Chen Chen: Plant Physiology First Author

Chen Chen, co-first author of Maize Interveinal Chlorosis 1 Links the Yang Cycle and Fe Homeostasis through Nicotianamine Biosynthesis”

Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow at Maize Research Center, Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, Beijing, China.

Education: Ph.D. and M.S. National Maize Improvement Center of China, College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.

Non-scientific Interests: reading and playing badminton

Brief bio: 

I joined the group at the National Maize Improvement Center of China as a M.S. and Ph.D. student under the supervision of Prof. Shaojiang Chen and graduated in 2021. Transport and distribution of Fe affect plant growth and development, while transport of Fe may be affected by MTA hydrolyzing. Here we showed that a nonsynonymous mutation in an MTN enzyme, ZmMIC1, led to MTA accumulation and an iron-deficiency phenotype. A new perspective on the interaction between iron-homeostasis and the Yang cycle has been achieved.