Lab. of Pomology, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University

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Publications [Papers 2010-2019]


  • Akagi, T., S. M. Pilkington, E. Varkonyi-Gasic, I. M. Henry, S. S. Sugano, M. Sonoda, A. Firl, M. A. McNeilage, M. J. Douglas, T. Wang, R. Rebstock, C. Voogd, P. Datson, A. C. Allan, K. Beppu, I. Kataoka, and R. Tao. 2019. Two Y-chromosome-encoded genes determine sex in kiwifruit. Nature plants 5: 801-809.
  • Aranzana, M.J., V. Decroocq, E. Dirlewanger, I. Edurado, Z.S. Gao, K. Gasic, A. Iezzoni, S. Jung, C. Peace, H. Prieto, R. Tao, I. Verde, A.G. Abbott and P. Arus. 2019. Prunus genetics and applications after de novo genome sequencing: achievements and prospects. Horticulture Research 6:58.
  • Esumi, T. and R. Tao. 2019. Advances in understanding reproductive development in fruit-bearing plants. p.93-134. In: G.A. Lang (ed.). Achieving sustainable cultivation of temperate zone tree fruits and berries. Volume 1: Physiology, genetics and cultivation. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, UK.
  • Kitamura, Y., W. Chen, H. Yamane and R. Tao. 2019. Functional genes in bud dormancy and impacts on plant breeding. p. 101-117. In: Z. Gao (ed.). The Prunus mume Genome, Compendium of Plant Genomes. Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham.
  • Maeda, H., T. Akagi, N. Onoue, A. Kono, and R. Tao. 2019. Evolution of lineage-specific gene networks underlying the considerable fruit shape diversity in persimmon. Plant Cell Physiol.60: 2464-2477.
  • Masuda, K., H. Yamane, K. Ikeda, T. Testumura, M. Takai and R. Tao. 2019. Effects of chilling accumulation on DORMANCY-ASSOCIATED MADS-box gene expressions in ‘Satonishiki’ sweet cherry. Acta Hort. 1235: 421-426. DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2019.1235.58
  • Matsumoto, D. and R. Tao. 2019. Recognition of S-RNases by an S locus F-box protein and an S haplotype-specific F-box like protein in the Prunus-specific self-incompatibility system. Plant Molecular Biology 100: 367-378.
  • Morimoto, T. and R. Tao. 2019. Functional characterization of Prunus SLFLs in transgenic Petunia. Acta Hort. 1231: 85-90. DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2019.1231.15
  • Morimoto, T., T. Akagi and R. Tao. 2019. Phylogenetic analysis of S-RNase-like genes from Fragaria provides evidence for ancestral S-RNase duplication in the Rosaceae linage. Acta Hort. 1235: 365-369. DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2019.1235.50
  • Morimoto, T., Y. Kitamura, K. Numaguchi, T. Akagi, and R. Tao. 2019. Characterization of post-mating interspecific cross-compatility in Prunus. Scientia Hort. 693-699.
  • Morimoto, T. and R. Tao. 2019. Recent advances in our understanding of the S-RNase-based gametophytic self-incompatibility system in Prunus. Acta. Hort. 1235: 359-364. DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2019.1235.49
  • Nishiyama S., M.C. Matsushita, H. Yamane, C. Honda, K. Okada, Y. Tamada, S. Moriya, and R. Tao. 2019. Functional and expressional analyses of apple FLC-like in relation to dormancy progress and flower bud development. doi: 10.1093/treephys/tpz0111
  • Peace, C.P., L. Bianco, M. Troggio, E. van de Weg, N.P. Howard, A. Cornille, C-E. Durel, S. Myles, Z. Migicovsky, R.J. Schaffer, E. Costes, G. Fazio, H. Yamane, S. van Nocker, C. Gottschalk, F. Costa, D. Chagne, X. Zhang, A. Patocchi, S.E. Gardiner, C. Hardner, S. Kumar, F. Laurens, E. Bucher, D. Main, S. Jung, and S. Vanderzande. 2019. Apple whole genome sequences: recent advances and new prospects. Hort. Res. 6:59.
  • Tao, R. and T. Akagi. 2019. A review of current progress in our research on sex determination in Diospyros. Acta Hort. 1231: 17-22.
  • Yang, H-W. T. Akagi, T. Kawakatsu, and R. Tao. 2019. Gene networks orchestrated 
    by MeGI: a single‐factor mechanism underlying sex determination in persimmon. 
    Plant J. 98: 97-111.
  • Yamane, H., M. Wada, C. Honda, T. Matsuura, Y. Ikeda, T. Hirayama, Y. Osako, M. Gao-Takai, M. Kojima, H. Sakakibara and R. Tao. 2019. Overexpression of Prunus DAM6 inhibits growth, represses bud break competency of dormant buds and delays bud outgrowth in apple plants. PLoS ONE 14: e0214788.
  • Yamane, H., T. Takeuchi, M. Matsushita, K. Banno and R. Tao. 2019. Expression analysis of apple DAMs in 'Fuji' flower buds during flower bud development. Acta Hort. 1261:143-148.
  • Yamane, H and R. Tao. 2019. Molecular and developmental biology: self-incompatibility. p. 119-135. In: Z. Gao (ed.). The Prunus mume Genome, Compendium of Plant Genomes. Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham.


  • Akagi, T., I.M. Henry, H. Ohtani, T. Morimoto, K. Beppu, I. Kataoka, and R. Tao. 2018. A Y-encoded suppressor of feminization arose via lineage-specific duplication of a cytokinin response regulator in kiwifruit. Plant Cell (in press) DOI:
  • Henry, I.M., T. Akagi, R. Tao, and L. Comai. 2018. One hundred ways to invent the sexes: theoretical and observed paths to dioecy in plants. Annu. Rev. Plant Biol. 69:553-575.
  • Iwasa, H., H. Yamane, M. Gao-Takai, A. Oikawa and R. Tao. 2018. Possible involvement of abscisic acid metabolism in endodormancy release in persimmon (Diospyros kaki). Acta Hort. 1208: 287-290.
  • Kitamura, Y., T. Habu, H. Yamane*, S. Nishiyama, K. Kajita, T. Sobue, T. Kawai, K. Numaguchi, T. Nakazaki, A. Kitajima, and R. Tao. 2018. Identification of QTLs controlling chilling and heat requirements for dormancy release and bud break in Japanese apricot (Prunus mume). Tree Genet. Gen. 14:33. (*:corresponding author)
  • Kitamura, Y., H. Yamane, M. Gao-Takai and R. Tao. 2018. Changes in plant hormone contents in Japanese apricot flower buds during prolonged chilling exposure. Acta Hort. 1208: 251-256.
  • Maeda, H., T. Akagi*, and R. Tao. 2018. Quantitative characterization of fruit shape and its differentiation pattern in diverse persimmon (Diospyros kaki) cultivars. Sci. Hort. 228:41-48. (*:corresponding author)
  • Naito, I., S. Nishiyama, M. Gao-Takai, H. Yamane and R. Tao. 2018. Changes in cytokinin metabolism in a small fruit mutant of 'Hiratanenashi' persimmon (Diospyros kaki Thunb.). Acta Hort. 1208: 245-249.
  • Nishiyama, S., N. Onoue, A. Kono, A. Sato, K. Ushijima, H. Yamane, R. Tao, and K. Yonemori. 2018. Comparative mapping of the ASTRINGENCY locus controlling fruit astringency in hexaploid persimmon (Diospyros kaki Thunb.) with the diploid D. lotus reference genome. Hort. J. 87: 315-323. doi: 10.2053/hortj.OKD-140
  • Nishiyama, S., N. Onoue, A. Kono, A. Sato, K. Yonemori and R. Tao. 2018. Characterization of a gene regulatory network underlying astringency loss in persimmon fruit. Planta 247: 733-743.
  • Ono, K., T. Akagi, T. Morimoto, A. Wunsch, and R. Tao. 2018. Genome re-sequencing of diverse sweet cherry (Prunus avium) individuals reveals a modifier gene mutation conferring pollen-part self-compatibility. Plant Cell Physiol. 59: 1265-1275. doi:10.1093/pcp/pcy068
  • Takeuchi, T., M.C. Matsushita, S. Nishiyama, H. Yamane*, K. Banno, and R. Tao. 2018. RNA-Sequencing analysis identifies genes associated with chilling-mediated endodormancy release in apple. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 143: 194-206. (*:corresponding author) 
  • Yamane, H., S. Mimura and R. Tao. 2018. Precocious flowering of Citrus seedlings and expression analysis of FT/TFL1 family genes and miR156/172 involved in vegetative phase transition. Acta Hort. 1208: 25-30.
  • Yamane, H. and R. Tao. 2018. Expression analysis of apple DORMANCY-ASSOCIATED MADS-box genes in buds during dormancy release. Acta Hort. 1208: 39-45.
  • Yoshida, H., E. Tanimoto, T. Hirai, Y. Miyanoiri, R. Mitani, M. Kawamura, M. Takeda, S. Takehara, K. Hirano, M. Kainosho, T. Akagi, M. Matsuoka and M. Ueguchi-Tanaka. 2018. Evolution and diversification of the plant gibberellin receptor GID1. PNAS doi/10.1073/pnas.1806040115


  • Kitamura, Y., H. Yamane, A. Yukimori, H. Shimo, K. Numaguchi and R. Tao. 2017. Blooming date predictions based on Japanese apricot 'Nanko' flower bud responses to temperatures during dormancy. HortScience 52:366-370.


  • Akagi, T., T. Hanada, H. Yaegaki, T. M. Gradziel, and R. Tao. 2016. Genome-wide view of genetic diversity reveals paths of selection and cultivar differentiation in peach domestication. DNA Res. 23: 271-282. doi: 10.1093/dnares/dsw014
  • Akagi, T., I. M. Henry, T. Morimoto, and R. Tao. 2016. Insights into the Prunus-specific S-RNase-based self-incompatibility system from a genome-wide analysis of the evolutionary radiation of S locus-related F-box genes. Plant Cell Physiol. 57: 1281-1294.
  • Akagi, T., I. M. Henry, T. Kawai, L. Comai and R. Tao. 2016. Epigenetic regulation of the sex determination gene MeGI in polyploid persimmon. Plant Cell 28: 2905-2915.
  • Akagi, T., T. Kawai and R. Tao. 2016. A male determinant gene in diploid dioecious Diospyros, OGI, is required for male flower production in monoecious individuals of oriental persimmon (D. kaki). Sci. Hort. 213: 243-251.
  • Habu, T. H. Yamane, I. Naito, S. Nishiyama, A. Nonaka, T. Kawai, H. Yamada and R. Tao. 2016. Differences in physiological characteristics and gene expression levels in fruits between Japanese persimmon (Diospyros kaki Thunb.) 'Hiratanenashi' and its small fruit mutant 'Totsutanenashi'. Hort J. 85: 306-314.
  • Kawai, T., A. Gonoi, M. Nitta, N. Yamagishi, N. Yoshikawa and R. Tao. 2016. Virus-induced gene silencing in various Prunus species with the Apple latent spherical virus vector. Sci. Hort. 199: 103-113
  • Kitamura, Y., T. Takeuchi, H. Yamane and R. Tao. 2016. Simultaneous down-regulation of DORMANCY-ASSOCIATED MADS-box6 and SOC1 during dormancy release in Japanese apricot (Prunus mume) flower buds. J. Hort. Sci. Biotech. 91: 476-482. doi: 10.1080/14620316.2016.1173524
  • Matsumoto, D. and R. Tao. 2016. Recognition of a wide-range of S-RNases by S locus F-box like 2, a general-inhibitor candidate in the Prunus-specific S-RNase-based self-incompatibility system. Plant Mol. Biol. 91: 459-469. 
  • Matsumoto, D. and R. Tao. 2016. Distinct Self-recognition in the Prunus S-RNase-based Gametophytic Self-incompatibility System. Hort. J. 85: 289-305. doi: 10.2503/hortj.MI-IR06


  • Morimoto, T., T. Akagi and R. Tao. 2015. Evolutionary analysis of genes for S-RNase-based self-incompatibility reveals S locus duplications in the ancestral Rosaceae. Hort J. 34: 233-242.
  • Yamane, H. and R. Tao. 2015. Functional characterization of Japanese apricot (Prunus mumeDORMANCY-ASSOCIATED MADS-box1 (PmDAM1), a paralog of PmDAM6, using Populus transformants. p. 147-157. In: J. V. Anderson (ed.). Advances in Plant Dormancy. Springer, Switzerland. 


  • Akagi, T., I. M. Henry, R. Tao and L. Comai. 2014. A Y-chromosome-encoded small RNA acts as a sex determinant in persimmons. Science 346: 646-650.
  • Akagi, T., K. Kajita, T. Kibe, H. Morimura, T. Tsujimoto, S. Nishiyama, T. Kawai, H. Yamane, and R. Tao. 2014. Development of molecular markers associated with sexuality in Diospyros lotus L. and their application in D. kaki Thunb. J. Japan. Soc. Hort. Sci. 83: 214-221.
  • Habu, T. and R. Tao. 2014. Transcriptome analysis of self- and cross-pollinated pistils of Japanese apricot (Prunus mume Sieb. et Zucc.). J. Japan. Soc. Hort. Sci. 83: 95-107
  • Habu, T., H. Yamane, R. Sasaki, K. Yano, H. Fujii, T. Shimizu, T. Yamamoto, and R. Tao. 2014. Custom Microarray analysis for transcript profiling of dormant vegetative buds of Japanese apricot during prolonged chilling exposure. J. Japan. Soc. Hort. Sci. 83:1-16.
  • Hanada, T., A. Watari, T. Kibe, H. Yamane, A. Wunsch, T. M. Gradziel, Y. Sasabe, H. Yaegaki, M. Yamaguchi, and R. Tao. 2014. Two novel self-compatible S haplotypes in peach (Prunus persica). J. Japan. Soc. Hort. Sci. 83: 203-213.
  • Kawai, T., A. Gonoi, M. Nitta, M. Kaido, N. Yamagishi, N. Yoshikawa, and R. Tao. 2014. Virus-induced gene silencing in apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) and Japanese apricot (P. mume Siebold & Zucc.) with the Apple Latent Spherical Virus vector system. J. Japan. Soc. Hort. Sci. 83:23-31.
  • Gao-Takai, M. and R. Tao. 2014. Improving infection efficiency of Agrobacterium to immature cotyledon explants of Japanese apricot (Prunus mume) by sonication treatment. J. Japan. Soc. Hort. Sci. 83: 108-116.
  • Kajita, K., R. Tao, and H. Yamane. 2014. Sex expression in Diospyros: Phenological control of flower bud development in D. kaki and D. lotus. Acta Hort. 1059: 89-96.
  • Nishiyama, S., K. Yonemori and J. Ueda. 2014. Effect of ABA treatment on tannin accumulation at an early stage of fruit development in persimmon. Acta Hort 1042: 217-222.
  • Yamane, H. 2014. Regulation of bud dormancy and bud break in Japanese apricot (Prunus mume Siebold & Zucc.) and peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch]: A summary of recent studies. J. Japan. Soc. Hort. Sci. 83: 187-202.
  • Yamane, H., R. Tao, and M. Yokoyama. 2014. KODA slightly enhanced dormancy breaking effects of cyanamide on peach (Prunus persica) leaf buds. Acta Hort. 1059: 99-105.
  • Yonemori,K., S. Nishiyama, C. Yapwattanaphun and J. Ueda. Identification of plant hormones in endosperm liquid of mangosteen fruits at young developmental stages. Acta Hort. 1042: 89-95.


  • Tsubaki, S. K. Sugimura, Y. Teramoto, K. Yonemori, and J. Azuma. 2013. Cutivular membrane of Fuyu persimmon fruit is strengthened by tritepenoid nano-filers. PLos ONE 8: e75275. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0075275.
  • Gao, M., H. Takeishi, A. Katayama, and R. Tao. 2013. Genetic transformation of Japanese persimmon with FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) gene and TERMINAL FLOWER 1 (TFL1) homologues gene. Acta Hort. 996: 159-164.
  • Tao, R., T. Kawai, and H. Yamane. 2013. Small-fruit mutant of ‘Hiratanenashi’ persimmon (Diospyros kaki Thunb.). Acta Hort. 996: 127-132.
  • Yamane, H., M. Gao-Takai, and R. Tao. 2013. An attempt to control expression of PmDAMs in Prunus mume by Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. J. Beijing. Forestry Univ. 35:33-37.


  • Akagi, T., R. Tao, T. Tsujimoto, A. Kono, and K. Yonemori. 2012. Fine genotyping of a highly polymorphic ASTRINGENCY-linked locus reveals variable hexasomic inheritance in persimmon (Diospyros kaki Thunb.) cultivars. Tree Genetics & Genomes 8:195-204.
  • Beppu, K., M. Kumei, H. Yamane, R. Tao, and I. Kataoka. 2012. Molecular and genetic analyses of the S-haplotype of the self-compatible Japanese plum (Prunus saliciana Lindl.) 'Methley'. J. Hortic. Sci. & Biotech. 87: 493-498.
  • Habu, T., H. Yamane, K. Igarashi, K. Hamada, K. Yano, and R. Tao. 2012. 454-Pyrosequencing of the transcriptome in leaf and flower buds of Japanese apricot (Prunus mume Sieb. et Zucc.) at different dormant stages. J. Japan. Soc. Hort. Sci. 81: 239-250.
  • Matsumoto, D. and Tao R. 2012. Isolation of pollen-expressed actin as a candidate protein interacting with S-RNase in Prunus avium L. J. Japan. Soc. Hort. Sci. 81: 41-47.
  • Matsumoto, D., H. Yamane, K. Abe, and Tao R. 2012. Identificationof a Skp1-like protein interacting with SFB, the pollen S Determinant of the gametophytic self-incompatibility in Prunus. Plant Physiology 159:1252-1262.
  • Tao, R. and D. Matsumoto. 2012. S locus mutation and self-compatibility in stone fruits. Acta Hort. 967: 167-170.


  • Akagi T., T. Tsujimoto, A. Ikegami and K. Yonemori. 2011. Effects of seasonal temperature changes on DkMyb4 expression involved in proanthocyanidin regulation in two genotypes of persimmon (Diospyros kaki Thunb.) fruit. Planta 233: 883-894.
  • Akagi, T., A. K.-Ikegami, S. Kobayashi, A. Sato, A. Kono, and K. Yonemori. Seasonal abscisic acid signal and a basic leucine zipper transcription factor, DkbZIP5, regulate proanthocyanidin biosynthesis in persimmon fruit. Plant Physiology 158: 1089-1102.
  • Fernandez i Marti, A., W. Howad, R. Tao, J. M. A. Segura, P. Arus and R. Socias i Company. 2011. Identification of quantitative trait loci associated with self-compatibility in a Prunus species. Tree Genetics & Genomes 7: 629-639.
  • Sasaki, R., H. Yamane, T. Ooka, H. Jotatsu, Y. Kitamura, T. Akagi, and R. Tao. 2011. Functional and expressional analyses of PmDAM genes associated with endodormancy in Japanese apricot (Prunus mume). Plant Physiology 157: 485-497.
  • Yamane, H., T. Ooka, H.Jotatsu, Y. Hosaka, R. Sasaki and R. Tao. 2011. Expressional regulation of PpDAM5 and PpDAM6, peach (Prunus persica) dormancy-associated MADS-box genes, by low temperature and dormancy-breaking reagent treatment . Journal of Experimental Botany. 62: 3481-3488.
  • Yamane, H., T. Ooka, H. Jotatsu, R. Sasaki and R. Tao. 2011. Expression analysis of PpDAM5 and PpDAM6 during flower bud development in peach (Prunus persica ) . Scientia Hort. 129: 844-848.
  • Yamane, H., R. Tao, T. Ooka, H.Jotatsu, R. Sasaki, and K. Yonemori. 2011. Comparative analyses of dormancy-associated MADS-box genes, PpDAM5 and PpDAM6, in low- and high-chill peaches (Prunus persica L.). J. Japan. Soc. Hort. Sci. 80: 276-283.
  • Akagi, T., A. K.-Ikegami, and K. Yonemori. 2011. Proanthocyanidin biosynthesis of persimmon (Diospyros kaki Thunb.) fruit. Scientia Horticulturae 130: 373-380.


  • Akagi, T, A. Ikegami, and K. Yonemori. 2010. DkMyb2 wound-induced transcription factor of persimmon (Diospyros kaki Thunb.), contributes to proanthocyanidin regulation. Planta 232: 1045-1059.
  • Akagi, T. Y. Suzuki, A. Ikegami, H. Kamitakahara, T. Takano, F. Nakatsubo, and K. Yonemori. 2010. Condensed tannin composition analysis in persimmon (Diospyros kaki Thunb.) fruit by acid catalysis in the presence of excess phloroglucinol. J. Japan. Soc. Hort. Sci. 79: 275-281.
  • Akagi, T., Y. Takeda, K. Yonemori, A. Ikegami, A. Kono, M. Yamada, and S. Kanzaki. 2010. Quantitative genotyping for the astringency locus in hexaploid persimmon cultivars using quantitative real-time PCR. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 135: 59-66.
  • Beppu, K., K. Shogase, H. Yamane, R. Tao, and I. Kataoka. 2010. Inheritance of self-compatibility conferred by the Se-haplotype of Japanese plum and development of Se-RNase gene-specific PCR primers. J. Hort. Sci. & Biotech. 85: 215-218.
  • Esumi, T., Y. Kitamura, C. Hagihara, H. Yamane, and R. Tao. 2010. Identification of a TFL1 ortholog in Japanese apricot (Prunus mume Sieb et Zucc.). Scientia Hort. 125: 608-616.
  • Gao, M., M. Kawabe, T. Tsukamoto, H. Hanada, and R. Tao. 2010. Somatic embryogenesis and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of Japanese apricot (Prunus mume) using immature cotyledons. Scientia Hort. 124: 360-367.
  • Kanzaki, S., T. Akagi, T. Masuko, M. Kimura, M. Yamada, A. Sato, N. Mitani, N. Utsunomiya, and K. Yonemori. 2010. SCAR markers for practical application of marker-assisted selection in persimmon (Diospyros kaki Thunb.) breeding. J. Japan. Soc. Hort. Sci. 79: 150-155.
  • Marti, A.F., T. Hanada, J.M. Alonso, H. Yamane, R. Tao, and R. Socias i Company. 2010. The almond Sf haplotype shows a double expression despite its comprehensive genetic identity. Scientia Hort. 125:685-691.
  • Tsukamoto, T., N.R. Hauck, R. Tao, N. Jiang, and A.F. Iezzoni. 2010. Molecular and genetic analyses of four nonfunctional S haplotype variants derived from a common ancestral S haplotype identified in sour cherry (Prunus cerasus L.). Genetics 184: 411-427.
  • Wunsch, A., R. Tao, J.I. Hormaza. 2010. Self-compatibility in ’Cristobalina’sweet cherry is not associated with duplications or modified transcription levels of S-locus genes. Plant Cell Rep. 29:715-721.
  • Tao, R. and A.F. Iezzoni. 2010. The S-RNase-based gametophytic self-incompatibility system in Prunus exhibits distinct genetic and molecular features. Scientia Horticulturae 124: 423-433.