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Yunhai Li

Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN

Professor, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

  • 2003 Ph.D, Genetics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  • 1999 M.S, Crop Breeding, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
  • 1996 B.S, Biology, Henan University, China.
  • 2003-2008 Postdoctoral fellow, Research scientist, John Innes Centre, UK.

Research Interests

The size of seeds is an important yield trait in crops, and size control is also a fascinating question in developmental biology. The major aims of our research are to elucidate the genetic and molecular mechanisms that set the final size of seeds and organs, and understand how external and endogenous cues influence seed and organ size and final yield. We are trying to find rational ways to engineer high seed yield in key crops.

Selected Publications

Li N, Xu R, Li Y*. (2019) Molecular networks of seed size control in plants. Annual Review of Plant Biology. 70:435-463.

Liu Z, Li N, Zhang Y, Li Y*. (2020) Transcriptional repression of GIF1 by the KIX-PPD-MYC repressor complex controls seed size in Arabidopsis.Nature Communications. 15;11(1):1846.

Dong H, et al., (2017) Ubiquitylation activates a peptidase that promotes cleavage and destabilization of its activating E3 ligases and diverse growth regulatory proteins to limit cell proliferation in Arabidopsis. Genes & Development 31(2):197-208.

Wang Z., et al., (2016) SCFSAP controls organ size by targeting PPD proteins for degradation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature Communications 7:11192.

Duan, P., et al., (2016) Regulation of OsGRF4 by OsmiR396 controls grain size and yield in rice. Nature Plants 2(1).

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