Associated Professors

Hao Xu
2021-08-20 look through:

Name: Hao Xu

PhD; Associate Prof. 


Research Area

Plant-Insect interactions; Plant defenses; Insect behaviors; Parasitoids; Biocontrol; Plant volatiles

Education Background

1. PhD 11/2012-08/2017 Institute of Biology, University of Neuchatel, Neuchatel, Switzerland

2. M.S. 09/2009-07/2012 College of Plant Protection, Northwest A&F University, Shaanxi, China

3. B.S. 09/2005-07/2009 College of Enology, Northwest A&F University, Shaanxi, China

Work Experience

08/2018-now Associate Professor in Nanjing Agricultural University


Insect-Plant Biology (Autumn semester for graduate students)

Research Projects

1.    Top talented scientists program of Nanjing Agricultural University, 1 million RMB. Director

Oral Presentations in international Conferences

3. The 6th International Conference on Biotic Plant Interactions, Xi'an, China. 8-11 Oct. 2021

2. 36th annual meeting of the ISCE, Stellenbosch, South Africa. 5–10 Sept. 2021

1. APACE 10th Conference,Hangzhou,China. 9-14, Oct. 2019

Representative Research Achievements

(* corresponding author)


Fu W., Liu X., Rao C., Ji R., Bing X., Li J., Wang Y. and Xu H. * (2021) Screening Candidate Effectors of the Bean Bug Riptortus pedestris by Proteomic and Transcriptomic Analyses. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9:760368. 

Xu, H.; Zhao, J.; Li, F.; Yan, Q.; Meng, L. & Li, B.* (2020). Chemical polymorphism regulates the attractiveness to nymphs in the bean bug Riptortus pedestris. Journal of Pest Science, 94: 463–472

Wang, Z., Zhu, W., Chen, F., Yue, L., Ding, Y., Xu, H., Sergio R. & Xiao, Z. (2021). Nanosilicon enhances maize resistance against oriental armyworm (Mythimna separata) by activating the biosynthesis of chemical defenses. Science of The Total Environment, 778, 146378.


Liu, X. L., Zhang, J., Yan, Q., Miao, C. L., Han, W. K., Hou, W., Yang K., Hansson B. S., Peng Y., Guo J., Xu H., Wang C., Dong S., & Knaden, M. (2020). The molecular basis of host selection in a crucifer-specialized moth. Current Biology, 30(22), 4476-4482.

Xu, H.*; Zhou, G.; Dötterl, S.; Schäffler, I.; Degen, T.; Chen L. & Turlings, T.C.J.* (2020). The distinct role of common cuticular aldehydes as pheromonal cues in two Cotesia parasitoids. Journal  of Chemical Ecology, 46: 128–137.


Xu, H.; Wang, X.; Chi, G; Tan, B. & Wang, J. * (2019). Effects of Bacillus thuringiensis genetic engineering on induced volatile organic compounds emission in maize and the attractiveness to a parasitic wasp. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 7.

Xu, H.; Zhou, G.; Dötterl, S.; Schäffler, I.; von Arx, M.; Röder, G.; Degen, T.; Chen, L. & Turlings, T.C.J. * (2019). The combined use of an attractive and a repellent sex pheromonal component by a gregarious parasitoid. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 45: 559–569. (Cover Story)


Ye, M., Veyrat, N., Xu, H., Hu, L., Turlings, T.C.J. * & Erb, M. * (2018). An herbivore-induced plant volatile reduces parasitoid attraction by changing the smell of caterpillars. Science Advances, 4, eaar4767.

Xu H.* & Turlings, T.C.J.* (2018). Plant volatiles as mate finding cues for insects. Trends in Plant Science, 23(2): 100~111. (Cover Story)


Desurmont, G.A.; Köhler, A.; Maag, D.; Laplanche, D.; Xu, H.; Baumann, J.; Demairé, C.; Devenoges, D.; Glavan, M.; Mann, L. & Turlings, T. (2017). The spitting image of plant defenses: effects of plant secondary chemistry on the efficacy of caterpillar regurgitant as an anti-predator defense. Ecology and Evolution, 7, 6304-6313.

Xu, H.; Desurmont, G.; Degen, T.; Zhou, G.; Laplanche, D.; Henryk, L. & Turlings, T.C.J.*, (2017). Combined use of herbivore-induced plant volatiles and sex pheromones for mate location in braconid parasitoids. Plant, Cell & Environment, 40(3): 330~339. (Cover Story)


Desurmont, G.A.*; Xu, H. & Turlings, T.C., (2016). Powdery mildew suppresses herbivore-induced plant volatiles and interferes with parasitoid attraction in Brassica rapa. Plant, Cell & Environment, 39, 1920-1927.


Erb, M.*; Veyrat, N.; Robert, C. A.; Xu, H.; Frey, M.; Ton, J.; & Turlings, T.C.*, (2015). Indole is an essential herbivore-induced volatile priming signal in maize. Nature Communications, 6, 6273.

Hu, G.L.; Yan, G.; Xu, H. & Hua, B.Z.* (2015). Molecular phylogeny of Panorpidae (Insecta: Mecoptera) based on mitochondrial and nuclear genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 85, 22-31.


Xu, H.; Veyrat, N.; Degen, T. & Turlings, T.C.J.* (2014). Exceptional use of sex pheromones by parasitoids of the genus Cotesia: males are strongly attracted to virgin females, but are no longer attracted to or even repelled by mated females. Insects, 5, 499-512.