Professor Toru Terachi

Area and Subject Taught Plant Molecular Biology
Research Theme(s) Molecular Genetics of Higher Plant Organelles
Academic Degrees Doctor of Agriculture, Kyoto University
Keywords for Research Field Higher Plants, Organellar Genome, Wheat, Radish
Office Phone Number 81-75-705-1896

Research Overview

I am interested in a variety of topics related to organellar (chloroplast and mitochondrial) genes and genomes in higher plants, with a particular focus on chloroplast transformation technology.
Chloroplast genomes have not only provided valuable information on the phylogenies of plants, but in recent years genomes have also become the target of genetic engineering. In my laboratory, several projects have been carried out in the attempt to create transplastomic tobacco and lettuce plants with useful genes in their chloroplast genome.
We are also using molecular genetic and molecular biological methods to carry out research on mitochondrial genes that cause male sterility in plants such as radishes and common wheat, as well as research on nuclear genes that suppress action of mitochondrial genes and restore fertility.

Notable Publications and Works in the Last Three Years

  1. Tamiru, M., S. Natsume, H. Takagi, B. White, H. Yaegashi et al. (2017) Genome sequencing of the staple food crop white Guinea yam enables the development of a molecular marker for sex determination. BMC Biol 15: 86.
  2. Yamagishi, H. and T. Terachi (2017) Cytoplasmic male sterility and mitochondrial genome variations in radish. In: Nishio T. and H. Kitashiba (eds) The Radish Genome. Compendium of Plant Genomes. Springer, Cham
  3. Hisano, H., M. Tsujimura, H. Yoshida, T. Terachi and K. Sato (2016) Mitochondrial genome sequences from wild and cultivated barley (Hordeum vulgare). BMC Genomics 17: 824.
  4. Gong, X., C. Guo, T. Terachi, et al. (2015) Tobacco PIC1 mediates iron transport and regulates chloroplast development. Plant Mol Biol Rep 33: 401-413.
  5. Yamagishi, H., Y. Tanaka and T. Terachi (2014) Complete mitochondrial genome sequence of black mustard (Brassica nigra; BB) and comparison with Brassica oleracea (CC) and Brassica carinata (BBCC). Genome 57: 577-582.
  6. Tanaka, Y., M. Tsuda, K. Yasumoto, T. Terachi and H. Yamagishi (2014) The complete mitochondrial genome sequence of Brassica oleracea and analysis of coexisting mitotypes. Curr Genet 60: 277-284.