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Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan

Associate Professor

School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Biological Sciences)

Career Summary

Biography

Powered by solar energy, mature leaves assimilate CO2 into organic nutrients, mainly in the form of sucrose (Suc). Suc is then translocated through phloem to non-photosynthetic organs (sinks) including seeds, fruits and tubers that constitute crop yield worldwide. The partitioning of Suc to and its utilization within the sink organs determine crop yield and quality. Indeed, there is strong evidence that sugars act as master regulators for plant development and adaptation to Climate Change. Yong-Ling's research thus aims (1) to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which sugar metabolism and signalling regulate development for food, fiber and fuel and (2) to develop innovative solutions to improve crop yield and tolerance to abiotic stress, such as heat and drought.

With extensive research experience from Australia (CSIRO, UoN), USA (Uni Florida) and China (CAS), Yong-Ling has led his team to a sustained success in elucidating the roles of Suc metabolism and sugar signalling with findings published in top journals including Plant Cell (e.g.Ruan et al 2001; 2003; Jin et al 2009), IF 10.2, ranked 1st among 190 primary research journals in Plant Biology.

The quality and impact of Yong-Ling's research have been internationally recognised by, for example, (i) Invitations to write for world renowned  Annual Review of Plant Biology (Ruan 2014, IF32.2) and Trends in Plant Science (Ruan et al 2012, IF 14.2), ranked 1st and 2nd among all 199 Plant Biology journals and (ii) Winning prestigious Peter Goldacre Medal from ASPS and ARC Discovery grants.

Yong-Ling has organized /chaired many international conferences and given invited plenary lectures/seminars around the world. He currently serves on editorial boards of four international journals including Molecular Plant and Scientific Reports . He is a frequent reviewer of grant proposals for major funding bodies such as NSF, USDA, DFG, ARC, EU/CAPPS, BILL & MELINDA GATES Foundation and manuscripts for top journals including Plant Cell; Plant Physiology, Molecular Plant, Plant Journal, Nature Communication and Nature Genetics.

He has an h-index of 25, with 31 citations per paper on average. He is the leading author for 90% of all his papers, reflecting the major contributions he has made to the published work, hence his 'high weight' to the h-index. see: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=KZETExcAAAAJ

Yong-Ling has a strong focus on translation of fundamental discoveries into applications as evidenced by filing of several international patents and field-trials of  genetically enhanced plant lines. With the establishment of Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement, of which Yong-Ling is the Foundation Director since 2008, his team is well positioned to leap forward to achieve inspirational goals to optimize resource allocation and plant development for improving crop productivity and adaptation to Climate Change.

Research Expertise
My research focuses on (1) elucidating molecular mechanisms by which sugar metabolism, transport and signalling regulate seed, fruit and fiber development, yield formation and stress tolerance and (2) developing innovative sugar-based ‘sweet’ solutions to improve crop yield and tolerance to abiotic stresses, namely, heat, cold and drought. We use molecular, genetic, biochemical, cell biology approaches to address these issues. Both research programs are funded by Australian Research Council Discovery Program as well as other national and international funding bodies. We collaborate extensively worldwide.

My key findings on sugar metabolism, transport and signalling include:

• Novel finding that a substantial proportion of in planta cell wall invertase (CWIN) activity is capped by its inhibitor (INH1) and elevation of CWIN activity by silencing its inhibitor increases seed weight and fruit sugar levels and delays leaf aging in tomato (Jin et al 2009 Plant Cell). Discovered that phloem-specific expression of CWIN and INH1 mRNAs in tomato fruit is developmentally-induced during flowering with the CWIN exhibiting activity burst, likely through posttranslational regulation (Palmer et al 2015 Mol Plant).

• Discovered the potential role of CWIN in endosperm nuclear division (Wang & Ruan 2012 Plant Physiol). This, together with early work on sucrose synthase (Sus; Ruan et al 2003 Plant Cell; 2008 Funct Plant Biol; Pugh et al 2010 Mol Plant), establishes a model where CWIN likely plays regulatory roles in early seed development through sugar signaling whereas Sus involves in late stage of seed development through impact on synthesis of cell wall and storage products (Wang & Ruan 2012 Plant Physiol; Ruan 2014 Annu Rev Plant Biol).

• Identified sucrose availability and its degradation by invertases as major cellular and biochemical bottlenecks for seed and fruit set and disruption of sucrose metabolism could cause abortion under abiotic stress (Ruan et al., 2010 Mol Plant; Ruan et al 2012 Trends Plant Sci). For example, we showed that low invertase activity in tomato flower and fruitlet correlates to their abortion independent of leaf photosynthesis under mild heat stress (Li et al 2012 J Exp Bot); a phenomenon similar to that of maize ovary abortion under drought (Ruan et al 2010 Mol Plant).

• Uncovered that vacuolar invertase (VIN) regulates cotton fibre and Arabidopsis root elongation through osmotic dependent and independent pathways, respectively (Wang et al 2010 Plant Physiol).

• Demonstrated that VIN could regulate cell differentiation (fiber initiation) by modulating expression of a subset of transcription factors and auxin signalling genes via sugar signalling (Wang et al 2014 Plant J).

• Dissected roles of Sus in seed maternal and filial tissue. Sus in maternal seed coat is essential for its own growth but not for filial development. By contrast, Sus in the filial tissue is required for both maternal and filial tissues (Ruan et al 1997, 1998 Plant Physiol; Ruan et al 2003 Plant Cell; 2005 J Exp Bot). Over-expression of Sus enhances cotton fibre and seed development (Xu et al 2012 Mol Plant; Jiang et al 2012 Plant Biotech J).

• Identified a novel Sus protein targets to cotton fibre cell wall matrix for intensive cellulose biosynthesis (Brill et al 2011 Plant Physiol).

• Discovered that reversible gating of plasmodesmata, modulated by callose turnover, coordinates plasma membrane sucrose and K+ carriers to control fibre elongation (Ruan et al 2001 Plant Cell; 2004 Plant Physiol). Similarly, developmental closure of symplasmic pathway coordinates expression of plasma membrane hexose carriers in tomato fruit (Ruan & Patrick 1995 Planta; Ruan et al1997 Plant Cell and Environ). Developmental switch of symaplsmic-to-apoplasmic pathways have now been confirmed by other groups to be a common feature in sinks including developing apple fruit and grape berries (e.g. Zhang et al 2006 Plant Phytsiol) and Arabidopsis ovule (Werne

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. 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). Teaching Professional Skills in Biology and Plant Cell Development and Physiology at 1000,2000 and 3000 levels. Achieved excellence in Teaching based on high SFC and SFC scores. Awarded Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching

Administrative Expertise
UNIVERSITY EXPERTISE - Head of Biological Science Department/ Discipline, University of Newcastle (2013, 2014). - Director of Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement (2008-). - Leader of Food Innovation Cluster, University of Newcastle (2014-). - Institutional Biosafety Committee Member (2010-). - ERA 2015 Cluster 7 Committee (2014-). - SACO, School of Environmental & Life Science (2009). - Biology Honours Committee Member (2010-2014). PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES - Review Grants for top funding Bodies including NSF, USDA; EU, DFG, BILL & MELINDA GATES Foundation; - Review manuscripts for top journals including Plant Cell, Nature, Nature series, Plant J, Plant Physiol, Mol Plant; - Editorial duties for five international journals including Molecular Plant, Frontiers in Plant Science; Scientific Reports;

Collaborations
Yong-Ling has established productive and extensive international collaborations worldwide, as evidenced by, for example, joint grant applications, co-organizing international conferences and publications of a large number of research papers in peer-reviewed scholar journals with co-authors across Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region.


Keywords

  • Abiotic stress tolerance
  • Gene regulation
  • Lab skills
  • Plant Cell Development
  • Plant Physiology
  • Seed, fruit and cotton fibre development
  • Sugar metabolism, transport and signalling

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
060702 Plant Cell and Molecular Biology 50
060703 Plant Developmental and Reproductive Biology 30
060705 Plant Physiology 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2011 -  Editor - Molecular Plant Molecular Plant
Australia
1/01/2010 -  Editor - Frontiers in Plant Physiology Frontiers in Plant Physiology
Australia
1/01/2006 -  Editor - Plant Signalling and Behaviour Plant Signalling and Behaviour
Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2011 Major Overseas Expert Visiting Fellowship
Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People's Republic of China
2005 Peter Goldacre Award
Australian Society of Plant Scientists
2004 Outstanding Young Scientist Award
National Natural Science Foundation of China
1997 CRDC Fellowship
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Invitations

Keynote Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2005 Combio 2005
Organisation: Recipient of Peter Goldacre Award speech Description: Recipient of Peter Goldacre Award

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2012 1st Australia-China Symposium for Crop Improvement (Jan 2013)
Organisation: Keynote speaker Description: Keynote speaker
2012 Phloem Transport for Plants in Action
Organisation: Sole Editor Description: Organising book chapter for Plants in Action
2012 Special issue on Plant Metabolism for Molecular Plant
Organisation: Co-Editor Description: Organising special issues for Molecular Plants
2012 Special issue on Uptake and Regulation of Resource Allocation for Frontiers in Plant Physiology
Organisation: Leading Editor Description: Organising special issues for Frontiers in Plant Physiology
2011 2nd International Conference of Plant Metabolism
Organisation: Invited plenary speaker Description: Invited speaker
2010 Special issue on Assimilate Partitioning for Molecular Plant
Organisation: Leading Editor Description: Organising special issues for Molecular Plants
2009 International Symposium on Metabolic Basis for Crop Yield
Organisation: Invited plenary speaker Description: Invited speaker
2007 International Symposium on Plant Biotechnology
Organisation: Invited plenary speaker Description: Invited speaker
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Ruan Y, Uptake and regulation of resource allocation for optimal performance and adaptation, Frontiers Media, Lausanne (2014)
DOI 10.3389/978-2-88919-184-0

Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Tegeder 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, Yong-Ling Ruan
2012 Wang L, Ruan Y-L, 'Sugar metabolism and transport', Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, Higher Education Publishing, Beijing 317-342 (2012) [B1]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2009 Ruan Y-L, 'Sugar transport and metabolism in seed development', Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, Higher Education Pub, Beijing, China 313-328 (2009) [B1]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2006 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
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Journal article (68 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Palmer WM, Ru L, Jin Y, Patrick JW, Ruan YL, 'Tomato ovary-to-fruit transition is characterized by a spatial shift of mRNAs for cell wall invertase and its inhibitor with the encoded proteins localized to sieve elements.', Mol Plant, 8 315-328 (2015)
DOI 10.1016/j.molp.2014.12.019
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan, John Patrick
2015 Shang X, Chai Q, Zhang Q, Jiang J, Zhang T, Guo W, Ruan YL, 'Down-regulation of the cotton endo-1,4-ß-glucanase gene KOR1 disrupts endosperm cellularization, delays embryo development, and reduces early seedling vigour.', J Exp Bot, 66 3071-3083 (2015)
DOI 10.1093/jxb/erv111
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2014 Braun 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]
DOI 10.1093/jxb/ert416
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2014 Tang 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]
DOI 10.1007/s11103-014-0208-7
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2014 Wang 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]
DOI 10.1111/tpj.12512
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan, John Patrick
2014 Liu YH, Offler CE, Ruan YL, 'A simple, rapid, and reliable protocol to localize hydrogen peroxide in large plant organs by DAB-mediated tissue printing', Frontiers in Plant Science, 5 1-6 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.3389/fpls.2014.00745
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan, Tina Offler
2014 Ruan YL, 'Sucrose metabolism: gateway to diverse carbon use and sugar signaling.', Annu Rev Plant Biol, 65 33-67 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1146/annurev-arplant-050213-040251
Citations Scopus - 26Web of Science - 22
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2014 Osorio S, Ruan Y-L, Fernie AR, 'An update on source-to-sink carbon partitioning in tomato', Frontiers in Plant Science, 5 (2014) [C1]

Plant growth and carbon metabolism are closely associated since carbohydrate in the form of sucrose generated by photosynthesis, provides the primary source of building blocks and... [more]

Plant growth and carbon metabolism are closely associated since carbohydrate in the form of sucrose generated by photosynthesis, provides the primary source of building blocks and energy for the production and maintenance of biomass. Regulation of carbon partitioning between source and sink tissues is important because it has a vast influence on both plant growth and development. The regulation of carbon partitioning at the whole plant level is directly linked to the cellular pathways of assimilate transport and the metabolism and allocation of sugars, mainly sucrose and hexoses in source leaves, and sink organs such as roots and fruit. By using tomato plant as a model, this review documents and discusses our current understanding of source¿sink interactions from molecular to physiological perspectives focusing on those that regulate the growth and development of both vegetative and reproductive organs. It furthermore discusses the impact that environmental conditions play in maintenance of this balance in an attempt to address the link between physiological and ecological aspects of growth.

DOI 10.3389/fpls.2014.00516
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2013 Ruan 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]
DOI 10.3389/fpls.2013.00455
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors John Patrick, Yong-Ling Ruan
2013 Liu 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]
DOI 10.3389/fpls.2013.00282
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan, Tina Offler
2013 Wang L, Ruan Y-L, 'Regulation of cell division and expansion by sugar and auxin signaling', Frontiers in Plant Science, 4 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.3389/fpls.2013.00163
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2013 Wang L, Liao S, 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 e22722-e22722 (2013)

Seed development depends on coordination among embryo, endosperm and seed coat. Endosperm undergoes nuclear division soon after fertilization, whereas embryo remains quiescent for... [more]

Seed development depends on coordination among embryo, endosperm and seed coat. Endosperm undergoes nuclear division soon after fertilization, whereas embryo remains quiescent for a while. Such a developmental sequence is of great importance for proper seed development. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Recent results on the cellular domain- and stage-specific expression of invertase genes in cotton and Arabidopsis revealed that cell wall invertase may positively and specifically regulate nuclear division of endosperm after fertilization, thereby playing a role in determining the sequential development of endosperm and embryo, probably through glucose signaling.

DOI 10.4161/psb.22722
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2013 Wang 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]
DOI 10.4161/psb.22722
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2013 Ruan 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]

Cotton (Gossypium spp.) is the most important textile crop worldwide due to its cellulosic mature fibers, which are single-celled hairs initiated from the cotton ovule epidermis a... [more]

Cotton (Gossypium spp.) is the most important textile crop worldwide due to its cellulosic mature fibers, which are single-celled hairs initiated from the cotton ovule epidermis at anthesis. Research to improve cotton fiber yield and quality in recent years has been largely focused on identifying genes regulating fiber cell initiation, elongation and cellulose synthesis. However, manipulating some of those candidate genes has yielded no effect or only a marginally positive effect on fiber yield or quality. On the other hand, evolutionary comparison and transgenic studies have clearly shown that cotton fiber growth is intimately controlled by seed development. Therefore, I propose that enhancing seed development could be a more effective and achievable strategy to increase fiber yield and quality.© 2013 Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

DOI 10.1111/jipb.12074
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2012 Tegeder M, Ruan Y, Patrick JW, 'Roles of Plasma Membrane Transporters in Phloem Functions 61-101 (2012)
DOI 10.1002/9781118382806.ch4
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2012 Li 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]
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 30
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan, John Patrick
2012 Wang 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]
DOI 10.1104/pp.112.203893
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2012 Liu 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]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan, John Patrick
2012 Ruan 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.tplants.2012.06.005
Citations Scopus - 52Web of Science - 48
Co-authors John Patrick, Yong-Ling Ruan
2012 Jiang 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]
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 20
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2012 Xu 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]
Citations Scopus - 28Web of Science - 25
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2012 Chen 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2012 Ruan Y-L, 'Signaling role of sucrose metabolism in development', Molecular Plant, 5 763-765 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2011 Brill 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]
DOI 10.1104/pp.111.178574
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 25
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2010 Wang 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]
DOI 10.4161/psb.5.12.13568
Citations Scopus - 8
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2010 Pugh 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]
DOI 10.1093/mp/ssq054
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 23
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan, Tina Offler
2010 Ruan 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]
DOI 10.1093/mp/ssq044
Citations Scopus - 99Web of Science - 94
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2010 Ruan Y-L, Patrick JW, Weber H, 'Assimilate partitioning and plant development', Molecular Plant, 3 941 (2010) [C3]
DOI 10.1093/mp/ssq069
Co-authors John Patrick, Yong-Ling Ruan
2010 Li 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]
DOI 10.1093/jxb/erp299
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2010 Wang 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]
DOI 10.1104/pp.110.162487
Citations Scopus - 35Web of Science - 31
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2010 Li 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]
DOI 10.3864/j.issn.0578-1752.2010.09.014
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2009 Ruan 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]
DOI 10.4161/psb.4.10.9667
Citations Scopus - 9
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2009 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2009 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2009 Jin 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]
DOI 10.1105/tpc.108.063719
Citations Scopus - 66Web of Science - 62
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2008 Ruan 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]
DOI 10.1071/fp08017
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2008 Fallahi 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]
DOI 10.1093/jxb/ern180
Citations Scopus - 31Web of Science - 31
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2008 Xu 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.plantsci.2008.07.002
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2007 Ruan 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]
DOI 10.1071/FP06234
Citations Scopus - 40Web of Science - 38
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2005 Ruan 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]
DOI 10.1093/jxb/eri091
Citations Scopus - 33Web of Science - 32
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2004 Ruan 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]
DOI 10.1104/pp.104.051540
Citations Scopus - 73Web of Science - 64
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2003 Chen 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2003 Ruan 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]
Citations Scopus - 186Web of Science - 177
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2001 Ruan 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)
DOI 10.1105/tpc.13.1.47
Citations Scopus - 159Web of Science - 158
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2001 Ruan Y-L, Llewellyn DJ, Furbank RT, 'Control of cotton fibre', The Plant Cell, 13 47-60 (2001) [C1]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2000 Ruan 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)
DOI 10.1071/PP99154
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 19
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2000 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1998 Chourey 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)

In maize, two paralogous genes, Sh1 and Sus1, encode two biochemically similar isozymes of sucrose synthase, SS1 and SS2, respectively. Previous studies have attributed the mild s... [more]

In maize, two paralogous genes, Sh1 and Sus1, encode two biochemically similar isozymes of sucrose synthase, SS1 and SS2, respectively. Previous studies have attributed the mild starch deficiency of the shrunken1 (sh1) endosperm to the loss of the SS1 isozyme in the mutant. Here we describe the first mutation in the sucrose synthase1 (Sus1) gene, sus1-1, and the isolation of a double recessive genotype, sh1 sus1-1. Combined data from diverse studies, including Northern and Western analyses, RT-PCR and genomic PCR, cloning and sequencing data for the 3@? region, show that the mutant sus1-1 gene has a complex pattern of expression, albeit at much reduced levels as compared to the Sus1 gene. Endosperm sucrose synthase activity in sh1 sus1-1 was barely 0.5% of the total activity in the Sh1 Sus1 genotype. Significantly, comparative analyses of Sh1 Sus1, sh1 Sus1 and sh1 sus1-1 genotypes have, for the first time, allowed us to dissect the relative contributions of each isozyme to endosperm development. Starch contents in endosperm of the three related genotypes were 100, 78 and 53%, respectively. Anatomical analyses, which confirmed the previously described early cell degeneration phenotype unique to the sh1 Sus1 endosperm, revealed no detectable difference between the two sh1 genotypes. We conclude that the SS1 isozyme plays the dominant role in providing the substrate for cellulose biosynthesis, whereas the SS2 protein is needed mainly for generating precursors for starch biosynthesis.

DOI 10.1007/s004380050792
Citations Scopus - 127Web of Science - 124
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1998 Ruan 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)

Fiber cell initiation in the epidermal cells of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L) ovules represents a unique example of trichome development in higher plants. Little is known about th... [more]

Fiber cell initiation in the epidermal cells of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L) ovules represents a unique example of trichome development in higher plants. Little is known about the molecular and metabolic mechanisms controlling this process. Here we report a comparative analysis of a fiberless seed (fls) mutant (lacking fibers) and a normal (FLS) mutant to better understand the initial cytological events in fiber development and to analyze the metabolic changes that are associated with the loss of a major sink for sucrose during cellulose biosynthesis in the mutant seeds. On the day of anthesis (0 DAA), the mutant ovular epidermal cells lacked the typical bud-like projections that are seen in FLS ovules and are required for commitment to the fiber development pathway. Cell-specific gene expression analyses at 0 DAA showed that sucrose synthase (SuSy) RNA and protein were undetectable in fls ovules but were in abundant, steady-state levels in initiating fiber cells of the FLS ovules. Tissue-level analyses of developing seeds 15 to 35 DAA revealed an altered temporal pattern of SuSy expression in the mutant relative to the normal genotype. Whether the altered programming of SuSy expression is the cause or the result of the mutation is unknown. The developing seeds of the fls mutant have also shown several correlated changes that represent altered carbon partitioning in seed coats and cotyledons as compared with the FLS genotype.

Citations Scopus - 69Web of Science - 70
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1998 Chourey 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1998 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1997 Ruan 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]
Citations Scopus - 26Web of Science - 27
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan, John Patrick
1997 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1997 Chourey 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)
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1997 Ruan 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)
Citations Scopus - 83Web of Science - 79
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1996 Ruan YL, Delmer DP, PerezGrau L, Chourey PS, 'Biochemical and molecular level expression of sucrose synthase in cotton', PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 111 523-523 (1996)
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1996 Ruan 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]
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 20
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan, John Patrick
1995 RUAN 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)
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 24
Co-authors John Patrick, Yong-Ling Ruan
1995 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1995 Ruan YL, Patrick JW, 'The cellular pathway of postphloem sugar transport in developing tomato fruit', Planta, 196 434-444 (1995) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 124Web of Science - 116
Co-authors John Patrick, Yong-Ling Ruan
1993 Ruan Y-L, 'Fruit set, young fruit and leaf growth of Citrus unshiu in relation to assimilate supply', Scientia Horticulturae, 53 99-107 (1993)

Fruit set, fruitlet and young leaf growth at an early stage of fruit ontogeny were promoted significantly by girdling at the base of autumn-shoots of the preceding year on Day 10 ... [more]

Fruit set, fruitlet and young leaf growth at an early stage of fruit ontogeny were promoted significantly by girdling at the base of autumn-shoots of the preceding year on Day 10 pre-full bloom. In contrast, defoliation or darkening of the old leaves on the autumn-shoots aggravated fruit drop and inhibited fruitlet and young leaf growth. During this period the net photosynthetic rate (Pn) of old leaves rose sharply. These observations clearly indicate that assimilate supply to fruitlets and young leaves of Citrus unshiu during this period is mainly affected by the current photosynthates from the old leaves instead of from the remobilization of stored reserves within the trunks. On Day 20 after full bloom the young leaves reached 48% of their final area and increased their Pn rapidly. Subsequently, the Pn of old leaves began to decrease dramatically. The impeding effect of darkening of old leaves on fruit growth from Day 20 after full bloom was absent. The results show that the young leaves gradually substitute for the old leaves to supply photosynthates to the developing fruits from about Day 20 after full bloom. © 1993.

DOI 10.1016/0304-4238(93)90141-C
Citations Scopus - 15
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1992 Ruan Y-L, Wood BW, Payne JA, 'Chinese hickory: An emerging nut-tree crop', Fruit Varieties Journal, 46 16-22 (1992) [C1]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1991 Ruan Y-L, Wu LM, 'Some photosynthetic characteristics of wintering loquat and bayberry 0-0 (1991) [C1]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1990 Zhang 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1988 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1988 Wu 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1988 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1987 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
1991 Ruan Y-L, 'Research trends in horticultural science', Research trends in horticultural science (1991) [D1]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan

Conference (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Jones 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]
Co-authors John Patrick, Tina Offler, Yong-Ling Ruan
2012 Wang L, Ruan Y-L, 'New insights into roles of cell wall invertase in early seed development', Poster abstracts. Combio 2012, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2012 Astija 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]
Co-authors John Patrick, Yong-Ling Ruan, Tina Offler
2012 Palmer 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 Yong-Ling Ruan, John Patrick
2012 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2011 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2011 Ruan Y-L, 'Modulating nutrient resource allocation for yield formation, senescence and evolution by invertase and its inhibitor', ComBio 2011, Cairns, QLD (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2010 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2010 Jones 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan, Tina Offler, John Patrick
2010 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2010 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2009 Patrick 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]
Co-authors John Patrick, Tina Offler, Yong-Ling Ruan, David Mccurdy
2009 Furbank 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
2002 Ruan Y-L, Llewellyn DJ, Furbank RT, 'SuSy, a master gene controlling cotton fibre development', Proceedings of 11th Australian Cotton Conference, Brisbane, Australia (2002) [E1]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
1998 Ruan 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]
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 Ruan YL, 'Recent advances in understanding cotton fibre and seed development', 12 (2005) [R1]
DOI 10.1079/SSR2005217
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Yong-Ling Ruan
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 18
Total funding $2,842,332

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20145 grants / $537,000

Expansion and Upgrade of the Newcastle Plant Growth Facility$230,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

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
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1300636
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

Expansion and Upgrade of the Newcastle Plant Growth Facility$195,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

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
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1300231
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Funding support to ACRCCI and Plant Biology research$100,000

Funding body: Chang-Jiang Textile and Clothing Association (TCA)

Funding body Chang-Jiang Textile and Clothing Association (TCA)
Project Team Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400492
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301389
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Faculty PVC Conference Assistance Grant 2014$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
Scheme PVC Conference Assistance Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401232
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $160,000

Refurbishment of the Newcastle Plant Growth Facility$160,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

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
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200380
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20124 grants / $343,000

Mechanisms regulating plant cell expansion: Assessing the role of aquaporins and sugar signalling$270,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Emeritus Professor John Patrick
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100314
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

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
Scheme Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF): Group Missions
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200445
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Molecular regulation of fruit and seed development$18,000

Funding body: Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Funding body Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Project Team Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200694
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

Enhancing research capability of Australia-China Centre for Crop Improvement$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1201099
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20112 grants / $770,000

Specialised Greenhouse Space for New Initiatives $500,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

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
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000631
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

Cell wall invertase regulates fruit and seed development through sugar signals, sugar transporters and plasmodesmal gating$270,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000219
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20094 grants / $1,017,000

Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy for Live Cell Imaging$275,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Conjoint Professor Keith Jones, Professor Eileen McLaughlin, Laureate Professor John Aitken, Conjoint Professor Ray Rose, Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler, Associate Professor David McCurdy, Emeritus Professor Leonie Ashman, Professor Gordon Burns, Professor Dirk Van Helden, Doctor Nikki Verrills, Associate Professor Brett Nixon, Doctor Shaun Roman, Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Doctor Rick Thorne, Professor Mike Calford
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189038
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

Comparative studies on responses to heat stress between heat tolerant and susceptible tomato genotypes.$22,000

Funding body: Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Funding body Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Project Team Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Emeritus Professor John Patrick
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190621
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

20082 grants / $15,332

The Role of Hydrogen Peroxide in Cotton fibre Cell Death and Termination of Cellulose Synthesis$7,832

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan, Emeritus Professor John Patrick
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189078
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Understanding sugar Allocation in Tomato Fruit and Cotton Fibre for Higher Yield and Quality$7,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189857
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Role of Cell Wall Invertase in Reproductive Development in Arabidopsis Thaliana
Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2013 Identification of Regulatory Genes Controlling Cell Wall Invertase Expression in Arabidopsis Reproductive Organs
Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2012 Roles of Aquaporins in Regulating Cotton Fibre Elongation
Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2011 Regulation of Pollen Germination and Pollen Tube Elongation and Response to Heat Stress by Cell Wall Invertase
Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2011 Discovering Transcription Factors Regulating Wall Ingrowth Formation in Plant Transfer Cells
Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2011 Unravelling Molecular Mechanisms of Invertase-mediated Control of Seed and Fruit Development
Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2011 Regulation of Early Fruit Development in Tomato Under Heat Stress by CWIN-mediated Sucrose Metabolism
Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
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News

Federal Government choose UON research for case-study

Federal Government choose UON research for case-study

September 12, 2014

A group mission that includes an Australian-first cross-collaborative conference has been hailed as such a success that it’s being used by the Federal Government as a case-study for future international linkage schemes.

Yong Ling Ruan

Future of agriculture looks sweet

May 8, 2014

Sugar may be the key to future food security and economic prosperity according to University of Newcastle Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan.

ACRCCI Group Mission Succcess

Federal Government funded group mission success

May 1, 2013

The Australian-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement (ACRCCI) has successfully undertaken the DIISRTE-funded Group Mission project entitled "€œCollaboration to Strengthen the Research Capabilities of ACRCCI".

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Important funding secured

June 10, 2010

ACRCCI has won Group Mission funding from the Federal Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) in June 2012.

Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan

Position

Associate Professor
Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement, Plant Science Group
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Biological Sciences

Contact Details

Email yong-ling.ruan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7958

Office

Room B112
Building Biological Sciences
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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