Professor Yan Jian’s team from South China Agricultural University has made new progress in rice glycosyltransferase research
By: Date: 2021-03-25 Categories: foodtechnology Tags: ,
  Recently, the research group of Professor Yan Jian, School of Resources and Environment, South China Agricultural University, South China Key Laboratory of Tropical Agricultural Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Guangdong Province Key Laboratory of Modern Ecological and Circular Agriculture, and Guangdong Province Modern Ecological Agriculture and Circular Agricultural Engineering Technology Research Center The Internationally renowned academic journal The Plant Journal (IF:6.141) published an online research paper entitled”Genetic mapping identifies a rice naringenin O-glucosyltransferase that influences insect resistance”. The online website of the paper:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tpj.15244

   Glycosyltransferase is a huge gene family enzyme. It has a multi-member gene family and has a wide range of physiological functions. Some glycosyltransferases catalyze terpene The synthesis of small molecular substances such as serotonin, alkaloids and flavonoids participates in plant resistance. Naringenin, as the biochemical precursor of the main flavonoids in rice, has the functions of preventing and controlling ultraviolet damage, pathogen infection and insect feeding. This study identified the rice naringenin glycosyltransferase gene Os07g32020, and found that this gene is related to the resistance of rice to insects. The research results have been applied for national invention patent protection. This discovery can provide target genes for the breeding of resistant rice varieties and lay the material foundation for the research of plant-derived biopesticides.

Yang Zhongyan, a 2018 master student of the School of Resources and Environment, is the first author of the thesis, South China Agricultural University is the first completion unit, and the corresponding authors are Professor Yan Jian and Professor Georg Jander With Professor Ge Honghua. Domestic and foreign scientific research institutions such as Cornell University, Thompson Plant Research, Tottori University, Anhui University, etc. participated in the work. The research was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Guangdong Provincial Fund Project, and the start-up funding for high-level talent introduction from South China Agricultural University.