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Research Groups > Research Group of Medicinal Plants and Second Metabolism  

Research Areas

We are interested in medicinal plants and plant secondary metabolism, with emphasis on terpene biosynthesis, regulation and active components identification; geographic distribution, molecular phylogeny, resources and conservation of medicinal plants.

Ongoing Research:
1. Biosynthesis of sesquiterpenes in Artemisia annua L.
2. Isolation and characterization of enzymes and transcription factors involved in Tanshinone biosynthesis in Salvia miltiorrhiza, chemical analysis of Salvia herbs.
3. Phylogenetics of the genus Salvia; genetic resources and diversities of Salvia species in China.

Publications

  • Li JX, Fang X, Zhao Q, Ruan JX, Yang CQ, Wang LJ, Miller DJ, Faraldos JA, Allemann RK, Chen XY, Zhang P. (2013) Rational engineering plasticity residues of sesquiterpene synthases from Artemisia annua: product specificity and catalytic efficiency. Biochemical Journal Immediate Publication. Published on 26 Feb 2013 as manuscript BJ20130041.
  • Yu ZX, Li JX, Yang CQ, Hu WL, Wang LJ, Chen XY. (2012) The jasmonate-responsive AP2/ERF transcription factors AaERF1 and AaERF2 positively regulate artemisinin biosynthesis in Artemisia annua L. Molecular Plant, 5(2): 353-365
  • Hong GJ, Xue XY, Mao YB, Wang LJ, Chen XY. (2012) Arabidopsis MYC2 interacts with DELLA proteins in regulating sesquiterpene biosynthesis. Plant Cell 24: 2635–2648.
  • Yang CQ, Fang X, Wu XM, Mao YB, Wang LJ, Chen XY. (2012) Transcriptional regulation of plant secondary metabolism. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 54(10):703-712.
  • Fang X, Yang CQ, Wei YK, Ma QX, Yang L, Chen XY. (2011) Genomics grand for diversified plant secondary metabolites. Plant Diversity and Resources 33 (01): 53-64.
  • Hong GJ, Hu WL, Li JX, Chen XY, Wang LJ. (2009) Increased accumulation of artemisinin and anthocyanins in Artemisia annua expressing the Arabidopsis blue light receptor CRY1. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 27:334-341.
  • Principal Investigator (PI)

    CHEN Xiaoya, PhD, Professor, CAS academician.
    Tel: 021-54924033,021-67657815
    Email: xychen@sibs.ac.cn
    Address: Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, 3888 Chenhua Road, Songjiang District, Shanghai 201602.

    CHEN Xiaoya, Ph.D., Principle Investigator. He was nominated as a CAS member in 2005, TWAS member in 2008 and is currently serving as director of Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, director of Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Vice Chairman of Standing Committee of Chinese Society of Plant Biology (CSPB).

    Dr. Chen is interested in plant secondary metabolism, and his early academic career was devoted to plant taxonomy. His group has conducted in-depth study of terpene biosynthesis and regulation in several plant species, including cotton, Artemisia annua, Arabidopsis thaliana, and Salvia spp. He has made an important contribution to elucidation of gossypol biosynthesis pathway. Based on an insect model of cotton bollworm (Heliothis armigera), his group has made a technology breakthrough in developing plant-mediated RNA interference, which can effectively and specifically suppress the gene expressions herbivorous insects. Dr. Chen has hitherto more than 90 publications, the majority in prestigious journals, including Nature Biotechnology, Plant Cell, Plant Journal, Plant Physiology, etc. He has applied 14 invention patents. Among them, 7 have been authorized.

    Full-time Research Members

    Dr. WEI Yukun
    Senior Engineer
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    ykweish@foxmail.com

    Dr. YANG Lei
    Postdoctor
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    leiyang@sibs.ac.cn

    Dr. KONG Yu
    Research Assistant
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    nefuky@163.com

    Dr. XING Shihai
    Postdoctor
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    Email:
    xshihai@yahoo.com.cn

    WANG Qi
    Technician
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    huyt0123@163.com

    HUANG Yanbo
    Technician
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    yanbocf@163.com

    Students

    CHENG Haining
    Joint training M.S. (2011)
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    Email:
    chenghaininga@126.com

    ZHOU Xiaoxi
    Joint training M.S. (2011)
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    Email:
    zhouxiaoxi1988@gmail.com

     
     
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