How to Cite

If results from sRNAanno database are informative and used for publication(s), please kindly cite our paper in Horticulture Research (

"Chengjie Chen, Jiawei Li, Junting Feng, Bo Liu, Lei Feng, Xiaoling Yu, Guanliang Li, Jixian Zhai, Blake C. Meyers, Rui Xia. sRNAanno --- a database repository of uniformly-annotated small RNAs in plants. Horticulture Research, doi:10.1038/s41438-021-00480-8"

 How to contact us

The sRNAanno database is built and maintained by the XIALAB at the College of Horticulture, South China Agricultural University.


 Selected publications from XIALAB related to small RNAs:

(14) Hong Zhu#, Chengjie Chen#, Jun Zeng, Ze Yun, Yuanlong Liu, Hongxia Qu, Yueming Jiang, Xuewu Duan and Rui Xia*. MicroRNA528, a hub regulator modulating ROS homeostasis via targeting of a diverse set of genes encoding coppercontaining proteins in monocots. New Phytologist.

(13) Chengjie Chen, Yuanlong Liu, Rui Xia*. Jack of many trades:The multifaceted role of miR528 in monocots. Molecular Plant. (2019) 12:1044-46

(12) Rui Xia*, Chengjie Chen, Suresh Pokhre, Wuqiang Ma, Kun Huang, Parth Patel, Fuxi Wang, Jing Xu, Zhongchi Liu, Jianguo Li & Blake C. Meyers*. 24-nt reproductive phasiRNAs are broadly present in angiosperms. Nature Communications (2019) 10:627

(11) Chengjie Chen, Zaohai Zeng, Zongrang Liu, Rui Xia. Small RNAs, emerging regulators critical for the development of horticultural traits. Horticulture Research (2018) 5:63.

(10) Wuqiang Ma, Chengjie Chen, Yuanlong Liu, Ming Zeng, Blake C. Meyers, Jianguo Li*, and Rui Xia*. Coupling of microRNA-directed phasiRNA generation from long noncoding genes with alternative splicing and alternative polyadenylation in small RNA-mediated gene silencing. New Phytologist 2017, 217(4):1535-1550.

(9) Rui Xia, Jing Xu, Blake C. Meyers*. The emergence, evolution, and diversification of the miR390-TAS3-ARF pathway in land plants. The Plant Cell, 2017, 29(6):1232-1247.

(8) Yu Zhang, Rui Xia, Hanhui Kuang and Blake C. Meyers*. The diversification of plant NBS-LRR defense genes directs the evolution of microRNAs that target them. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 2016, 33(10):2692-705.

(7) Rui Xia, Jing Xu, Siwaret Arikit, Blake Meyers*. Extensive families of miRNAs and PHAS Loci in Norway spruce demonstrate the origins of complex phasiRNA networks in seed plants. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 2015, 32(11):2905-18.

(6) Han Zhang*, Rui Xia, Blake C. Meyers, Virginia Walbot. Evolution, functions and mysteries of plant ARGONAUTE proteins. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 2015, 27:84-90.

(5) Rui Xia#, Songqing Ye#, Zongrang Liu, Blake C. Meyers, Zhongchi Liu*. Novel and recently evolved miRNA clusters regulate expansive F-box gene networks through phasiRNAs in wild diploid strawberry. Plant Physiology, 2015, 169(1):594-610.

(4) Siwaret Arikit, Rui Xia, Atul Kakrana, Kun Huang, Jixian Zhai, Zhe Yan, Oswaldo Valdés-López, Silvas Princee, Theresa A. Musket, Henry T. Nguyen, Gary Stacey, Blake C. Meyers*. An atlas of soybean small RNAs identifies phased siRNAs from hundreds of coding genes. The Plant Cell, 2014, 26(12):4584-601.

(3) Qili Fei, Rui Xia, Blake C. Meyers*. Phased, secondary siRNAs in post-transcriptional regulatory networks. The Plant Cell, 2013, 25: 2400-2415.

(2) Rui Xia, Blake C. Meyers, Zhongchi Liu, Eric P. Beers, Songqing Ye, Zongrang Liu*. MicroRNA superfamilies descended from miR390 and their roles in secondary small interfering RNA biogenesis in eudicots. The Plant Cell, 2013, 25:1555-1572.

(1) Rui Xia, Hong Zhu, Yongqiang An, Eric P Beers and Zongrang Liu*. Apple miRNAs and tasiRNAs with novel regulatory networks. Genome Biology, 2012, 13:R47.