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DUAN Guilan
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  18 Shuangqing Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China
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Education and Appointments:

Guilan Duan is an Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences in the department of Soil Environmental Sciences, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (RCEES, CAS). Dr. Duan obtained her PhD in 2006 from RCEES, CAS. After graduation, she was employed as an assistant professor. During PhD period (Nov. 2005 to May 2006), she conducted research at Professor Barry Rosen’s, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA. From 2009 to 2011, she did postdoctoral research at the University of Tokyo supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Her research interests include the transformation, translocation, interaction and bioremediation of heavy metals in soil-microorganism-plant system. She currently is in charge of several research projects related with arsenic and cadmium in soils, including National Natural Science Foundation, and National Key Research and Development Program etc. So far, she has published more than 50 papers, some of which were published by top journals in this field, such as Nature Plants, Plant Cell, Plant Physiology, New Phytologist, etc. These papers have also been widely cited by Chinese and international scientists in the soil environmental research.

Research Interest:

Control mechanisms and remediation technology for heavy metal contaminated soil

Public Services:


Wenju Liu,Guilan Duan,Quanli Zhao,Liping Gong,Jingzhu Cai, Arsenic species and the transformation between them in higher plants,2017,Hebei Natural Science Award,the Second-class Reward.

Selected Publications:

1.Yang YP, Zhang HM, Duan GL*, Jin DC, Zhao FJ, Zhu YG. Microbe Mediated Arsenic Release from Iron Minerals and Arsenic Methylation in Rhizosphere Controls Arsenic Fate in Soil-Rice System after Straw Incorporation. Environmental Pollution, 2018, 236:598-608. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.01.099
2.Chen SC, Duan GL, Ding K, Huang FY, Zhu YG. DNA stable-isotope probing identifies uncultivated members of Pseudonocardia associated with biodegradation of pyrene in agricultural soil. FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 2018, 94(3). doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiy026.
3.Duan GL, Hakoyama T, Kamiya T, Miwa H, Lombardo F, Sato S, Tabata S, Chen Z, Watanabe T, Shinano T, Fujiwara T.LjMOT1, a high-affinity molybdate transporter from Lotus japonicus, is essential for molybdate uptake, but not for the delivery to nodules.The Plant Journal. 2017, 90(6):1108-1119.
4.Duan GL, Shao GS, Tang Z, Chen HP, Wang BX, Tang Z, Yang YP, Liu YC, Zhao FJ. Genotypic and Environmental Variations inGrain Cadmium and Arsenic ConcentrationsAmong a Panel of High Yielding Rice Cultivars. Rice,2017,10:9,DOI 10.1186/s12284-017-0149-2.
5.Duan GL, Hu Y, Schneider S, McDermott J, Chen J, Sauer N, Rosen BP, Daus B, Liu Z, Zhu YG. Inositol transporters AtINT2 and AtINT4 regulate arsenic accumulation in Arabidopsis seeds. Nature Plants. 2016,21;2(1):15202. doi: 10.1038/nplants.2015.202. eCollection 2016.
6.Duan GL, Zhang HM, Shen YQ, Li G, Wang H, Cheng WD. Mitigation of heavy metal accumulation in rice grain with silicon in animal manure fertilized field. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal. 2016,15(10), 2223-2229.
7.Duan GL, Yongguan Zhu, (2016). Arsenic in soil-plant system: A synthesis. In Luo YM, eds, Twenty years research and development on soil pollution and remediation in China. Science Press, Beijing, China, pp 413-424.
8.Chen, S.C., Peng, J.J., Duan, G.L.* Enrichment of functional microbes and genes during pyrene degradation in two different soils. Journal of Soils and Sediments. 2016, 16(2), 417-426.
9.Zhang J, Zhao CY, Liu J, Song R, Du YX, Li JZ, Sun HZ, Duan GL*, Zhao QZ.: Influence of Sulfur on Transcription of Genes Involved in Arsenic Accumulation in Rice Grains. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter, 2016,34(3), 556-565.
10.Hu Y, Norton GJ, Duan GL*, Huang YC , Liu YX. Effect of selenium fertilization on the accumulation of cadmium and lead in rice plants. Plant and Soil. 2015,384: 131-140.
11.Duan GL, Liu WJ, Chen XP, Hu Y, Zhu YG. Association of arsenic with nutrient elements in rice plants. Metallomics, 2013,5: 784-792.
12.Duan GL, Kamiya T, Ishikawa S, Arao T, Fujiwara T*. Expressing ScACR3 in Rice Enhanced Arsenite Efflux and Reduced Arsenic Accumulation in rice grains. Plant and Cell Physiology, 2012,53(1):154-163.
13Duan GL, Zhang HM, Liu YX, Jia Y, Hu Y, Cheng WD. (2012): Long-term fertilization with pig-biogas residues results in heavy metal accumulation in paddy field and rice grains in Jiaxing of China. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 58: 637-646.
14.Duan, G.L., Hu, Y., Liu, W.J., Kneer, R., Zhao, F.J., Zhu, Y.G. (2011): Evidence for a role of phytochelatins in regulating arsenic accumulation in rice grain. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 71(3): 416-421.
15.Zhang, J.; Zhao, Q.Z.;Duan, G.L.* (2010): Huang YC. Influence of sulphur on arsenic accumulation and metabolism in rice seedlings. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 72(1): 34-40.
16.Wang, L.H., and Duan, G.L.*. (2009): Effects of external and internal phosphate status on arsenic toxicity and accumulation in rice seedlings. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 21:346–351.
17.Zhang, J. and Duan, G.L.*. (2008): Genotypic difference in arsenic and cadmium accumulation by rice seedlings grown in hydroponics. Journal of plant nutrition, 31(12): 2168-2182.
18.Wang, L.H., Meng, X.Y., Guo, B., Duan, G.L.*(2007):Reduction of arsenic oxidative toxicity by phosphate is not related to arsenate reductase activity in wheat plants. journal of plant nutrition, 30: 2105–2117.
19.Duan, G.L., Zhou, Y., Tong, Y.P., Mukhopadhyay, R., Rosen, B., Zhu, Y.G., (2007): A CDC25 homologue from rice functions as an arsenate reductase. New Phytologist, 174: 311–321.
20.Duan, G.L, Zhu, Y,G,, Tong, Y.P., Cai, C., Kneer, R. (2005): Characterization of Arsenate Reductase in the Extract of Roots and Fronds of Chinese Brake Fern, an Arsenic Hyperaccumulator. Plant Physiology, 138: 461–469.

Supported Projects:

1.The National Natural Science Foundation of China, 21677157 (2017.1-2020.12). The Understanding Arsenic Methylation in the Rice Rhizosphere for a Lower Proportion of Inorganic Arsenic in Rice Grains.
2.The National Natural Science Foundation of China, 41371458 (2014.1-2017.12). The Effect of Rice Straw Incorporation on Arsenic Bioavailability in soil and Arsenic Accumulation in Rice Grains.
3.The Special Fund for Agro-scientific Research in the Public Interest, 201403015 (2014.1-2.18.12), Reducing Heavy Metal Accumulation in Crops through Genetic Improvement.
4.The National Basic Research (973) Program of China, 2014CB441102 (2014.1-2018.12), Characteristics of Soils Contaminated with Combined Organic Pollution.
5.National Key Research and Development Program of China. 2016YFD0800400, (2016.1-2020.12) Research on Migration/Transformation and Safety Threshold of Heavy Metals in Farmland Systems.
6.The National Natural Science Foundation of China, 41330853 (2014.1-2018.12), Biological mechanisms and control of arsenic species transformation in paddy soils
7.The National Natural Science Foundation of China, 20777083 (2008.01-2010.12). The regulating mechanisms of arsenic accumulation and bio-toxicity in rice grain.

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