CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
- Plant physiology and molecular biology under environmental stresses
- Crop production under water-limited condition
Current research grants as Principal Investigator:
- 2015 Hong Kong Research Grant Council, General Research Fund “Cloning and Functional Study of A Rice Temperature Sensitive Female Sterility Gene.” HK$ 911,269 from 01-01-2016 to 31-12-2018. (RGC Ref 14122415).
- 2016 Hong Kong Research Grant Council, General Research Fund “Use transcriptome analysis to uncover the genetic distinction between superior and inferior rice spikelets of different grain filling efficiency”. HK$ 760,796 from 01-01-2017 to 31-12-2019. (RGC Ref 14160516).
- 2017 Hong Kong Research Grant Council, General Research Fund “Molecular mechanism of sensing moisture by rice coleorhiza during germination”. HK$ 1,220,589. from 01-01-2018 to 31-12-2020. (RGC Ref 14177617).
- 2018 Hong Kong Research Grant Council, General Research Fund “Functional characterization of an ABA-responsive splicing factor SR184 and its five transcript isoforms”. HK$ 1,073,230. from 01-01-2019 to 31-12-2021. (RGC Ref 12100318).
- 2019 Hong Kong Research Grant Council, General Research Fund “Breaking the barriers of grain-filling using novel mutant resources”. HK$ 1,346,641. from 01-01-2020 to 31-12-2022. (RGC Ref 12103219).
Current research grants as Co-Investigator:
- 2014-2021, Research Grants Council (RGC) Areas of Excellence Scheme (AoE) Grant “Center for organelle biogenesis and function”, Project Coordinator: Prof Jiang Liwen, HK$47,250,000 (AoE/M-05/12).
- 2017-2025, Research Grants Council (RGC) Areas of Excellence Scheme (AoE) Grant “Center for Genomic Studies on Plant-Environment Interaction for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security”, Project Coordinator: Prof Honming Lam, HK$81,156,000, (AoE/M-403/16).
Section A – Five most representative publications in recent five years
- Wang, G.Q., Li, H.X., Feng, L., Chen, M.X., Meng, S., Ye, N. H., Zhang J*. 2019. Transcriptomic analysis of grain filling in rice inferior grains under moderate soil drying. Journal of Experimental Botany 70: 1597-1611. https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erz010
- Wang G, Li H, Wang K, Yang J, Duan M, Zhang J*, Ye N. 2019. Regulation of gene expression involved in the remobilization of rice straw carbon reserves results from moderate soil drying during grain filling. The Plant Journal online https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.14565.
- Miao R, Wang M, Yuan W, Ren Y, Li Y, Zhang N, Zhang J*, Kronzucker HJ, Xu W. 2018. Comparative Analysis of Arabidopsis Ecotypes Reveals a Role for Brassinosteroids in Root Hydrotropism. Plant Physiology 176(4), 2720-2736. doi: 1104/pp.17.01563
- Ye N-H; Wang F, Shi L; Chen M-X, Cao Y-Y, Zhu F-Y, Wu Y-Z, Xie L-J, Liu T, Su Z-Z. Xiao S, Zhang H, Yang J, Gu Y-H, Hou X, Hu Q-J, Yi H-J, Zhu C-X, Zhang J*, Liu Y-G. 2018. Natural variation in the promoter of rice Calcineurin B-like Protein10 (OsCBL10) affects flooding tolerance during seed germination among rice subspecies. The Plant Journal 94, 618-625. https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.13881.
- Gao B, Chen M, Li X, Liang Y, Zhu F, Liu T, Zhang D, Wood AJ, Oliver MJ, Zhang J*. 2018. Evolution by duplication: paleopolyploidy events in plants reconstructed by deciphering the evolutionary history of VOZ transcription factors. BMC Plant Biology 18, 256. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12870-018-1437-8
Section B – Five representative publications beyond the recent five-year period with the latest publication entered first
- Yang J, Zhang J*. 2006. Grain filling of cereals under soil drying. New Phytologist 169, 223-236. (Invited Tansley Review).
- Zhang J*, Jia W, Yang J, Ismail AM. Role of ABA in integrating plant responses to drought and salt stresses. Field Crops Research 97, 111-119. (Invited Review).
- Kang S, Zhang J*. 2004. Controlled alternate partial rootzone irrigation: its physiological consequences and impact on water use efficiency. Journal of Experimental Botany 55, 2437-2446. (Invited Review).
- Yang J, Zhang J*. Grain-filling problem in ‘super’ rice. Journal of Experimental Botany 61, 1-5. (Invited Review)
- Zhang J*. 2011. China’s success in increasing per capita food production. Journal of Experimental Botany 62, 3707-11. (Invited Review)
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