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

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. Takeuchi et al. (in press). Features in stem blight resistance confirmed in interspecific hybrids of Asparagus officinalis L. and Asparagus kiusianus Makino. The Horticulture Journal.
  2. Harkess et al. (2017) The asparagus genome sheds light on the origin and evolution of a young Y chromosome. Nature Communications 8:1279.
  3. Kanno et al. (2017) A method for sex identification in asparagus using DNA from seeds. Euphytica 213:223.
  4. Abdelrahman et al. (2017) Comparativede novo transcriptome profiles in Asparagus officinalis and A. kiusianus during the early stage of Phomopsis asparagi infection. Scientific Reports 7:2608.
  5. Murase et al. (2017) A MYB transcription factor gene involved in sex determination in Asparagus officinalis. Genes to Cells 22:115-123.        
  6. Komai et al. (2016) Precocious in-vitro flowering of perennial asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.) regenerants with a chemical inducer. American Journal of Plant Sciences 7:1834-1845.
  7. Otani et al. (2016) Suppression of B function strongly supports the modified ABCE model in Tricyrtis sp. (Liliaceae). Scientific Reports 6:24549.
  8. Kubota and Kanno (2015) Analysis of the floral MADS-box genes from monocotyledonous Trilliaceae species indicates the involvement of SEPALLATA3-like genes in sepal-petal differentiation. Plant Science 241:266-276
  9. Sharifi et al. (2015) Double flower formation in Tricyrtis macranthopsis is related to low expression of AGAMOUS ortholog gene. Scientia Horticulturae 193:337-345.
  10. Mizunoe et al. (2015) Morphological variation and AGAMOUS-like gene expression in double flowers of Cyclamen persicum Mill. The Horticulture Journal 84:140-147.
  11. Hoshino et al. (2014) Characterization of CYCLOIDEA-like genes in controlling floral zygomorphy in the monocotyledon Alstroemeria. Scientia Horticulturae 169:6-13.
  12. Kanno et al. (2014) Conversion of a male-specific RAPD marker into an STS marker in Asparagus officinalis L. Euphytica 197:39-46.
  13. Menezes et al. (2012) Laser Plasma Jet Driven Microparticles for DNA/Drug Delivery. PLoS ONE 7:e50823.
  14. Niki et al. (2012) Role of Floral Homeotic Genes in the Morphology of Forchlorfenuron-Induced Paracorollas in Torenia fournieri Lind. Journal of the Japanese Society for Horticultural Science 81:204-212.                          
  15. Hirai et al. (2012) Reduced transcription of a LEAFY-like gene in Alstroemeria sp. cultivar Green Coral that cannot develop floral meristems. Plant Science 185-186:298-308.
  16. Fukuda et al. (2012) Comparing with phylogenetic trees inferred from cpDNA, ITS sequences and RAPD analysis in the genus Asparagus (Asparagaceae). Environment Control in Biology 50:13-18.
  17. Suzuki et al. (2012) Random BAC FISH of monocot plants reveals differential distribution of repetitive DNA elements in small and large chromosome species. Plant Cell Reports 31:621-628.
  18. Kubota et al. (2012) Molecular phylogeny of the genus Asparagus (Asparagaceae) explains interspecific crossability between the garden asparagus (A. officinalis) and other Asparagus species. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 124:345-354.
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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