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Yi Li, Professor - Horticultural Plant Biotechnology
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Highlighted Items

-- The ‘gene-deletor’ technology (add pdf-1, pdf-2 here) developed in Li Laboratory may offer a useful tool to remove all functional transgenes from pollen, seeds, fruits and other edible parts of genetically modified (GM) crops when transgene functions are no longer needed or their presence may cause  concerns. The technology could address the environmental and food safety concerns raised against GM plants. For more information, please visit the gene-deletor website (http://gene-deletor.net/) or google “gene-deletor.”

-- Book: “Plant Biotechnology in Ornamental Horticulture” edited by Y. Li & Y. Pei published by Haworth Press, New York, March 2006.
        -- Editorial Reviews - click here

        -- Rated Five Stars & Reviewed by  Dr. Lee Carlson, a top reviewer of Amazon - click here

-- A research article (add pdf-3 here) published by Li Laboratory was highlighted by Faculty of 1000.   “Faculty of 1000 Biology and Medicine are authoritative online services in which almost 5,000 leading researchers and clinicians share their expert opinions by highlighting and evaluating the most important articles in biology and medicine.”

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION

Ph.D. 1989. Plant Physiology & Biochemistry, Dept. of Biology, State Univ. of New York, Syracuse, NY.
B.S. 1982. Forestry, Dept. of Forestry, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China.



POSITIONS

Professor, Department of Plant Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Principal Investigator/Director,   New England Center for Invasive Plants
Head, Transgenic Plant Facility, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

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RESEARCH PROGRAMS

-- Gene-Deletor Technology:   Development and refinement of the ‘gene-deletor’ technology that can be used to address environmental and food safety concerns over transgenic (GM) plants.

--  Invasive Plants and Breeding of Sterile Ornamental Cultivars:   Breeding of sterile cultivars of economically important but highly invasive ornamental crops, such as burning bush (Euonymus alata) and Japanese barberry.

--  Bioenergy Crops:   Genetic improvement of bioenergy crops such as poplar.

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TEACHING PROGRAM

--PLSC 243/343.   Plant Biotechnology. Second semester. Three credits. The course covers principles of recombinant DNA and plant gene transfer technologies, applications of plant biotechnology in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, bioenergy, human/animal health care and pharmaceutical industries, and social and environmental impacts of plant biotechnology.

--PLSC 285/385.  Plant Gene Transfer Techniques. Second semester. Three credits. This laboratory course provides hand on experience of techniques for transgenic plant production, molecular verification and analysis of transgenic plants.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Partial list from a total of 72

Chen Y., L. Lu, X. Yang, H. Duan, W. Deng, R. McAvoy, D. Zhao, W. Smith, C. Thammina, S. von Bodman and Y. Li (2008): Progress report of production of sterile cultivars of euonymus.  Acta Horticulturae. In press.

Xiong, A. S., Peng, R.H., Jing Z.; Feng  G; Li Y., Cheng Z. M. and Yao, Q. H. (2008): Chemical gene synthesis: strategies, softwares, error corrections, and applications. FEMS Microbiology Review. In press.

Luo K., H. Duan, D. Zhao, X. Zheng, W. Deng, Y. Chen, R. McAvoy, X. Jiang, Y. Wu, Y. Pei and Y. Li (2007): A highly efficient system to delete all functional transgenes from pollen of tobacco plants. Acta Horticulturae. 764: 21-31.

Xiong A. S., Peng R. H., Cheng Z. M.,  Li Y., Liu L,  Zhuang J., Gao F., Xu F., Qiao Y.S.  Zhang Z., Chen J. M. and Yao Q. H. (2007): Concurrent mutations in six amino acids in ß-glucuronidase improve its thermostability. Protein Engineering Design and Selection 20: 319-325

Luo M., Xiao Y., Li X., Lu X. Deng W., Li D., Hou L., Li Y. Y. Pei (2007): GhDET2, a steroid 5a-reductase, plays an important role in cotton fiber cell initiation and elongation. Plant Journal.  51: 419–430.

Zheng X., Wei Deng  W.,  Luo K., Duan H., Chen Y. McAvoy R., Song S., Pei Y. and Y. Li (2007): The 5’-CaMV 35S gene sequence alters expression levels and patterns of adjacent tissue- and organ-specific genes. Plant Cell Reports. 203: 1195-1203 (pdf-4).

Cheng, Z.-M., Y. Li, and Z. Zhang (2006): Plant growth regulators used in propagation. In Preece, J. C. Beyl and R. N. Trigiano (eds). Plant Propagation Concepts and Laboratory Exercises. CRC Press. In press.

Luo K., H. Duan, D. Zhao, X. Zheng, W. Deng, Y. Chen, C. N. Stewart Jr, R. McAvoy, Y. Wu, X. Jiang, A. He, Y. Pei and Y. Li (2007): ‘GM-gene-deletor’: fused loxP-FRT recognition sequences dramatically improve efficiency of FLP or Cre recombinase on transgene excision from pollen and seed of tobacco plants. Plant Biotechnology Journal. 5: 263–374 (pdf-1). 

Xiong AS., QH. Yao, R. H. Peng, X. Li, H. Q. Fan, Z. M. Cheng and Y. Li (2006): A Simple, rapid, PCR-based protocol for synthesis of long, accurate DNA sequences. Nature Protocols 1: 791 - 797 (pdf-5).

Luo K. W. Deng, Y. Xiao, X. Zheng, Y. Li and Y. Pei (2006): Leaf senescence is delayed in tobacco plants expressing the maize knotted1 gene under the control of a wound-inducible promoter. Plant Cell Reports. 25(11):1246-54.

Khodakovskaya M., D. Zhao, W. Smith, Y. Li and McAvoy (2006): Expression of ipt gene controlled by an ethylene and auxin responsive fragment of the LEACO1 promoter increases flower number in transgenic Nicotiana tabacum. Plant Cell Reports. 25(11):1181-92 (pdf-6).

Deng W., K. Luo, D. Li, X. Zheng, C. Thammina, Y. Li and Y. Pei: (2006) Overexpression of an Arabidopsis magnesium transporter, AtMGT1, in Nicotiana benthamiana confers tolerance to aluminum. Journal of Experimental Botany. 57: 4235-4243.

Wang J., X. Yang, Y. Li and P. Elliott (2006): Pollination competition effects on gene-flow estimation: using Regular vs. male sterile bait plants. Agronomy Journal.  98:1060-1064.

Li  Y., Z. Cheng, W. Smith, D. Ellis, Y. Chen, L. Lu, R. McAvoy, Y. Pei, W. Deng, C. Thammina, X. Zheng, H. Duan, K. Luo and D. Zhao (2006): Invasive ornamental plants: problems, challenges, and biotech approaches to neutralize their invasiveness. In: Floriculture, Ornamental and Plant Biotechnology (1st Edition) Ed. by J.A. Teixeira da Silva, Vol III. Global Science Books, Japan. 399-406.

Duan, H. Y. Li, Y. Pei, W. Deng, M. Luo, Y. Xiao, K. Luo, L. Lu, W. Smith, R. McAvoy, D. Zhao, X. Zheng and C. Thammina (2006): Auxin, cytokinin and abscisic acid: biosynthetic and catabolic genes and their potential applications in ornamental crops. In: Plant Biotechnology in Ornamental Horticulture.Y. Li and Y. Pei (eds). Haworth Press, New York.679-398  (pdf-7).

Li Y., Z. Cheng, W. Smith, D. Ellis, Y. Chen, L. Lu, R. McAvoy, Y. Pei, W. Deng, C. Thammina, X. Zheng, H. Duan, K. Luo and D. Zhao (2006): Problems and challenges of invasive ornamental plants and molecular tools to control their spread. In: Plant Biotechnology in Ornamental  Horticulture. Y. Li and Y. Pei (eds). Haworth Press, New York. 289-310.

Peng RH, QH Yao, AS. Xiong, ZM. Cheng, Y. Li (2006): Codon-modifications and an endoplasmic reticulum-targeting sequence additively enhance  expression of an Aspergillus phytase gene in transgenic canola. Plant Cell Reports 25(2):124-32.

Duan, H. Y. Li, Y. Pei, W. Deng, M. Luo, Y. Xiao, K. Luo, L. Lu, W. Smith, R. McAvoy, D. Zhao, X. Zheng and C. Thammina (2006): Auxin, Cytokinin and Abscisic Acid: Biosynthetic and Catabolic Genes and Their Potential Applications in Ornamental Crops. Journal of Crop Improvement. 17/18: 347-364.

Li Y., Z. Cheng, W. Smith, D. Ellis, Y. Chen, L. Lu, R. McAvoy, Y. Pei, W. Deng, C. Thammina, X. Zheng, H. Duan, K. Luo and D. Zhao (2006): Problems and Challenges of Invasive Ornamental Plants and Molecular Tools to Control Their Spread. Journal of Crop Improvement. 17/18: 279-310.

Chen Y., L. Lu, W. Deng, X. Yang, R. McAvoy, D. Zhao, Y.Pei, K. Luo, H. Duan, W. Smith, C. Thammina, X. Zheng, D. Ellis, Y. Li (2006): In vitro regeneration and Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of Euonymus alatus Plant Cell Reports. 25(10):1043-51  (pdf-8).

Khodakovskaya M, R. McAvoy, J. H. Peters, Wu H, Y. Li (2006): Enhanced cold tolerance in transgenic tobacco expressing a chloroplast omega-3 fatty acid desaturase gene under the control of a cold-inducible promoter. Planta. 223(5):1090-100  (pdf-9).

Luo K., X. Zheng, Y. Chen,   D. Zhao,  R McAvoy,  Y. Pei and Y. Li (2005): The maize Knotted1 gene as a positive selectable marker gene is effective for Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in tobacco. Plant Cell Reports 21:1-7 (pdf-10).

Khodakovskaya M, Y. Li, J. Li, R. Vankova, J. Malbeck and R. McAvoy (2005): Effects of cor15a-IPT gene expression on leaf senescence in transgenic Petunia x hybrida and Dendranthema x grandiflorum. Journal of Experimental Botany. 56: 1165-75  (pdf-11).

Labb N., T. G. Rials, S. S. Kelley, Z. Cheng, J. Kim and Y. Li (2005): FT-IR Imaging and Pyrolysis-Molecular Beam Mass Spectrometry: New Tools to Investigate Wood Tissues. Wood Science Technologies 39: 61–77.

Xiong A-S, Q.-H. Yao, R.-H. Peng, P.-L. Han, Z.-M. Cheng and Y. Li (2005): High level expression of a recombinant acid phytase gene in Pichia pastoris. Journal of Applied Microbiology 98, 418–428

Li X., R. H. Peng, H. Q. Fan, A.-S. Xiong, Q. H. Yao, Z. M. Cheng, and Y. Li (2005): Vitreoscilla hemoglobin overexpression increases submergence tolerance in cabbage. Plant Cell Rep 23:710–715

Li Y, Z. Cheng, W. Smith, D. Ellis, Y. Chen, X. Zheng, Y. Pei, K. Luo, H. Duan, D. Zhao, Q Yao (2004): Invasive ornamental plants: problems, challenges and molecular tools to neutralize their invasiveness. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences. 23: 381-389 (pdf-12)

Peng R, Yao Q, Xiong A, Fan H, Li X, Peng Y, Cheng ZM, and Y. Li (2004): A new rice zinc-finger protein binds to the O2S box of the alpha-amylase gene promoter. Eur J Biochem.271: 2949-2955

Xiong AS, Yao QH, Peng RH, Li X, Fan HQ, Cheng ZM, and Li Y. (2004): A simple, rapid, high-fidelity and cost-effective PCR-based two-step DNA synthesis method for long gene sequences. Nucleic Acids Res. 32(12):e98.1-10

Fang W, Y. Zhang, X. Yang, H. Duan, Y. Li and Y. Pei (2004): Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation of Beauveria bassiana using an herbicide resistance gene as a selection marker. J. Invertebr Pathol. 85:18-24.

McAvoy R., M. Khodakovskaya, Y. Li, Y. Wu, and S. Xue (2003): Phenotypic Characterization of Petunia Plants Expressing a Indoleacetic Acid (IAA)-lysine Synthetase Transgene Driven by a Shoot Specific Promoter. Acta Horticulturae 625: 379-385.

Li Y. , H. Duan, Y. H. Wu, R. J. McAvoy , Y. Pei, D. Zhao, J. Wurst, Q. Li and K. Luo (2003): Transgenics of Plant Hormones and Their Potential Application in Horticultural Crops. In: Genetically Modified Crops, their Development, Uses, and Risks. Ed. GH Liang and DZ Skinner. Haworth Press, New York. 101-112 (pdf-13).

Khodakovskaya M,M.McAvoy and Y. Li (2003): The effect of temperature and continuous dark conditions on chlorophyll stability in leaves of Petunia ‘Marco Polo Odyssey’ transformed with a cold-inducible ipt fusion gene. HortScience 38(5): 725-726.

Liu QL., XJ Zhang, Y. Li, SS. Wang and XJ. Jiang (2001): Studies on the proton pumping activity of H+-ATPase in tonoplast vesicles of Populus euphratica. Acta Botanic Sinica. 43(5): 495-500

Li Y., Y. Wu, H. R. McAvoy, and H. Duan (2001): Transgenics in Crops, Biotechnology Annual Review 2000, Ed. by M. R. EL-Gewely, Elsevier, 435-456 (pdf-14).

Wu, Y., Q. Li, J. Zhang, Z. Zheng, S. Xue and Y. Li (2000): Molecular characterization of two MADS box genes from tobacco plants, Sexual Plant Reproduction, 13: 163-169  (pdf).

Liu, Q., S. Wang, Y. Li, and X. Jiang (2000): Purification of tonoplasts from Populus euphratica and its H+-pumping activity, J. Biochem. Mol. Biol., 16: 372-376.

Li, Y., Y. Wu, G. Hagen, and T. J. Guilfoyle (1999): Expression of the GH3/GUS gene as a molecular marker for auxin physiology. Plant and Cell Physiology, 40:675-682  (pdf-15).

Li, Y.  (1998):  Molecular mechanisms of auxin and cytokinin action.  In Molecular Mechanisms of Plant Growth and Development. Eds Z. Xu and C. Liu.  Scientific Publishing House, Beijing, pp

Zhang, JS., Y. Wu, Q. Li, and Y. Li (1998): Molecular cloning and expression pattern of a cDNA from tobacco, Nfbp6, a homologue of the petunia FBP6 floral identity gene.  Plant Sexual Reproduction, 11:113-117 (pdf-16).

Strabala, T. J., Y. Wu, and Y. Li (1996): Combinatorial effects of cytokinin and auxin transport inhibitors: alteration of organogenesis and organ development from the shoot apical meristem. 
Plant and Cell Physiology, 37:1178-1182 (
pdf-17).

Walton, D. C., and Y. Li (1995): Abscisic acid biosynthesis and metabolism. In Plant Hormones  Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2nd edition. (Davies P. J. ed). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands  pp. 140-157(pdf-18).

Li, Y. (1995): Auxin-regulated gene expression and localized overproduction of phytohormones in transgenic plants.  In Proceedings of International Forestry Research Organization: Biotechnology in Forestry. Eds S. Wang and X. Jiang. China Forestry Publishing House, Beijing, pp 29-40.

Guilfoyle, T.J., G. Hagen, Y. Li, Y., Z. Liu, Z., Ulmasov, T. and Strabala, T. (1994): Auxin-regulated gene expression. NATO ASI series. Cell Biology, 81:173-181.

Li, Y., Z.-B Liu, X. Shi, G. Hagen, and T. J. Guilfoyle (1994): An auxin-inducible element (AuxRE) in soybean SAUR promoters. Plant Physiology, 106: 37-43 (pdf-19).

Li, Y., X. Shi, T. J. Strabala, G. Hagen, and T. J. Guilfoyle (1994): Transgenic tobacco plants that overproduce cytokinin show increased tolerance to exogenous auxin and auxin transport inhibitors.  Plant Science, 100: 9-14.

Li, Y., T. J. Strabala, G. Hagen, and T. J. Guilfoyle (1994): The soybean SAUR open reading frame contains a cis-element responsible for cycloheximide-induced  mRNA accumulation.  Plant Molecular Biology, 24:715-723 (pdf-20).

Guilfoyle T.J., G. Hagen, Y. Li, T. Ulmasov, Z. Liu, T. Strabala, M.A. Gee, and G. Martin (1993): Auxin-regulation transcription. Austral J. Plant Physiology, 20: 489-506.

Li, Y., G. Hagen, and T. J. Guilfoyle (1992): Altered morphology in transgenic tobacco plants that overproduce cytokinins in specific tissues and organs.  Developmental Biology, 153: 386-395 (pdf-21).

Guilfoyle, T.J., G. Hagen, Y. Li, M.A. Gee, G. Martin, and T. N. Ulmasov (1992): 11) Guilfoyle T.J., G. Hagen, Y. Li, T. Ulmasov, Z. Liu, T. Strabala, M.A. Gee, and G. Martin (1993): Auxin-regulation transcription. Austral J. Plant Physiology, 20: 489-506.

Guilfoyle, T.J., G. Hagen, Y. Li, M.A. Gee, G. Martin, and T. N. Ulmasov (1992): Transcriptional regulation of auxin-responsive genes. Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture.  Progress in Plant Growth Regulation (CM Karssen, LC Van Loon, and D Vreugdenhil, eds) Kluwer Academic Publisher, Dordrect. pp. 128-135.   

Guilfoyle, T.J., G. Hagen, Y. Li, M.A. Gee, T. N. Ulmasov, and G. Martin (1992): Expression of auxin-responsive genes in soybean and transgenic tobacco.  Biochem. Soc. Trans., 20:97-101.

Li, Y., G. Hagen, and T. J. Guilfoyle (1991): An auxin-responsive promoter is differentially induced by auxin gradients during tropisms. Plant Cell, 3:1167-1175 (pdf-21).

Hagen, G., G. Martin, Y. Li, and T. J. Guilfoyle (1991): Auxin-induced expression of soybean GH3 promoter in transgenic tobacco plants. Plant Molecular Biology, 17, 567-579.

Li Y. and D. C. Walton (1990): Effects of cycloheximide on abscisic acid biosynthesis and stomatal aperture in bean leaves. Plant Physiology, 93:128-130 (pdf-22).

Li Y. and D. C. Walton (1990): Violaxanthin is an abscisic acid precursor in dark-grown bean leaves. Plant Physiology, 92: 551-559 (pdf-23).

Li Y. and D. C. Walton (1987): Xanthophylls and abscisic acid biosynthesis in water-stressed bean leaves. Plant Physiology, 85:910-915 (pdf-24).

Walton D. C., Y. Li, J. Neil, and R. Hogan (1985):  Biosynthesis of abscisic acid: a progress report. In “Current Topics in Plant Biochemistry and Physiology”. D. D. Randall, D.G. Blevins and R.L. Larson eds. Columbia, MO. 111-117.


OTHER   


-- Li Y., Duan H. and Smith W. (2007): Gene-deletor: a new tool to address concerns over GE crops (pdf-2). USDA Information Systems for Biotechnology News Report. June 2007.

BOOK PUBLISHED and PATENTS

-- Y. Li and Y. Pei (2007):   Plant Biotechnology in Ornamental Horticulture
   Haworth Press, New York, USA.

-- patent granted   http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6268552.html

-- 2 pending.


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RESEARCH GRANTS

RESEARCH GRANTS RECEIVED (Since 2000)

-- As the PI received: $2.7 million.

-- As a Co-PI received: $0.17 million (to Li’s Lab).

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INVITED PRESENTATIONS
INVITED PRESENTATIONS (Since 2000)

--Invited seminar speaker: Transgenic Approach to understand plant hormone action, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, October 16 2000.

--Invited symposium speaker: Manipulation of endogenous plant hormone contents and its applications in crop improvement, American Society of Agronomy Annual Meeting’s Sorghum symposium, Minneapolis, November 9, 2000.

--Invited plenary symposium speaker: Plant Biotechnology and Its Impact on 21 Century, Second International High-Tech Trade Fair, Shenzhen, China, October 14, 2000.

--Invited symposium speaker: Gene-Transfer-Mediated Regulation of Plant Hormone Contents in Transgenic Plants, Nanjing Sino-America  Agricultural Biotechnology Symposium 2000, Nanjing, October 11, 2000.

--Invited symposium speaker: Plant biotechnology and its applications in agricultural and biomedical industries. The 3rd International conference on High Tech, Guanzhou, December 28, 2000.

--Invited seminar speaker: Gene-Transfer-Mediated Regulation of Plant Hormone Contents in Transgenic Plants, Zhongshan University, Guanzhou, December 29, 2000.

--Invited seminar speaker: Gene-Transfer-Mediated Regulation of Plant Hormone Contents in Transgenic Plants, Sichuan University, Chendu, January 9, 2001.

--Invited seminar speaker: Transgenic approach to auxin action: from earth to space. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, March 2, 2001.

--Invited seminar speaker: Transgenic plants as bioreactors to produce pharmaceuticals. Biotech and Business Adventure Symposium, New York, NY, April 14, 2001.

--Invited symposium speaker: Manipulation of endogenous plant hormone contents and its applications in crop improvement, Beijing Forestry University, July, 2001

--Invited symposium speaker: Genetic manipulation of phytohormones in transgenic plants, Biotech Plant Workshop, Kunming, January 21, 2002.

--Invited symposium speaker: Gene transfer-mediated manipulation of plant hormones in transgenic plants, International Symposium on Advances in Tree Development & Biotechniques, Beijing, August 16, 2001.

--Invited seminar speaker: Transgenic Approach to understand plant hormone action, China Agricultural University, Beijing, August 18, 2001.

--Invited seminar speaker: Gene transfer-mediated regulation of plant hormone contents in and improvement of horticultural crops. UConn CANR Graduate Research Forum, April, 2002.

--Invited seminar speaker: Gene transfer techniques-mediated improvement of agricultural and horticultural crops, College of Life Sciences, Northwest Agricultural University, Yangling, P. R. China, July 22, 2002.

--Invited seminar speaker: Gene transfer techniques-mediated improvement of horticultural crops, Biotechnology Center, Southwest Agricultural University, Chongqing, P. R. China, July 26, 2002.

--Invited seminar speaker: 1) Plant biotechnology and agriculture; 2) Gene transfer techniques-mediated improvement of agricultural and horticultural crops, College of Life Sciences, Guizhou University, Guiyang, P. R. China, July 31, 2002.

--Invited seminar speaker: College of Science and Technology for Food and Nutrition, China Agricultural University, Beijing, P. R. China, August 7, 2002.

--Invited seminar speaker: Transgenic approaches to auxin action and genetic improvement of horticultural crops. Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee. Knoxville, Tennessee, November 21, 2002

--Invited seminar speaker: Transgenic approaches to improvement of horticultural crops. Department of Horticulture, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, March 14, 2003.


--Invited seminar speaker: “Biotech approach to neutralize invasive plants” New England Invasive Plant Submit Meeting on Sept. 19, 2003


--Invited seminar speaker: Plant Biotechnology Workshop (2003), Chongqing, P. R. China Nov 3-5, 2003

--Invited seminar speaker: China Agriculture University, Beijing, P. R. China Nov 7, 2003

--Invited lecture: Science Day, Connecticut Gardener and the Environment, Falls Village CT, Mar 13, 2004

--Invited seminar speaker: “Controlled removal of transgenes from pollen and seeds of dicot plants.” Southwest Agriculture University, Chongqing, P. R. China June 8, 2004

--Invited workshop speaker: “Biotech approach to neutralize invasiveness of exotic ornamental plants.” 2004 Biotech Workshop, Annual Meeting of American Society of Horticulture Science, Austin, Texas, July 17-21.

--Invited workshop speaker: “Controlled removal of GM genes from pollen and seeds.” 2004 Biotech Workshop, Annual Meeting of American Society of Horticulture Science, Austin, Texas, July 17 -21

--Invited seminar speaker: “Biotech approaches to control undesirable spread of GM genes and invasive plants.” USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia. September 21, 2004.

--Invited seminar speaker: “Biotech approaches to improve biomass production of poplar and to produce transgene free pollen and seed from transgenic plants: Department of Plant Science, University of Tennessee, April 21, 2006

--Invited seminar speaker: “Biotech approaches to improve biomass production of poplar and to produce transgene-free pollen and seed from transgenic plants.”  DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Knoxville, Tennessee, April 24, 2006.

--Invited symposium presentation: “Biotech approaches to improve biomass production of poplar”: The Fourth International Poplar Symposium, Nanjing, China. June 4-9, 2006.

--Invited seminar speaker: “Genetic improvement of biomass production of poplar.” Southwest University, Chongqing, China. June 12, 2006.

--Invited seminar speaker: “Biotech approaches to improve biomass production of poplar.” Guizhou University, Guiyang, China. June 17, 2006.

--Invited keynote symposium speaker: “GM gene deletor system for production of GM gene free pollen and seed from GM plants.” Symposium 10: Plant Biotechnology: From Bench to Commercialization. 27th International Horticultural Congress & International Horticultural Exhibition, Seoul Korea. August 13-19, 2006.

--Invited keynote symposium speaker: “Biotech approach to neutralize invasiveness of exotic plants.” Symposium 2: Asian Plants with Unique Horticultural Potential. 27th International Horticultural Congress & International Horticultural Exhibition, Seoul Korea. August 13-19, 2006.

--Invited speaker for Biofuel Symposium: “Genetic Improvement of Bioenergy crops.” Storrs, CT, USA on January 8, 2007.

--Invited speaker for International Conference “Plant Transformation Technologies”: “GM gene deletor” to delete GM genes form pollen and seed for vegetatively propagated plants. Vienna, Austria, February 4-7, 2007.

--Invited seminar speaker: “The ‘gene-deletor’ technology and genetic Improvement of Bioenergy Crops”. Monsanto Company, Mystic, CT. May 4, 2007

--Invited seminar speaker: “The ‘gene-deletor’ technology and genetic Improvement of Bioenergy Crops.” Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. May 8, 2007

--Invited symposium speaker: “Biotech approach to neutralize invasiveness of exotic ornamentals”. Symposium: Invasion Biology and Management Under Changing Climates, EcoSummit-2007, Beijing, China. May 23, 2007.

--Invited seminar speaker:  The ‘gene-deletor’ technology and genetic improvement of poplar plants.”  College of Life Sciences, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, P. R. China. May 24, 2007.

--Invited seminar speaker:  The ‘gene-deletor’ technology.”  National Laboratory of Agricultural Biotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing, P. R. China. May 25, 2007.

--Invited seminar speaker: “The ‘gene-deletor’ technology.”  The Ministry of Agriculture of P. R. China. May 28, 2007.

--Invited conference speaker: Genetic improvement of biomass production and development of the ‘gene-deletor’ technology for energy crops." Annual Meeting of Northeast Section of American Society of Plant Biologists, Syracuse, NY. June 1, 2007.

--Invited seminar speaker:  The ‘gene-deletor’ technology and its potential applications.”  College of Life Sciences, Sanxia University, Nichang, Hubei, P. R. China. July 26, 2007.

--Invited seminar speaker:  The ‘gene-deletor’ technology and its potential applications.”  College of Life Sciences, Hubei University, Wuhan, Hubei, P. R. China. July 27, 2007.

--Invited seminar speaker:  The ‘gene-deletor’ technology and its potential applications.”  College of Horticultural Sciences, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, Hubei, P. R. China. July 27, 2007.

--Invited seminar speaker:  The ‘gene-deletor’ technology and its potential applications.”  Chinese National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China. July 31, 2007.

--Invited symposium speaker:  “Two new tools for genetic improvement of cellulosic energy crops: the ‘gene-deletor’ and “growth promoting’ technologies."  The Northeast Sun Grant Regional Feedstock Summit. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. November 11-13, 2007.

--Invited seminar speaker:  “The ‘gene-deletor’ technology and its potential applications."  Cornell University’s Geneva Experiment Station and USDA Agricultural Research Station, Geneva, NY. November 13, 2007.

--Invited workshop speaker: "The 'gene-deletor': a new tool to address potential invasive and gene flow problems of transgenic bioenergy crops." Plant and Animal Genome XVI Conference. San Diego, California. January 12-16, 2008.

--Invited speaker of Mini-Symposium for Plant Biotechnology, Annual Meeting of American Society of Plant Biologists: " Gene-deletor: a tool to eliminate all transgenes in pollen and seed when their functions are no longer nee ded or their presence can cause concerns. Merida, Mexico. June 26-July 1, 2008.

--Invited colloquium speaker for Annual Conference of American Society of Horticultural Science: "The 'gene-deletor' technology and mutational breeding techniques in development of non-invasive forms of exotic horticultural crops." Orlando, FL. July 21-24, 2008.

--Invited speaker for the Biotechnology Workshop of Annual Conference of American Society of Horticultural Science: "The newly developed ‘gene-deletor’ technology and its potential applications in transgenic agriculture.” Orlando, FL. July 21-24, 2008.


INVITED GRANT, MANUSCRIPT and BOOK REVIEW


-- Panelist for NIH, USDA, DOE, NASA and SunGrant.

-- Ad hoc reviewer for NIH, USDA, NSF, DOE, NASA, SunGrant, Hong Kong University  Grants Committee, Chinese NSF and Ministry of Science and Technology of China.

-- Member of editorial broads or associate and guest editor for 4 journals.

-- Manuscript review for 17 journals.

-- Reviewer for 2 book proposals.



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-- Soybean Export Weekly    click here

--Peak Oil News   click here

-- Another Blasted Weblog   click here

-- Greenedia   click here 

-- Checkmate Public   click here
 

 

 

In Foreign Languages

 

-- In News – Point –Nr    click here  

-- Forskarbloggen: Jens Sundström   click here

- -Biotechnolog.pl      click here

-- Sevt Biotechnologii    click here   

--BioTechnolog.pl   click here  

-- Ekolist   click here    

-- Inf’OGM   click here   

-- IAS Vien KHOA Hoc   click here

-- Farmer-Zboza   click here  

-- Agrodigital   click here 

-- Science & Technology Daily   click here  

-- Science & Technology Daily   click here  

-- Bionline    click here    

-- Biotechnology Vietnam   click here

 

2) “Seedless Fruit Technology”

-- Science Blog   click here 

-- Bio-Medicine   click here   

-- USDA Informatuion Systems for Biotechnology News Report    click here

-- Science and You    click here  


 

3) Other Items

-- USA Today (Magazine)   click here

-- Aerospace scholars - NASA    click here

-- UConn Advance    click here

-- Chicago Sun-Times/HinghBeam Research   click here

-- UConn Newsmakers-1998   click here

-- UConn Newsmakers - 1998   click here

 

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University of Connecticut


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Department of Plant Science
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