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Powered by solar energy, mature leaves (source) assimilate CO2 into organic nutrients, mainly in the form of sucrose (Suc). Suc is then translocated through a vascular system, phloem, to non-photosynthetic organs (sink) such as developing seeds, fruits and tubers that constitute crop yield worldwide. Upon reaching recipient sinks, Suc needs to be enzymatically degraded into hexoses for diverse uses including biosynthesis of starch, cellulose and proteins.  As such, the partitioning of Suc to, and its utilization within, sinks determine crop yield and quality. Indeed, there is now strong evidence that sugars act as master regulators for plant development, yield realization and response to Climate Change. Yong-Ling's research thus aims                    (1) to elucidate the molecular basis by which sugar metabolism, transport and signalling regulate sink development for food, fiber and fuel and             (2) to develop innovative sugar-based ‘sweet’ solutions to improve crop yield and tolerance to abiotic stresses, such as heat, cold and drought.

With extensive research experience from top institutes in Australia (CSIRO), 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 in plant development from molecular to whole plant levels with key 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); (ii) Winning prestigious Peter Goldacre medal from ASPS and ARC DP grants and (iii) Invitations to chair and/ or speak at numerous international conferences and to serve on editorial boards of four international journals.

Building on established national and international industry linkages, Yong-Ling has successfully translated some of his fundamental discoveries into applications as evidenced by filing of several international patents and field-trials of several 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 indeed well positioned to leap forward to achieve inspirational goals in advancing knowledge on assimilate allocation and utilization for improving crop yield, quality and tolerance to stress.

Research

Research keywords

  • Abiotic stress tolerance
  • Gene regulation
  • Seed, fruit and cotton fibre development
  • Sugar metabolism, transport and signalling

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

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

Yong-Ling has established productive and extensive international collaborations worldwide, as evidenced by, for example, sharing research tools and publications of a large number of research papers in peer-reviewed scholar journals with co-authors across Europe, USA and the Asia Pacific region.

Administrative

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;

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.

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

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Highlighted Publications

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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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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)

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

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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 (64 outputs)

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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]
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]
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]
2014Osorio S, Ruan Y-L, Fernie AR, 'An update on source-to-sink carbon partitioning in tomato', Frontiers in Plant Science, 5 (2014)
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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

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 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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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]
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, 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]
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, 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]
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]
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]
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 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

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, 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)
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)
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, 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]
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, Zhang LC, Wu GL, Zhang SL, 'The effect of water stress on photosynthesis of Citrus unshiu', Acta Horticulturae Sinica, 15 92-96 (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
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]
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

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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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)

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

Summary

Number of grants18
Total funding$2,842,332

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2014 (5 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

Faculty PVC Conference Assistance Grant 2014$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Associate Professor Yong-Ling Ruan
SchemeRole
PVC Conference Assistance GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020142014
GNo:G1401232

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 SupervisorIdentification of Regulatory Genes Controlling Cell Wall Invertase Expression in Arabidopsis 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