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Shanguo Yao


BS in Crop Science, College of Agriculture, Anhui Agricultural University
MS in Plant Genetics and Breeding, College of Agriculture, Nanjing Agricultural University
MS in Plant Genetics and Breeding, Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Kagawa University, Japan


Employment History

Technician in Xuanzhou Agricultural Technique Extension Station, Anhui
Agronomist in Hefei Fengle Seed Company, Ltd., Anhui
Research fellow in Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Hokkaido University, Japan
Research Associatein Rice Gene Research Subteam, Hokuriku Research Center, NARO, Japan
Principle Investigator in Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS, Beijing

Research Interest
Abiotic stress such as salinity and low temperature is the major obstacle that greatly constraint the productivity, sustainability, and quality of rice in north China. Genes responsible for abiotic stress resistance are being considered to be multiple QTLs, and the rapidly developed rice molecular genetics and functional genomics have led to the identification of a few of the major QTLs, providing a new opportunity to improve the abiotic stress tolerance of rice plants.
Varietal differences for abiotic stress tolerance have long been reported, and the recent finding of mutants with improved abiotic stress tolerance suggests that mutagenesis may be an effective way in creating excellent genetic resources for rice abiotic stress tolerance. Our future research will focus on: (1) Excavate and develop genetic resources of abiotic stress tolerance; (2) Fine-mapping the major QTLs responsible for abiotic stress tolerance and develop QTL-linked molecular markers for MAS breeding of new japonica rice varieties; (3) Cloning and functional characterization of the QTLs, clarifying the mechanisms underlying the abiotic stress tolerance.

1、Song, L., Wang, R., Zhang, L., Wang, Y., Yao, S. (2016) CRR1 encoding callose synthase functions in ovary expansion by affecting vascular cell patterning in rice. Plant J, DOI: 10.1111/tpj.13287.
2、Lombardo, F., Kuroki, M., Yao, S., Shimizu, H., Ikegaya, T., Kimizu, M., Ohmori, S., Akiyama, T., Hayashi, T., Yamaguchi, T., Koike, S., Yatou, O., Yoshida H. (2016) The superwoman1-cleistogamy2 mutant is a novel resource for gene containment in rice. Plant Biotechnol J, DOI: 10.1111/pbi.12594.
3、Guo, M., Wang, R., Wang, J., Hua, K., Wang, Y., Liu, X., Yao, S. (2014) ALT1, a Snf2 family chromatin remodeling ATPase, negatively regulates alkaline tolerance through enhanced defense against oxidative stress in rice. PLoS One, 9: e112515. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112515.
4. Yao, S.-G., Kodama, R, Wang, H., Ichii, M., Taketa, S., and Yoshida, H. (2009) Analysis of the rice SHORT-ROOT5 gene revealed functional diversification of plant neutral/alkaline invertase family. Plant Science, 176: 627-634.
5. Yao, S.-G., Sonoda, Y., Tsutsui, T., Nakamura, H., Ichikawa, H., Ikeda, A., and Yamaguchi, J. (2008) Promoter analysis of OsAMT1;2 and OsAMT1;3 implies their distinct role of nitrogen utilization in rice. Breeding Science, 58: 201-207.
6. Yao, S.-G., Ohmori, S., Kimizu, M., and Yoshida, H. (2008) Unequal genetic redundancy of rice PISTILLATA orthologs, OsMADS2 and OsMADS4, in lodicule and stamen development. Plant and Cell Physiology, 49: 853-857.
7. Sonoda, Y., Yao, S.-G. (co-first author), Sako, K., Sato, T., Kato, W., Ohto, M., Ichikawa, T., Matsui, M., Yamaguchi, J., and Ikeda, A. (2007) SHA1, a novel RING finger protein, functions in shoot apical meristem maintenance in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal, 50: 586-596.
8. Yao, S.-G. (corresponding author), Mushika J., Taketa S., and Ichii, M. (2004) The short–root mutation srt5 defines a sugar-mediated root growth in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Plant Science, 167: 49-54.
9. Yao, S.-G. (corresponding author), Taketa S., and Ichii, M. (2003) Isolation and characterization of an abscisic acid-insensitive mutation that affects specifically primary root elongation in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Plant Science, 164: 971-978.
10. Yao, S.-G. (corresponding author), Taketa S., and Ichii, M. (2002) A novel short-root gene that affects specifically early root development in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Plant Science, 163: 207-215.