Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Hongyu Wu

Hongyu Wu, first author of An efficient system for Ds transposon tagging in Brachypodium distachyon L.

Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow, State Key Laboratory of Crop Biology, College of Horticulture Science and Engineering, Shandong Agricultural University, Tai’an, Shandong 271018, China

Education: PhD of Cell Biology (2018), State Key Laboratory of Crop Biology, College of Life Sciences, Shandong Agricultural University, Tai’an, Shandong 271018, China

Non-scientific Interests: walking, painting, play badminton

Brief bio: I have great interests on plants. When I was an undergraduate student, I went to a lab to learn experimental skills on the tissue culture of Rhododendron. Later I’m quite lucky and joined Prof. Hailong An’s group at Shandong Agricultural University to pursue for PhD degree. At this stage, I started to work on Ac/Ds transposon tagging in Brachypodium distachyon. Then we established an efficient Ac/Ds transposon tagging system and population in B. distachyon. The Ac transposase cassette and Ds element were constructed in the same T-DNA and segregate in next generation. Based on G418 and GFP assays, the Ds-only plants could be isolated easily at an efficiency about 10% from the segregating progenies. So far the Ds population reached to a number of 710 and Ac transposase cassette only lines were obtained, which is a good resource for regional mutagenesis of any gene of interest in B. distachyon. In my current position, I will continue my research on Brachypodium and extend to the turf grasses.