概要

顔写真 Name: Ning WANG
Affiliation: Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences
Specialty: Biosphere Resource Science and Technology
Field of Research: Plant Breeding and Genetics
Position: Assistant Professor
Degree: Ph.D.(Bioresource Engineering))
Degree earning University : Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba (March 2008)
Starting Date: February 1st, 2014
Mentor: Professor Miyako KUSANO
Laboratory: https://sites.google.com/site/metabolgenom/home/research

Revealing mechanisms underlying genetic regulations of pollination and postharvest related traits

Humans have a long and intimate association particularly with fruits and seeds. The burden of population growth and additional farming for use in biofuels require increase in food production as well as postharvest shelf-life. In recent years, the genome sequencing program of many plant species has led to the availability of a large number of gene sequences in public. Extensive genomic information has encouraged the development of both forward and reverse genetics approaches. Genes underlying very prominent phenotypes were cloned and we can expect many more to come soon. We carry out forward genetic strategy to study important agronomic traits in combination with reverse genetic strategy, such as TILLING (Targeting Induced Local Lesions IN Genomes). Sensitive molecular screenings ensure resources for superlatively electable alleles for phenotype alterations, however, this strategy doesn't rely on genetic transformation techniques. We have an interest in improving shelf-life as well as floral organ development which related to pollination. As an important agronomical trait in tomato, the molecular mechanisms of fruit maturation and ripening have been revealed using the ripening mutants in tomato. Novel alleles allow systematic functional genomic studies but also direct utilizations in breeding programs. We aim at the collective characterization and quantification of novel mutants by omics studies that farthest-reaching part of functions and dynamics of crop plants.