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Biography of Jiang TIAN


Jiang TIAN, Professor. Our research focuses on genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying legume root growth and development regulated by mineral nutrient stresses. Recently, I have received more than ten major grants, including one grant for The Excellent Young Scientist from National Natural Science Foundation of China. We have published more than 34 papers in the esteemed journals, including Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Plant Physiology and New Phytologist.


Ph.D. in Crop Genetics and Breeding, South China Agricultural University, 2004. Advisor: Xiaolong Yan;

M.S. in Crop Genetics and Breeding, South China Agricultural University, 2001. Advisor: Yuesheng Yang;

B.S. in Tea Science, South China Agricultural University, 1998

Working Experience

Visiting Scholar, Department of Plant Science, Cornell University, USA, 2011.11-2012.02;

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University, USA, 2006-2007;

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Horticulture, Purdue University, USA, 2005-2006;

Visiting student, Department of Biology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China, 2003.

Main Research Grants and Fellowship

1) Molecular mechanisms underlying phosphorus mobilization and acquisition in soybean roots, Ministry of Science and Technology of China, 1,300,000 RMB, 2016-2020;

2) Foundation for High-level Talents in Guangdong Province, 800,000 RMB, 2016-2018;

3) Physiological and molecular mechanisms of soybean nodule specifically adaptive to phosphorus deficiency, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 1,000,000 RMB, 2015-2017;

4) Functions of GmNEF1 involved in regulating soybean nodule adaptation to phosphorus deficiency, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 800,000 RMB, 2014-2017;

5) Functions of HAD, protein phosphatases involved in regulation of soybean roots responsive to phosphate starvation, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 250,000 RMB, 2012-2014.

Recent Publication (*Correspondence author)

1)Liu PD, Xue YB, Chen ZJ, Liu GD*, Tian J*. 2016. Characterization of purple acid phosphatases involved in extracellular dNTP utilization in Stylosanthes. Journal of Experimental Botany. 67:4141-4154;

2)Sun LL, Tian J, Zhang HY, Liao H*. 2016. Phytohormone regulation of root growth triggered by P deficiency or Al toxicity. Journal of Experimental Botany. 67:3655-3664;

3)Chen ZJ, Yan W, Sun LL, Tian J*, Liao H*. 2016. Proteomic analysis reveals growth inhibition of soybean roots by manganese toxicity is associated with alteration of cell wall structure and lignification. Journal of Proteomics. 143:151-160;

4)Chen ZJ, Sun LL, Liu PD, Liu GD, Tian J*, Liao H. 2015. Malate synthesis and secretion mediated by a manganese-enhanced malate dehydrogenase confers superior manganese tolerance in Stylosanthes guianensisPlant Physiology. 167:176-188;

5)Yao ZF, Tian J*, Liao H. 2014. Comparative characterization of GmSPX members reveals that GmSPX3 is involved in phosphate homeostasis in soybean. Annals of Botany. 114:477-488;

6)Yao ZF, Liang CY, Zhang Q, Chen ZJ, Xiao BX, Tian J*, Liao H. 2014. SPX1 is an important component in the phosphorus signalling network of common bean regulating root growth and phosphorus homeostasis. Journal of Experimental Botany. 65:3299-3310;

7)Sun LL, Liang CY, Chen ZJ, Liu PD, Tian J*, Liu GD*, Liao H. 2014. Superior Al tolerance of Stylosanthes is mainly achieved by malate synthesis through an Al-enhanced malic enzyme, SgME1. New Phytologist. 202:209-219;

8)Liang CY, Wang JX, Zhao J, Tian J, Liao H. 2014. Control of phosphate homeostasis through gene regulation in crops. Current Opinion in Plant Biology. 21:59-66;

9)Liang CY, Tian J*, Liao H. 2013. Proteomics dissection of plant responses to mineral nutrient deficiency. Proteomics. 13:624-636;

10)Liang CY, Piñeros M, Tian J, Yao ZF, Sun LL, Liu JP, Shaff J, Coluccio A, Kochian L, Liao H. 2013. Low pH, aluminum and phosphorus coordinately regulate malate exudation through GmALMT1 to improve soybean adaptation to acid soils. Plant Physiology. 161:1347-1361;

11) Tian J, Wang X, Tong Y, Chen X, Liao H. 2012. Bioengineering and management for efficient phosphorus utilization in crops and pastures. Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 23:866–871;

12) Qin L, Zhao J, Tian J, Chen L, Sun Z, Guo Y, Lu X, Gu M, Xu G, Liao H. 2012. The high-affinity phosphate transporter GmPT5 regulates phosphate transport to nodules and nodulation in soybean. Plant Physiology. 159:1634-43;

13) Liang CY, Sun LL, Yao ZF, Liao H, Tian J*. 2012. Comparative analysis of PvPAP gene family and their functions in response to phosphorus deficiency in common bean. PLoS ONE. 7(5): e38106;

14) Liang CY, Chen ZJ, Yao ZF, Tian J*, Liao H. 2012. Characterization of two putative protein phosphatase genes and their involvement in phosphorus efficiency in Phaseolus vulgarisJournal of Integrative Plant Biology. 54: 400-411;

15) Gao X, Lu X, Wu M, Zhang H, Chen X, Pan R, Tian J, Li S, Liao H. 2012. Co-inoculation with rhizobia and AMF inhibited soybean red crown rot: from field study to plant defense-related gene expression analysis. PloS ONE. 7(3): e33977;

16) Qin L, Jiang H, Tian J, Zhao J, Liao H. 2011. Rhizobia enhance acquisition of phosphorus from different sources by soybean plants. Plant and Soil. 349:25-36;

17) Chen Z, Cui Q, Liang C, Sun L, Tian J*, Liao H. 2011. Identification of differentially expressed proteins in soybean nodules under phosphorus deficiency through proteomic analysis. Proteomics. 11: 4648-4659;

18) Ao JH, Fu JB, Tian J, Yan XL, Liao H. 2010. Genetic variability for root morph-architecture traits and root growth dynamics as related to phosphorus efficiency in soybean. Functional Plant Biology. 37: 304-312;

19) Liang CY, Tian J, Lam HM, Lim BL, Yan XL, Liao H. 2010. Biochemical and molecular characterization of PvPAP3, a novel purple acid phosphatase isolated from common bean enhancing extracellular ATP utilization. Plant Physiology. 152: 854-865;

20) Du YM, Tian J, Liao H, Bai CJ, Yan XL, Liu GD. 2009. Aluminum tolerance and high phosphorus efficiency helps Stylosanthes better adapt to low-P acid soils. Annals of Botany. 103: 1239-1247;

21) Wang XR, Wang YX, Tian J, Yan XL, Liao H. 2009. Overexpressing AtPAP15 enhances phosphorus efficiency in soybean. Plant Physiology. 151: 233-240;

22) Xing JP, Xu Y, Tian J, Gianfagna T, Huang B. 2009. Suppression of shade- or heat-induced leaf senescence in creeping bentgrass through transformation with the ipt gene for cytokinin synthesis. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. 134:602-609;

23) Xu Y, Tian J, Gianfagna Y, Huang BR. 2009. Effects of SAG12-ipt expression on cytokinin production, growth and senescence of creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera L.) under heat stress. Plant Growth Regulation. 57: 281-291;

24) Tian J, Belanger FC, Huang BR. 2009. Identification of heat stress-responsive genes in heat-adapted thermal Agrostis scabra by suppression subtractive hybridization. Journal of Plant Physiology. 166: 588-601.