WAKANA TANAKA

Last Updated :2020/09/01

Affiliations, Positions
Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, Assistant Professor
E-mail
wakanathiroshima-u.ac.jp
Self-introduction
I am interested in how plants elaborate their structures such as flowers and leaves. My research objective is to elucidate the molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying the control of plant development.

Basic Information

Major Professional Backgrounds

  • 2019/12/01, Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, Assistant Professor
  • 2015/08/16, 2019/11/30, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science, Assistant Professor
  • 2013/04/01, 2015/08/15, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2012/04/01, 2013/03/31, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow

Educational Backgrounds

  • University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science, Department of Biological Sciences, JAPAN, 2007/04, 2012/03
  • Tokyo Metropolitan University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences, JAPAN, 2003/04, 2007/03

Academic Degrees

  • The University of Tokyo
  • The University of Tokyo

In Charge of Primary Major Programs

  • Molecular Agro-Life Science Program

Research Fields

  • Biology;Basic biology;Plant molecular biology / Plant physiology
  • Agricultural sciences;Plant production and environmental agriculture;Science in genetics and breeding

Research Keywords

  • Plant development
  • Crop breeding
  • Molecular genetics
  • Meristem
  • Plant stem cells
  • Tiller
  • Axillary bud
  • Flower
  • Rice (Oryza sativa)

Affiliated Academic Societies

  • The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists
  • Japanese Society of Breeding
  • The Genetics Society of Japan
  • The Japan Mendel Society
  • Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry

Educational Activity

Course in Charge

  1. 2020, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 4Term, Biological production and natural environment
  2. 2020, Undergraduate Education, Intensive, Laboratory Work in General Chemistry
  3. 2020, Undergraduate Education, 2Term, Reading of Foreign Literature
  4. 2020, Undergraduate Education, 4Term, Introduction to Applied Biological Science II
  5. 2020, Undergraduate Education, Intensive, Laboratory Work in Molecular Agro-life ScienceII
  6. 2020, Undergraduate Education, 1Term, Plant Molecular Biology
  7. 2020, Undergraduate Education, 4Term, Bio-Analytical Science
  8. 2020, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Reading of Foreign Literature in Molecular Agro-Life Science

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. The roles of two FLORAL ORGAN NUMBER genes, FON1 and FON2, differ in axillary meristem development., Cytologia (in press), 2020
  2. CURLED LATER1 encoding the largest subunit of the Elongator complex has a unique role in leaf development and meristem function in rice., Plant Journal (in press), 2020
  3. Stem Cell Maintenance in the Shoot Apical Meristems and during Axillary Meristem Development., CYTOLOGIA, 85(1), 3-8, 202003
  4. DWARF WITH SLENDER LEAF1 encoding a histone deacetylase plays diverse roles in rice development., Plant & Cell Physiology, 61(3), 457-469, 202003
  5. Antagonistic action of TILLERS ABSENT1 and FLORAL ORGAN NUMBER2 regulates stem cell maintenance during axillary meristem development in rice., New Phytologist, 225(2), 974-984, 202001
  6. Class I KNOX gene OSH1 is indispensable for axillary meristem development in rice., Cytologia, 84(4), 343-346, 201912
  7. TILLERS ABSENT1, the WUSCHEL ortholog, is not involved in stem cell maintenance in the shoot apical meristem in rice., Plant Signaling & Behavior, 14(9), 1640565, 20190902
  8. Transcriptional corepressor ASP1 and CLV-like signaling regulate meristem maintenance in rice., Plant Physiology, 180(3), 1520-1534, 201907
  9. Rice flower development revisited: regulation of carpel specification and flower meristem determinacy., Plant & Cell Physiology, 60(6), 1284-1295, 201906
  10. BELL1-like homeobox genes regulate inflorescence architecture and meristem maintenance in rice., Plant Journal, 98(3), 465-478, 201905
  11. Three TOB1-related YABBY genes are required to maintain proper function of the spikelet and branch meristems in rice., New Phytologist, 215(2), 825-839, 201707
  12. Genetic enhancer analysis reveals that FLORAL ORGAN NUMBER2 and OsMADS3 co-operatively regulate maintenance and determinacy of the flower meristem in rice., Plant & Cell Physiology, 58(5), 893-903, 201705
  13. Polar patterning of the spikelet is disrupted in the two opposite lemma mutant in rice., Genes & Genetic Systems, 91(4), 193-200, 201608
  14. Generation of artificial drooping leaf mutants by CRISPR-Cas9 technology in rice., Genes & Genetic Systems, 90(4), 231-235, 201508
  15. Analysis of rice fickle spikelet1 mutant that displays an increase in flower and spikelet organ number with inconstant expressivity., Genes & Genetic Systems, 90(3), 181-184, 201506
  16. Axillary meristem formation in rice requires the WUSCHEL ortholog TILLERS ABSENT1., Plant Cell, 27(4), 1173-1184, 201504
  17. Grass meristems II: inflorescence architecture, flower development and meristem fate., Plant & Cell Physiology, 54(3), 313-324, 201303
  18. Grass meristems I: shoot apical meristem maintenance, axillary meristem determinacy and the floral transition., Plant & Cell Physiology, 54(3), 302-312, 201303
  19. WUSCHEL-RELATED HOMEOBOX4 is involved in meristem maintenance and is negatively regulated by the CLE gene FCP1 in rice., Plant Cell, 25(1), 229-241, 201301
  20. Formation of two florets within a single spikelet in the rice tongari-boushi1 mutant., Plant Signaling & Behavior, 7(7), 793-795, 201207
  21. The YABBY gene TONGARI-BOUSHI1 is involved in lateral organ development and maintenance of meristem organization in the rice spikelet., Plant Cell, 24(1), 80-95, 201201
  22. Identification of the conserved region in intron1 of the DROOPING LEAF genes among the species in the grass family., Rice Genetics newsletter, 25, 78-79, 2010
  23. The homeotic gene LONG STERILE LEMMA (G1) specifies sterile lemma identity in the rice spikelet., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(47), 20103-20108, 200911
  24. The spatial expression patterns of DROOPING LEAF orthologs suggest a conserved function in grasses., Genes & Genetic Systems, 84(2), 137-146, 200904

Publications such as books

  1. The Molecular Genetics of Floral Transition and Flower Development - Advances in Botanical Research, Flower development in rice., Elsevier, 2014, Wakana Tanaka, Taiyo Toriba, and Hiro-Yuki Hirano, 9780124171626, 0124171621, 376, 221-262
  2. Flower Development - Methods and Protocols., Grass flower development., Springer, 2014, Hiro-Yuki Hirano, Wakana Tanaka, and Taiyo Toriba, 978-1461494072, 475, 57-84

Invited Lecture, Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation

  1. Function of WOX and KNOX genes in axillary bud formation in rice, 2019/09, Without Invitation
  2. Genetic regulation of stem cell maintenance during axillary bud formation in rice, Wakana Tanaka, Plant Stem Cells: Source of Plant Vitality, Workshop1: Stem cells and Plant Reproduction, 2019/05, With Invitation, Tohoku University, Katahira Campus (Miyagi, Sendai)

Awards

  1. 2016/11, GGS prize 2016, The Genetics Society of Japan, Generation of artificial drooping leaf mutants by CRISPR-Cas9 technology in rice.
  2. 2010/10, GGS prize 2010, The Genetics Society of Japan, The spatial expression patterns of DROOPING LEAF orthologs suggest a conserved function in grasses

External Funds

Acceptance Results of Competitive Funds

  1. Stem cell maintenance during axillary meristem formation, 2020/04, 2022/03
  2. KAKENHI(Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists), Regulatory mechanism of stem cell establishment during axillary bud formation in rice, 2019/04, 2022/03
  3. 2017/04, 2018/03
  4. 2016/04, 2019/03
  5. 2015/10, 2016/09
  6. 2013/04, 2016/03
  7. 2011/04, 2013/03

Social Activities

History as Peer Reviews of Academic Papers

  1. 2020, New Phytologist, Reviewer, 1
  2. 2020, Plant Journal, Reviewer, 1
  3. 2020, Plant Biotechnology Journal, Reviewer, 1
  4. 2020, Rice, Reviewer, 1