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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 41 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. Tian J, Lu X, Chen Q, Kuang X, Liang C*, Deng L, Lin D, Cai K, Tian J*. 2020. Phosphorus fertilization affects soybean rhizosphere phosphorus dynamics and the bacterial community in karst soils. Pant and Soil. Doi:10.1007/s11104-020-04662-6.
  2. Liu Y, Xue Y, Xie B, Zhu S, Lu X, Liang C*, Tian J*. 2020. Complex gene regulation between young and old soybean leaves in responses to manganese toxicity. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 155: 231-242; Doi:10.1016/j.plaphy.2020.07.002
  3. Zhu S, Chen M, Liang C, Xue Y, Lin S, Tian J*. 2020. Characterization of purple acid phosphatase family and functional analysis of GmPAP7a/7b involved in extracellular ATP utilization in soybean. Frontier in Plant Science, 11: 661. Doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00661.
  4. Mo X, Zhang M, Liang C, Cai L, Tian J*. 2019. Integration of metabolome and transcriptome analyses highlights soybean roots responding to phosphorus deficiency by modulating phosphorylated metabolite processes. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 139: 697-706; doi:10.1016/j.plaphy.2019.04.033.
  5. Xue YB, Zhuang QL, Zhu SN, Xiao B, Liang CY, Liao H, Tian J*. 2018. Genome wide transcriptome analysis reveals complex regulatory mechanisms underlying phosphate homeostasis in soybean nodules. International Journal of Molecular Science, 19, 2924; doi:10.3390/ijms19102924
  6. Liu PD, Cai ZF, Chen ZJ, Mo XH, Ding XP, Liang CY, Liu GD, Tian J*. 2018. A root-associated purple acid phosphatase, SgPAP23, mediates extracellular phytate-P utilization in Stylosanthes guianensis. Plant, Cell and Environment. 41:2821–2834
  7. Xue Y, Xiao B, Zhu S, Mo X, Liang C, Tian J*, Liao H. 2017. GmPHR25, a phosphate starvation up-regulated GmPHR member controls phosphate homeostasis in soybean. Journal of Experimental Botany. 68: 4951-4967.
  8. Liu PD, Xue YB, Chen ZJ, Liu GD*, Tian J*. 2016. Characterization of purple acid phosphatases involved in extracellular dNTP utilization in StylosanthesJournal of Experimental Botany. 67:4141-4154
  9. 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
  10. 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;
  11. 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;
  12. 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;
  13. 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;