Salt tolerance in soybean
Yeast transport assays, in situ PCR, molecular biology
Yue Qu (Julian) made the journey from China to Australia in 2009, to finish his undergraduate degree (BBiotech) at the University of Newcastle, Australia. After that, he did his 2 years Masters studies (MBiotech) at the University of Adelaide. In 2013, he was awarded Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and Australian Centre Plant Functional Genomics Prize. In 2014, he started his PhD research following up his Master’s work on soybean salinity tolerance in A/Prof Matt Gilliham’s lab at the Waite Campus, the University of Adelaide, sponsored by the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.
Soybean (Glycine Max) is a major agricultural crop, widely used in providing food for humans and animals. Its germplasm displays a spectrum of salt tolerance phenotypes, but the information available regarding the salt stress response and possible tolerance mechanisms in soybean is still limited.
Julian’s research is focusing on investigating salinity tolerance mechanisms in soybean. His project is cooperated with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in China.
§ = communicating author, † = Equal contribution
Qu Y, Guan R, Qiu L, Gilliham M (2015) Improving the salinity tolerance of soybean. Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB) Newsletter
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Guan R†, Qu Y†, Guo Y†, Yu L, Liu Y, Jiang J, Chen J, Ren Y, Liu G, Tian L, Jin L, Liu Z, Hong H, Chang R, Gilliham M§, Qiu L§ (2014) Salinity tolerance in soybean is modulated by natural variation in GmSALT3. The Plant Journal 80:937-50.
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