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Biography of Hong LIAO

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Hong Liao is a Professor and Director of the Root Biology Center and Laboratory of Plant Nutrition at the College of Resources and Environment, South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, China. She received a Ph.D. in Plant Nutrition from the South China Agricultural University and Pennsylvania State University (A Sino-US Collaborative Training Program) in 1998, a M.S. in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, and a B.S. in Soil Science and Agrochemistry from South China Agricultural University.
In addition to her work at the South China Agricultural University, she has served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at Cornell University in 2005, and in the Department of Biology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003. Prior to her work at the South China Agricultural University, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Researcher at Pennsylvania State University.
Her research has focused on root morphology and physiology in response to stresses, best nutrient management and new technologies for the intercropping systems of soybean with main crops in South China, and increasing phosphorus efficiency and production of grain legumes in China and Africa.
Dr. Liao has received 13 major research grants, obtained 4 patents for root study and published over 60 articles.

Current Title and Address
Professor, Director of Root Biology Center and Laboratory of Plant Nutrition, College of Resources and Environment, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China Tel.: 86-20-85283380, Fax: 86-20-85281829, Cell Phone: 13668972491
E-mail: hliao@scau.edu.cn

Education
Ph.D. in Plant Nutrition, South China Agricultural University, Pennsylvania State University (A Sino-US Collaborative Training Program), 1998. Advisors: Mingqi Li, Xiaolong Yan (SCAU), Jonathan P. LYNCH (PSU)
M.S. in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, South China Agricultural University, 1994. Advisor: Zhiwu Huang
B.S. in Soil Science and Agrochemistry, South China Agricultural University, 1991
Working Experience
Professor, South China Agricultural University, 2003-present;
Associate Professor, South China Agricultural University, 2000-2003;
Assistant Professor, South China Agricultural University, 1998-2000;
Visiting Professor, Department of Plant Biology, Cornell University, 2005, 5-9;
Visiting Professor, Department of Biology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2003, 5-9;
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Horticulture, Pennsylvania State University, 1999-2000;
Visiting Researcher (for Ph.D. Thesis Research), Pennsylvania State University, 1997-1998;
Research and Teaching Assistant, South China Agricultural University, 1991-1994.

Main Research Grants and Fellowship
1) Physiological and molecular mechanisms of root architecture changes to P deficiency. (Outstanding Youth Project from National Natural Science Foundation of China). 2,000,000 RMB. 2011-2014
2) Genetic and molecular mechanisms of excellent root architecture and soil nutrient activation. (A key project of National Program on the Development of Basic Research of China). 4,200,000 RMB. 2011-2015
3) Coordinating mechanisms of root morphology and physiology in response to changes of phosphorus status in rhizosphere (A key project of National Natural Science Foundation of China). 3,000,000 RMB. 2009-2012
4) Best nutrient management for the intercropping systems of soybean with main crops in South China (A grant from Department of Agriculture of China). 1,200,000 RMB. 2009-2011
5) Molecular mechanisms of the spatial and temporal regulation on root exudates by Al and P coupled stresses in soybean (A grant from National Natural Science Foundation of China). 360,000 RMB. 2008-2010
6) Excellent Youth Foundation for the New Century (A grant from Department of Education of China). 500,000 RMB. 2008-2010
7) Genetic improvements of N and P efficiency in crops (A key project of National Program on the Development of Basic Research of China). 4,500,000 RMB. 2005-2009
8) Increasing phosphorus efficiency and production of grain legumes in China and Africa. (The McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program). 1,600,000 USD. 2002-2009
9) Molecular mechanisms of tissue and cell pattern of lateral root initiation and development in plants (A grant from National Natural Science Foundation of China). 280,000 RMB. 2006-2008
10) Extension and demonstration of new technologies on intercropping systems with high-yield and high-quality soybean new varieties (A grant from Science and Technology Department of Guangdong Province). 500,000 RMB. 2007
11) Physiological and molecular basis of low-P induced root gravitropic responses (A grant from National Natural Science Foundation of China). 280,000 RMB 2004-2006
12) Quantification and mechanisms of low-P induced root gravitropic responses (A grant from the Huo Ying Dong Foundation). 20,000 USD 2004-2006
13) Adaptation of root architecture to water and phosphorus coupled stresses and its molecular markers. (A key grant from National Natural Science Foundation of China). 160,000 RMB 2001-2004

Selected Publications
1) Guo W, Zhao J, Li X, Qin L, Yan X and Liao H*. 2011. A soybean β-expansin gene GmEXPB2 intrinsically involved in root system architecture responses to abiotic stresses. The Plant Journal (on line)
2) Fang S, Gao X, Deng Y, Chen X and Liao H*. 2011. Crop root behavior coordinates phosphorus status and neighbors: from field studies to three-dimensional in situ reconstruction of root system architecture. Plant Physiology (on line)
3) Liang Q, Cheng X, Mei M, Yan XL and Liao H*. 2010. QTL analysis of root traits as related to phosphorus efficiency in soybean. Annals of Botany. 106: 223-234.
4) Wang XR, Yan XL and Liao H*. 2010. Genetic improvement for phosphorus efficiency in soybean: a radical approach. Annals of Botany. 106: 215-222. (Invited review)
5) Wang XR, Shen JB and Liao H*. 2010. Acquisition or utilization, which is more critical for enhancing phosphorus efficiency in modern crops? Plant Science. 179: 302-306. (Invited review)
6) Ao J, Fu J, Tian J, Yan XL, Liao H*. 2010. Genetic variability for root morph-architecture traits and root growth dynamics as related to phosphorus efficiency in soybean. Functional Plant Biology. 37: 304-312.
7) Liang C, Tian J, Lam HM, Lim BL, Yan XL and Liao H*. 2010. Biochemical and molecular characterization of PvPAP3, a novel purple acid phosphatase isolated from common bean enhancing extracellular ATP utilization. Plant Physiology. 152: 854-865.
8) Pan R, Guan M, Xu D, Liao H and Yan XL. 2009. Cylindrocladium black rot caused by Cylindrocladium parasiticum newly reported on peanut in China. Plant Pathology. 58(6): 1176-1176.
9) Fang S, Yan XL and Liao H*. 2009. 3D reconstruction and dynamic modeling of root architecture in situ and its application to research on rice phosphorus acquisition. The Plant Journal. 60:1096-1108.
10) Wang XR, Wang YX, Tian J, Lim BL, Yan XL and Liao H*. 2009. Overexpressing AtPAP15 enhances phosphorus efficiency in soybean. Plant Physiology.151: 233-240.
11) Du YM, Tian J, Liao H, Bai CJ, Yan XL and Liu GD. 2009. Aluminum tolerance and high phosphorus efficiency helps Stylosanthes better adapt to low-p acid soils. Annals of Botany. 103: 1239-1247.
12) Phang T, Shao G, Liao H, Yan XL and Lam HM. 2009. High external phosphate (Pi) increases sodium ion uptake and reduces salt tolerance of Pi tolerant soybean. Physiologia Plantarum. 135: 412-425.
13) Cheng FX, Cao GQ, Wang XR, Zhao J, Yan XL and Liao H*. 2009. Isolation and application of effective nitrogen fixation rhizobial strains on low-phosphorus acid soils in South China. Chinese Science Bulletin. 54(3): 412-420.
14) Wang YX, Liu KD, Liao H, Zhuang CX, Ma H, Yan XL. 2008. Plant WNK genes are involved in the regulation of flowering time in Arabidopsis. Plant Biology. 10: 548-562.
15) Guo W, Zhang L, Zhao J, Liao H, Zhuang C and Yan XL. 2008. Identification of temporally and spatially phosphate-starvation responsive genes in Glycine max. Plant Science. 175: 574-584.
16) Tian J, Venkatachalam P, Liao H, Yan XL and Raghothama KG. 2007. Molecular cloning and characterization of phosphorus starvation responsive genes in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Planta. 227: 151-165. 17) Liao H, Wan H, Shaff J, Wang X, Yan XL and Kochian L. 2006. Phosphorus and Aluminum Interactions in Soybean in Relation to Al Tolerance: Exudation of Specific Organic Acids from Different Regions of the Intact Root System. Plant Physiology. 141 (2): 674-684
18) Zhu TL, Fang SQ, Li ZY, Liu YT, Liao H and Yan XL. 2006. Quantitative analysis of 3-dimensional root architecture based on image reconstruction and its application to research on phosphorus uptake in soybean. Chinese Science Bulletin. 51(19): 2351-2361. 
19) Kuang R, Liao H, Yan XL and Dong Y. 2005. Phosphorus and nitrogen interactions in field-grown soybean as related to genetic attributes of root morphological and nodular traits. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 47:549-559.
20) Zhao J, Fu J, Liao H, He Y, Nian H, Hu Y, Qiu L, Dong Y and Yan XL. 2004. Characterization of root architecture in an applied core collection for phosphorus efficiency of soybean germplasm. Chinese Science Bulletin. 49: 1611-1620.
21) Liao H, Yan XL, Rubio G, Beebe S, Blair M and Lynch JP. 2004. Genetic mapping of basal root gravitropism and phosphorus acquisition efficiency in common bean, Functional Plant Biology. 31: 959-970.
22) Yan XL, Liao H, Beebe S, Blair M and Lynch JP. 2004. QTL mapping of root hair and acid exudation traits and their relationship to phosphorus uptake in common bean, Plant and Soil. 265:17-29.
23) Wang L, Liao H and Yan XL. 2004. Genetic variation in root hairs as regulated by phosphorus status in soybean. Plant and Soil. 261: 77-84.
24) Liao H, Wong F, Phang T, Cheung M, Li W, Shao G, Yan XL and Lam HM. 2003.  GmPAP3, a novel purple acid phosphatase-like gene in soybean induced by NaCl stress but not P deficiency. Gene. 318: 103-111.
25) Tian J, Liao H, Wang X, Cao A and Yan XL. 2003. Phosphorus starvation-induced expression of leaf acid phosphatase isoforms in soybean. Acta Botanica Sinica. 45: 1037-1042.
26) Rubio G, Liao H, Yan XL and Lynch JP. 2003. Topsoil foraging and its role in plant competitiveness for phosphorus in common bean. Crop Science. 43:598-607.
27) He Y, Liao H and Yan XL. 2003. Localized supply of phosphorus induces root morphological and architectural changes of rice in split and stratified soil cultures. Plant and Soil. 248 (1): 247-256.
28) Rubio G, Walk T, Ge Z, Yan XL, Liao H and Lynch JP. 2001. Root gravitropism and belowground competition among neighboring plants: a modeling approach. Annals Botany. 88:929-940.
29) Liao H, Rubio G, Yan XL, Cao A, Brown K and Lynch JP. 2001. Effect of phosphorus availability on basal root shallowness in common bean. Plant and Soil, 232: 69-79.
30) Yan X, Liao H, Trull MC, Beebe S and Lynch JP.  2001. Induction of a major leaf acid phosphatase does not confer adaptation to low phosphorus availability in common bean. Plant Physiology. 125: 1901-1910.
31) Liao H, Ge Z and Yan XL. 2001. Ideal root architecture for phosphorus acquisition of plants under water and phosphorus coupled stresses: from simulation to application. Chinese Science Bulletin. 46(16): 1346-1351
32) Liao H and Yan XL. 1999. Seed size is closely related to phosphorus efficiency and photosynthetic phosphorus efficiency of common beans,Journal of Plant Nutrition, 22: 877-888.