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Wang Suomin

       Prof. Suo-Min Wang is the director of the Institute of Herbaceous Plant Stress Physiology and Genetic Improvement, in State Key Laboratory of Herbage Improvement and Grassland Agro-ecosystems, and College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, Lanzhou University. He obtained his PhD (1998) in Gansu Agricultural University, China, and had worked in Lanzhou University where he has remained successively as an assistant, lecturer, associate Professor and Professor. He had been to the National Laboratory of Plant Molecular Genetics, Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences as a research visitor, and School of Life Sciences in Lanzhou University as a postdoctoral fellow. He had visited Prof. Tim Flowers’ Lab at School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex in the UK as a research fellow supported by the Sino-British Fellowship Trust Award of the Royal Society of the UK, and Prof. Sheng Luan’s Lab at University of California-Berkeley in the USA as a visiting scholar for one year, respectively. He had also been to Prof. Owen Rowland’s Lab at the Department of Biology and Institute of Biochemistry, Carleton University in Canada as visiting Professor for six months.

       Prof. Wang has been elected as the Cuiying Honor Professor of Lanzhou University (2020), the New Century Excellent Talents in University from the Ministry of Education of China (2005) and the Leading Talent in Gansu Province (second level, 2009), enjoyed Special government allowances of the State Council, China (2012), and has received important academic awards and honors, including Vice Director of Pratacultural Education Committee of Chinese Grassland Society (2006), the first prize of Natural Science in Gansu Province (2011), Vice President of the Grass Biotechnology Committee of Chinese Grassland Society (2013), the Chair of Organizing Committee of the 9th International Symposium on Molecular Breeding of Forage and Turf (2016) and the director of University Teaching Guidance Committee of Grass Science Specialty, the Ministry of Education of China (2018) etc.

       Currently Prof. Wang’s lab main research interests concern plant abiotic stress physiology and molecular biology, and the genetic improvement of stress tolerance in forages.

Address:       768 West Jiayuguan Road, Lanzhou 730020, P.R.China

State Key Laboratory of Herbage Improvement and Grassland Agro-ecosystems, College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, 

Lanzhou University

  Telephone:   86-931-13893448266  Fax: 86-931-8910979  E-mail:  smwang@lzu.edu.cn     

  ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0027-8822

 

MAIN PUBLICATIONS (2002- Present):    *Corresponding author

Liu H.S., Guo X.N., Chai W.W., Zhang R.X., Li P.Q., Ma C.M., Ma Q., *Wang S.M. (2022) RNAi-based transcriptome suggests candidate genes regulated by ZxNHX1 to affect the salt tolerance of Zygophyllum xanthoxylum. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 41: 2476-2490.

Yin H.J., Li M.Z., Lv M.H., Hepworth S.R., Li D.D. Ma C.C., Li J., *Wang S.M. (2020) SAUR15 promotes lateral and adventitious root development via activating H+-ATPases and auxin biosynthesis1. Plant Physiology, 184: 837-851.

Wang W.Y., Liu Y.Q., Duan H.R., Yin X.X., Cui Y.N., Chai W.W., Song X., Flowers T. J., *Wang S.M. (2020) SsHKT1;1 is coordinated with SsSOS1 and SsNHX1 to regulate Na+ homeostasis in Suaeda salsa under saline conditions. Plant and Soil, 449: 117-131.

Wang P., Wang C.M., Gao L., Cui Y.N., Yang H.L., Silva N. D. G., Ma Q., Bao A.K., Flowers T.J., Rowland O., *Wang S.M. (2020) Aliphatic suberin confers salt tolerance to Arabidopsis by limiting Na+ influx, K+ efflux and water backflow. Plant and Soil, 448: 603-620.

He F.L., Bao A.K., *Wang S.M., Jin H.X. (2019) NaCl stimulates growth and alleviates drought stress in the salt-secreting xerophyte Reaumuria soongorica. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 162: 433-443.

Yin H.J, Li M.Z., Li D.D., Khan S. A., Hepworth S.R., *Wang S.M. (2019) Transcriptome analysis reveals regulatory framework for salt and osmotic tolerance in a succulent xerophyte. BMC Plant Biology, 19: 88-103.

Gao L., Tian Y., Chen M.C., Wei L., Gao T.G., Yin H.J., Zhang J.L., Kumar T., Liu L.B., *Wang S.M. (2019) Cloning and functional characterization of epidermis-specific promoter MtML1 from Medicago truncatula. Journal of Biotechnology, 300: 32-39.

Chai W.W., Wang W.Y., Ma Q., Yin H.J., Hepworth S. R., *Wang S.M. (2019) Comparative transcriptome analysis reveals unique genetic adaptations conferring salt tolerance in a xerohalophyte. Functional Plant Biology, 46: 670-683.

Cui Y.N., Xia Z.R., Ma Q., Wang W.Y., Chai W.W., *Wang S.M. (2019) The synergistic effects of sodium and potassium on the xerophyte Apocynum venetum in response to drought stress. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 135: 489-498.

Guo H., Zhang L., Cui Y.N., Wang S.M., Bao A.K. (2019) Identification of candidate genes related to salt tolerance of the secretohalophyte Atriplex canescens by transcriptomic analysis. BMC Plant Biology, 19: 213-230.

Kumar T., Bao A.K., Bao Z., Wang F., Gao L., Wang S.M. (2018) The progress of genetic improvement in Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.). Czech Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 54:41-51.

Ma Q., Hu J., Zhou X.R., Yuan H.J., Kumar T., Luan S., *Wang S.M. (2017) ZxAKT1 is essential for K+ uptake and K+/Na+ homeostasis in the succulent xerophyte Zygophyllum xanthoxylum. The Plant Journal, 90: 48-60.

Song X., Wang S.M., Jiang Y.W. (2017) Genotypic variations in plant growth and nutritional elements of perennial ryegrass accessions under salinity stress. Journal of the American Society for Horticulture Science, 142:476-483.

Ma Q., Bao A.K., Chai W.W., Wang W.Y., Zhang J.L., Li Y.X., *Wang S.M. (2016) Transcriptomic analysis of the succulent xerophyte Zygophyllum xanthoxylum in response to salt treatment and osmotic stress. Plant and Soil, 402:343-361.

Bao A.K., Du B.Q., Touil L., Kang P., Wang Q.L., *Wang S.M. (2016) Co-expression of tonoplast Cation/H+ antiporter and H+-pyrophosphatase from xerophyte Zygophyllum xanthoxylum improves alfalfa plant growth under salinity, drought, and field conditions. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 14:964-975.

Hu J., Ma Q., Kumar T., Duan H.R., Zhang J.L., Yuan H.J., Wang Q., Khan S.A., Wang P., *Wang S.M. (2016) ZxSKOR is important for salinity and drought tolerance of Zygophyllum xanthoxylum by maintaining K+ homeostasis. Plant Growth Regulation, 80:195-205.

Niu S.Q., Li H.R., Paré P.W., Aziz M., Wang S.M., Shi H.Z., Li J., Han Q.Q., Guo S.Q., Li J., Guo Q., Ma Q., Zhang J.L. (2016) Induced growth promotion and higher salt tolerance in the halophyte grass Puccinellia tenuiflora by beneficial rhizobacteria. Plant and Soil, 407: 217-230.

Wu Y.N., Feng Y.L., Paré P.W., Chen Y.L., Xu R., Wu S., Wang S.M., Zhao Q., Li H.R., Wang Y.Q., Zhang J.L. (2016) Beneficial soil microbe Bacillus subtilis (GB03) promotes seed germination, growth and photosynthesis in Codonopsis pilosula. Crop & Pasture Science, 67:91-98.

Duan H.R., Ma Q., Zhang J.L., Hu J., Bao A.K., Wei L., Wang Q., Luan S., *Wang S.M. (2015) The inward-rectifying K+ channel SsAKT1 is a candidate involved in K+ uptake in the halophyte Suaeda salsa under saline condition. Plant and Soil, 395:173-187. 

Yuan H.J., Ma Q., Wu G.Q., Wang P., Hu J., *Wang S.M. (2015). ZxNHX controls Na+ and K+ homeostasis at the whole-plant level in Zygophyllum xanthoxylum through feedback regulation of the expression of genes involved in their transport. Annals of Botany, 115: 495-507. 

Ma Q., Tang R.J., Zheng X.J., *Wang S.M., Luan S. (2015) The calcium sensor CBL7 modulates plant responses to low nitrate in Arabidopsis. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 468:59-65.

Wang P, Guo Q, Wang Q, Zhou XR, *Wang S.M. (2015) PtAKT1 maintains selective absorption capacity for K+ over Na+ in halophyte Puccinellia tenuiflora under salt stress. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 2015, 37:1-10

Wang Q., Guan C., Wang P., Lv M.L., Ma Q., Wu G.Q., Bao A.K., Zhang J.L., *Wang S.M. (2015). AtHKT1;1 and AtHAK5 mediate low-affinity Na+ uptake in Arabidopsis thaliana under mild salt stress. Plant Growth Regulation, 75:615-623. 

Ma Q., Li Y.X., Yuan H.J., Hu J., Wei L., Bao A.K., Zhang J.L., *Wang S.M. (2014). ZxSOS1 is essential for long-distance transport and spatial distribution of Na+ and K+ in the xerophyte Zygophyllum xanthoxylum. Plant and Soil, 374: 661-676.

Bao A.K., Wang Y.W., Xi J.J., Liu C., Zhang J.L., *Wang S.M. (2014). Co-overexpression of xerophyte Zygophyllum xanthoxylum ZxNHX and ZxVP1-1 enhances salt and drought tolerance in transgenic Lotus corniculatus by increasing cations accumulation. Functional Plant Biology, 41: 203-214.

Wang Q., Guan C., *Wang S.M. (2014). Coordination of AtHKT1;1 and AtSOS1 facilitates Na+ and K+ homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana under salt stress. Journal of Plant Biology, 57: 282-290.

Han Q.Q., Lü X.P., Bai J.P., Qiao Y., Paré P.W., Wang S.M., Zhang J.L., Wu Y.N., Pang X.P., Xu W.B., Wang Z.L. (2014). Beneficial soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis (GB03) augments salt tolerance of white clover. Frontiers in Plant Science, 5: 525.

Zhang J.L., Aziz M., Qiao Y., Han Q.Q., Li J., Wang Y.Q., Shen X., Wang S.M., Paré P.W. (2014). Soil microbe Bacillus subtilis (GB03) induces biomass accumulation and salt tolerance with lower sodium accumulation in wheat. Crop and Pasture Science, 65: 423-427.

Zhang J.L., Flowers T.J., *Wang S.M. (2013) Differentiation of low-affinity Na+ uptake pathways and kinetics of the effects of K+ on Na+ uptake in the halophyte Suaeda maritima. Plant and Soil, 368: 629-640.

Kang J.J., Duan J.J., *Wang S.M., Zhao M., Yang Z.H. (2013). Na compound fertilizer promotes growth and enhances drought resistance of the succulent xerophyte Haloxylon ammodendron. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 59:289-299.

Guo Q., Wang P., Ma Q., Zhang J.L., Bao A.K., *Wang S.M. (2012) Selective transport capacity for K+ over Na+ is linked to the expression levels of PtSOS1 in halophyte Puccinellia tenuiflora. Functional Plant Biology, 39: 1047-1057.

Ma Q., Yue L.J., Zhang J.L., Wu G.Q., Bao A.K., *Wang S.M. (2012) Sodium chloride improves photosynthesis and water status in the succulent xerophyte Zygophyllum xanthoxylum. Tree Physiology, 32: 4-13.

Wu G.Q., Xi J.J., Wang Q., Bao A.K., Ma Q., Zhang J.L., *Wang S.M. (2011). The ZxNHX gene encoding tonoplast Na+/H+ antiporter from the xerophytes Zygophyllum xanthoxylum plays important roles in response to salt and drought. Journal of Plant Physiology, 168: 758-767.

Lan W.Z., Wang W., Wang S.M., Li L.G., Buchanan B.B., Lin H.X., Gao J.P., Luan S. (2010). A rice high-affinity potassium transporter (HKT) from rice conceals a calcium-permeable cation channel. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107: 7089-7094.

Zhang J.L., Flowers T.J., *Wang S.M. (2010). Mechanisms of sodium uptake by roots of higher plants. Plant and Soil, 326:45-60.

Wang C.M., Zhang J.L., Liu X.S., Li Z., Wu G.Q., Cai J.Y., Flowers T.J., *Wang S.M. (2009) Puccinellia tenuiflora maintains a low Na+ level under salinity by limiting unidirectional Na+ influx resulting in a high selectivity for K+ over Na+. Plant, Cell and Environment, 32: 486-496.

Bao A.K., *Wang S.M., Wu G.Q., Xi J.J., Zhang J.L., Wang C.M. (2009) Overexpression of the Arabidopsis H+-PPase enhanced resistance to salt and drought stress in transgenic alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.). Plant Science, 176: 232-240.

Bao A.K., Guo Z.G., Zhang H.F., *Wang S.M. (2009). A procedure for assessing the salt tolerance of lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) cultivar seedlings by combining agronomic and physiological indicators. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 52: 435-443.

Wang S.M., Zhang J.L., *Flowers T. J. (2007) Low-affinity Na+ uptake in the halophyte Suaeda maritima. Plant Physiology, 145: 559-571.

Zhang H.F., *Wang S.M. (2007) Advances in study of Na+ uptake and transport in higher plants and Na+ homeostasis in the cell. Chinese Bulletin of Botany, 24:561-571 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Gong H. J., Zhu X. Y., Chen K. M., *Wang S.M., Zhang C. L. (2005) Silicon alleviates oxidative damage of wheat plants in pots under drought. Plant Science, 169: 313-321.

Zhu X. Y., Gong H. J., Chen G. C., *Wang S.M., Zhang C. L. (2005) Different solute levels in two spring wheat cultivars induced by progressive field water stress at different developmental stages. Journal of Arid Environments, 62:1-14.

*Wang S.M., Zhao G.Q., Gao Y.S., Tang Z.C., Zhang C.L. (2004) Puccinellia tenuiflora exhibits stronger selectivity for K+ over Na+ than wheat. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 27: 1841-1857.

*Wang S.M., Wan C.G., Wang Y.R., Chen H., Zhou Z.Y., Fu H., Sosebee R.E. (2004) The Characteristics of Na+, K+ and free proline distribution in several drought-resistant plants of the Alxa Desert, China. Journal of Arid Environments, 56:525-539.

Peng Y. H., Zhu Y. F., Mao Y. Q., Wang S.M., Su W. A., Tang Z.C. (2004) Alkali grass resists salt stress through high [K+] and an endodermis barrier to Na+. Journal of Experiment Botany, 55: 939-949.

Chen K.M., Gong H.J., *Wang S.M., Zhang C.L. (2004) The regulation of the plasma membrane redox system and H+-transport in adaptation of reed ecotypes to their habitats. Biologia Plantarum, 48:87-92.

Jing Y., Gong H.J., Zhao Z.G., Chen G.C., *Wang S.M., Zhang C.L. (2004) Gradual drought under field conditions influences the glutathione metabolism, redox balance and energy supply in spring wheat. Acta Botanica Sinica, 46:1040-1048.

Chen K.M., Gong H.J., Chen G.C., Wang S.M., Zhang C.L. (2004) Gradual drought under field conditions influences the glutathione metabolism, redox balance and energy supply in spring wheat. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 23:20-28.

Xing H., Tan L.L., An L.Z., Zhao Z.G., Wang S.M., Zhang C.L. (2004) Evidence for the involvement of nitric oxide and reactive oxygen species in osmotic stress tolerance of wheat seedlings: Inverse correlation between leaf abscisic acid accumulation and leaf water loss. Plant Growth Regulation, 42:61-68.

Gong H.J., Chen K.M., Chen G.C., *Wang S.M., Zhang C.L. (2003) Effects of silicon on growth of wheat under drought. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 26:1055-1063.

Gong H.J., Chen K.M., Chen G.C., *Wang S.M., Zhang C.L. (2003) Drought stress stimulates p-nitrophenyl phosphate hydrolysis rate of the plasma membrane H+-ATPase from wheat leaves. Plant Growth Regulation, 40:139-145.

Gong H.J., Chen K.M., Chen G.C., Zhao Z.G., *Wang S.M., Zhang C.L. (2003) Redox system in the plasma membranes of two ecotypes of reed (Phragmites communis Trin.) leaves from different habitats. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 32:163-168.

Zhu X.Y., *Wang S.M., Zhang C.L. (2003) Composition and characteristic difference in photosynthetic membranes of two ecotypes of reed (Phragmites communis) from different habitats. Photosynthetica, 41:97-104.

Zhu X.Y., Jing Y., Chen G.C., *Wang S.M., Zhang C.L. (2003) Solute levels and osmoregulatory enzyme activities in reed plants adapted to drought and saline habitats. Plant Growth Regulation, 41:165-172.

Chen K.M., Gong H.J., Chen G.C., Wang S.M., Zhang C.L. (2003) Up-regulation of glutathione metabolism and changes in redox status involved in adaptation of reed (Phragmites communis Trin.) ecotypes to drought-prone and saline habitats. Journal of Plant Physiology 160: 293-301

*Wang S.M., Zheng W.J., Ren J.Z., Zhang C.L. (2002) Selectivity of various types of salt-resistant plants for K+ over Na+. Journal of Arid Environments 52:457-472

 

RESEARCH GRANTS:

 

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (32271749). Jan. 2023 – Dec. 2026

National Key Research and Development Program of China (2022YFF1003200). 

Dec. 2022 – Nov. 2027

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (31971405). Jan. 2020 – Dec. 2023

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (31730093). Jan. 2018 – Dec. 2022 

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (31470503). Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2018

The National Basic Research Program of China (2014CB138701). Jan. 2014 –Aug. 2017

The Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (20130211130001). Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2016

The National Agricultural Sci-Tech Transformation Foundation of China (2013GB2G100482). Jun. 2013 – Dec. 2015

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (31170431). Jan. 2012 – Dec. 2015

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (31072073). Jan. 2011 – Dec. 2013

The National Agricultural Sci-Tech Transformation Foundation of China (2009GB23600512). Jun. 2009–Jun. 2011

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (30770347). Jan. 2008 – Dec. 2010

Ph.D. Programs Foundation of Ministry of Education of China ( 20090211110001) . Jan. 2009 – Dec. 2011

The National Basic Research Program of China (2007CB108901) (with Y.X. Yu) Jul. 2007 – Aug. 2011

The National High Tech Project of China (2006AA10Z126). Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2009

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (30671488). Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2009

The Program for New Century Excellent Talents, China (NCET-05-0882). Jan. 2006 – Dec. 2008

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (30270947). Jan. 2003 – Dec. 2005

The National Key Basic Pre-research Special Funds of MOST of China (2002CCC01600). Jan. 2003 – Dec. 2004

The National Science and Technology Plan Key Project of China (2001BA901A18). (with S.M. Gao) Jul. 2002 –Dec. 2004

The National Basic Research Program of China (G1999011705). (with C.L. Zhang) Jul. 2001 – Aug. 2004

The Natural Science Foundation of Gansu Province in China (ZS041-A221-045-N). Jan. 2000 – Dec. 2002

 

AWARDS:

2012  Special government allowances of the State Council, China.

2011  The first prize of Natural Science in Gansu Province.

2009  The Leading Talent in Gansu Province.

2005  The Award for New Century Excellent Talents in University, the Ministry of Education of the P. R. China.

2003  The Sino-British Fellowship Trust Award of the Royal Society of the UK.

2002  Title of Outstanding Researcher in the Grassland Society of China.

2000  The International Exchange Award of the Royal Society of the UK.

1997, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006  Progress Award in Science and Technology, the Government of Gansu Province, China.

1998  Progress Award in Science and Technology, the Ministry of Agriculture, China.

1995  Title of Outstanding Researcher in Gansu Grassland Ecological Research Institute.

1994  Outstanding Paper Award in the Chinese Society for Plant Physiology.

1994  Outstanding Paper Award in the Grassland Society of China.

 EDUCATION:

1995-1998  Ph.D. Plant Physiology, Gansu Agricultural University, China.

1987-1990  M.Sc. Plant Physiology and Genetics, Beijing Normal University, China.

1983-1987  B.Sc. Biology, Northwest Normal University, China.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

Jun.2004-Present: Professor, College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China.

Aug.2017-Feb.2018: Visiting Professor, Department of Biology and Institute of Biochemistry, Carleton University, Canada.

Collaborator: Professor Owen Rowland

Aug.2008- Jul.2009: Visiting Scholar, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California at Berkeley, USA.

Supervisor: Professor Sheng Luan

Feb.2003-Feb.2004: Research Fellow (supported by The Royal Society Sino-British Fellowship Trust Awards), School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, UK.

Supervisor: Professor Tim Flowers

Sep.2000-May 2004: Associate Professor

College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, School of Life Science, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China.

Sep.1999-Aug.2000:Reaearch Visitor, National Laboratory of Plant Molecular Genetics, Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Jul.1998-Aug.1999: Postdoctoral fellow, School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University

Supervisor: Prof. Cheng-Lie Zhang

Sep.1995-Jun.1998: Ph.D. thesis research, Gansu Agricultural University

Supervisor: Prof. Ji-Zhou Ren and Prof. Zi-Zhi Hu

Sep.1993-Aug.1995:Assistant Research Fellow, Gansu Grassland Ecological Research Institute (GGERI), Lanzhou, China.

Jul.1990-Aug.1993: Assistant, GGERI, Lanzhou, China.

Sep.1987-Jun.1990: M. Sc. thesis research, Department of Biology, Beijing Normal University

Supervisors: Prof. Wei-Ping Zhao and Prof. Si-Qi Zhao

Sep.1986-Jun.1987:B.Sc. thesis research, Department of Biology, Northwest Normal University

Supervisor: Prof. Si-Qi Zhao


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