Xinli Wei

Xinli Wei
Institute of Microbiology Chinese Academy of Sciences · State Key Laboratory of Mycology

PhD

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October 2018 - July 2019
Chinese Academy of Sciences
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  • Professor
July 2006 - October 2016
Chinese Academy of Sciences
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  • Professor (Associate)
June 2006 - June 2015
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (75)
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EDITORIAL Positioning taxonomic research for the future Why do taxonomists matter? The work of taxonomists is often understated if not completely misunderstood. Without taxonomists, organisms cannot be accurately identified, neither can these organisms be given universally accepted names, and reliably positioned in the phylogenetic tree of life. Th...
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Verrucariaceae is the third-largest lichen family with high species diversity. However, this diversity has not been well-explored in China. We carried out a wide-scale field investigation in the arid and semi-arid regions of Northwest China from 2017 to 2021. A large number of lichen groups, especially those commonly distributed in deserts, were co...
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Taxonomy plays an important role in understanding the origin, evolution, and ecological functionality of biodiversity. There are large number of unknown species yet to be described by taxonomists, which together with their ecosystem services cannot be effectively protected prior to description. Despite this, taxonomy has been increasingly underrat...
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The genus Peltula is an important cyanobacterial lichen group. We performed a taxonomic study on the Peltula from China using phylogenetic analysis based on three gene loci (ITS, nuSSU, nuLSU) together with additional species delimitation analyses by ABGD, bPTP and GMYC approaches and the phenotypic characteristics. Five new species (Peltula lobula...
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We employed a molecular phylogenetic approach using five markers (ITS, nuSSU, nuLSU, TEF1-α, and RPB2) to assess potential cryptic speciation in foliicolous members of Strigula s.lat. (Strigulaceae), including the recently segregated genera Phylloporis, Puiggariella, Raciborskiella, Racoplaca, and Serusiauxiella, from tropical areas in Asia, with s...
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Lichens are well known as pioneer organisms or stress-tolerant extremophiles playing a core role in the early formation of terrestrial ecosystems, of which epiphytic lichens make a distinct contribution to the water-cycle and nutrient cycling in forest ecosystem. But due to the scarcity of relevant fossil records, the evolutionary history of epiphy...
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Lichens are well known as pioneer organisms colonizing bare surfaces such as rocks and therefore have been hypothesized to play a role in the early formation of terrestrial ecosystems. Given the rarity of fossil evidence, our understanding of the evolutionary history of lichen-forming fungi is primarily based on molecular dating approaches. These s...
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Fungi thrive in radiation intense environments. Sequential photos document that fungus-like Martian specimens emerge from the soil and increase in size, including those resembling puffballs (Basidiomycota). After obliteration of spherical specimens by the rover wheels, new sphericals--some with stalks--appeared atop the crests of old tracks. Sequen...
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Umbilicaria muhlenbergii is the only known dimorphic lichenized fungus that grows in the hyphal form in lichen thalli but as yeast cells in axenic cultures. However, the regulation of yeast-to-hypha transition and its relationship to the establishment of symbiosis are not clear. In this study, we show that nutrient limitation and hyperosmotic stres...
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Animals mimicking other organisms or using camouflage to deceive predators are vital survival strategies. Modern and fossil insects can simulate diverse objects. Lichens are an ancient symbiosis between a fungus and an alga or a cyanobacterium that sometimes have a plant-like appearance and occasionally are mimicked by modern animals. Nevertheless,...
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Animals mimicking other organisms or using camouflage to deceive predators are vital survival strategies. Modern and fossil insects can simulate diverse objects. Lichens are an ancient symbiosis between a fungus and an alga or a cyanobacterium that sometimes have a plant-like appearance and occasionally are mimicked by modern animals. Nevertheless,...
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Animals mimicking other organisms or using camouflage to deceive predators are vital survival strategies. Modern and fossil insects can simulate diverse objects. Lichens are an ancient symbiosis between a fungus and an alga or a cyanobacterium that sometimes have a plant-like appearance and occasionally are mimicked by modern animals. Nevertheless,...
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Lichens of the Ramalina siliquosa complex dominate seashore cliffs in Europe and South-East Asia, but their taxonomy has been vigorously debated for over a century. On many cliffs, they exhibit a bewildering zonation of chemotypes that resembles the classic zonation of organisms that occupy the littoral zone below. Do the chemotypes represent separ...
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Aim Contemporary species’ distributions are shaped by both geography and historical events, such as extinction, diversification in specific areas and long‐distance dispersals. In the most diverse family of lichen‐forming fungi, Parmeliaceae, the Hypogymnioid clade, is an example of an evolutionary lineage comprised of species occurring in temperate...
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The monotypic lichenised genus Anamylopsora (Baeomycetaceae, Baeomycetales), with its single species A.pulcherrima , is distributed in the arid areas of the Northern Hemisphere, including China. In this paper, we introduce another species new to science, Anamylopsorapruinosa . The new species is characterised by a densely pruinose upper surface, ab...
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The monotypic lichenised genus Anamylopsora (Baeomycetaceae, Baeomycetales), with its single species A.pulcherrima, is distributed in the arid areas of the Northern Hemisphere, including China. In this paper, we introduce another species new to science, Anamylopsorapruinosa. The new species is characterised by a densely pruinose upper surface, abun...
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A new yellow pigment trypethelonamide A (1), and a new dark violet-red pigment 5′-hydroxytrypethelone (2), as well as three known dark violet-red pigments (+)-8-hydroxy-7-methoxytrypethelone (3), (+)-trypethelone (4) and (-)-trypethelone (5) were isolated from the cultured lichenized fungus Trypethelium eluteriae. The structures of 1 and 2 were det...
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Endocarpon species are key components of biological soil crusts. Phenotypic and systematic molecular analyses were carried out to identify samples of Endocarpon collected from the southeast edge of the Tengger Desert in China. These morphological and molecular analyses revealed two previously undescribed species that form highly supported independe...
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Lineages with broad, intercontinental distributions can provide insight into factors that influence diversity across both temporal and geographic scales. Lichens are well known for distinct biogeographic distribution patterns, including a high number of lineages with intercontinental distributions. The lichen-forming fungal genus Oropogon, from one...
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The multiprotein-bridging factor 1 (MBF1) gene family is well known in archaea, non-lichenized fungi, plants, and animals, and contains stress tolerance-related genes. Here, we identified four unique mbf1 genes in the lichenized fungi Endocarpon spp. A phylogenetic analysis based on protein sequences showed the translated MBF1 proteins of the newly...
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Pertusarialean lichens include more than 300 species belonging to several independent phylogenetic lineages. Only some of these phylogenetic clades have been comprehensively sampled for molecular data, and formally described as genera. Here we present a taxonomic treatment of a group of pertusarialean lichens formerly known as “Pertusaria amara-gro...
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Phylogenetic relationships of Lepra and allied genera. This is a RAxML tree based on nuLSU DNA sequences. The numbers at each node represent bootstrap support value, and numbers lower than 50 not shown. Scale = 0.03 substitution per site. (TIF)
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Phylogenetic relationships of Lepra and allied genera. This is a RAxML tree based on MCM7 concatenated sequences. The numbers at each node represent bootstrap support value, and numbers lower than 50 not shown. Scale = 0.03 substitution per site. (TIF)
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Phylogenetic relationships of Lepra and allied genera. This is a RAxML tree based on mtSSU sequences. The numbers at each node represent bootstrap support value, and numbers lower than 50 not shown. Scale = 0.03 substitution per site. (TIF)
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Phylogenetic relationships of Lepra and allied genera. This is a RAxML tree based on TSR1sequences. The numbers at each node represent bootstrap support value, and numbers lower than 50 not shown. Scale = 0.03 substitution per site. (TIF)
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Phylogenetic relationships of Lepra and allied genera. This is a RAxML tree based on RPB1 sequences. The numbers at each node represent bootstrap support value, and numbers lower than 50 not shown. Scale = 0.03 substitution per site. (TIF)
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Phylogenetic relationships of Lepra and allied genera. This is a RAxML tree based on EF1α sequences. The numbers at each node represent bootstrap support value, and numbers lower than 50 not shown. Scale = 0.03 substitution per site. (TIF)
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Strigula has traditionally been circumscribed based on morphology, but species delimitation in the genus generally lacks comprehensive analyses. Molecular approach has now been applied to foliicolous material of the genus from tropical areas in China. On the basis of combined phenotype and genotype, Strigula univelbiserialis is described as a new s...
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Multiprotein bridging factor 1 (MBF1) is a transcriptional co-activator related to stress tolerance in various organisms. We investigated the nucleotide differences in the mbf1 gene in the lichen-forming fungus Umbilicaria decussata collected from polar (i.e., Antarctica and the Arctic) and non-polar (i.e., Armenia) regions. The 552-bp Udmbf1 genes...
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Strigula has traditionally been circumscribed based on morphology, but species delimitation in the genus generally lacks comprehensive analyses. A molecular approach has now been applied to foliicolous material of the genus from tropical areas in China. On the basis of combined phenotyic and genotypic data, two new species are described from southe...
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A new foliicolous lichen is described from South China. Strigula sinoaustralis is most similar to S. concreta in ascospore dimensions but differs by its white-punctate thallus with entire margins and its longer asci. An analysis of its relationships based on molecular phylogeny is given. Strigula antillarum, S. laureriformis, and S. prasina are rep...
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Delimiting species boundaries among closely related lineages often requires a range of independent data sets and analytical approaches. Similar to other organismal groups, robust species circumscriptions in fungi are increasingly investigated within an empirical framework. Here we attempt to delimit species boundaries in a closely related clade of...
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The RAxML tree based on nrDNA ITS sequences. The numbers in each node represents bootstrap support value, and the numbers lower than 50 were not shown. The samples marked with ‘○’ were downloaded from GenBank, and others were newly generated for this analysis. The number of each sample is listed in S1 Table. (TIF)
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The RAxML tree based on 3-loci concatenated sequences. The numbers in each node represents bootstrap support value, and the numbers lower than 50 were not shown. The samples marked with ‘○’ were downloaded from GenBank, and others were newly generated for this analysis. The number of each sample is listed in S1 Table. (TIF)
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The dichotomous chronogram generated by GMYC based on ITS using single threshold model with exclusion of outgroups. The separated species or populations were indicated by the black lines, while the red line showed the individuals within each species or populations. (TIF)
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The RAxML tree based on MCM7 sequences. The numbers in each node represents bootstrap support value, and the numbers lower than 50 were not shown. The samples marked with ‘○’ were downloaded from GenBank, and other were newly generated for this analysis. The number of each sample is listed in S1 Table. (TIF)
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The RAxML tree based on GPD sequences. The numbers in each node represents bootstrap support value, and the numbers lower than 50 were not shown. The samples marked with ‘○’ were downloaded from GenBank, and others were newly generated for this analysis. The number of each sample is listed in S1 Table. (TIF)
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The Bayesian tree based on a concatenated 3-locus data matrix. The numbers in each node represents posterior probability value, and the numbers lower than 0.5 were not shown. The samples marked with ‘○’ were downloaded from GenBank, and others were newly generated for this analysis. The number of each sample is listed in S1 Table. (TIF)
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The Maximum likelihood solution generated by bPTP (a Bayesian implementation of the Poisson tree process model) based on ITS. The numbers in each node represents support value. The red color indicates the PTP suggested species, while blue for uncertain. Two main groups suggested here were corresponding to two species (Sp.1 & Sp.2). (TIF)
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Specimens used for DNA extraction and sequences used in this study. (DOC)
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Lichen-associated fungal species have already been investigated in almost all the main growth forms of lichens, however, whether or not they are homogeneous and constant within each lichen species are still inconclusive. Moreover, the related ecological factors to affect and structure the fungal composition have been poorly studied. In order to ans...
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Endolichenic fungi within 17 lichen species in the area near Ny-Ålesund (Svalbard, High Arctic) were studied by a culture-based method. The 247 fungal isolates were obtained from 2712 lichen thallus segments. The colonization rate of endolichenic fungi ranged from 1.6 to 26.5 %, respectively. These isolates were identified to 40 fungal taxa, includ...
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This study assessed the diversity and distribution of fungal communities associated with seven lichen species in the Ny-Ålesund Region (Svalbard, High Arctic) using Roche 454 pyrosequencing with fungal-specific primers targeting the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region of the ribosomal rRNA gene. Lichen-associated fungal communities showed high...
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Ten species of Allocetraria are reported from China, including the new species Allocetraria corrugata, which is characterized by strongly rugose upper and lower lobe surfaces. A phylogenetic analysis based on nrDNA ITS sequences supports the independence of the new taxon. Diagnostic characters and distribution of the Allocetraria species occurring...
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Hypogymnia papilliformis McCune, Tchabanenko & X. L.Wei is described as a new species of lichenized fungus from the Primorsky region of Russia and Shaanxi Province in China. It is a relatively rare species from mixed conifer-broadleaved forests in suboceanic climates, in mountainous areas at elevations of 600-1500 m. Most similar to H. delavayi, th...
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The genus Hypogymnia is morphologically characterized by swollen lobes, a hollow medulla, perforations in the lower surface, and the absence of rhizines. In our studies on Hypogymnia spp. we found rhizines and hapters were occasionally present on the lower surface of 35 species. Morphology and anatomy of the appendage-organs were studied using diss...
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Allocetraria yunnanensis R. F. Wang, X. L. Wei & J. C. Wei is described as a new species from the Yunnan Province of China, and is characterized by having a shiny upper surface, strongly wrinkled lower surface, and marginal pseudocyphellae present on the lower side in the form of a white continuous line or spot. The phylogenetic analysis based on n...
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Polysaccharides from lichens have been studied for many years. The polysaccharide O-acetylated pustulan-type glucans have been found and reported in 56 species of Umbilicariaceae, such as Umbilicaria angulata, U. caroliniana, U. Esculenta, U. hirsuta, U. polyphylla, and Lasallia papulosa etc. All the polysaccharide obtained from the lichens showed...
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Farnesol (FOH) is known to induce apoptosis in some fungi and mammalian cells. We treated Aspergillus flavus, one of the leading causes of human invasive aspergillosis and a key producer of the most potent naturally occurring hepatocarcinogenic compounds, with FOH to assess its effect on the viability of the fungus. FOH strongly inhibited germinati...
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The lichen-forming fungus genus, Phyllobaeis, is reported for the first time from China. A new crustose species, P. crustacea, is described and illustrated.
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Many natural products, which derived from plants, animals, and microorganisms, have been isolated as bioactive compounds with great therapeutic potential for cancer, but as a fungus, lichen has long been neglected in this area. The special symbiotic form of fungi and algae and worldwide distribution even extreme habitat of lichen contribute to its...
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Six pruinose species of Hypogymnia are reported in this paper, including one new species Hypogymnia pruinoidea. The type of Hypogymnia pseudopruinosa was found to be a mixture with H. laccata. Hypogymnia pseudopruinosa is therefore typified with a lectotype, and the description of H. pseudopruinosa is revised. Distributions of the six pruinose spe...
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The aim of this study was to evaluate the antioxidant properties of an edible lichen Ramalina conduplicans. The extract exhibited potent anti-linoleic acid peroxidation activity, free radical-scavenging activity, and reducing power. The total phenolic contents were found to be high in the extract. Activity-guided bioautographic thin layer chromatog...