报告题目：MicroRNA regulation of anthocyanin biosynthesis in apple
Dr Jia-Long Yao is a Senior Scientist at The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited (Plant & Food Research). Dr Yao received his BSc from Huazhong Agricultural University in China in 1983 and PhD from Massey University in New Zealand in 1993. He was appointed as a Scientist at the Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand Ltd in 1993, leading the apple transformation and fruit development research projects. Then he joined Genesis Research and Development Corporation Ltd as a Senior Staff Scientist and group leader in 2001 to study molecular mechanisms regulating wood fiber development. Since 2008, he has served as a Senior Scientist in Plant & Food Research. His research has been focused on developing efficient genetic transformation systems for tree species (apple, pear, pine, willow and eucalyptus) and analysing gene function using these transformation systems and modern genomics tools. His team identified a microRNA gene underlying apple fruit size evolution, several MADS-box genes regulating apple seedlessness, fruit shape and texture, and genes controlling cambium and xylem development and wood fibre quality. He published more than 40 papers in SCI journals and eight international patents.