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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Gan-Yuan Zhong

Research Leader


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Grape Genetics Research Unit

Plant Genetic Resources Unit

USDA, ARS

630 W. North St., Geneva, NY  14456

315 787 2482 (office)

315 787 2339 (fax)

Overview

I am Research Leader who directs and manages the USDA-ARS research programs of Grape Genetics Research Unit (GGRU) and Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PGRU) at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University. As a geneticist, I also conduct my own research with a primary focus on: 1) genetic improvement of grapevine architecture for improving grape productivity and fruit quality and promoting mechanical pruning and harvest in grape production; 2) development of innovative genetic and genomic solutions for resistance to root-knot nematodes in grape rootstocks; and 3) understanding graft genetics and epigenetics for improving performance of grafted grapevines.

Education

  • B.S. Agronomy, Jiangsu Agricultural College, China         
  • M.S. Plant Genetics and Breeding, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
  • Ph.D. Genetics, University of California, Davis

Professional Experience

  • Supervisory Research Geneticist/Research Leader, 2007-Present, USDA-ARS GGRU, Geneva, NY
  • Supervisory Research Geneticist/Research Leader, 2010-Present, USDA-ARS PGRU, Geneva, NY
  • Scientist/Senior Research Scientist, 1995-2007 , Research and Product Development, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., A DuPont Business, Des Moines, IA
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1991-1995, Department of Agronomy, University of California, Davis, CA

Recent Publications

Yi Wang, Xianju Liu, Chong Ren, Gan-Yuan Zhong, Long Yang, Shaohua Li, Zhenchang Liang 2016. Identification of genomic sites for CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing in the Vitis vinifera genome. BMC Plant Biol 2016 21;16:96. Epub 2016 Apr 21.

Migicovsky, Z., Gardner, K., Money, D., Sawler, J., Bloom, J., Moffett, P., Chao, C.T., Schwaninger, H.R., Fazio, G., Zhong, G., Myles, S. 2016. Genome to phenome mapping in apple using historical data. The Plant Genome. 9(2) DOI: 10.3835/plantgenome2015.11.0113.

Wen, Y., Zhong, G., Gao, Y., Lan, Y., Duan, C., Pan, Q. 2015. Using the combined analysis of transcripts and metabolites to propose key genes for differential terpene accumulation across two regions. Biomed Central (BMC) Plant Biology. 15:240. DOI: 10.1186/s12870-015-0631-1.

Volk, G.M., Chao, C.T., Norelli, J.L., Brown, S.K., Fazio, G., Peace, C., McFerson, J., Zhong, G., Bretting, P.K. 2015. The vulnerability of US apple (Malus) genetic resources. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 62(5):765-794. DOI: 10.1007/s10722-014-0194-2.

Yang, Y., Mao, L., Jittayasothorn, Y., Kang, Y., Jiao, C., Fei, Z., Zhong, G. 2015. Messenger RNA exchange between scions and rootstocks in grafted grapevines. Biomed Central (BMC) Plant Biology. 15:251.

Money, D., Gardner, K., Migicovsky, Z., Schwaninger, H.R., Zhong, G., Myles, S. 2015. LinkImpute: fast and accurate genotype imputation for non-model organisms. G3, Genes/Genomes/Genetics. Doi: 10.1534/G3.115.021667.

Bai, Y., Dougherty, L., Cheng, L., Zhong, G., Xu, K. 2015. Uncovering co-expression gene network regulating fruit acidity in diverse apples. Biomed Central (BMC) Genomics. 16(1):612. DOI:10.1186/s12864-015-1816-6.

Cousins, P., Zhong, G. 2015. Hybrid and selfed seedling progenies of Vitis hybrid ‘Roger’s Red’ grape segregate for tendril distribution. Acta Horticulturae Proceedings (ISHS) 1082:373-378.

Yang, Y., Labate, J.A., Liang, Z., Cousins, P., Prins, B.H., Preece, J.E., Aradhya, M.K., Zhong, G. 2014. Multiple loss-of-function 5-O-Glucosyltransferase alleles revealed in Vitis vinifera, but not in other Vitis species. Theoretical and Applied Genetics.  127(11):2433-2451.

Liang, Z., Cheng, L., Zhong, G., Liu, R. 2014. Total antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of twenty-four Vitis vinifera grapes. PLoS One. 9(8): e105146. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0105146.

Yang, Y., Labate, J.A., Liang, Z., Cousins, P., Prins, B.H., Preece, J.E., Aradhya, M.K., Zhong, G. 2014. Multiple loss-of-function 5-O-Glucosyltransferase alleles revealed in Vitis vinifera, but not in other Vitis species. Theoretical and Applied Genetics.  127(11):2433-2451.

Yang, Y., Jittayasothorn, Y., Chronis, D.N., Wang, X., Cousins, P., Zhong, G. 2013. Molecular characteristics and efficacy of 16D10 siRNAs in inhibiting root-knot nematode infection in   transgenic grape hairy roots. PLoS One. 8(7):e69463. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0069463.

Wan, Y., Schwaninger, H.R., Baldo, A.M., Labate, J.A., Zhong, G. Simon, C 2013. A phylogenomicanalysis of the grape genus (Vitis) reveals broad reticulation and concurrent diversification during quaternary climate change. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 13:141.

Sawler J, Reisch B, Aradhya MK, Prins B, Zhong G-Y, et al. 2013. Genomics Assisted Ancestry Deconvolution in Grape. PLoS ONE 8(11): e80791. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080791.

Miller AJ, Matasci N, Schwaninger H, Aradhya MK, Prins B, Zhong G-Y, et al. 2013. Vitis Phylogenomics: Hybridization Intensities from a SNP Array Outperform Genotype Calls. PLoS ONE 8(11): e78680. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078680

Liang, Z., Y. Yang, L. Cheng, and G.-Y. Zhong. 2013. Characterization of polyphenolic metabolites in grape hybrids. Vitis, 52(2):51-59.

Liang, Z., Y. Yang, L. Cheng, and G.-Y. Zhong. 2012. Characterization of polyphenolic metabolites in the seeds of Vitis germplasm. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 60(5):129-9.

Liang, Z., Y. Yang, L. Cheng, and G.-Y. Zhong. 2012. Polyphenolic composition and content in the ripe berries of wild Vitis species. Journal of Food Biochemistry 132:730-738.

Liang, Z., M. Sang, A. Ma, S. Zhao, G.-Y. Zhong, and S. Li. 2012. Inheritance of anthocyanin contents in the ripe berries of a tetraploid x diploid grape cross population. Available online December 8, 2011. DOI: 10.1007/s10681-011-0594-8.

Zhong, G.-Y., and Y. Yang. 2012. Characterization of grape Gibberellin Insensitive1mutant alleles in transgenic Arabidopsis. Transgenic Research, Available online October 29, 2011.DOI:10.1007/s11248-011-9565-z

 

Patents

James Wayne Bing, Robert F. Cressman, Jr., Manju Gupta, Salim M. Hakimi, David Hondred, Todd L. Krone, Mary Hartnett Locke, Abigail K. Luckring, Sandra E. Meyer, Daniel Moellenbeck, Kenneth Edwin Narva. Paul D. Olson, Craig D. Sanders, Jimei Wang, Jian Zhang, Gan-Yuan ZhongCorn event DAS-59122-7 and methods for detection thereof.

Many US and internaltional patents have been received for this invention, including US 7323556 ( January 29, 2008),  US 7695914 and  US 7696341 (April 13, 2010), US7875429 and US7875430 (January 25, 2011), AU2005292090 B2 (Februarys 3, 2011), US78888023 and US78888495 (Feburary 15, 2011), US7897342 (March 1, 2011), US7932033 (April 26, 2011), US7956246 (June 7, 2011), UA97088 C2 (Janurray 10, 2012), US RE43373 (May 8, 2012), CA 2588243C (June 11, 2013), EP1794308 B1 (Auguts 28, 2013), TW1414236B (November 11, 2013), US8592653 (November 26, 2013), and US8952223 (Feburary 10, 2015).

William B. Allen, Bo Shen, Mitchell C. Tarczynski, Mark E. Williams,  Peizhong Zheng, Gan-Yuan ZhongCompositions related to the quantitative trait locus 6 (QTL6) in maize and methods of use. 

Four US and international patents have been received for this invention, including US 7812216 (October 12, 2010), EP 1991047 B1 (September 26, 2013), AU2007220007 B2 (February 2, 2013), and AU2007223426 B2 (May 9, 2013).

Timothy K. Chicoine, Jeffery W. Derry, Christine B. Hazel, Donglong Liu, Billy Fred McCutchen, Wayne J. Mehre, Kenneth A. Peeples, David W. Saunders, Gan-Yuan ZhongMaize event DP- 098140-6 and compositions and methods for the identification and/or detection thereof.

Two US and international patents have been received for this invention: US 7928296 (April 19, 2011) and ZA 200901955 A (August 25, 2010).

William B. Allen, Bo Shen, Mitchell C. Tarczynski, Mark E. Williams, Peizhong Zheng, Gan-Yuan Zhong. Identifying a high oil phenotype in maize by detecting a marker locus genetically linked with a QTL6 region.

US 7981677.  Issued on July 19, 2011.

William B. Allen, Bo Shen, Mitchell C. Tarczynski, Mark E. Williams,  Peizhong Zheng, Gan-Yuan Zhong.  Method of identifying maize plants having increased oil content using quantitative trait locus 6 (QTL6).

US 8084208. Issued on December 27, 2011.

William B. Allen, Bo Shen, Mitchell C. Tarczynski, Mark E. Williams,  Peizhong Zheng, Gan-Yuan ZhongProducing maize plants having a high oil phenotype using a marker locus genetically linked with a QTL6 region.

US 9137957. Issued on September 22, 2015.

William B. Allen, Bo Shen, Mitchell C. Tarczynski, Mark E. Williams,  Peizhong Zheng, Gan-Yuan Zhong. Compositions and polyeptides related to type 1 diacylgycerol O-acyltransferase (DGAT).

US 8748576. Issued on June 10, 2014.

William B. Allen, Bo Shen, Mitchell C. Tarczynski, Mark E. Williams,  Peizhong Zheng, Gan-Yuan Zhong. Methods of producing maize plants having a high oil phenotype by detecting a marker locus genetically linked with a QTL6 region.

US 8319010. Issued on November 27, 2012.

Joan T. Odell, Rebecca E. Cahoon,  Karlene H. Butler, Jimei Wang, Gan-Yuan Zhong,. Plant RNA-directed RNA polymerase proteins.

US 7060813. Issued on June 13, 2006.

Scott E. Nichols, Kanwarpal S. Dhugga, George W. Singletary, Court A. Saunders, Derrick Witcher, Wesley B. Bruce, Lynne E. Sims, Guihua Lu, Gan-Yuan Zhong. Plant uridine diphosphate-glucose dehydrogenase genes, proteins, and uses thereof.

US 6399859. Issued on June 4, 2002.


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