Molecular and Chemical Life Science :
Molecular and Network Genomics


Associate Professor KANNO Akira
Campus Katahira campus
Laboratory Plant Molecular Breeding
Tel +81-22-217-5725
E-mail kanno@ige.tohoku.ac.jp
Website http://www.ige.tohoku.ac.jp/prg/kanno/index.html
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My interests are the molecular mechanisms of floral development in monocot plants, especially in asparagus and orchids. I am also interested in the evolution of floral morphology and dioecy.

Apr. 1992 Research Fellowship for Young Scientists, JSPS (PD)
Feb. 1993 Research Associate, Institute of Genetic Ecology, Tohoku University
Jun. 1993 Assistant Professor, Institute of Genetic Ecology, Tohoku University
Aug. 1997 – Jul. 1999 Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad, JSPS (Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany)
Feb. 1999 Associate Professor, Institute of Genetic Ecology, Tohoku University
Apr. 2001 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Apr. 2007 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Selected Publications
  1. Abdelrahman et al. (2020). Comparative metabolome andtranscriptome analyses of susceptible Asparagus officinalis andresistant wild A. kiusianus revealed insights into stem blight diseaseresistance. Plant and Cell Physiology 61:1464-1476.
  2. Sangin et al. (2020) Isolation of an AGAMOUS homolog fromZamia muricata. Songklanakarin Journal of Science and Technology 42:365-370.
  3. Mitoma et al. (2019) Molecular mechanism underlyingpseudopeloria in Habenaria radiata (Orchidaceae). The Plant Journal99:439-451.
  4. Miura et al. (2019) Expression and functional analyses of fiveB-class genes in grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum). The HorticultureJournal 88:284-292.
  5. Mitoma et al. (2018) A new DNA marker for sex identificationin purple asparagus. Euphytica 214:154.
  6. Mitoma and Kanno (2018) The greenish flower phenotype ofHabenaria radiata (Orchidaceae) is caused by a mutation in theSEPALLATA-like MADS-box gene HrSEP-1. Frontiers in Plant Science 9:831.
  7. Takeuchi et al. (2018). Features in stem blight resistanceconfirmed in interspecific hybrids of Asparagus officinalis L. andAsparagus kiusianus Makino. The Horticulture Journal 87:200-205.
  8. Harkess et al. (2017) The asparagus genome sheds light on theorigin and evolution of a young Y chromosome. Nature Communications 8:1279.
  9. Kanno et al. (2017) A method for sex identification inasparagus using DNA from seeds. Euphytica 213:223.
  10. Abdelrahman et al. (2017) Comparativede novo transcriptomeprofiles in Asparagus officinalis and A. kiusianus during the earlystage of Phomopsis asparagi infection. Scientific Reports 7:2608.
  11. Murase et al. (2017) A MYB transcription factor gene involvedin sex determination in Asparagus officinalis. Genes to Cells 22:115-123.
  12. Komai et al. (2016) Precocious in-vitro flowering ofperennial asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.) regenerants with achemical inducer. American Journal of Plant Sciences 7:1834-1845.
  13. Otani et al. (2016) Suppression of B function stronglysupports the modified ABCE model in Tricyrtis sp. (Liliaceae).Scientific Reports 6:24549.
  14. Kubota and Kanno (2015) Analysis of the floral MADS-box genesfrom monocotyledonous Trilliaceae species indicates the involvement ofSEPALLATA3-like genes in sepal-petal differentiation. Plant Science241:266-276
  15. Sharifi et al. (2015) Double flower formation in Tricyrtismacranthopsis is related to low expression of AGAMOUS ortholog gene.Scientia Horticulturae 193:337-345.
  16. Mizunoe et al. (2015) Morphological variation andAGAMOUS-like gene expression in double flowers of Cyclamen persicumMill. The Horticulture Journal 84:140-147.
  17. Hoshino et al. (2014) Characterization of CYCLOIDEA-likegenes in controlling floral zygomorphy in the monocotyledonAlstroemeria. Scientia Horticulturae 169:6-13.
  18. Kanno et al. (2014) Conversion of a male-specific RAPD markerinto an STS marker in Asparagus officinalis L. Euphytica 197:39-46.
Activities in Academic Societies

Japanese Society of Breeding, The Japanese Society for Horticultural Science, The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists, The Botanical Society of Japan, International Society for Horticultural Science


Advanced Lecture on Plant Reproductive Genetics (graduate school)
Advanced Lecture on Environmental Life Sciences(graduate school)
Advanced Cell Biology(graduate school)
Advanced Lecture on Life Sciences (undergraduate)

Recent Activities

For our asparagus research, we found the DNA marker for identifying the sex of asparagus. This marker is very useful because now we can distinguish male and female asparagus before those plants flower. Also, we generated interspecific hybrids between garden and wild asparagus in order to develop new asparagus cultivars. For the research of floral development, we isolated many floral homeotic genes from orchids. We are now analyzing the expression pattern of those genes.

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