Jinfang Qi, co-first author of “Transcription factor OsSNAC1 positively regulates nitrate transporter gene expression in rice”
Current Position: free profession
2017-2021, Huazhong Agricultural University, Master
2013-2017, Huazhong Agricultural University, Bachelor
Non-scientific Interests: Music, jogging
Brief bio: I joined the Plant Nutrition Biology Group of Huazhong Agricultural University for master degree in 2017, and graduated from Huazhong Agricultural University in 2021. My research interest is mainly focused on the molecular mechanism of NAC transcription factors involved in the regulation of nitrogen uptake and transport in rice plant. In this study, we found that a NAC transcription factor in rice, OsSNAC1, played a positive role in regulating NO3– uptake through directly binding to the upstream promoter regions of nitrate transporter genes OsNRT2.1/2.2 and OsNRT1.1A/1.1B, which activated their expression levels and improved the nitrogen use efficiency, plant growth, and yield production. Our results may provide a potential genetic approach for improving crop NUE in agriculture.