Dr Guoquan Liu

Research Fellow

Centre for Crop Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
g.liu2@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52504

Overview

Dr. Guoquan Liu has more than ten years experience in sorghum tissue culture and genetic transformation. He developed a highly efficient sorghum particle transformation system in 2012. Since then, hundreds of transgenic plants have been regenerated from tens of constructs that are invoved in plant disease resistant genes (e.g. Lr34), report gene (gfp), specific-promoters (e.g. alpha- beta- kafirin, A2, LSG), G proteins etc.. He has trained many students how to transform sorghum including honor students, master students, and PhD students.

He has focused on improving sorghum grain yield and grain quality through biotechnologies inculding genetic transformation, genome-editing, and synthetic biology.

Research Interests

  • Plant Tissue Culture
    Optimize and establish tissue culture system.
  • Plant genetic transformation
    Optimize and establish particle bombardment transformation system.
  • Plant genome-editing
    Improve grain size and grain quality through precise genome-editing.
  • Plany synthetic biology
    Design and synthesis genes
  • Biofuel
    Increase total sugar content and improve plant biomass.

Research Impacts

Highly efficient sorghum tissue culture and particle bombardment transformation system.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Agriculture, Huazhong Agricultural University

Publications

  • Liu, Guoquan, Lamont, Kyle C., Ahmad, Norazlina, Tomkins, Alison, Mudge, Stephen R., Gilding, Edward K. and Godwin, Ian D. (2017). The functionality of α-kafirin promoter and α-kafirin signal peptide. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture, 128 (1) 133-143. doi:10.1007/s11240-016-1093-3

  • Liu, Guoquan, Campbell, Bradley C. and Godwin, Ian D. (2014). Sorghum genetic transformation by particle bombardment. Cereal genomics: methods and protocols. (pp. 219-234) edited by Robert J. Henry and Agnelo Furtado.New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi:10.1007/978-1-62703-715-0-18

  • Liu, Guoquan and Godwin, Ian D. (2012). Highly efficient sorghum transformation. Plant Cell Reports, 31 (6) 999-1007. doi:10.1007/s00299-011-1218-4

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Available Projects

  • Optimze CRISPR/Cas9 system on sorghum.

    Improve sorghum grain yield and grain quality through genome-editing.

  • Increase sorghum sugar content and sorghum biomass.

  • Investigate genes to improve sorghum grain quality and grain yeild.

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Publications

Featured Publications

  • Liu, Guoquan, Lamont, Kyle C., Ahmad, Norazlina, Tomkins, Alison, Mudge, Stephen R., Gilding, Edward K. and Godwin, Ian D. (2017). The functionality of α-kafirin promoter and α-kafirin signal peptide. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture, 128 (1) 133-143. doi:10.1007/s11240-016-1093-3

  • Liu, Guoquan, Campbell, Bradley C. and Godwin, Ian D. (2014). Sorghum genetic transformation by particle bombardment. Cereal genomics: methods and protocols. (pp. 219-234) edited by Robert J. Henry and Agnelo Furtado.New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi:10.1007/978-1-62703-715-0-18

  • Liu, Guoquan and Godwin, Ian D. (2012). Highly efficient sorghum transformation. Plant Cell Reports, 31 (6) 999-1007. doi:10.1007/s00299-011-1218-4

Book Chapter

  • Liu, Guoquan, Gilding, Edward and Godwin, Ian D. (2014). Genetic Transformation and Breeding. Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Sorghum. (pp. 251-283) edited by Yi-Hong Wang and Chittaranjan Kole.Boca Raton: CRC Press. doi:10.1201/b17153

  • Liu, Guoquan, Campbell, Bradley C. and Godwin, Ian D. (2014). Sorghum genetic transformation by particle bombardment. Cereal genomics: methods and protocols. (pp. 219-234) edited by Robert J. Henry and Agnelo Furtado.New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi:10.1007/978-1-62703-715-0-18

Journal Article

Other Outputs

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Optimze CRISPR/Cas9 system on sorghum.

    Improve sorghum grain yield and grain quality through genome-editing.

  • Increase sorghum sugar content and sorghum biomass.

  • Investigate genes to improve sorghum grain quality and grain yeild.