WAKANA TANAKA

Last Updated :2021/06/08

Affiliations, Positions
Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, Assistant Professor
Web Site
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

Educational Activity

  • 【Bachelor Degree Program】School of Applied Biological Science : Department of Applied Biological Science
  • 【Master's Program】Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life : Division of Integrated Sciences for Life : Program of Food and AgriLife Science
  • 【Doctoral Program】Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life : Division of Integrated Sciences for Life : Program of Food and AgriLife Science

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. 2021, Undergraduate Education, Intensive, Laboratory Work in General Chemistry
  2. 2021, Undergraduate Education, 4Term, Introduction to Applied Biological Science II
  3. 2021, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Research Front of Applied Biological Science
  4. 2021, Undergraduate Education, Intensive, Laboratory Work in Molecular Agro-life ScienceII
  5. 2021, Undergraduate Education, 4Term, Molecular Cell Biology
  6. 2021, Undergraduate Education, 1Term, Plant Molecular Biology
  7. 2021, Undergraduate Education, 4Term, Bio-Analytical Science
  8. 2021, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Reading of Foreign Literature in Molecular Agro-Life Science
  9. 2021, Graduate Education (Doctoral Program) , 1Term, Research Plans in Life Science

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. Genetic mechanism underlying tiller formation in rice, Agricultural Biotechnology, 5(4), 44-48, 2021
  2. The roles of two FLORAL ORGAN NUMBER genes, FON1 and FON2, differ in axillary meristem development., Cytologia, 85(4), 319-324, 2020
  3. CURLED LATER1 encoding the largest subunit of the Elongator complex has a unique role in leaf development and meristem function in rice., Plant Journal, 104, 351-364, 2020
  4. Stem Cell Maintenance in the Shoot Apical Meristems and during Axillary Meristem Development., CYTOLOGIA, 85(1), 3-8, 2020
  5. DWARF WITH SLENDER LEAF1 encoding a histone deacetylase plays diverse roles in rice development., Plant & Cell Physiology, 61(3), 457-469, 2020
  6. ★, 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, 2020
  7. Class I KNOX gene OSH1 is indispensable for axillary meristem development in rice., Cytologia, 84(4), 343-346, 2019
  8. 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, 2019
  9. Transcriptional corepressor ASP1 and CLV-like signaling regulate meristem maintenance in rice., Plant Physiology, 180(3), 1520-1534, 2019
  10. Rice flower development revisited: regulation of carpel specification and flower meristem determinacy., Plant & Cell Physiology, 60(6), 1284-1295, 2019
  11. BELL1-like homeobox genes regulate inflorescence architecture and meristem maintenance in rice., Plant Journal, 98(3), 465-478, 2019
  12. ★, 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, 2017
  13. 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, 2017
  14. Polar patterning of the spikelet is disrupted in the two opposite lemma mutant in rice., Genes & Genetic Systems, 91(4), 193-200, 2016
  15. Generation of artificial drooping leaf mutants by CRISPR-Cas9 technology in rice., Genes & Genetic Systems, 90(4), 231-235, 2015
  16. 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, 2015
  17. ★, Axillary meristem formation in rice requires the WUSCHEL ortholog TILLERS ABSENT1., Plant Cell, 27(4), 1173-1184, 2015
  18. ★, Grass meristems II: inflorescence architecture, flower development and meristem fate., Plant & Cell Physiology, 54(3), 313-324, 2013
  19. Grass meristems I: shoot apical meristem maintenance, axillary meristem determinacy and the floral transition., Plant & Cell Physiology, 54(3), 302-312, 2013
  20. 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, 2013
  21. Formation of two florets within a single spikelet in the rice tongari-boushi1 mutant., Plant Signaling & Behavior, 7(7), 793-795, 2012
  22. ★, 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, 2012
  23. 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
  24. 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, 2009
  25. The spatial expression patterns of DROOPING LEAF orthologs suggest a conserved function in grasses., Genes & Genetic Systems, 84(2), 137-146, 2009

Publications such as books

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

Invited Lecture, Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation

  1. Genetic mechanism that regulates tiller formation, Wakana Tanaka, Hiro-Yuki Hirano, The 2021 Annual Meeting of The Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry, 2021/03, Without Invitation, Japanese, Online
  2. Two FON genes play different roles in axillary bud formation in rice, Wakana Tanaka, Hiro-Yuki Hirano, 2020/10, Without Invitation, Japanese
  3. Function of WOX and KNOX genes in axillary bud formation in rice, 2019/09, Without Invitation, Japanese
  4. 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, English, Tohoku University, Katahira Campus (Miyagi, Sendai)

Awards

  1. 2020/11/27, Japan prize in Agricultural Sciences, Achievement Award for Young Scientists, The Foundation of agricultural Sciences of Japan, Molecular genetic studies on spikelet development and tiller formation in rice
  2. 2016/11, GGS prize 2016, The Genetics Society of Japan, Generation of artificial drooping leaf mutants by CRISPR-Cas9 technology in rice.
  3. 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 Committee Members

  1. Councillor of THE GENETICS SOCIETY OF JAPAN, 2021/04, 2023/03, THE GENETICS SOCIETY OF JAPAN

Other Social Contributions

  1. Article publication in "The Weekly PressNet", Genetic studies on flower and leaf formation in rice, The Weekly PressNet, 2021/02/25, Interviewee, Newspaper or magazine, Media
  2. HiHA Young Researchers Workshop, Genetic mechanisms that control plant development, Hiroshima Research Center for Healthy Aging (HiHA), 2021/01/20, Lecturer, Lecture, Researchesrs