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Biography

My research focuses on elucidating (1) mechanisms by which sugar metabolism and signalling regulate plant development, yield formation and stress tolerance and (2) molecular basis of cell expansion and cellulose biosynthesis. I did my BSc, MSc, PhD and Postdoctoral research at Zhejiang University, China, University of Newcastle, Australia and University of Florida, USA, respectively. I then developed and led a program in CSIRO, Australia on cotton fibre biology and genetic engineering for ten years. I also served as Group Leader and Adjunct Professor on sugar metabolism in Chinese Academy of Science. In later 2007, I took up an academic position from University of Newcastle where I set up the Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement (ACRCCI) and served as Director since its inception, see http://www.newcastle.edu.au/research-centre/acrcci/

I have published in top journals including Plant Cell. Over the last 5 years (2007-2012) I have had 28 publications. Among them, 15 articles were published in journals with impact factor (IF) >5 and 2 papers appeared in journals with IF > 10, being among the top 5% and 1% in the Plant Science category. I am the first or senior author for 90% of all my publications.

As the Director of ACRCCI, I have spearheaded the Centre to fruitful research outcomes. Evidence of success includes: (a) Implemented frequent reciprocal research visits by Centre members and launched multiple collaborative projects; (b) Published 10 joint papers in peer-reviewed ERA A and A+ journals; (c) Expansion of the Centre with more partner groups joining in from both countries and PhD students recruited from partner institutes and (d) Wining funding support from Australia Federal Government (DIISRTE) and International partners.

Overall, my research has been internationally recognised by, for example, (1) Invitations to write for world renowned Annual Review of Plant Biology and Trends in Plant Sciences (2) Winning prestigious awards (e.g. ASPS Goldacre Medal) and grants such as ARC DPs; (3) Invitations to organise or chair international meetings and to serve on editorial boards of three International journals and organise special issues (see below).

Research

Research keywords

  • Abiotic stress tolerance
  • Aquaporin and water transport
  • Cell expansion and cell wall biosynthesis
  • Seed, fruit and cotton fibre development
  • Sugar metabolism, transport and signalling

Research expertise

My research focuses on elucidating (1) mechanisms by which sugar metabolism, transport and signalling regulate fruit and seed and fibre development and (2) molecular basis of plant cell expansion and cellulose synthesis. We use molecular, genetic, biochemical, cell biology approaches to address these issues, key for understanding fundamental Plant Biology and designing innovative tools to improve crop productivity and stress tolerance for food, fuel and fibre. Both research activities are funded by ARC Discovery Program as well as other national and international funding bodies. Major discoveries include:

  • A substantial proportion of cell wall invertase (CWIN) activity is capped by its inhibitory protein in vivo. Elevation of CWIN activity by silencing its inhibitor increases seed weight and fruit sugar levels and delays leaf aging (Jin et al 2009 Plant Cell; Ruan et al 2010 Molecular Plant).
  • Novel findings on the role of CWIN in endosperm nuclear division and embryonic provascular development, thereby regulating early seed development (Wang & Ruan 2012 Plant Physiology), contrasting to that of sucrose synthase (Sus) which is involved in cell wall synthesis in transfer cells and endosperm (Ruan et al 2003 Plant Cell; Pugh et al 2010 Molecular Plant).
  • Identifying major cellular and biochemical bottlenecks that limit assimilate import to and utilization within reproductive organs, thereby causing seed and fruit abortion (Ruan et al 2012 Trends in Plant Science), especially under stress where, for example, low invertase activity could lead to flower and fruit abortion under heat stress (Li et al 2012 Journal of Experimental Botany).
  • Dissecting roles of Sus in seed maternal and filial tissue (Ruan et al 1997,1998 Plant Physiology; 2003 Plant Cell; 2008 Functional Plant Biology). Over-expression of Sus enhances cotton fibre and seed development (Xu et al 2012 Molecular Plant; Jiang et al 2012 Plant Biotechnology Journal).
  • Reversible gating of plasmodesmata (PD), modulated by callose turnover, coordinates membrane sugar and K+ carriers to control fibre elongation (Ruan et al 2001 Plant Cell; 2004 Plant Physiology). Similarly, developmental closure of PD in tomato fruit coordinates expression of membrane hexose transporters (Ruan & Patrick 1995 Planta; Ruan et al1997 Plant Cell & Environment; Jin et al 2009 Plant Cell).
  • Vacuolar invertase regulates cotton fibre and Arabidopsis root elongation through osmotic dependent and independent pathways, respectively (Wang et al 2010 Plant Physiology) and a novel Sus protein targets to cotton fibre cell wall matrix during the secondary cell wall stage, probably underpinning intensive cellulose biosynthesis (Brill et al 2011 Plant Physiology).

Along my research career, I have also been highly active in research training. Since 2008, I have supervised 4 PhD and 2 Master students to completion as principle supervisor. Currently, I am supervising 5 PhD students (4 as principle supervisor), and 1 postdoc. The success of the research training was reflected by (1) Publication of their findings in top journals (e.g. Jin et al 2009 Plant Cell; Wang et al 2010 Plant Physiol) and their subsequent on-track employment as academic (Jin and Fallahi) and postdocs (Wang and Xu); (2) Presentations of their work at International meetings (e.g.15th International Symposium on Plant Membrane Biology 2010, Adelaide and 2nd International conference on Plant Metabolism, 2011, Qingdao) and (3) Receiving 1st class Honours (Jones, Palmer) and University Medal (Jones).

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
060702Plant Cell And Molecular Biology50
060703Plant Developmental And Reproductive Biology30
060705Plant Physiology20

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Editor - Frontiers in Plant Physiology

Editorial Board.

  • Editor - Molecular Plant
  • Editor - Plant Signalling and Behaviour

Awards

Research Award.

2011Major Overseas Expert Visiting Fellowship
Ministry of Education (MOU) (China)
Prestigious National Award conferred by MOE to outstanding overseas researchers for promoting research collaboration with Chinese Institutions.
2005Peter Goldacre Award
The Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS) (Australia)
Major award in Australia recognizing exceptional research performance for a Plant Biologist within 10 years of PhD based on publications in international journals through competitive evaluation process.
2004Outstanding Young Scientist Award
National Science Foundation of China (China)
One of the most prestigious and highly competitive awards conferred by NSFC for research excellence accomplished by a scientist at the age of no more than 45 years
1997CRDC Fellowship
CSIRO (Australia)
Fellowship awardred by Australian Cotton Research and Development Corporation.

Invitations

Special issue on Uptake and Regulation of Resource Allocation for Frontiers in Plant Physiology
Leading Editor, Switzerland (Organising Special Issues for International Journals)
2012
Special issue on Plant Metabolism for Molecular Plant
Co-Editor, United Kingdom (Organising Special Issues for International Journals)
2012
Phloem Transport for Plants in Action
Sole Editor, Australia (Organising book chapter)
2012
Special issue on Assimilate Partitioning for Molecular Plant
Leading Editor, United Kingdom (Organising Special Issues for International Journals)
2010
1st Australia-China Symposium for Crop Improvement (Jan 2013)
Keynote speaker, China (Conference Chair)
2012
2nd International Conference of Plant Metabolism
Invited plenary speaker, China (Organising Committee)
2011
International Symposium on Metabolic Basis for Crop Yield
Invited plenary speaker, China (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2009
International Symposium on Plant Biotechnology
Invited plenary speaker, Switzerland (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2007
Combio 2005
Recipient of Peter Goldacre Award speech, Australia (Keynote Address)
2005

Collaboration

• Prof Xiao-Ya Chen: Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

• Dr Alisdair Fernie: Max-Planck-Institute, Potsdam-Golm, Germany

• Prof Wolf Frommer: Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, USA

• Prof John Patrick: University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia;

• Prof Steve Tyerman: University of Adelaide, Glen Osmond, Australia.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

UNIVERSITY EXPERTISE

  • Director of Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement (2008-)
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee Member (2010-)
  • SACO, School of Environmental & Life Science (2009)
  • Biology Honours Committee Member (2010-)
  • Manager of Biology Cold room (2010-)
  • Coordinator BIOL1003 Lab-based 1st year course- ~160 students and 14 staff /assistants (2012-); BIOL 2220- ~60 students and 4 staff/assistants (2008-); BIOL 3330 ~40 students and 5 Staff & assistants (2009-2011).

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Review Grants for funding Bodies NSF, NSFC, NSFI, USDA; manuscripts for major journals in Plant Biology.
  • Editorial duties for three international journals Molecular Plant, Frontiers in Plant Biology; Plant Signalling and Behaviour.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Lab skills
  • Plant Cell Development
  • Plant Physiology

Teaching expertise

Developed the following effective teaching philosophy coupled with research-orientated course design and delivery:

(i) To deliver essential knowledge on contemporary Plant Biology;

(ii) To excite students’ passion to learn actively and deeply and

(iii) To link course content/lab skills with potential applications, career opportunities and relevance to economic and environmental issues.

Teaching in Professional Skills in Biology and Plant Cell Development and Physiology at 1000,2000 and 3000 levels.

Implementation of modifications of major parts of Plant Biology Courses I taught based on new advances in research discovery.

Providing effective feedback and changes in course content or assessment to improve teaching and learning outcome.

Overseeing implementation of coordinated actions in lab skill teaching.

Awarded Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching

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Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Ruan Y, Uptake and regulation of resource allocation for optimal performance and adaptation, Frontiers Media, Lausanne (2014)

Chapter (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Tegeder M, Ruan Y-L, Patrick JW, 'Roles of plasma membrane transporters in Phloem functions', Phloem: Molecular Cell Biology, Systemic Communication, Biotic Interactions, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford 63-101 (2013) [B1]

Co-authors: John Patrick

2012Wang L, Ruan Y-L, 'Sugar metabolism and transport', Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, Higher Education Publishing, Beijing 317-342 (2012) [B1]
2009Ruan Y-L, 'Sugar transport and metabolism in seed development', Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, Higher Education Pub, Beijing, China 313-328 (2009) [B1]
2006Ruan Y-L, Chourey PS, 'Carbon partitioning in developing seed', Hand book of Seed Science and Technology, Haworth Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America 125-146 (2006) [B1]
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Journal article (63 outputs)

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2014Ruan YL, 'Sucrose metabolism: gateway to diverse carbon use and sugar signaling.', Annu Rev Plant Biol, 65 33-67 (2014) [C1]
2014Tang W, He Y, Tu L, Wang M, Li Y, Ruan Y-L, Zhang X, 'Down-regulating annexin gene GhAnn2 inhibits cotton fiber elongation and decreases Ca influx at the cell apex', Plant Molecular Biology, 85 613-625 (2014) [C1]
2014Braun DM, Wang L, Ruan Y-L, 'Understanding and manipulating sucrose phloem loading, unloading, metabolism, and signalling to enhance crop yield and food security', Journal of Experimental Botany, 65 1713-1735 (2014) [C1]
2014Wang L, Cook A, Patrick JW, Chen X-Y, Ruan Y-L, 'Silencing the vacuolar invertase gene GhVIN1 blocks cotton fiber initiation from the ovule epidermis, probably by suppressing a cohort of regulatory genes via sugar signaling', PLANT JOURNAL, 78 686-696 (2014) [C1]
2013Wang L, Ruan Y-L, ' Regulation of cell division and expansion by sugar and auxin signaling', Frontiers in Plant Science, 4 (2013) [C1]
2013Ruan Y-L, 'Boosting seed development as a new strategy to increase cotton fiber yield and quality', Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 55 572-575 (2013) [C1]
2013Liu Y-H, Offler CE, Ruan Y-L, ' Regulation of fruit and seed response to heat and drought by sugars as nutrients and signals', Frontiers in Plant Science, 4 (2013) [C1]
2013Wang L, Liao SJ, Ruan Y-L, 'Cell wall invertase as a regulator in determining sequential development of endosperm and embryo through glucose signaling early in seed development', Plant Signaling & Behavior, 8 1-3 (2013) [C3]
2013Ruan Y-L, Patrick JW, Shabala S, Slewinski TL, ' Uptake and regulation of resource allocation for optimal plant performance and adaptation to stress', Frontiers in Plant Science, 4 (2013) [C3]
2012Ruan Y-L, Patrick JW, Bouzayen M, Osorio S, Fernie AR, 'Molecular regulation of seed and fruit set', Trends in Plant Science, 17 656-665 (2012) [C1]
2012Xu S-M, Brill E, Llewellyn DJ, Furbank RT, Ruan Y-L, 'Overexpression of a potato sucrose synthase gene in cotton accelerates leaf expansion, reduces seed abortion, and enhances fiber production', Molecular Plant, 5 430-441 (2012) [C1]
2012Jiang Y, Guo W, Zhu H, Ruan Y-L, Zhang T, 'Overexpression of GhSusA1 increases plant biomass and improves cotton fiber yield and quality', Plant Biotechnology Journal, 10 301-312 (2012) [C1]
2012Li Z, Palmer WM, Martin AP, Wang R, Rainsford FW, Jin Y, et al., 'High invertase activity in tomato reproductive organs correlates with enhanced sucrose import into, and heat tolerance of, young fruit', Journal of Experimental Botany, 63 1155-1166 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: John Patrick

2012Wang L, Ruan Y-L, 'New insights into roles of cell wall invertase in early seed development revealed by comprehensive spatial and temporal expression patterns of GhCWIN1 in cotton', Plant Physiology, 160 777-787 (2012) [C1]
2012Liu Y-H, Cao J-S, Li G-J, Wu X-H, Wang B-G, Xu P, et al., 'Genotypic differences in pod wall and seed growth relate to invertase activities and assimilate transport pathways in asparagus bean', Annals of Botany, 109 1277-1284 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: John Patrick

2012Chen X-Y, Li L-G, Huang J-R, Ruan Y-L, Wang X-M, Li L, 'Translate plant metabolism into modern agriculture: A starting point', Molecular Plant, 5 291-293 (2012) [C3]
2012Ruan Y-L, 'Signaling role of sucrose metabolism in development', Molecular Plant, 5 763-765 (2012) [C3]
2012Tegeder M, Ruan Y, Patrick JW, 'Roles of Plasma Membrane Transporters in Phloem Functions', Phloem: Molecular Cell Biology, Systemic Communication, Biotic Interactions, 61-101 (2012)
2011Brill E, Van Thournout M, White RG, Llewellyn D, Campbell PM, Engelen S, et al., 'A novel isoform of sucrose synthase is targeted to the cell wall during secondary cell wall synthesis in cotton fiber', Plant Physiology, 157 40-54 (2011) [C1]
2010Li Z-M, Yang Y-J, Yang F, Ye Q-J, Wang R-Q, Ruan M-Y, et al., 'Cloning of LeGRP2 promoter from tomato that shows root-specific expression in Arabidopsis', Scientia Agricultura Sinica, 43 1877-1882 (2010) [C1]
2010Wang L, Ruan Y-L, 'Unraveling mechanisms of cell expansion linking solute transport, metabolism, plasmodesmtal gating and cell wall dynamics', Plant Signaling & Behavior, 5 1551-1554 (2010) [C1]
2010Ruan Y-L, Jin Y, Li Y-J, Yang G-J, Boyer JS, 'Sugar input, metabolism and signaling mediated by invertase: Roles in development, yield potential and response to drought and heat', Molecular Plant, 3 942-955 (2010) [C1]
2010Li X-R, Wang L, Ruan Y-L, 'Developmental and molecular physiological evidence for the role of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase in rapid cotton fibre elongation', Journal of Experimental Botany, 61 287-295 (2010) [C1]
2010Pugh DA, Offler CE, Talbot MJ, Ruan Y-L, 'Evidence for the role of transfer cells in the evolutionary increase of seed and fiber biomass yield in cotton', Molecular Plant, 3 1075-1086 (2010) [C1]
2010Wang L, Li X-R, Lian H, Ni D-A, He Y-K, Chen X-Y, Ruan Y-L, 'Evidence that high activity of vacuolar invertase is required for cotton fiber and arabidopsis root elongation through osmotic dependent and independent pathways, respectively', Plant Physiology, 154 744-756 (2010) [C1]
2010Ruan Y-L, Patrick JW, Weber H, 'Assimilate partitioning and plant development', Molecular Plant, 3 941 (2010) [C3]
2009Ruan Y-L, Zhang SL, Zhu KM, Wu GL, 'The types of cytokinins and their changes and abscisic acid in the stem of Citrus unshiu during the period of flower bud initiation', Scientia Agricultura Sinica, 24 55-59 (2009) [C1]
2009Ruan Y-L, Zhang LC, Wu GL, Zhang SL, 'The changes of net photosynthetic rate of wintering Citrus leaves', Acta Agriculturae Universitatis Zhejiangensis, 13 392-394 (2009) [C1]
2009Jin Y, Ni D-A, Ruan Y-L, 'Posttranslational elevation of cell wall invertase activity by silencing its inhibitor in tomato delays leaf senescence and increases seed weight and fruit hexose Level', Plant Cell, 21 2072-2089 (2009) [C1]
2009Ruan Y-L, Jin Y, Huang J, 'Capping invertase activity by its inhibitor: Roles and implications in sugar signaling, carbon allocation, senescence and evolution', Plant Signaling and Behavior, 4 983-985 (2009) [C1]
2008Fallahi H, Scofield GN, Badger MR, Chow WS, Furbank RT, Ruan Y-L, 'Localization of sucrose synthase in developing seed and siliques of Arabidopsis thaliana reveals diverse roles for SUS during development', Journal of Experimental Botany, 59 3283-3295 (2008) [C1]
2008Ruan Y-L, Llewellyn DJ, Liu Q, Xu S, Wu L, Wang L, Furbank RT, 'Expression of sucrose synthase in the developing endosperm is essential for early seed development in cotton', Functional Plant Biology, 35 382-393 (2008) [C1]
2008Xu F-Q, Li X-R, Ruan Y-L, 'RNAi-mediated suppression of hexokinase gene OsHXK10 in rice leads to non-dehiscent anther and reduction of pollen germination', Plant Science, 175 674-684 (2008) [C1]
2007Ruan Y-L, 'Goldacre paper: Rapid cell expansion and cellulose synthesis regulated by plasmodesmata and sugar: insights from the single-celled cotton fibre', FUNCTIONAL PLANT BIOLOGY, 34 1-10 (2007) [C1]
2005Ruan YL, Llewellyn DJ, Furbank RT, Chourey PS, 'The delayed initiation and slow elongation of fuzz-like short fibre cells in relation to altered patterns of sucrose synthase expression and plasmodesmata gating in a lintless mutant of cotton', JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, 56 977-984 (2005) [C1]
2004Ruan YL, Xu SM, White R, Furbank RT, 'Genotypic and developmental evidence for the role of plasmodesmatal regulation in cotton fiber elongation mediated by callose turnover', PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 136 4104-4113 (2004) [C1]
2003Ruan YL, Llewellyn DJ, Furbank RT, 'Suppression of sucrose synthase gene expression represses cotton fiber cell initiation, elongation, and seed development.', Plant Cell, 15 952-964 (2003) [C1]
2003Chen JW, Zhang SL, Zhang LC, Ruan Y-L, 'The physiological mechanism of postphloem sugar transport in citrus fruit', Agricultural Sciences in China, 2 912-918 (2003) [C1]
2001Ruan Y-L, Llewellyn DJ, Furbank RT, 'Control of cotton fibre', The Plant Cell, 13 47-60 (2001) [C1]
2001Ruan YL, Llewellyn DJ, Furbank RT, 'The control of single-celled cotton fiber elongation by developmentally reversible gating of plasmodesmata and coordinated expression of sucrose and K+ transporters and expansin', PLANT CELL, 13 47-60 (2001)
2000Ruan YL, Llewellyn DJ, Furbank RT, 'Pathway and control of sucrose import into initiating fibre cells', . Australian Journal of Plant Physiology, 27 795-800 (2000) [C1]
2000Ruan YL, Llewellyn DJ, Furbank RT, 'Pathway and control of sucrose import into initiating cotton fibre cells', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 27 795-800 (2000)
1998Chourey PS, Taliercio EW, Carlson SJ, Ruan Y-L, 'Genetic evidence that the two isozymes of sucrose synthase present in developing maize endosperm are critical, one for cell wall integrity and the other for starch biosynthesis', Molecular & General Genetics, 259 88-96 (1998) [C1]
1998Ruan Y-L, Chourey PS, 'A fiberless seed (fls) mutation in cotton is associated with lack of fiber cell initiation in ovule epidermis, alteration in sucrose', Plant Physiology, 118 399-406 (1998) [C1]
1998Ruan Y-L, Chourey PS, 'A fiberless seed mutation in cotton is associated with lack of fiber cell initiation in ovule epidermis and alterations in sucrose synthase expression and carbon partitioning in developing seeds', Plant Physiology, 118 399-406 (1998)
1998Chourey PS, Taliercio EW, Carlson SJ, Ruan Y-L, 'Genetic evidence that the two isozymes of sucrose synthase present in developing maize endosperm are critical, one for cell wall integrity and the other for starch biosynthesis', Molecular and General Genetics, 259 88-96 (1998)
1997Ruan Y-L, Chourey PS, Delmer DP, Luis PG, 'The differential expression of sucrose synthase in relation to diverse patterns of carbon partitioning in developing cotton seed', Plant Physiology, 115 375-385 (1997) [C1]
1997Ruan YL, Patrick JW, Brady CJ, 'Protoplast hexose carrier activity is a determinate of genotypic difference in hexose storage in tomato fruit', Plant Cell and Environment, 20 341-349 (1997) [C1]

Co-authors: John Patrick

1997Chourey PS, Taliercio EW, Ruan YL, Carlson SJ, 'A double mutant for the two sucrose synthase (SS) genes yields important clues regarding their respective functions in developing endosperm of maize.', PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 114 1526-1526 (1997)
1997Ruan YL, Chourey PS, Delmer DP, PerezGrau L, 'The differential expression of sucrose synthase in relation to diverse patterns of carbon partitioning in developing cotton seed', PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 115 375-385 (1997)
1996Ruan Y-L, Patrick JW, Brady CJ, 'The composition of apoplastic fluid recovered from intact developing tomato fruit', Australian Journal of Plant Physiology, 23 9-13 (1996) [C1]

Co-authors: John Patrick

1996Ruan YL, Delmer DP, PerezGrau L, Chourey PS, 'Biochemical and molecular level expression of sucrose synthase in cotton', PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 111 523-523 (1996)
1995Ruan Y-L, Mate C, Patrick JW, Brady CJ, 'Non-destructive collection of apoplast fluid from developing tomato fruit using a pressure dehydration procedure', Australian Journal of Plant Physiology, 22 761-769 (1995) [C1]
1995Ruan YL, Patrick JW, 'The cellular pathway of postphloem sugar transport in developing tomato fruit', Planta, 196 434-444 (1995) [C1]

Co-authors: John Patrick

1995RUAN YL, MATE C, PATRICK JW, BRADY CJ, 'NONDESTRUCTIVE COLLECTION OF APOPLAST FLUID FROM DEVELOPING TOMATO FRUIT USING A PRESSURE DEHYDRATION PROCEDURE', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 22 761-769 (1995)
1993Ruan Y-L, 'Fruit set, young fruit and leaf growth of Citrus unshiu in relation to assimilate supply', Scientia Horticulturae, 53 99-107 (1993)
1992Ruan Y-L, Wood BW, Payne JA, 'Chinese hickory: An emerging nut-tree crop', Fruit Varieties Journal, 46 16-22 (1992) [C1]
1991Ruan Y-L, Wu LM, 'Some photosynthetic characteristics of wintering loquat and bayberry 0-0 (1991) [C1]
1990Zhang SL, Ruan Y-L, Zhu KM, Wu GL, 'A novel vertical exuding irrigation technique for orchard on red and yellow soil.', Acta Horticulturae Sinica, 17 270-274 (1990) [C1]
1988Ruan Y-L, Zhang LC, Wu GL, Zhang SL, 'The effect of water stress on photosynthesis of Citrus unshiu', Acta Horticulturae Sinica, 15 92-96 (1988) [C1]
1988Wu GL, Zhang LC, Zhang F, Ruan Y-L, 'Some photosynthetic and flowering characteristics of overwintering satsuma mandarin trees under straw sheds', China Citrus, 17 3-6 (1988) [C1]
1988Ruan Y-L, Zhu KM, Zhang SL, Wu GL, 'A method for quantitative determination of endogenous hormones in citrus tissues by reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography', Physiological Characteristics of Major Crops, 1 158-164 (1988) [C1]
1987Ruan Y-L, Zhang LC, Wu GL, Zhang SL, 'The effect of preillumination and light intensity on photosynthesis of Citrus unshiu', Plant Physiology Communication, 5 36-38 (1987) [C1]
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Review (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
1991Ruan Y-L, 'Research trends in horticultural science', Research trends in horticultural science (1991) [D1]

Conference (15 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Ruan Y-L, 'Cotton fiber as a model cell for basic biology research and tool for cellulose production', Third International Symposium on Genomics and Crop Genetic Improvement, Wuhan, China (2012) [E3]
2012Astija S, Wang L, Liu Y, Offler CE, Patrick JW, Ruan Y-L, 'Cell wall invertase positively regulates pollen germination and elongation and confers heat tolerance', Poster abstracts. Combio 2012, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
2012Wang L, Ruan Y-L, 'New insights into roles of cell wall invertase in early seed development', Poster abstracts. Combio 2012, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
2012Palmer WM, Jin Y, Ru L, Wang L, Patrick JW, Ruan Y-L, 'Regulation of fruit set by cell wall invertase: Phloem-specific localization and activity burst during ovary-to-fruit transition', Poster abstracts. Combio 2012, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: John Patrick

2012Jones A, Feng XW, Zhu YM, Offler CE, Boyer JS, Patrick JW, Ruan Y-L, 'Systems regulation of water influx into and efflux from expanding cotton fibre cells linking distal xylem development with local aquaporin expression', Colloquium abstracts. Combio 2012, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
2011Ruan Y-L, 'Regulation of resource allocation for fruit-and seed-set by invertase and its inhibitor', 2nd International Conference on Plant Metabolism. Abstracts, Qingdao, China (2011) [E3]
2011Ruan Y-L, 'Modulating nutrient resource allocation for yield formation, senescence and evolution by invertase and its inhibitor', ComBio 2011, Cairns, QLD (2011) [E3]
2010Jones A, Offler CE, Patrick JW, Ruan Y-L, 'Examining roles of aquaporins in cell expansion free of symplasmic transport', 15th International Workshop on Plant Membrane Biology. Abstracts, Adelaide, Australia (2010) [E3]
2010Ruan Y-L, 'Coordination between plasmodesmtal dynamics and cell expansion and cell wall biosynthesis', Proceedings of The 7th International Conference on Plasmodesmata, Manly, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Ruan Y-L, 'Regulation of cell expansion by membrane transporters and plasmodesmatal gating', OzBio 2010: The Molecules of Life - from Discovery to Biotechnology. Abstracts, Melbourne, Australia (2010) [E3]
2010Ruan Y-L, 'Towards metabolic engineering of sugar transport and metabolism for improvement of cotton fibre development', ICGI 2010 research conference. Abstracts, Canberra, Australia (2010) [E3]
2009Furbank RT, Brill E, White R, Fallahi H, Ruan Y-L, 'Sucrose synthase: A crucial enzyme in secondary cell wall synthesis?', Plant Biology 2009: Final Program, Honolulu, HI (2009) [E3]
2009Patrick JW, Dibley SJ, Martin A, Ruan Y-L, Offler CE, McCurdy DW, 'Fruit loading of sugars: The quest for a sweeter outcome', ComBio 2009, Christchurch, NZ (2009) [E3]
2002Ruan Y-L, Llewellyn DJ, Furbank RT, 'SuSy, a master gene controlling cotton fibre development', Proceedings of 11th Australian Cotton Conference, Brisbane, Australia (2002) [E1]
1998Ruan Y-L, Furbank RT, Llewellyn DJ, 'Towards genetic engineering of sucrose synthase to enhance fibre cell initiation and cellulose biosynthesis in cotton', Proceedings of 9th Australian Cotton Conference, Unknown (1998) [E1]
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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Ruan YL, 'Recent advances in understanding cotton fibre and seed development', 12 (2005) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants17
Total funding$2,840,332

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2014 (4 grants)

Expansion and Upgrade of the Newcastle Plant Growth Facility$230,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor David McCurdy, Professor Christopher Grof, Doctor Andy Eamens, Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler
SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$230,00020142014
GNo:G1300636

Expansion and Upgrade of the Newcastle Plant Growth Facility$195,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David McCurdy, Professor Christopher Grof, Doctor Andy Eamens, Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$195,00020142014
GNo:G1300231

Funding support to ACRCCI and Plant Biology research$100,000
Funding Body: Chang-Jiang Textile and Clothing Association (TCA)

Project Team
Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$100,00020142018
GNo:G1400492

Regulation of early seed development: Determining roles of invertase in endosperm nuclear division and seed yield potential $10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020142014
GNo:G1301389

2013 (1 grants)

Refurbishment of the Newcastle Plant Growth Facility$160,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David McCurdy, Professor Christopher Grof, Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Conjoint Professor Ray Rose, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$160,00020132013
GNo:G1200380

2012 (4 grants)

Mechanisms regulating plant cell expansion: Assessing the role of aquaporins and sugar signalling$270,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Emeritus Professor John Patrick
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$270,00020122014
GNo:G1100314

Collaboration to strengthen the research capabilities of the Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement.$40,000
Funding Body: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

Project Team
Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Professor Yue-Jian Yang, Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Professor Christopher Grof, Dr TJ Higgins, Professor Stephen Tyerman, Doctor Lu Wang, Mr Yonghua Liu
SchemeRole
Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF): Group MissionsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$40,00020122012
GNo:G1200445

Molecular regulation of fruit and seed development$18,000
Funding Body: Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Project Team
Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$18,00020122015
GNo:G1200694

Enhancing research capability of Australia-China Centre for Crop Improvement$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
SchemeRole
Special Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020122012
GNo:G1201099

2011 (2 grants)

Specialised Greenhouse Space for New Initiatives $500,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Christopher Grof, Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Associate Professor David McCurdy, Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Conjoint Professor Ray Rose
SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$500,00020112011
GNo:G1000631

Cell wall invertase regulates fruit and seed development through sugar signals, sugar transporters and plasmodesmal gating$270,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$270,00020112013
GNo:G1000219

2009 (4 grants)

Electron Microscopes for Nanometer-scale Imaging/Microanalysis in the Materials, Biological, Physical, Engineering and Chemical Sciences$650,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy for Live Cell Imaging$275,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Electron Microscopes for Nanometer-scale Imaging/Microanalysis in the Materials, Biological, Physical, Engineering and Chemical Sciences$70,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Comparative studies on responses to heat stress between heat tolerant and susceptible tomato genotypes.$22,000
Funding Body: Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Project Team
Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Emeritus Professor John Patrick
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$22,00020092014
GNo:G0190621

2008 (2 grants)

The Role of Hydrogen Peroxide in Cotton fibre Cell Death and Termination of Cellulose Synthesis$7,832
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Emeritus Professor John Patrick
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,83220082008
GNo:G0189078

Understanding sugar Allocation in Tomato Fruit and Cotton Fibre for Higher Yield and Quality$7,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,50020082008
GNo:G0189857
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions7
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL4.85

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Biological Sciences)Principal SupervisorRole of Cell Wall Invertase in Reproductive Development in Arabidopsis Thaliana
20132017PhD (Biological Sciences)Principal SupervisorUnravelling Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Invertase Gene Expression in Plant Reproductive Organs
20122016PhD (Biological Sciences)Principal SupervisorRoles of Aquaporins in Regulating Cotton Fibre Elongation
20112015PhD (Biological Sciences)Principal SupervisorUnravelling Molecular Mechanisms of Invertase-mediated Control of Seed and Fruit Development
20112015PhD (Biological Sciences)Principal SupervisorResponse of Tomato Ovary and Fruit to Heat Stress: Examining the Roles of Sugar Metabolism and Signalling
20112015PhD (Biological Sciences)Co-SupervisorDiscovering Transcription Factors Regulating Wall Ingrowth Formation in Plant Transfer Cells
20112015PhD (Biological Sciences)Principal SupervisorRegulation of Pollen Germination and Elongation and Response to Heat Stress by Sugar Metabolism and Sugar Signalling
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Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan

Work Phone(02) 4921 7958
Email
PositionAssociate Professor
Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement, Plant Science Group
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaBiological Sciences
Office
B112,
Biological Sciences,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/yong-ling-ruan