Shien Lu

Shien Lu


Plant Bacteriology

  • Ph.D., Washington State University
  • M.S., Shandong Agricultural University, China
  • B.S., Shandong Agricultural University, China

Research Areas:
  • Bacterial genetics
  • Molecular plant-microbe interactions
  • Antagonistic bacteria
  • Biologically-based management of plant diseases

Courses Taught:
  • EPP 4113/6113 - Principles of Plant Pathology
  • EPP 4163/6163 - Plant Disease Management
  • EPP 8133 - Plant Bacteriology


  • Brown, S., M. Shahrtash, C. E. Stokes, S. M. Baird, R. E. Baird, S. Lu. 2023. Model-based community analyses identify fungal endophytes that may modulate symptom development of charcoal rot disease in soybean. Phytofrontier. Download
  • Lawrence, B., J. A. Bond, B. R. Golden, T. W. Allen, D. B. Reynolds, T. Bararpour. 2020. Nitrogen fertilizer programs following rice exposure to a sub-lethal concentration of paraquat. Weed Technology 34:807-813.  Download
  • Ravichandran, A., J. Escano, J. H. Lee, M. K. Ross, F. Austin, R. Orugunty, S. Lu, L. J. Smith. 2020. Formulation, pharmacological evaluation, and efficacy studies of occidiofungin, a novel antifungal. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 64(12):e01737-20.  Download
  • Ravichandran, A., M. Geng, K. Hull, J. Li, C. D. Romo, S. Lu, A. Albee, C. Nutter, D. Gordon, M. Ghannoum, S. Lockless, L. Smith. 2019. A novel actin binding drug with in vivo efficacy. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 63(1):e01585-18.  Download
  • Wang, X., T. W. Allen, H. Wang, D. G. Peterson, R. L. Nichols, A. Liu, X. Li, P. Deng, J. Jia, S. Lu. 2019. Development of a qPCR protocol to detect the cotton bacterial blight pathogen, Xanthomonas citri pv. malvacearum. Plant Disease 103(3):422-429.  Download
  • Ma, L., X. Wang, P. Deng, S. Baird, Y. Liu, S. Qu, S. Lu. 2017. The PafR Gene Is Required for Antifungal Activity of Strain MS82 against Mycogone perniciosa. Advances in Microbiology 7(4):217. Download
  • Showmaker, K. C., M. A. Arick II, C.-Y. Hsu, B. E. Martin, X. Wang, J. Jia, M. J. Wubben, R. L. Nichols, T. W. Allen, D. G. Peterson, S. Lu. 2017. The genome of the cotton bacterial blight pathogen Xanthomonas citri pv. malvacearum strain MSCT1. Standards in Genomic Sciences 12:42. Download
  • Deng, P., X. Wang, S. M. Baird, K. C. Showmaker, L. J. Smith, D. G. Peterson, S. Lu, 2016. Comparative genome-wide analysis reveals that Burkholderia contaminans MS14 possesses multiple antimicrobial biosynthesis genes but not major genetic loci required for pathogenesis. MicorbiologyOpen 5(3):353-369. Download
  • Escano, J., P. Deng, S. Lu, J. Smith, 2016. Draft genome sequence of oral bacterium Streptococcus mutans JH1140. Genome Announcements 4(3):e00472-16. Download
  • Memili, A., X. Wang, S. Lu, E. Memili. 2016. The emergence of tetracycline resistance in rumen bacteria. Journal of Emerging Investigators. Download
  • Wang, X., A. Liu, A. Cuerrero, J. Liu, X. Yu, P. Deng, L. Ma, S. Baird, L. Smith, X. Li, S. Lu. 2016. Occidiofungin is an important component responsible for the antifungal activity of burkholderia pyrrocinia strain Lyc2. Journal of Applied Microbiology 120(3):607-618. Download
  • Deng, P., X. Wang, S. M. Baird, S. Lu. 2015. Complete genome of Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain UFB2, a soil bacterium with antibacterial activity against bacterial canker pathogen of tomato. Standards in Genomic Sciences 10:117. Download
  • Liu, Y., S. M. Baird, J. Qiao, Y. Du, S. Lu. 2015. SecG is required for antibiotic activities of Pseudomonas sp. YL23 against Erwinia amylovora and Dickeya chrysanthemi. Journal of Basic Microbiology 55(5):617-624. Download
  • Lu, S. 2015. New insights into regulation of pathogenicity and virulence of plant-pathogenic bacteria. Pages 197-209 in N. Wang, J. Jones, G. Sundin, F. White, S. A. Hogenhout, C. Roper, L. De La Fuente, J. H. Ham (Ed.), Virulence Mechanisms of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria. American Phytopathologial Society. Download
  • Wang, X., T. Bi, X. Li, L. Zhang, S. Lu. 2015. First report of corn whorl rot caused by serratia marcescens in China. Journal of Phytopathology 163:1059-1063. Download
  • Li, Y., G.W. Lawrence, S. Lu, C. Balbalian, V.P. Klink. 2014. Quantitative field testing Heterodera gylcines from metagenomic DNA samples isolated directly from soil under agronomic production. PLOS ONE 9(2):e0089887. Download
  • Chen, K.C., A. Ravichandran, A. Geurrero, P. Deng, S.M. Baird, L. Smith, S. Lu. 2013. The burkholderia contaminans MS14 ocfC gene encodes a xylosyltransferase for production of the antifungal occidiofungin. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79(9):2899-2905. Download
  • Ellis, D., A. Ravichandran, G. Jiten, S. Lu, D. Gordon, L. Smith. 2013. The antifungal occidiofungin triggers an apoptotic mechanism of cell death in yeast. Journal of Natural Products, 76:829-838. Download
  • Li, S., X. Jin, J. Chen, S. Lu. 2013. Inhibitory activities of venom alkaloids from the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, against the growth of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis in vitro and the application of piperidine alkaloids to control bacterial canker of tomato in the greehouse. Pest Management Science. Download
  • Ravichandran, A., G. Gu, J. Escano, S. Lu, L. Smith. 2013. The presence of two cyclase thioesterases expands the conformational freedom of the cyclic peptide occidiofungin. Journal of Natural Products, 76:150-156. Download
  • Ellis, D., J. Gosai, C. Emrick, R. Heintz, L. Romans, D. Gordon, F.W. Austin, S. Lu, L.E. Smith. 2012. Occidiofungin's chemical stability and in vitro potency against Candida species. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 56(2):765-769. Download
  • Showmaker, K.C., G.W. Lawrence, S. Lu, C.J. Balbalian, and V.P. Klink. 2012. Quantitative field testing Rotylenchulus reniformis DNA from metagenomic samples isolated directly from soil. PLoS ONE 6(12):e28954. Download
  • Gu, G., L. Smith, A. Liu, S. Lu. 2011. Genetic and biochemical map for the biosynthesis of occidiofungin, an antifungal produced by burkholderia contaminans strain MS14. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77(17): 6189-6198. Download
  • Dahal, N., N. Chaney, D. Ellis, S. Lu, L. Smith. 2010. Optimization of the production of the lantibiotic mutacin 1140 in minimal media. Process Biochemistry 45:1187-1191. Download
  • Lu, S., D.C. Gross. 2010. Drippy pod of White Lupine: a new disease caused by a pathovar of Brenneria quercina. Plant Disease 94:1431-1440. Download
  • Smith, J.L., S. Lu. 2010. Medical claims and current applications of the potent echinocandin antifungals. Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery 5:58-63. Download
  • Gu, G., L. Smith, N. Wang, H. Wang, S. Lu. 2009. Biosynthesis of an antifungal oligopeptide in Burkholderia contaminans strain MS14. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 380:328-332. Download
  • Gu, G., N. Wang, N. Chaney, L. Smith, S. Lu. 2009. AmbR1 is a key transcriptional regulator for the antifungal activity of Burkholderia contaminans strain MS14. FEMS Microbiology Letters 297(1):54-60. Download
  • Ingram, D.M., S. Lu. 2009. Evaluation of Bactericidal, Biological and Antibiotic Products for the Control of Bacterial Canker in Greenhouse Tomatoes. Plant Health Progress. Download
  • Ingram, D.M., S. Lu. 2009. Evaluation of Foliar Sprays of bacteriophage for the management of bacterial canker of greenhouse tomatoes. Plant Health Progress 1094-PHP-2:16. Download
  • Lu, S., J. Novak, F.W. Austin, G. Gu, D. Ellis, M. Kirk, S. Wilson-Stanford, M. Tonelli, L. Smith. 2009. Occidiofungi, a unique antifungal glycopeptide produced by a strain of Burkholderia contaminans. Biochemistry 48:8312-8321. Download
  • Sagaram, U.S., K.M. Deangelis, P. Trivedi, G.L. Andersen, S. Lu, N. Wang. 2009. Bacterial diversity analysis of huanglongbing pathogen-infected citrus using PhyloChips and 16S rDNA clone library sequencing. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75(6):1566-1574. Download