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Ying  Yan
Ying Yan
Program in Genetics


Joint Program Postdoc

Type: Postdocs

Group: Scott Lab

BS, Southwest Agricultural University, China
MS, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Contact Info
Office: 1546 Thomas Hall
T: 919-515-1857
F: 919-515-3355
Email: YYan

The tobacco whitefly, Bemisia tabaci biotype B, was listed in the top 100 invasive species and attack more than 600 species including food, fiber and ornamental species. Saliva of sucking insect play an important role in their host adaptation. We identified several enzymes in the saliva of B. tabaci. Induced host resistance and RNAi experiments showed those enzymes are crucial to whitefly feeding. The cDNA library of salivary gland from B. tabaci are being constructed and we’ll screen the key salivary protein further more. The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) engineered by transgenic insects is a novel and effective method to control pest in wide area. I’m currently working with Postdoctoral Associate Dr. Li Fang to create transgenic strains of Screwworm flies, Cochliomyia hominivorax. Then this method will be applied to Bactrocera dorsalis and Cydia pomonella, which are serious invasive species in China right now.

Selected Publications:

Yan Y, Peng L, Liu WX, and Wan FH. (2011). Host plant effects on alkaline phosphatase activity in the whiteflies, Bemisia tabaci Biotype B and Trialeurodes vaporariorum. Journal of Insect Science. 11: 6. available online:

Peng L, Ying Yan, Liu W-X, Wan F-H, and Wang J-J. (2010). Mechanism of phytophagous insect counter-defense on plants. Acta Entomologica Sinica. 53(5): 572ndash;580.

Peng L, Yan Y, Wan F-H, and Wang J-J. (2010). A method to identify and analyze salivary enzymes of Bemisia tabaci adults. Chinese Bulletin of Entomology. 47(5): 1017–1020.

Yan Y, and Wan FH. (2010). Research progress on pleiotropic functions of insect vitellogenin. Acta Entomologica Sinica. 53(3): 335–348.

Yan Y, Liu WX, and Wan FH. (2009). The study of status and advances on insect alkaline phosphatase. Acta Entomologica Sinica. 52(1): 95–105.

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