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Selected Scientific Publications

Image result for nature journal logo Genetic modification can improve crop yields — but stop overselling it. September 2023. (link)
Image result for nature journal logo Enhancing sustainable development through plant genetics. August 2023. (link)
Image result for nature journal logo Genome editing of a rice CDP-DAG synthase confers multipathogen resistance. June 2023. (link)
PNAS Logo Plant immunity: Rice XA21-mediated resistance to bacterial infection. February 2022. PNAS. (pdf)
Sulfotyrosine, an interaction specificity determinant for extracellular protein-protein interactions. July 2022. DOI. 10.1016/j.jbc.2022.102232 (pdf)
PNAS Logo Divergence among rice cultivars reveals roles for transposition and epimutation in ongoing evolution of genomic imprinting. July 2021. PNAS. 10.1073/pnas.2104445118 (pdf)
PNAS Logo Targeted DNA insertion in plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences June 2021, 118 (22) e2004834117; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2004834117. (pdf)
PNAS Logo Mechanism and function of root circumnutation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Feb 2021, 118 (8) e2018940118; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2018940118. (pdf)
Nature Plants Suppression of rice miR168 improves yield, flowering time and immunity. Nat. Plants 7, 129–136 (2021). (pdf)
Image result for nature journal logo Genomic mechanisms of climate adaptation in polyploid bioenergy switchgrass. Nature (2021). (pdf)
Nature-food-logo Crop biotechnology and the future of food. Nature Food volume 1, pages273–283 (2020). (pdf)
Nature Communications logo Marker-free carotenoid-enriched rice generated through targeted gene insertion using CRISPR-Cas9. Nat Commun 11, 1178 (2020). (pdf)
XBIO Explorer's Guide to Biology logo The Explorer's Guide to Biology. 2019. (link)
CSH Logo Sub1 rice: Engineering rice for climate change. 2019. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a034637
Genome sequence of the model rice variety KitaakeX. BMC Genomics 20, 905 (2019). (pdf)
Plant Physiology Logo 2019. Genetic Engineering for Disease Resistance in Plants: Recent Progress and Future Perspectives. Plant Physiology,
Rice journal logo 2019. Whole-genome sequencing identifies a rice grain shape mutant, gs9-1. Rice, in press. RICE-D-19-00047R1
PNAS Logo 4 April 2019. Biosynthesis and secretion of the microbial sulfated peptide RaxX and binding to the rice XA21 immune receptor. PNAS. (link)
Molecular Plant Pathology Logo 2019. Variation and inheritance of the Xanthomonas gene cluster required for activation of XA21-mediated immunity. Molecular Plant Pathology. Volume 20 (5): 656-672 (link)
quartz-logo 3 October 2018. The biggest hurdle genetically engineered food faces isn't science - it's us. Quartz. (link)
7 September 2018. A single transcription factor promotes both yield and immunity in rice. Science, 361, 1026-1028. (pdf)
6 September 2018. A call for science-based review of the European court's decision on gene-edited crops. Nature Biotechnology, 36, 800-802 (pdf)
6 July 2018. KBase: The United States Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase. Nature Biotechnology, 36, 566-569 (pdf)
PNAS Logo 20 March 2018. Loss of function of a rice TPR-domain RNA-binding protein confers broad-spectrum disease resistance. PNAS, 115, 3174-3179. (link)
PNAS Logo 20 March 2018. Breeding plant broad-spectrum resistance without yield penalties. PNAS, 115, 2859-2861. (pdf)
Molecular mimicry modulates plant host responses to pathogens (pdf)
Axios Logo “How to Feed the World”. 2017. Axios.
7 August 2017. WheatNet: a Genome-Scale Functional Network for Hexaploid Bread Wheat, Triticum aestivum. Molecular Plant, 10, 1133-1136. (pdf)
The Sequences of 1,504 Mutants in the Model Rice Variety Kitaake Facilitate Rapid Functional Genomic Studies. (pdf)
A microbially derived tyrosine-sulfated peptide mimics a plant peptide hormone. (pdf)
scientific american logo 2016. Twenty Big Questions about the Future of Humanity. Scientific American.
2016. Moving beyond pro/con debates over genetically engineered crops. (pdf)
An Ecomodernist Manifesto: A manifesto to use humanity's extraordinary powers in service of creating a good anthropocene. 2015.

2016Consensus & Controversy in Science: Genes, GMOs & Climate. The Morton L. Mandel Public Lecture.

A Genetic Screen Identifies Two Novel Rice Cysteine-rich Receptor-like Kinases That Are Required for the Rice NH1-mediated Immune Response. PloS Genetics. 12(5): e1006049. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1006049
March 24, 2016. Genome-wide Sequencing of 41 Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Mutated Lines Reveals Diverse Mutations Induced by Fast-neutron Irradiation. (pdf)
A second-generation expression system for tyrosine-sulfated proteins and its application in crop protection. November 27, 2015. (pdf)
science-advance-logo July 3, 2015. The rice immune receptor XA21 recognizes a tyrosine-sulfated protein from a Gram-negative bacterium
The Phylogenetically-Related Pattern Recognition Receptors EFR and XA21 Recruit Similar Immune Signaling Components in Monocots and Dicots. January 21, 2015. (pdf)
June 12, 2014. How Scare Tactics on GMO Foods Hurt Everybody. (pdf)
2014. Lab to Farm: Applying Research on Plant Genetics and Genomics to Crop Improvement. (pdf)
Plant Engineers Sow Debate, Scientific American Classics: The Birth of the Great GMO Debate.
Home Boston Review, September 1, 2013. "The Truth about GMOs. (pdf)
August 12, 2012. Would Rachel Carson Embrace "Frankenfoods'? (pdf)
2012. Genetic engineering and ecologically-based farming. Wired magazine, In Press.
2011.  Plant Genetics, Sustainable Agriculture and Global Food Security. 2011. Genetics 188: 11-20. DOI: 10.1534/genetics.111.128553 (pdf)
"Seeds of Hope" New York Times OpEd. May 15, 2010.
2010. Plant and Animal sensors of conserved microbial signatures. Science. 330:1061-1064. Science Magazine Highlighted Research.
2010. Radically Rethinking Agriculture for the 21st Century. Science 327, 833 (2010) DOI: 10.1126/science.1186834. (pdf)
2009. Foreign Invaders:The environmental consequences of transgene flow. Harvard International Review. 31(2):58-60.
2008. What if Organic Farmers joined forces with Genetic Engineers? Conservation Magazine Vol 9:3. Conservation Magazine's overriding goal is to engage the top thinkers and writers of our time in conservation's evolving narrative.
2008. The new organic: The future of food may depend on an unlikely marriage: organic farmers and genetic engineering. The Boston Globe, March 16, 2008.(pdf)
2008. Towards A Better Bowl of Rice: Assigning biological function to 60,000 rice genes. Nature Reviews Genetics. 9:91-101. (pdf)
Tomorrow's Table: A marriage of genetic engineering and organic farming. 2008Oxford University Press.
2004. Food for the Gods. Science 304:1112-1113. (pdf)
1997. Making Rice Disease Resistant. Scientific American, 277:100-105. (pdf)
2002. The Most Precious Things Are Not Jade and Pearls. Science 296, 58-60. (pdf)
Full Genome Sequence Analysis of the Model Plant Setaria. Nature Biotechnology, 30, 555-561 (pdf)
2011. Genetic dissection of the biotic stress response using a genome-scale gene network for rice. PNAS, 108(45) doi: 10.1073/pnas.1110384108 (pdf).
2011. Towards Establishment of a Rice Stress Response Interactome. PLoS Genet 7(4): e1002020. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002020 (pdf).
Cleavage and nuclear localization of the rice XA21 immune receptor. 2012. Nature Communications 3, #920. doi:10.1038/ncomms1
2012. XAX1 from Glycosyltransferase Family 61 Mediates Xylosyltransfer to Rice Xylan. PNAS 109, # 42, 17117-17122.
2012. Tyrosine sulfation in a Gram-negative bacterium. Nature Communications, Nature Communications 3:1153 (pdf).
Genome sequence analysis of the model grass Brachypodium distachyon: insights into grass genome evolution. 2010. The International Brachypodium Initiative. Nature 463, 763-76.
2006. Plant and Animal Pathogen Recognition Receptors Signal through Non-RD Kinases. PloS Pathogens. 2(1):e2.
2006. A variable cluster of ethylene responsive-like factors regulates metabolic and developmental acclimation responses to submergence in rice. Plant Cell. 18: 1791-1802.
2008. Rice XB15, a protein phosphatase 2C, negatively regulates programmed cell death and XA21-mediated innate immunity. PLoS Biology. 6(9): e23.
2006. Sub1A encodes an ethylene responsive-like factor that confers submergence tolerance to rice. Nature. 442: 705-708. Selected by Faculty of 1000 Biology as one of the most important advances in the field. Awarded CGIAR prize for outstanding scientific article.
2000. A high-resolution linkage map in the vicinity of the rice submergence tolerance locus Sub1. MGG. 263:681-689.
1998. The rice disease resistance gene, Xa21D, encodes a receptor-like molecule with a LRR domain that determines race specific recognition and is subject to adaptive evolution. Plant Cell 10:765-779.
1997. Evolution of the Rice Xa21 Disease Resistance Gene Family. Plant Cell 9:1279-1287.
1996. A systematic survey reveals the predominance of small inverted repeat elements in wild type rice genes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 93:8524-8529.
1995. Metaphase and Interphase mapping of the rice genome using bacterial artificial chromosomes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 92:4487-4491.
1988. Molecular basis for evasion of plant host defence in bacterial spot disease of pepper. Nature 332:541-543.
1995. A receptor kinase-like protein encoded by the rice disease resistance gene Xa21. Science, 270:1804-1806.