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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
researchers and research statement
Name Research Fields
Hyun Soon Kim
(Associate Director)
  • Establishment of plant-based expression system for sustainable production of invaluable bio-materials
Sang Soo Kwak
  • Development of industrial plants (sweet potato, alfalfa, poplar etc.) with enhanced tolerance to multiple stresses for sustainable agriculture in global marginal lands
HyeRan Kim
  • Genetics and genomics for crop improvement
  • Development of crop molecular markers for genomics assisted breeding
Sung Ran Min
  • Development of transgenic plants for agricultural traits by nuclear and plastid transformation
  • Establishment of optimal culture system for in vitro large scale production of medicinal plants
Stephen Beungtae Ryu
  • Lipid-based signaling of plants in response to abiotic and biotic stresses
  • Production of natural rubber using Russian dandelion
Haeng-Soon Lee
  • Molecular breeding of crops with enhanced tolerance to abiotic stresses
Suk Yoon Kwon
  • Structural and functional genomics of plants
  • Transformation of crop plants to enhance agricultural traits
Jae Sun Moon
  • Molecular plant-microbe interactions
  • Development of oligo chips for pathogen diagnosis
Jeong Mee Park
  • Molecular mechanisms of pathogens - induced cell death
  • Plant immunity to viruses
Hye Sun Cho
  • Studies on roles and fine-tuning mechanism of post-translational regulation (PPIase) in response to environmental stress and application of genes to improve crop productivity
Won-Joong Jeong
  • Regulation of gene expression for improvement of algal biomass
Jae Heung Jeon
  • Development of optimal mass production system of the seeds or seedling of useful vegetative-propagation crops
Jeongyeo Lee
  • Functional characterization of the genes associated with the content of bioactive compounds and plant nutrients using molecular genetics approaches
Hyo-Jun Lee
  • Studies on molecular mechanisms of plant adaptation to environmental changes
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