dissipation and antioxidants of the ascorbate-glutathione pathway than the shaded peel. Plant Science 165: 819-827.
Zhou, R., L. Cheng, and R. Wayne. 2003. Purification and characterization of sorbitol-6-phosphate phosphatase from apple leaves. Plant Science 165: 227-232.
Zhou R., R. C. Sicher, L. Cheng and B. Quebedeaux. 2003. Regulation of apple leaf aldose-6- phosphate reductase activity by inorganic phosphate and divalent cations. Functional Plant Biology 30: 1037-1043.
Dong, S., L. Cheng, C. F. Scagel and L. H. Fuchigami. 2003. Root damage affects nitrogen uptake and growth of young Fuji/M.26 apple trees. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 78: 410-415.
Bi, G., C. F. Scagel, L. Cheng, S. Dong and L. H. Fuchigami. 2003. Spring growth of almond nursery trees depends upon nitrogen from both plant reserves and spring fertilizer application. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 78: 853-858.
Cheng, L. and L. H. Fuchigami 2002. Growth of young apple trees in relation to reserve nitrogen and carbohydrates. Tree Physiology 22: 1297-1303.
Dong, S., L. Cheng, C. F. Scagel, and L. H. Fuchigami. 2002. Nitrogen absorption, translocation and distribution from urea applied in autumn to leaves of young potted apple trees. Tree Physiology 22: 1305-1310.
Cheng, L., S. Dong, and L. H. Fuchigami 2002. Urea uptake and nitrogen mobilization by apple leaves in relation to tree nitrogen status in autumn. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 77: 13-18.
Cheng, L, L. H. Fuchigami, and P. J. Breen. 2001. The relationship between photosystem II efficiency and quantum yield for CO2 assimilation is not affected by nitrogen content in apple leaves. Journal of Experimental Botany 52: 1865-1872.
Dong, S, C. F. Scagel, L. Cheng, L. H. Fuchigami, and P. T. Rygiewicz. 2001. Interactions between soil temperature and plant growth stage on nitrogen uptake and amino acid content of apple nursery stock during early spring growth. Tree Physiology 21: 541-547.
Guak, S, L. Cheng, and L. H. Fuchigami. 2001. Foliar urea pretreatment tempers inefficient N recovery resulting from copper chelate defoliation of apple nursery plants. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 76: 35-39.
Cheng, L. and L. H. Fuchigami 2000. Rubisco activation state decreases with increasing nitrogen content in apple leaves. Journal of Experimental Botany 51: 1687-1694.
Cheng, L, L. H. Fuchigami and P. J. Breen. 2000. Light absorption and partitioning in response to nitrogen in apple leaves. Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science 125: 581-587.
Cheng, L. and L. H. Fuchigami 2000. CO2 assimilation in relation to nitrogen content in apple leaves. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 75: 383-387.
Gu, S., L. H. Fuchigami, L. Cheng and C. Shin 1998. Effects of antitranspirant and leaching on medium solution potential, leaf stomatal status, transpiration, ABA content, and growth of ‘Early Girl’ tomato plants. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology. 73:473-477.
Cheng, L., X. Luo and X. Yang. 1992. Diurnal changes of photosynthesis in leaves of field-grown apple trees. Acta Horticulturae Sinica 19(2): 111-116.
Cheng, L. and X. Luo. 1991. Effects of straw or film mulching over the soil on diurnal changes of photosynthesis in apple leaves. Journal of Fruit Science 8(3): 135-138.
Cheng, L. and X. Luo. 1990. Effects of short-term soil drought on diurnal changes of photosynthesis in apple leaves. Journal of Fruit Science 7(4): 193-200.