Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Bailey-Serres, Julia
Location University of California, Riverside
Primary Field Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Secondary Field Plant Biology
 Election Citation
Bailey-Serres has been the primary driving force in elucidating the mechanism of plant submergence tolerance mediated by the ethylene response transcription factor SUB1A. Over one million farmers in floodprone areas of South and Southeast Asia now grow rice cultivars where SUB1A has been introgressed to stabilize yields in flood-prone regions
 Research Interests
Bailey-Serres' group studies the resilience mechanisms of plants that help to safeguard crop yields in unpredictable environments. She is recognized for the in-depth dissection of the function of the SUBMERGENCE 1A gene of rice that enables survival of prolonged complete submergence, as evidenced by its stabilizing effect on grain yield in flood-prone regions of Asia. Her collaborative research has defined how plants sense and respond to deficiencies in cellular oxygen and energy. Her group has pioneered technologies that can uncover gene activity and regulatory networks in specific cell types - from chromatin to mRNAs loaded with ribosomes. Current research in the Bailey-Serres group focuses on the regulation of metabolic and developmental plasticity in response to extremes in water and nutrient availability in rice and other crops.

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