27. 12. 2018 Issue 65
Stride in Fruit Nutritional Quality Improvement

Professor Zhong Silin of School of Life Sciences and his team of international plant scientists from all over the world, have achieved huge success in the elucidation of the genetic and epigenetic basis for the evolution of fleshy fruits. The findings pave the way for growing fruit with improved nutritional quality in the future. The study results have been published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Plants.

The team has analyzed the 'Junk DNA' in 11 fleshy fruit genomes, and understanding of their ripening regulators, it is now possible to design strategies for engineering the regulatory element to manipulate candidate gene expression in order to alter specific ripening attributes to improve nutritional quality, consumer appeal and shelf life.

Further reading:
Peitao Lü, Sheng Yu, Ning Zhu, Yun-Ru Chen, Biyan Zhou, Yu Pan, David Tzeng, Joao Paulo Fabi, Jason Argyris, Jordi Garcia-Mas, Nenghui Ye, Jianhua Zhang, Donald Grierson, Jenny Xiang, Zhangjun Fei, James Giovannoni & Silin Zhong. "Genome encode analyses reveal the basis of convergent evolution of fleshy fruit ripening" in Natural Plants DOI: 10.1038/s41477-018-0249-z

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Orientation Day for Undergraduate Admissions
Popular Science Special Lecture Series: How Nobel Prizes are won
10th Anniversary Symposium of Cell and Molecular Biology
20th Anniversary Symposium of Molecular Biotechnology
Undergraduate and Postgraduate Graduation Ceremonies
Alumni Homecoming Day
Professor Chu Ming Chung has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
Conferment of Honorary Professor
Highly Cited Researchers 2018
Croucher Innovation Award and Croucher Senior Research Fellowship
The Hong Kong Mathematics Society Young Scholar Award 2018
Major Progress Made in Plant Multivesicular Body Biogenesis and Membrane Protein Vacuolar Transport
Low-cost and High-precision Nano Chips for Effective Detection of Harmful Substances
Stride in Fruit Nutritional Quality Improvement
Postgraduate Research Output Award 2017
International Quant Championship 2018
Science Students Won Champions In National Innovation Competitions
The Simon Marais Mathematics Competition
Outstanding Students Awards 2018
International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) 2018

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