Dr. Fei Qiao

Just arrived in Hainan (2010)
Near the Summer Palace in Beijing (2011)

Current address

  • Dr. Fei QIAO
  • Tropical Crops Genetic Resources Institute
  • Chinese Acdemy of Tropical Agriculture sciences, Danzhou City, Hainan Province, China, Post code: PRC-571737
  • Tel: +86 (0)898 2330-6945 (Office) +86 (0)898 2330-9682 (home) Mobile Phone: +86 (0)187 8923 0586
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Ph.D. thesis: Qiao, Fei (2010) How cytoskeleton senses abiotic/biotic stimuli in plant cells?

He tested the hypothesis, whether the cytoskeleton in addition to structural also conveys sensory functions. He used two model systems to address this: the light-sensitive tobacco cell line VBI-3 and two grapevine cell cultures originating from genotypes that differ with respect to disease resistance. He could show that pattern formation in VBI-3 is controlled by the plant phototreceptor phytochrome and is mediated by actin dependent auxin transport. Moreover he could demonstrate that microtubules can steer defence genes.


Publications from the Ph.D.

Qiao, F., Petrášek, J., Nick, P. (2010) Light can rescue auxin-dependent synchrony of cell division. J. Exp. Bot. 61, 503-510 - pdf

Qiao, F., Chang, X., Nick, P. (2010) The cytoskeleton enhances gene expression in the response to the Harpin elicitor in grapevine. J. Exp. Bot. 61, 4021–4031 - pdf


Current research

As head of a research team at the Tropical Crops Genetic Resources Institute in Hainan he continued to work on cytoskeleton and disease resistance to understand and improve resistance of banana against the Fusarium wilt. In addition he started to work on plants used in Traditional Chinese Medicine that have shifted to the verge of extinction. He established cell cultures for these plants aiming to production of the active compounds by Plant Cell Fermentation. We have established a cooperation on this topic, funded by a joint programme by the German and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. As first step the transcriptome of Cephalotaxus hainanensis was deciphered. This tree species exists only in very few specimens and produces valuable against ovary cancer, so called Harringtonins.

109. Qiao F, Chong H, Wang R, Yin J, Qian D, Yang X, Jiang X, Nick P (2014) De-novo characterization of a Cephalotaxus hainanensis transcriptome and genes related to paclitaxel biosynthesis. PloS ONE 9, e106900 - pdf