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Chao, Dai-yin
Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology

Research Focus

Professor Chao is focusing on gene networks controlling homeostasis of mineral nutrients and heavy metals in plants and the genetic basis of plant local adaptation. Taking advantages of ionomics and genetics, he and his colleagues have successfully identified multiple genes controlling plant ionome, such as HAC1, AtTSC10A, HMA3 and APR2. These works were published on PLoS Biology, Plant Cell, PLoS Genetics and Plant Physiology respectively. He also used ionomics to reveal the genetic and molecular basis underlying plant adaptation to environment, which were published on Science, Nature Cell Biology, and Genes & Development.


Professor CHAO Daiyin obtained his bachelor degree in Botany from Anhui University in 2001, and Ph.D degree in 2007 from Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology (SIPPE), Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). In July of 2007, he joined Prof. Salt’s lab in Purdue University as a postdoctoral researcher for studying plant ionomics. After 4 years, he moved to University of Aberdeen in Scotland with Salt lab. In 2013, he returned China and become a group leader in SIPPE, SIBS, CAS. In 2014, he received support of National “1000-youth talents Scheme” . 

Selected Publications

1. Chao DY#, Chen Y, Chen J, Shi S, Chen Z, Wang C, Danku JM, Zhao FJ#, Salt DE#. (2014) Genome-wide Association Mapping Identifies a New Arsenate Reductase Enzyme Critical for Limiting Arsenic Accumulation in Plants. PLoS Biol. 12(12): e1002009.(# Corresponding author) 926 (*co-corresponding author)


2. Chao DY, Baraniecka P, Danku J, Koprivova A, Lahner B, Luo H, Yakubova E, Dilkes B, Kopriva S, Salt DE. (2014) Variation in Sulfur and Selenium Accumulation Is Controlled by Naturally Occurring Isoforms of the Key Sulfur Assimilation Enzyme ADENOSINE 5'-PHOSPHOSULFATE REDUCTASE2 across the Arabidopsis Species Range. Plant Physiol. 166(3):1593-1608


3. Chao DY, Dilkes B, Luo H, Douglas A, Yakubova E, Lahner B, Salt DE. (2013) Polyploids Exhibit Higher Potassium Uptake and Salinity Tolerance in Arabidopsis. Science.341:658-659.


4. Chao DY, Silva A, Baxter I, Huang YS, Nordborg M, Danku J, Lahner B, Yakubova B, Salt DE. (2012) Genome-wide association studies identify Heavy Metal ATPase3 as the primary determinant of natural variation in leaf cadmium in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLOS genetics. 8(9): e1002923.


5. Chao DY*, Gable K*, Baxter I, Chen M, Dietrich CR, Cahoon EB, Guerinot ML, Lahner B, Lu SY, Markham JE, Morrissey J, Han GS, Gupta S, Harmon J, Jaworski JG, Dunn TM, Salt DE. (2011) Spingolipids in the Root Play an Important Role in Regulating the Leaf Ionome in Arabidopsis thaliana . Plant Cell. 23:1061-1081. (*Equal contribution)


6. Chao DY*, Lin HX*. (2010) The tricks that plants use to reach appropriate light. Sci China Life Sci. 53(8): : 916 - 926 (*co-corresponding author)


7. Huang XY*, Chao DY*, Gao JP, Zhu MZ, Shi M, Lin HX. (2009) A previously unknown zinc finger protein, DST, regulates drought and salt tolerance in rice via stomatal aperture control. Genes Dev. 23(15):1805-1817. (*Equal contribution)


8. Sun SY*, Chao DY*, Li XM, Shi M, Gao JP, Zhu MZ, Yang HQ, Luan S, Lin HX. (2009).OsHAL3 mediates a new pathway in the light-regulated growth of rice. Nat Cell Biol. 11(7):845-851. (*Equal contribution)


9. Ge LF*, Chao DY*, Shi M, Zhu MZ, Gao JP, Lin HX. (2008) Overexpression of the trehalose-6-phosphate phosphatase gene OsTPP1 confers stress tolerance in rice and results in the activation of stress responsive genes. Planta. 228(1):191-201. (*Equal contribution)


10. Chao DY, Luo YH, Shi M, Luo D, Lin HX. (2005) Salt-responsive genes in rice revealed by cDNA microarray analysis. Cell Res. 15(10):796-810.


11. Yang H, Richter GL, Wang X, Młodzińska E, Carraro N, Ma G, Jenness M, Chao DY, Peer WA, Murphy AS. (2013) Sterols and sphingolipids differentially function in trafficking of the Arabidopsis ABCB19 auxin transporter. Plant J. 74(1):37-47.


12. Lv MZ, Chao DY, Shan JX, Zhu MZ, Shi M, Gao JP, Lin HX. (2012) Rice carotenoid β-ring hydroxylase CYP97A4 is involved in lutein biosynthesis. Plant Cell Physiol. 53(6):987-1002.  


13. Baxter I, Hermans C, Lahner B, Yakubova E, Tihonova M, Veruggen N, Chao DY, Salt DE. (2012) Biodiversity of mineral nutrient and trace element accumulation in arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS ONE. 7(4):e35121.


14. Becker A, Chao DY, Zhang X, Salt DE, Baxter I (2011) Bulk segregant analysis using single nucleotide polymorphism microarrays. PLoS ONE. 6(1): e15993.


15. Lü S, Zhao H, Parsons EP, Xu C, Kosma DK, Xu X, Chao DY, Lohrey G, Bangarusamy DK, Wang G, Bressan RA, Jenks MA. (2011) The glossyhead1 allele of ACC1 reveals a principal role for multipledomain acetylcoenzyme Acarboxylase in the biosynthesis of cuticular waxes by Arabidopsis. Plant physiol. 157(3):1079-1092.  


16. Gao JP, Chao DY, Lin HX (2008) Toward understanding molecular mechanisms of abiotic stress responses in rice. Rice, 1, 36-51. 


17. Gao JP, Chao DY, Lin HX (2007) Understanding abiotic stress tolerance mechanisms: recent studies on stress response in rice. J Integr Plant Biol. 49 (6): 742-750.


18. Ren ZH, Gao JP, Li LG, Cai XL, Huang W, Chao DY, Zhu MZ, Wang ZY, Luan S, Lin HX. (2005) A rice quantitative trait locus for salt tolerance encodes a sodium transporter. Nat Genet. 37(10):1141-6.


19. Lin HX, Zhu MZ, Yano M, Gao JP, Liang ZW, Su WA, Hu XH, Ren ZH, Chao DY. (2004) QTLs for Na+ and K+ uptake of the shoots and roots controlling rice salt tolerance. Theor Appl Genet. 108(2):253-60.

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