Richard Meilan

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Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Ph.D., Iowa State University, Botany (Physiology and Molecular Biology) and Forestry (Forest Biology) (with honors), August 1990. M.S., Humboldt State University, Forestry, July 1985. B.S., Humboldt State University, Forest Science (summa cum laude), March 1983.

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Training Group(s):
Plant Biology

PULSe Contributor - not currently hosting students for laboratory rotations or recruiting students in the laboratory

Current Research Interests:

In my lab we use poplar (Populus spp.) as a model system. We alter the expression of genes that affect cell-wall properties (e.g., lignin content and composition, and cellulose configuration); water-use efficiency; and poplar’s ability to remediate contaminated sites. In addition, we are trying to identify genes that regulate the formation of figured wood and the initiation of lateral and adventitious roots.

Selected Publications:

Shuai, L., Amiri, M.T., Questell-Santiago, Y.M., Héroguel, F., Li, Y., Kim, H., Meilan, R., Chapple, C., Ralph, J., Luterbacher, J.S. 2016. Formaldehyde-based stabilization facilitates lignin monomer production during biomass depolymerization. Science (accepted).

Klocko, A.L., Brunner, A.M., Huang, J., Meilan, R., Lu, H., Ma, C., Morel, A., Zhao, D., Ault, K., Dow, M., Howe, G., Shevchenko, O., Strauss, S.H. 2016. Genetic containment of forest trees by RNAi suppression of LEAFY. Nature Biotechnology 34:918–922

Ault, K., Viswanath, V., Jayawickrama, J., Ma, C., Eaton, J., Meilan, R., Hohenschuh, W., Murthy, G., and Strauss, S. 2016. Improved growth and weed control of glyphosate-tolerant poplars. New Forests (in press).

Parsell, T., Yohe, S., Degenstein, J., Jarrell, T., Klein, I., Gencer, E., Heweston, B., Hurt, M., Kim, J.-I., Choudhari, H., Saha, B., Meilan, R., Mosier, N., Ribeiro, F., Delgass, W.N., Chapple, C., Kenttämaa, H.I., Agrawal, R., and Abu-Omar, M.M. 2015. A synergistic biorefinery based on catalytic conversion of lignin prior to cellulose starting from lignocellulosic biomass. Green Chemistry 17:1492-1499 (DOI: 10.1039/C4GC01911C).

Zeng Y., Zhao, S., Wei, H., Tucker, M.P., Himmel, M.E., Mosier, N.S., Meilan, R., and Ding, S.-Y. 2015. In situ micro-spectroscopic investigation of lignin in poplar cell walls pretreated by maleic acid. Biotechnology for Biofuels 8:126-37 (DOI: 10.1186/s13068-015-0312-1).

Elorriaga, E., Ma, C., Etherington, E., Meilan, R., Skinner, J.S., and Strauss, S.H. 2014. Tapetal ablation induces stable male sterility and slows field growth of transgenic poplar. Tree Genetics and Genomes 10:1583-93.

Harfouche, A., Meilan, R., and Altman, A. 2014. Molecular and physiological responses to abiotic stress in forest trees and their relevance to tree improvement. Tree Physiology 34(11):1181-98 (DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpu012).

Klocko, A.L., Meilan R., James, R.R., Viswanath, V., Huso, M., Ma, C., Payne, P., Miller, L., Skinner, J.S., Oppert, B., Cardineau, G.A., and Strauss, S.H. 2014. Bt-Cry3Aa expression reduces insect damage and improves growth in field-grown hybrid poplar. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44:28-35.

Fan, Y., Rupert, K., Wiedenhoeft, A.C., Woeste, K., Lexer, C., and Meilan, R. 2013. Figured grain in aspen is heritable and not affected by graft-transmissible signals. Trees–Structure and Function 27(4):973-983.

French, D. and Meilan, R. 2013. Germination trials for Asian and North American ash species. Tree Planters’ Notes 56(1):27-34.

Huang, Z., Zhao, P., Medina, J., Meilan, R, and Woeste, K. 2013. Roles of JnRAP2.6-like from the transition zone of black walnut in hormone signaling. PLoS ONE 8(11):e75857 (DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0075857).

Trupiano, D., Yordanov, Y., Regan, S., Meilan, R., Tschaplinski, T., Scippa, G.S., and Busov, V. 2013. Identification and characterization of an AP2/ERF transcription factor that promotes adventitious and lateral root formation in Populus. Planta 238(2):271-82 (DOI: 10.1007/s00425-013-1890-4).

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