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

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Publications [Papers 2020-]


  • Huang, X., Z. Ni, T. Shi, R. Tao, Q. Yang, C. Luo, Y. Li, H. Li, H. Gao, X. Zhou, L. Xu, and Z. Gao. 2022. Novel insights into the dissemination route of Japanese apricot (Prunus mume Sieb. et Zucc.) based on genomics. Plant J. doi:10.1111/tpj.15731
  • Masuda, K., Y. Ikeda, T. Matsuura, T. Kwakatsu, R. Tao, Y. Kubo, K. Ushijima, I.M. Henry, and T. Akagi. 2022. Reinvention of hermaphroditism via activation of a RADIALIS-like gene in hexaploid persimmon. Nature Plants 8: 217-224.
  • Nagasaka, K., S. Nishiyama*, M. Fujikawa, H. Yamane, K. Shirasawa, E. Babiker, and R. Tao. 2022. Genome-wide identification of loci associated with phenology-related traits and their adaptive variations in a highbush blueberry collection. Front. Plant Sci. 12: 793679.
  • Nagasaka, K., H. Yamane*, S. Nishiyama, S. Ebihara, R. Matsuzaki, M. Shoji, and R. Tao. 2022. Insights into the physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying highbush blueberry fruit growth affected by the pollen source. Hort. J. 1312:17-23.
  • Nishiyama, S*., D. Yoshimura, A. Sato and K. Yonemori. Characterization of tissue-specific transcriptomic responses to seedless induction by gibberellin in table grape. Hort. J. 91: 157-168.
  • Tominaga, A., A. Ito, T. Sugiura, and H. Yamane*. 2022. How is global warming affecting fruit tree blooming? "Flowering (dormancy) disorder" in Japanese pear (Pyrus pyrifolia) as a case study. Front. Plant Sci. 12: 787638.


  • Hsiang, T-F., W. Chen, and H. Yamane*. 2021. The MADS-box gene family involved in the regulatory mechanisms of dormancy and flowering in Rosaceae fruit trees. Ann. Plant Rev. 4: 649-686.
  • Hsiang, T. W. Chen, H. Yamane*, S. Nishiyama, R. Nakano and R. Tao. 2021. Allelic distribution at SNP loci within bud dormancy-related QTLs in Japanese apricot (Prunus mume) collections. Acta Hort. 1312:17-23.
  • Hsiang, T-F., Y-J. Lin, H. Yamane* and R. Tao. 2021. Characterization of Japanese apricot (Prunus mume) floral bud development using a modified BBCH scale and analysis of the relationship between BBCH stages and floral primordium development and the dormancy phase transition. Horticulturae 7:142.
  • Kim, R. Y. Osako, H. Yamane, R. Tao and H. Miyagawa. 2021. Quantitative analysis of auxin metabolites in lychee flowers. Biosci. Biotech. Biochem. 85:467-475.
  • Li, T., H. Yamane* and R. Tao. 2021. Preharvest long-term exposure to UV-B radiation promotes fruit ripening and modifies stage-specific anthocyanin metabolism in highbush blueberry. Hort. Res. 8:67.
  • Li, T., H. Yamane* and R. Tao. 2021. Effects of preharvest UV-B irradiation on anthocyanin biosynthesis in blueberry. Acta Hort. 1312:139-144.
  • Nagasaka, K., H. Yamane* and R. Tao. 2021. Evaluation of the effects of pollination on fruit size and quality of highbush blueberry. Acta Hort. 1312:25-30.
  • Nishiyama, S., M.C. Matsushita, H. Yamane*, C. Honda, K. Okada, Y. Tamada, S. Moriya, and R. Tao. 2021. Functional and expressional analyses of apple FLC-like in relation to dormancy progress and flower bud development. Tree Physiol. 41:562-570.
  • Ono, K., E.T. Chang, S. Nishiyama, A. Wunsch, and R. Tao. 2021. Characterization of a gene co-expression network associated with MGST, the pollen modifier gene of gametophytic self-incompatibility in sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.). Acta Hort. 1312:9-15.
  • Sun, P., S. Nishiyama*, H. Asakuma, R.E. Voorrips, J. Fu, and R. Tao. 2021. Genomics-based discrimination of 2n gamete formation mechanisms in polyploids: a case study in nonaploid Diospyros kaki 'Akiou'. G3 Genes/Genomes/Genetics 188:jkab188.  
  • Tominaga, A. S. Kinose, M. Tai, M. Yahata and H. Yamane. 2021. Expression analysis of endodormancy and flowering-related genes in greenhouse-cultivated flowering disorder trees of Japanese pear (Pyrus pyrifolia Nakai) 'Kosui'. Hort. J. 90: 38-47.
  • Wang, S., C.L. Tam, I. Naito, S. Nishiyama and R. Tao. 2021. Frequent reversion and continuous size variation in the small fruit mutant 'Totsutanenashi' persimmon. Acta Hort. 1312:117-121.
  • Yamane, H., A.K. Singh, and J.E. Cooke. 2021. Plant dormancy research: from environmental control to molecular regulatory networks. Tree Physiol. 41:523-528.


  • Akagi, T., K. Shirasawa, H. Nagasaki, H. Hirakawa, R. Tao, L. Comai and I.M. Henry. 2020. The persimmon genome reveals clues to the evolution of a lineage-specific sex determination system in plants. PLoS Genetics
  • Masuda, K., T. Akagi, T. Esumi, and R. Tao. 2020. Epigenetic flexibility underlies somaclonal sex conversions in hexaploid persimmon. Plant Cell Physiol.
  • Masuda, K., N. Fujita, H.-W. Yang, K. Ushijima, Y. Kubo, R. Tao and T. Akagi. 2020. Molecular mechanism underlying derepressed male production in hexaploid persimmon. Frontiers in Plant Science 11: 567249. 2020.567249.
  • Masuda, K., E. Yamamoto, K. Shirasawa, N. Onoue, A. Kono, K. Ushijima, Y. Kubo, R. Tao, I.M. Henry, and T. Akagi. 2020. Genome-wide study on the polysomic genetic factors conferring plasticity of flower sexuality in hexaploid persimmon. DNA Research. 27. dsaa012. doi: 10.1093/dnares/dsaa012
  • Nishiyama, S., M. Fujikawa, H. Yamane, K. Shirasawa, E. Babiker and R. Tao. 2020. Genomic insight into the developmental history of southern highbush blueberry populations. Heredity
  • Omori, M., H. Yamane, K-T. Li, R. Matsuzaki, S. Ebihara, T-S. Li and R. Tao. 2020. Expressional analysis of FT and CEN genes in a continuously flowering highbush blueberry 'Blue Muffin'. Acta Hort. 1280:197-201.
  • Omori, M., H. Yamane, K. Osakabe, Y. Osakabe and R. Tao. 2020. Targeted mutagenesis of CENTRORADIALIS using CRISPR/Cas9 system through the improvement of genetic transformation efficiency of tetraploid highbush blueberry. J. Hort. Sci. Biotech.
  • Osako, Y., H. Yamane, S-Y. Lin, P-A. Chen, and R. Tao. 2020. Cultivar discrimination of litchi fruit images using deep learning. Sci. Hort.
  • Osako, Y., H. Yamane, S-Y. Lin, P-A. Chen, M. Gao-Takai, H. Higuchi, and R. Tao. 2020. Investigation of endogenous phytohormone contents in male and female litchi flowers. Acta Hort. 1299: 67-72.
  • Osako, Y., F. Era, H. Yamane, S-Y. Lin, and R. Tao. 2020. The relationship between fruit shape and internal fruit characteristics in 'No Mai Tsz' litchi fruits. Acta Hort. 1293: 99-104.
  • Yamane, H., W. Chen, Y. Kitamura, T. Habu and R. Tao. 2020. Identification of QTLs for chilling and heat requirements for bud dormancy release in Prunus mume and their co-localization with the DAM6 eQTL. Acta Hort. 1281: 585-591.
  • Zhang, Q.-L., T. Tetsumura, R. Tao, and Z.-R. Luo. 2020. Diospyros kaki Persimmon. In; R.E. Litz, F. Pliego-Alfaro, and J.I. Hormaza (eds.). Biotechnology of Fruit and Nut Crops, 2nd Edition. CAB International, USA.