Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Wen-Ting Bai

Wen-Ting Bai, first author of Earlier Degraded Tapetum1 (EDT1) encodes an ATP-citrate lyase required for tapetum programmed cell death

Current Position: PhD Candidate, National Key Laboratory for Crop Genetics and Germplasm Enhancement, Jiangsu Plant Gene Engineering Research Center, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China

Education: PhD and Master in Department of Crop Genetics and Breeding, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China; Bachelor in Agronomy, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, China

Non-scientific Interests: traveling, swimming and reading

Brief bio: There is always an unusual attraction and driving force in the curiosity and exploration process of the unknown. After graduating from Yangzhou University in 2013, I joined Dr. Jianmin Wan’s lab in Nanjing Agricultural University, and focused on the mining and research of rice fertility genes. We have found many factors that contribute to rice infertility. After studied on a white anther mutant edt1, I found that the only enzyme ACL that controls acetyl-CoA synthesis in cytoplasm can directly or indirectly affect mitochondrial energy metabolism, programmed cell death, and lipid synthesis, which eventually affect the fertility of rice.