Y Huang

Dr. Yinghua Huang

Lead Scientist & Research Geneticist
Adj. Professor

Dept. of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

301 Physical Sciences, Stillwater, OK 74078-3013, USA




USDA-ARS Plant Science Research Laboratory
1301 N. Western Road, Stillwater, OK 74075-2714, USA



PBIO 4400 - Undergraduate Research, Undergraduate research problems in plant biology.
PBIO 5000 - Master's Thesis, Thesis work for the MS degree.
PBIO 5110 - Special Topics in Plant Biology, Special studies in any area of plant biology.
PBIO 5210 - Research in Plant Biology, Independent research in any area of botany or plant biology. 
PBIO 6000 - Doctoral Research, Independent research for the doctoral dissertation.


His scientific interests are in the areas of plant genetics and molecular biology, especially as related to gene identification and genomics-assisted breeding, genetic mechanisms underlying host resistance to aphids and diseases, and development of dedicated bioenergy crops. The overall goals of his research are to conduct basic studies to enhance our understanding of the biological processes in plants and to apply newly developing biotechnologies to facilitating genetic improvement of crop plants and to improve the production system for a better utilization of agricultural and natural resources as food, feed and fuel.


The current research projects include (1) identification of new sources of insect and disease resistance in sorghum and other related species, (2) development and utilization of the next-generation sequencing and modern genomic methods for crop genome analysis and marker-assisted selection to facilitate crop breeding research, and (3) characterization of genes and manipulation of bioenergy traits in plants leading to development of superior sorghum varieties/cultivars as renewable feedstocks for biofuel production.


I am interested in advising undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students in any of the above-mentioned or closely related areas.


Visit Huang's Research Program at USDA-ARS

Recent Publications

For most recent publications list, see ResearchGate

Bo Wang, Yinping Jiao, Kapeel Chougule, Andrew Olson, Jian Huang, Victor Llaca, Kevin Fengler, Xuehong Wei, Liya Wang, Xiaofei Wang, Michael Regulski, Jorg Drenkow, Thomas Gingeras, Chad Hayes, J. Scott Armstrong, Yinghua Huang, Zhanguo Xin, Doreen Ware. (2021) Pan-genome Analysis in Sorghum Highlights the Extent of Genomic Variation and Sugarcane Aphid Resistance Genes. BioRxiv, 2021.01.03.424980. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.01.03.424980

Huang, Y. and Huang, J. 2023. Analysis of plant expression profiles revealed that aphid attack triggered dynamic defense responses in sorghum plant. Front. Genet. 14:1194273. https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2023.1194273


Shrestha, K. & Huang, Y. 2023. Comparative Transcriptomic and Metabolomic Analyses of Resistant and Susceptible Sorghum Genotypes in Response to Sugarcane Aphid Infestation Plant and Animal Genome 30 (Jan13-18) https://plan.core-apps.com/pag_2023/event/26e6ed9aed76be76c2f881580921c04c


Pant, S. & Huang, Y. 2022. Genome-wide studies of PAL genes in sorghum and their responses to aphid infestation. Scientific Reports 12, 22537 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-25214-1


Huang, J.; Shrestha, K.; Huang, Y. Revealing Differential Expression of Phytohormones in Sorghum in Response to Aphid Attack Using the Metabolomics Approach. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2022, 23, 13782. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms232213782


Zhang, H., Huang, J. & Huang, Y. 2022. Identification and characterization of plant resistance genes (R genes) in sorghum and their involvement in plant defense against aphids. Plant Growth Regulation 96:443-461. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10725-022-00797-x


Shrestha, K., & Huang, Y. (2022). Genome-wide characterization of sorghum JAZ gene family and their response to phytohormones treatment and aphid infestation. Scientific Reports 12, 3238 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-07181-9


Shrestha, K., Pant, S., & Huang, Y. (2021). Genome-wide identification and classification of Lipoxygenase gene family and their roles in sorghum-aphid interaction. Plant Molecular Biology, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11103-020-01107-7


Shrestha, K., Pant, S.R., Huang, Y. 2021. Genome-wide identification and classification of the Lipoxygenase gene family and their roles in sorghum-aphid interaction. Plant Molecular Biology 105:527-541. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11103-020-01107-7


Pant, S.R., Huang, Y. 2020. Elevated production of reactive oxygen species is related to host plant resistance to sugarcane aphid in sorghum. Plant Signaling and Behavior 16:2, e1849523 (11 pages). http://doi.org/10.1080/15592324.2020.1849523


Chou J, Huang, J, Huang Y. 2020. Simple and efficient genetic transformation of sorghum using immature inflorescences. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 42:41, (8 pages). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11738-020-3023-6


Li H., and Huang Y (2017) Expression of brown-midrib in a spontaneous sorghum mutant is linked to a 5'UTR deletion in lignin biosynthesis gene SbCAD2. Scientific Reports 7:11664, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-10119-1.


Punnuri, S., and Huang, Y. (2017). Identification and confirmation of greenbug resistance loci in an advanced mapping population of sorghum. The Journal of Agricultural Science, 155 (10):610-1622. doi:10.1017/S0021859617000685.


Park, S. and Huang, Y. Characterization and expression analysis of two cDNAs encoding Xa1 and oxysterol binding proteins in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). Academy of Agric. Journal 1(4): 70-75. 2016


Liu, S., Li, F., Kong, L., Sun, Y., Qin, L., Chen, S., Cui, H., Huang, Y., and Xia, G. Genetic and epigenetic changes in somatic hybrid introgression lines between wheat and tall wheatgrass. Genetics 199(4):1035-1045. 2015


Xu, X., Bai, G., Carver, B. F., Zhan, K., Huang, Y., and Mornhinweg, D. Evaluation and reselection of wheat resistance to Russian wheat aphid biotype 2. Crop Science 55(2):695-701. 2015


Yan, L., Xia, G., Huang, Y., and Zaho, S. Cinnamic acid 4-hydroxylase of sorghum [Sorghum biocolor (L.) Moench] gene SbC4H1 restricts lignin synthesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology Journal 49(12):1433-1441. 2013


Punnuri, S., Huang, Y., Steets, J., and Wu, Y. Development new markers and QTL mapping for greenbug resistance in sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench]. Euphytica 191(2):191-203. 2013


Huang, Y., Sharma, H. C., and Dhillon, M. K. Conventional and molecular approaches of insect pest management in sorghum. In Andrew Paterson (ed.), Genetics and Genomics of the Saccharinae. Springer, New York, pp. 367-389. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-5947-8_16. 2012


Yan, L., Liu, S., Zhao, S., Kang, Y., Wang, D., Gu, T., Xin, Z., Xia, G., and Huang, Y. Identification of differentially expressed genes in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) brown midrib mutants. Physiologia Plantarum 146(4):375-387. 2012


Srinivas, G., Huang, Y., Carver, B. F., and Mornhinweg, D. W. AFLP genetic diversity analysis in Russian wheat aphid resistant wheat accessions. Euphytica 185(1):27-35. 2012


Zhang, F., Ping, J., Du, Z., Cheng, Q., and Huang, Y. Identification of a new physiologic race of Sporisorium reilianum from sorghum field in China. J. Phytopathology 159(5):342-346. 2011]


Huang, Y. Improvement of crop protection against insect pest using worldwide germplasm collection and genomics-based approaches. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization 9(2):317-320. 2011


Chou, J. and Huang, Y. Differential expression of thaumatin-like protein in sorghum infected with greenbug. Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung 65C:271-276. 2009


Huang, Y. and Xia, G. From biomass to biofuels: what role will genomics play? J. Biotechnology 136S:S270-S271. 2008


Wu, Y. and Huang, Y. Molecular mapping of QTLs for resistance to the greenbug Schizaphis graminum (Rondani) in Sorghum bicolor (Moench). Theor. Appl. Genet. 117:117-124. 2008


Huang, Y. Phloem feeding regulates the plant defense pathways responding to both aphid infestation and pathogen infection. In Zhi-hong Xu et al. (eds.) Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture 2006 and Beyond. Springer, New York, pp. 215-219. 2007


Wu, Y., Huang, Y., Porter, D. R., Tauer, C. G., and Hollaway, L. Identification of a major quantitative trait locus conditioning resistance to greenbug biotype E in sorghum PI 550610 using simple sequence repeat markers. J. Econ. Entomol. 100(5):1672-1678. 2007


Wu, Y. and Huang, Y. An SSR genetic map of Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench and its comparison to a published genetic map. Genome 50:84-89. 2007


Wang, X., Huang, Y., Mort, A. J., Zeng, Y., Tauer, C. G., and Cochran, K. D. Variation of taxane content in needles of taxus x media cultivars with different growth characteristics. Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung 61C:619-624. 2006


Park, S. J., Huang, Y., and Ayoubi, P. Identification of expression profiles of sorghum genes in response to greenbug phloem-feeding using cDNA subtraction and microarray analysis. Planta 223(5):932:947. 2006


Wu, Y., Huang, Y., Tauer, C. G., and Porter, D. R. Genetic diversity of sorghum accessions resistant to Greenbugs as assessed with AFLP markers. Genome 49:143-149. 2006


Kresovich, S., Barbazuk, B., Bedell, J., Borrell, A., Buell, R., Burke, J. J., Clifton, S., Cordonnier-Pratt, M., Cox, S., Dahlberg, J., Erpelding, J. E., Fulton, T. M., Fulton, B., Fulton, L., Gingle, A., Goff, S., Hash, C., Huang, Y., Jordan, D., Klein, P., Klein, R. R., Magalhaes, J., Mccombie, R., Moore, P. H., Mullet, J. E., Ozias-Akins, P., Paterson, A. H., Porter, K., Pratt, L., Roe, B., Rooney, W., Schnable, P., Steely, D. M., Tuinstra, M., Ware, D., and Warek, U. Toward sequencing the sorghum genome: A US National Science Foundation-sponsored Workshop Report. Plant Physiol. 138(4):1898-1902. 2005