Dr. Yinghua Huang, Adjunct Professor,
Lead Scientist & Research Geneticist

Mailing Address: Oklahoma State University
Dept. of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution
301 Physical Sciences, Stillwater, OK 74078-3013, USA
Telephone: +1 (405) 744 5559
yinghua.huang@okstate.edu

Alternative Address: USDA-ARS
Plant Science Research Laboratory
1301 N. Western Road, Stillwater, OK 74075-2714, USA
Telephone: +1 (405) 624 4141 ext. 230
yinghua.huang@ars.usda.gov



Research

His scientific interests are in the areas of plant genetics and biotechnology, especially as related to gene identification and genomics-assisted breeding, genetic mechanisms underlying host resistance to aphids and diseases, and development of dedicated bioenergy crops. The overall goals of his research are to conduct basic studies to enhance our understanding of the biological processes in plants and to apply newly developing biotechnologies to facilitating genetic improvement of crop plants and to improve the production system for a better utilization of agricultural and natural resources as food, feed and fuel.

The current research projects include (1) identification of new sources of insect and disease resistance in sorghum and other related species, (2) development and utilization of DNA markers and other genomic tools for crop genome analysis and marker-assisted selection to facilitate crop breeding research, and (3) characterization of genes and manipulation of bioenergy traits in plants leading to development of superior sorghum varieties/cultivars as renewable feedstocks for biofuel production.

I am interested in advising undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students in any of the above-mentioned or closely related areas.


Teaching

BOT 4400 - Undergraduate Research, Undergraduate research problems in botany.
BOT 5000 - Master's Thesis, Thesis work for the MS degree.
BOT 5110 - Special Topics in Botany, Special studies in any area of botany.
BOT 5210 - Research in Botany, Independent research in any area of botany or plant biology.
BOT 6000 - Doctoral Research, Independent research for the doctoral dissertation.



Recent Publications
Park, S. and Huang, Y. Characterization and expression analysis of two cDNAs encoding Xa1 and oxysterol binding proteins in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). Academy of Agric. Journal 1(4): 70-75. 2016
Liu, S., Li, F., Kong, L., Sun, Y., Qin, L., Chen, S., Cui, H., Huang, Y., and Xia, G. Genetic and epigenetic changes in somatic hybrid introgression lines between wheat and tall wheatgrass. Genetics 199(4):1035-1045. 2015
Xu, X., Bai, G., Carver, B. F., Zhan, K., Huang, Y., and Mornhinweg, D. Evaluation and reselection of wheat resistance to Russian wheat aphid biotype 2. Crop Science 55(2):695-701. 2015
Yan, L., Xia, G., Huang, Y., and Zaho, S. Cinnamic acid 4-hydroxylase of sorghum [Sorghum biocolor (L.) Moench] gene SbC4H1 restricts lignin synthesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology Journal 49(12):1433-1441. 2013
Punnuri, S., Huang, Y., Steets, J., and Wu, Y. Development new markers and QTL mapping for greenbug resistance in sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench]. Euphytica 191(2):191-203. 2013
Huang, Y., Sharma, H. C., and Dhillon, M. K. Conventional and molecular approaches of insect pest management in sorghum. In Andrew Paterson (ed.), Genetics and Genomics of the Saccharinae. Springer, New York, pp. 367-389. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-5947-8_16. 2012
Yan, L., Liu, S., Zhao, S., Kang, Y., Wang, D., Gu, T., Xin, Z., Xia, G., and Huang, Y. Identification of differentially expressed genes in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) brown midrib mutants. Physiologia Plantarum 146(4):375-387. 2012
Srinivas, G., Huang, Y., Carver, B. F., and Mornhinweg, D. W. AFLP genetic diversity analysis in Russian wheat aphid resistant wheat accessions. Euphytica 185(1):27-35. 2012
Zhang, F., Ping, J., Du, Z., Cheng, Q., and Huang, Y. Identification of a new physiologic race of Sporisorium reilianum from sorghum field in China. J. Phytopathology 159(5):342-346. 2011]
Huang, Y. Improvement of crop protection against insect pest using worldwide germplasm collection and genomics-based approaches. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization 9(2):317-320. 2011
Chou, J. and Huang, Y. Differential expression of thaumatin-like protein in sorghum infected with greenbug. Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung 65C:271-276. 2009
Huang, Y. and Xia, G. From biomass to biofuels: what role will genomics play? J. Biotechnology 136S:S270-S271. 2008
Wu, Y. and Huang, Y. Molecular mapping of QTLs for resistance to the greenbug Schizaphis graminum (Rondani) in Sorghum bicolor (Moench). Theor. Appl. Genet. 117:117-124. 2008
Huang, Y. Phloem feeding regulates the plant defense pathways responding to both aphid infestation and pathogen infection. In Zhi-hong Xu et al. (eds.) Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture 2006 and Beyond. Springer, New York, pp. 215-219. 2007
Wu, Y., Huang, Y., Porter, D. R., Tauer, C. G., and Hollaway, L. Identification of a major quantitative trait locus conditioning resistance to greenbug biotype E in sorghum PI 550610 using simple sequence repeat markers. J. Econ. Entomol. 100(5):1672-1678. 2007
Wu, Y. and Huang, Y. An SSR genetic map of Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench and its comparison to a published genetic map. Genome 50:84-89. 2007
Wang, X., Huang, Y., Mort, A. J., Zeng, Y., Tauer, C. G., and Cochran, K. D. Variation of taxane content in needles of taxus x media cultivars with different growth characteristics. Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung 61C:619-624. 2006
Park, S. J., Huang, Y., and Ayoubi, P. Identification of expression profiles of sorghum genes in response to greenbug phloem-feeding using cDNA subtraction and microarray analysis. Planta 223(5):932:947. 2006
Wu, Y., Huang, Y., Tauer, C. G., and Porter, D. R. Genetic diversity of sorghum accessions resistant to Greenbugs as assessed with AFLP markers. Genome 49:143-149. 2006
Kresovich, S., Barbazuk, B., Bedell, J., Borrell, A., Buell, R., Burke, J. J., Clifton, S., Cordonnier-Pratt, M., Cox, S., Dahlberg, J., Erpelding, J. E., Fulton, T. M., Fulton, B., Fulton, L., Gingle, A., Goff, S., Hash, C., Huang, Y., Jordan, D., Klein, P., Klein, R. R., Magalhaes, J., Mccombie, R., Moore, P. H., Mullet, J. E., Ozias-Akins, P., Paterson, A. H., Porter, K., Pratt, L., Roe, B., Rooney, W., Schnable, P., Steely, D. M., Tuinstra, M., Ware, D., and Warek, U. Toward sequencing the sorghum genome: A US National Science Foundation-sponsored Workshop Report. Plant Physiol. 138(4):1898-1902. 2005