Lingmin Cai, first author of “The coiled-coil protein gene WPRb confers recessive resistance to Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus”
Current Position: Ph.D candidate in Vegetable Science, Zhejiang University
Education: Bachelor of Plant Protection, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University
Non-scientific Interests: Cooking and Traveling
Brief bio: I started my research when I joined Prof. Yang Jinghua’s lab in 2018 at Zhejiang University with a focus on the mechanism of watermelon resistance to Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV). In this study, we mapped a WPRb gene that could affect callose deposition after CGMMV infection, which contributes to resistance or tolerance to CGMMV in plants. At the same time, I took part in the breeding of viruses resistance watermelon varieties and constructed several viruses resistant populations. I also developed some KASP molecular markers for field-assisted breeding of watermelon and melon. In addition, a set of efficient genetic transformation systems for watermelon was optimized, which laid the foundation for the identification of functional genes in watermelon. Currently, the host factors associated with CGMMV are still being explored, and it is expected to provide new ideas for the breeding and improvement of watermelon in the future.
论文：The coiled-coil protein gene WPRb confers recessive resistance to Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus