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Plant Systems Engineering Research Center

Plant Systems Engineering Research Center
Development of original technology of plant bioengineering that is necessary to solve global climate change, food shortages and energy issues
  • Research on plant genome, transcriptome, metabolome, identification of core genome and molecule marker and development of plant improvement technology
  • Development of environmental stress tolerant plants and effective material production plants to develop global green technology based on plant and establishment of global cooperation network
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Hyun Soon Kim
/ Associate Director
  • Research on the utilization of original technology to improve the efficiency of plant based useful material production (molecular farming)
Sang Soo Kwak
/ Principal Researcher
  • Development of industrial plants to prevent climate change and the spread of desertification
  • Research on the improvement of storage of sweet potato and chilling resistance based on Omics
Hyeran Kim
/ Principal Researcher
  • Research on the plant breeding related to functional materials and function of genome
  • Research on the plant improvement technology based on genome and development of molecular marker
Sung Ran Min
/ Principal Researcher
  • Research on the function of useful genes
  • Development of technology for cultivation of herbal plant that produces useful materials
Stephen Beungtae Ryu
/ Principal Researcher
  • Identification of materials that improve resistance to environment and disease and research on commercialization
  • Development of orginal technology that produces bio rubber based on plant that replaces synthetic rubber
Haeng Soon Lee
/ Principal Researcher
  • Research on metabolic engineering of sweet potato pigment antioxidant material
  • Development of transformational plant tolerant to environmental stress
Suk Yoon Kwon
/ Principal Researcher
  • Analysis on the function of plant genome and gene function
  • Development of technology for high expression of useful genes based on bioinformatics
Jae Sun Moon
/ Principal Researcher
  • Development of multiple oligo DNA chip for diagnosis of pathogen
  • Development of virus induced gene silencing vector for wide use for the research on plant gene function
  • Development of new system for medicine material production utilizing plant virus
Jeong Mee Park
/ Principal Researcher
  • Interaction between plant and microorganism
  • Plant molecular immunity
Hye Sun Cho
/ Principal Researcher
  • Redesigning of function for plant molecule breeding
  • Identification and utilization of gene that improves plant productivity
  • Mechanism of protein structural change control
Won Joong Jeong
/ Principal Researcher
  • Development of technology that redesigns the metabolism of microalgae and macroalgae
  • Development of technology that controls the chloroplast gene expression
Jae Heung Jeon
/ Principal Researcher
  • Basic research for the system development and establishment of production system for excellent seed
  • Development of transformed plant to improve the characteristics of farming
Lee Jeongyeo
/ Senior Researcher
  • Research on functional genome to increase nutrition of plant
  • Development of technology that improves the plant-based functional material content
Hyo-Jun Lee
/ Senior Researcher
  • Plant molecular biology
research areas
  • Research on the plant improvement technology based on plant omics (genome, transcriptome, metabolome, etc.)
  • Analysis on the function of useful genes and development of molecular marker
  • Research on the improvement of storage of sweet potato and metabolic engineering of antioxidant material of pigment
  • Development and research of original technology that produces plant-based bio rubber instead of petrochemistry
  • Cooperative research with China and Kazakhstan for global green technology cooperation based on plant
  • Decoding plant genome and making information resources
    • We participated in the Korea-China-Japan consortium to decode sweet potato genome (6X, 2.4Gb) completely and analyzed transcriptome for each part of sweet potato and at the environmental stress level. Based on the analysis we established information resources.
    • The major gene resource 41 system of cabbage was decoded, gene mutation was analyzed and basic genome map was established and standard genome sets were secured.
    • The standard genome information of native oriental melon was decoded and strawberry genome information was decoded and other genome information was secured to make a DB
  • Development of complex environmental stress tolerant plant and finding characteristics
    • Under the adjustment of oxidation stress induction SWPA2 promoter, AtNDPK2 gene, IbOrange gene induced transformation sweet potato, alfalfa and poplar were developed and inspected regarding tolerance to drying, high salinity and oxidation stress
  • Development of transformed sweet potato which has strengthened pigment antioxidant material
    • Transformed sweet potato culture cell which has high concent of ß-Carotene by deterring the expression of ß-Carotene hydroxylase (CHY-ß) or lycopene ε-cyclase (LCY-ε) was developed. In addition, IbOrange gene which involves in the accumulation of carotenoid was adopted to purple sweet potato to develop transformed sweet potato that accumulates both anthocyanin and carotenoid at the same time.
  • Development of natural rubber production technology from Russian dandelion
    • The genome of latex tissue of Russian dandelion was analyzed and natural rubber bio synthesis circuit gene groups were separated and identified
    • The microorganism that induces rubber content in Russian dandelion and chemical treatment technology was developed and application for patent was completed.
  • Development of chloroplast transformation technology
    • The cancer found that there are various types of extrachromosome within chloroplast and executed utilization technology research successfully.
  • Development of large-scale growth of herbal plants
    • The technology to grow microtuber in large scale from cell suspension culture based on herbal medicine was developed
  • Development of plant improvement technology and molecular marker
    • The backcross selection marker, breed purity verification marker, system fixation verification marker and functional material content verification marker, which enable shortening of breeding period of cabbage and precise breeding, were developed and applied to the field and molecular marker to differentiate kind of oriental melon was developed.
  • Establishment of system for plant based bio medicine material production
    • Production of new virus vector to produce plant-based useful protein or materials
  • Development of virus induced gene silencing vector for plant gene function research
    • Production of wide use vector for gene function research for solanaceae, cucurbitaceae, brassicaceae and leguminosae crops
  • Finding out the precise regulation mechanism of protein structural regulating gene group in a cell
    • Establishment of classification of monocotyledon crops of immunophilin gene that is involved in post-translational regulation mechanism for the first time and finding out the target protein structure stabilization function by environmental change
  • Domestic and overseas cooperative research to analyze solanaceae genome
    • Researchers participated in international consortium to decode solanaceae plant (tomato) genome which started in 2004 and announced the tomato genome in Nature in 2012 and in 2014, only Korean team analyzed pepper genome and published paper in Nature Genetics
  • Development of platform technology for functional genome research
    • The virus induced gene silencing technology, developed for large scale screening of gene, is currently used to screen solanaceae plants including Nicotiana benthamiana, pepper and tomato.
  • Finding out the mechanism of apoptosis of plant related to resistance to diseases
    • The gene related to suicide mechanism of plant against the invasion of virus and bacteria was identified using virus induced gene silencing technology and research on the function of resistance to disease was conducted.
  • Establishment of production base for recombined protein and useful material through plant cell culture
    • The system to produce excellent recombined protein from industrial and medical perspective in plant cell with high expression level was established and the foundation for the production of plant resources which were found to have efficacy as natural medicine material, has been laid out for stable and sustainable production
Outstanding Papers
  • Sang-Soo Kwak (Corresponding) Physiol Plant. 153: 525-537
    • Overexpression of the IbMYB1 gene in an orange-fleshed sweetpotato cultivar produces a dual-pigmentated transgneic sweetpotato with improved antioxidant activity responses and salt tolerance
  • Sang-Soo Kwak (Corresponding) PLoS One. 10(6):e0126050
    • Transgenic alfalfa plants expressing the sweetpotato Orange gene exhibit enhanced abiotic stress tolerance
  • Sang-Soo Kwak (Corresponding) Plant Physiol Biochem 94: 19-27
    • Transgenic poplar expressing Arabidopsis YUCCA6 exhibits auxin-overproduction phenotypes and increased tolerance to abiotic stress
  • Haeng-Soon Lee (Corresponding) Mol Biol Rep 41: 8137-8148
    • Down-regulation of sweetpotato lycopene β-cyclase gene enhances tolerance to abiotic stress in transgenic calli
  • Stephen Beungtae Ryu (Corresponding) Plant Biotechnology J. 153: 525-537
    • Heterologous expression of chloroplast-localized geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate synthase confers fast plant growth, early flowering and increased seed yield
  • Stephen Beungtae Ryu (Corresponding) Frontier Plant Sci. 3:1-7
    • Translocation of phospholipase A2a to apoplasts is modulated by developmental stages and bacterial infection in Arabidopsis
  • Sung Ran Min (First author) Plant Biotechnol Rep 9:431-442
    • The fate of extrachromosomal DNAs in the progeny of plastid-transformed tobacco plants
  • Sung Ran Min (Corresponding) Plant Biotechnol Rep 9:331-338
    • Mass propagation of microtubers from suspension cultures of Pinellia ternata cells and quantitative analysis of succinic acid in Pinellia tubers
  • Jeongyeo Lee (1st), HyeRan Kim (Corresponding) J Agr Food Chem 61: 11222-11230
    • Metabolic dfferentiation of diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella (L.) resistance in cabbage (Brassica oleracea L. ssp. Capitata)
  • Jeongyeo Lee (1st), HyeRan Kim (Corresponding) BMC Genomics 15: 606
    • Functional innovations of three chronological mesohexaploid Brassica rapa genomes
  • Jeongyeo Lee (1st), HyeRan Kim (Corresponding) Process Biochem 50: 456-462
    • Differentiated cuticular wax content and expression patterns of cuticular wax biosynthetic genes in bloomed and bloomless broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica)
  • HyeRan Kim (Corresponding) Process Biochem 49: 1084-1091
    • Accumulation of anthocyanin and related genes expression during the development of cabbage seedlings
  • Hye Sun Cho (Co-corresponding) Plant, Cell & Environment 38(10):2071-2087
    • Rice cyclophilin OsCYP18-2 is translocated to the nucleus by an interaction with SKIP and enhances drought tolerance in rice and Arabidopsis
  • Won Joong Jeong (Corresponding) Front Microbiol 6:66
    • Threonine 286 of fatty acid desaturase 7 is essential for ω-3 fatty acid desaturation in the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
  • Jae Heung Jeon and Hyun Soon Kim (Co-corresponding) Plant Cell Tiss Org Cult 120(1):57-68
    • The laccase promoter of potato confers strong tuber-specific expression in transgenic plants