skip to primary navigationskip to content


Here are the publications that the Department of Plant Sciences has produced since we started keeping a record in late 2015.  It is probably not a complete list:


Wells ML, Potin P, Craigie JS, Raven JA, Merchant SS, Helliwell KE, Smith AG, Camire ME, Brawley SH. (2017) Algae as nutritional and functional food sources: revisiting our understanding. Journal of Applied Phycology

Kümpers BMC, Burgess SJ, Reyna-Llorens I, Smith-Unna R, Boursnell C, Hibberd JM. (2017) Shared characteristics underpinning C4 leaf maturation derived from analysis of multiple C3 and C4 species of Flaveria.. J. Exp. Bot.

Pattrick JG, Block W, Glover BJ (2017) The effect of the ‘Bee Gym™’ grooming device on Varroa destructor mite fall from honey bee (Apis mellifera) . Journal of Apicultural Research

Sawers RJ, Svane SF, Quan C, Grønlund M, Wozniak B, Gebreselassie MN, González-Muñoz E, Chávez Montes RA, Baxter I, Goudet J, Jakobsen I, Paszkowski U. (2017) Phosphorus acquisition efficiency in arbuscular mycorrhizal maize is correlated with the abundance of root-external hyphae and the accumulation of transcripts encoding PHT1 phosphate transporters. New Phytol.

Delmans M, Pollak B, Haseloff J. (2017) MarpoDB: An open registry for Marchantia polymorpha genetic parts. Plant Cell Physiol.

Lambing C, Franklin FCH, Wang CR. (2017) Understanding and manipulating meiotic recombination in plants. Plant Physiol.

Sheldrake M, Rosenstock NP, Revillini D, Olsson PA, Wright SJ, Turner BL. (2017) A phosphorus threshold for mycoheterotrophic plants in tropical forests. Journal Proc. R. Soc. B

Sawers RJ, Svane SF, Quan C, Grønlund M, Wozniak B, Gebreselassie MN, González-Muñoz E, Chávez Montes RA, Baxter I, Goudet J, Jakobsen I, Paszkowski U. (2017) Phosphorus acquisition efficiency in arbuscular mycorrhizal maize is correlated with the abundance of root-external hyphae and the accumulation of transcripts encoding PHT1 phosphate transporters.. New Phytologist

Ziolkowski PA, Underwood CJ, Lambing C, Martinez-Garcia M, Lawrence EJ, Ziolkowska L, Griffin C, Choi K, Franklin FCH, Martienssen RA, Henderson IR. (2017) Natural variation and dosage of the HEI10 meiotic E3 ligase control Arabidopsis crossover recombination. Genes & Development

Boehm CR, Pollak B, Purswani N, Patron N, Haseloff J. (2017) Synthetic Botany. Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology

Males J, Griffiths H. (2017) CAM plant stomata. Plant Physiology

Tanentzap AJ, Kielstra BW, Wilkinson GM, Berggren M, Craig N, del Giorgio PA, Grey J, Gunn JM, Jones SE, Karlsson J, Solomon CT, Pace ML. (2017) Terrestrial support of lake food webs: Synthesis reveals controls over cross-ecosystem resource use. Science Advances

Fernández-Mazuecos M, Glover BJ (2017) The evo-devo of plant speciation. Nature Ecology & Evolution

Males J. (2017) Secrets of succulence. Journal of Experimental Botany

Males J, Griffiths H. (2017) Leaf economic and hydraulic divergences underpin ecological differentiation in the Bromeliaceae. Plant, Cell & Environment

Hyatt-Twynam SR, Parnell S, Stutt ROJH, Gottwald TR, Gilligan CA, Cunniffe NJ. (2017) Risk-based management of invading plant disease. New Phytologist

Coomes DA, Dalponte M, Jucker A, Asner GP, Banin LF, Burslem DFRP, Lewis SL, Nilhus R, Phillips OL, Phua M-H, Qie L. (2017) Area-based vs tree-centric approaches to mapping forest carbon in Southeast Asian forests from airborne laser scanning data. Remote Sensing of Environment

Seale M, Bennett T, Leyser O. (2017) BRC1 expression regulates bud activation potential, but is not necessary or sufficient for bud growth inhibition in Arabidopsis.. Development

Macaulay KM, Heath GA, Ciulli A, Murphy AM, Abell C, Carr JP, Smith AG. (2017) The biochemical properties of the two Arabidopsis thaliana isochorismate synthases.. Biochemical Journal

Gimeno TE, Ogée J, Royles J, Gibon Y, West JB, Burlett R, Jones P, Sauze J, Wohl S, Benard C, Genty B, Wingate L. (2017) Bryophyte gas-exchange dynamics along varying hydration status reveal a significant carbonyl sulphide (COS) . New Phytologist

Mounce R, Murray-Rust P, Wills MA. (2017) A machine-compiled microbial supertree from figure-mining thousands of papers. Research Ideas and Outcomes

Moses T, Mehrshahi P, Smith AG, Goossens A. (2017) Synthetic biology approaches for the production of plant metabolites in unicellular organisms. J. Exp. Bot.

Males J, Griffiths H. (2017) Functional types in the Bromeliaceae: relationships with drought resistance traits and bioclimatic distributions.. Functional Ecology

Amesbury MJ, Roland TP, Royles J, Hodgson DA, Convey P, Griffiths H, Charman DJ. (2017) Widespread response to rapid warming on the Antarctic Peninsula. Current Biology

Finch JA, Guillaume G, French SA, Colaço RDDR, Davies JM, Swarbreck SM. (2017) Wheat root length and not branching is altered in the presence of neighbours, including blackgrass.. PLOS One

Nadal M, Sawers R, Naseem S, Bassin B, Kulicke C, Sharman A, An G, An K, Ahern KR, Romag A, Brutnell TP, Gutjahr C, Geldner N, Roux C, Martinoia E, Konopka JB, Paszkowski U (2017) An N-acetylglucosamine transporter required for arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses in rice and maize. Nature Plants

Jucker T, Asner GP, Dalponte M, Brodrick P, Philipson CD, Vaughn N, Brelsford C, Burslem DFRP, Deere NJ, Ewers RM, Kvasnica J, Lewis SL, Malhi Y, Milne S, Nilus R, Pfeifer M, Phillips O, Qie L, Renneboog N, Reynolds G, Riutta T, Struebig MJ, Svatek M, Teh YA, Turner EC, Coomes DA. (2017) A regional model for estimating the aboveground carbon density of Borneo's tropical forests from airborne laser scanning. Quantitative Biology

Tungadi T, Groen SC, Murphy AM, Pate AE, Iqbal J, Bruce TJA, Cunniffe NJ, Carr JP. (2017) Cucumber mosaic virus and its 2b protein alter emission of host volatile organic compounds but not aphid vector settling in tobacco. Virology Journal

Hilker FM, Allen LJS, Bokil VA, Briggs CJ, Feng Z, Garrett KA, Gross LJ, Hamelin FM, Jeger MJ, Manore CA, Power AG, Redinbaugh MG, Rúa MA, Cunniffe NJ. (2017) Modelling virus coinfection to inform management of maize lethal necrosis in Kenya. Phytopathology

Hubbard KE, Brown R, Deans S, Paz García M, Pruna M, Mason MJ. (2017) Undergraduate students as co-producers in the creation of first-year practical class resources. Higher Education Pedagogies

Roth R, Paszkowski U. (2017) Plant carbon nourishment of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Current Opinion in Plant Biology

Males J. (2017) Hydraulics link leaf shape and environmental niche in terrestrial bromeliads.. Biotropica

Tock AJ, Fourie D, Walley PG, Holub EB, Soler A, Cichy KA, Pastor-Corrales MA, Song Q, Porch TG, Hart JP, Vasconcellos RCC, Vicente JG, Barker GC, Miklas PN. (2017) Genome-wide linkage and association mapping of halo blight resistance in common bean to Race 6 of the globally important bacterial pathogen.. Frontiers in Plant Science.

Webb AAR, Kuchitsu K, Kwak J, Pei Z-M, Iida H. (2017) Sensors make sense of signalling.. Plant and Cell Physiology

Hocking B, Conn SJ, Manohar M, Xu B, Athman A, Stancombe MA, Webb AAR, Hirschi KD, Gilliham M. (2017) Heterodimerisation of Arabidopsis calcium/proton exchangers: roles in guard cell dynamics and plant stress response.. J. Exp Bot.

Seki M, Ohara T, Hearn TJ, Frank A, da Silva VCH, Caldana C, Webb AAR, Satake A. (2017) Adjustment of the Arabidopsis circadian oscillator by sugar dictates the regulation of starch metabolism.. Nature Scientific Reports.

Kelly S, Covshoff S, Wanchana S, Thakur V, Quick P, Wang Y, Ludwig M, Bruskiewich R, Fernie A, Sage R, Tian Z, Yan Z, Wang J, Zhang Y, Zhu Z-G, Wong G K-S, Hibberd J. (2017) Wide sampling of natural diversity identifies novel molecular signatures of C4 photosynthesis. bioRxiv

Nunes MH, Davey MP, Coomes DA. (2017) On the challenges of using field spectroscopy to measure the impact of soil type on leaf traits. Biogeosciences

Males J, Griffiths H. (2017) Specialised stomatal humidity responses underpin ecological diversity in C3 bromeliads. Plant, Cell & Environment

Brawley SH, Blouin NA, Ficko-Bleanc E, Wheelerd GL, Lohr M, Goodson HV, Jenkins JW, Blaby-Haas CE, Helliwell KE, Chan CX, Marriage TN, Bhattacharya D, Klein AS, Badis Y, Brodie J, Cao Y, Collén J, Dittami SM, Gachon CMM, Green BR, Karpowicz SJ, Kim JW, Kudahl UJ, Lin S, Michel G, Mittag M, Olson BJSC, Pangilinan JL, Peng Y, Qiu H, Shu S, Singer JT, Smith AG, Sprecher BN, Wagner V, Wang W, Wang Z-Y, Yan J, Yarish C, Zäuner-Rieka S, Zhuang Y, Zou Y, Lindquist EA, Grimwood J, Barry KW, Rokhsar DS, Schmutz J, Stiller JW, Grossman AR, Prochnik SE. (2017) Insights into the red algae and eukaryotic evolution from the genome of Porphyra umbilicalis (Bangiophyceae, Rhodophyta) PNAS

Burgess SJ, Reyna-Llorens I, Jaeger K, Hibberd JM. (2017) A transcription factor binding atlas for photosynthesis in cereals identifies a key role for coding sequence in the regulation of gene expression. bioRxiv

Groen SC, Wamonje FO, Murphy AM, Carr JP. (2017) Engineering resistance to virus transmission. Current Opinion in Virology

Igea J, Miller EF, Papadopulos AST, Tanentzap AJ. (2017) Seed size and its rate of evolution correlate with species diversification across angiosperms. PLOS One

Elderfield JAD, Lopez-Ruiz FJ, van den Bosch F, Cunniffe NJ. (2017) Using epidemiological principles to explain fungicide resistance management strategies: why do mixtures outperform alternations?. bioRxiv

McQuaid CF, van den Bosch F, Szyniszewska A, Alicai T, Pariyo A, Chikoti PC, Gilligan CA. (2017) Spatial dynamics and control of a crop pathogen with mixed-mode transmission. PLOS Computational Biology

Groen SC, Wamonje FO, Murphy AM, Carr JP. (2017) Engineering resistance to virus transmission. Current Opinion in Virology

Nunes MH, Ewers RM, Turner EC, Coomes DA. (2017) Mapping Aboveground Carbon in Oil Palm Plantations Using LiDAR: A Comparison of Tree-Centric versus Area-Based Approaches. Remote Sensing

Tanentzap AJ. (2017) The costs of saving nature: Does it make “cents”?. Plos Biology

Reyna-Llorens, Hibberd JM. (2017) Recruitment of pre-existing networks during the evolution of C4 photosynthesis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

Haydon MJ, Mielczarek O, Frank A, Roman A, Webb AAR. (2017) Sucrose and ethylene signaling interact to modulate the circadian clock. Plant Physiology

Gould Q, Baulcombe D. (2017) Frequent paramutation-like features of natural epialleles in tomato. bioRxiv

Hilker FM, Allen LJS, Bokil VA, Briggs CJ, Feng Z, Garrett KA, Gross LJ, Hamelin FM, Jeger MJ, Manore CA, Power AG, Redinbaugh MG, Rua MA, Cunniffe NJ. (2017) Modeling Virus Coinfection to Inform Management of Maize Lethal Necrosis in Kenya. Phytopathology

Seki M, Ohara T, Hearn TJ, Frank A, da Silva VCH, Caldana C, Webb AAR, Satake A. (2017) Adjustment of the Arabidopsis circadian oscillator by sugar signalling dictates the regulation of starch metabolism. Scientific Reports

Fernández-Mazuecos M, Mellers G, Vigalondo B, Sáez L, Vargas P, Glover BJ. (2017) Resolving Recent Plant Radiations: Power and Robustness of Genotyping-by-Sequencing. Systematic Biology

Moyroud E, Glover BJ. (2017) The Evolution of Diverse Floral Morphologies. Current Biology

Griffiths H, Males J. (2017) Succulent Plants. Current Biology

Carr JP. (2017) Exploring how viruses enhance plants' resilience to drought and the limits to this form of viral payback. Plant, Cell & Environment

Palukaitis P, Yoon JY, Choi SK, Carr JP. (2017) Manipulation of induced resistance to viruses. Current Opinion in Virology

Males, J. (2017) Adaptive variation in vein placement underpins diversity in a major Neotropical plant radiation. Oecologia

Meyer M, Burgin L, Hort MC, Hodson DP, Gilligan CA. (2017) Large-Scale Atmospheric Dispersal Simulations Identify Likely Airborne Incursion Routes of Wheat Stem Rust Into Ethiopia. Phytopathology

Tanentzap AJ, Lloyd KM. (2017) Fencing in nature? Predator exclusion restores habitat for native fauna and leads biodiversity to spill over into the wider landscape. Biological Conservation

Mounce R, Smith P, Brockington S. (2017) Ex situ conservation of plant diversity in the world’s botanic gardens. Nature Plants

Haydon MJ, Mielczarek O, Frank A, Román Á, Webb AAR. (2017) Sucrose and Ethylene Signaling Interact to Modulate the Circadian Clock. Plant Physiology

Hardcastle TJ. (2017) Methods for discovering genomic loci exhibiting complex patterns of differential methylation. BMC Bioinformatics

Chung B Y-W, Deery MJ, Groen AJ, Howard J, Baulcombe DC. (2017) Endogenous miRNA in the green alga Chlamydomonas regulates gene expression through CDS-targeting. Nature

Ziv G, Watson E, Young D, Howard DC, Larcom ST, Tanentzap AJ. (2017) The potential impact of Brexit on the energy, water and food nexus in the UK: A fuzzy cognitive mapping approach. Applied Energy

Bowman, John L. et al. (incl. Boehm CR.) Insights into Land Plant Evolution Garnered from the Marchantia polymorpha Genome. Cell

Yu Z, Boehm CR, Hibberd JM, Abell C, Haseloff J, Burgess SJ, Reyna-Llorens I. (2017) Droplet-based microfluidic analysis and screening of single plant cells. bioRxiv

Wamonje FO, Michuki GN, Braidwood LA, Njuguna JN, Mutuku JM, Djikeng A, Harvey JJW, Carr JP. (2017) Viral metagenomics of aphids present in bean and maize plots on mixed-use farms in Kenya reveals the presence of three dicistroviruses including a novel Big Sioux River virus-like dicistrovirus. Virology Journal

Swarbreck SM, Guerringue Y, Matthus E, Jamieson FJC, Davies JM. (2017) Karrikin-sensing protein KAI2 is a new player in regulating root growth patterns. bioRxiv

Meyer M, Cox JA, Hitchings MDT, Burgin L, Hort MC, Hodson DP, Gilligan CA. (2017) Quantifying airborne dispersal routes of pathogens over continents to safeguard global wheat supply. Nature Plants

Griffiths H, Meyer MT, Rickaby REM. (2017) Overcoming adversity through diversity: aquatic carbon concentrating mechanisms. Journal of Experimental Botany

Meyer MT, Whittaker C, Griffiths H. (2017) The algal pyrenoid: key unanswered questions. Journal of Experimental Botany

Mitchell MC, Metodieva G, Metodiev MV, Griffiths H, Meyer MT. (2017) Pyrenoid loss impairs carbon-concentrating mechanism induction and alters primary metabolism in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Journal of Experimental Botany

Caspari OD, Meyer MT, Tolleter D, Wittkopp TM, Cunniffe NJ, Lawson T, Grossman AR, Griffiths H. (2017) Pyrenoid loss in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii causes limitations in CO2 supply, but not thylakoid operating efficiency. Journal of Experimental Botany

Boehm CR, Grant PK, Haseloff J. (2017) Programmed hierarchical patterning of bacterial populations. bioRxiv

Moyroud E, Wenzel T, Middleton R, Rudall PJ, Banks H, Reed A, Mellers G, Killoran P, Westwood MM, Steiner U, Vignolini S, Glover BJ. (2017) Disorder in convergent floral nanostructures enhances signalling to bees. Nature

Helliwell KE, Pandhal J, Cooper MB, Longworth J, Kudahl UJ, Russo DA, Tomsett EV, Bunbury F, Salmon DL, Smirnoff N, Wright PC, Smith AG. (2017) Quantitative proteomics of a B12 -dependent alga grown in coculture with bacteria reveals metabolic tradeoffs required for mutualism.. New Phytologist

Osman K, Yang J, Roitinger E, Lambing C, Heckmann S, Howell E, Cuacos M, Imre R, Dürnberger G, Mechtler K, Armstrong S, Franklin FCH. (2017) Affinity proteomics reveals extensive phosphorylation of the Brassica chromosome axis protein ASY1 and a network of associated proteins at prophase I of meiosis. Plant Journal

Smith SA, Brown JW, Yang Y, Bruenn R, Drummond CP, Brockington SF, Walker JF, Last N, Douglas NA, Moore MJ. (2017) Disparity, diversity, and duplications in the Caryophyllales. New Phytologist

Yang Y, Moore MJ, Brockington SF, Mikenas J, Olivieri J, Walker JF, Smith SA. (2017) Improved transcriptome sampling pinpoints 26 ancient and more recent polyploidy events in Caryophyllales, including two allopolyploidy events. New Phytologist

Lopez-Nieves S, Yang Y, Timoneda A, Wang M, Feng T, Smith SA, Brockington SF, Maeda HA. (2017) Relaxation of tyrosine pathway regulation underlies the evolution of betalain pigmentation in Caryophyllales. New Phytologist

Valbuena R, Hernando A, Manzanera JA, Görgens EB, Almeida DRA, Mauro F, García-Abril A, Coomes DA. (2017) Enhancing of Accuracy Assessment for Forest Above-Ground Biomass Estimates Obtained from Remote Sensing via Hypothesis Testing and Overfitting Evaluation. Ecological Modelling

Tamiru M, Hardcastle TJ, Lewsey MG. (2017) Regulation of genome-wide DNA methylation by mobile small RNAs. New Phytologist

Adnan S, Maltamo M, Coomes DA, Valbuena R. (2017) Effects of Plot Size, Stand Density and Scan Density on the Relationship between Airborne Laser Scanning Metrics and the Gini Coefficient of Tree Size Inequality. Canadian Journal of Forest Research

Wintle BC, Boehm CR, Rhodes CR, Molloy JC, Millett P, Adam L, Breitling R, Carlson R, Casagrande R, Dando M, Doubleday R, Drexler E, Edwards B, Ellis T, Evans NG, Hammond R, Haseloff J, Kahl L, Kuiken T, Lichman BR, Matthewman CA, Napier JA, ÓhÉigeartaigh SS, Patron NJ, Perello E, Shapira P, Tait J, Takano E, Sutherland WJ. (2017) Point of view: A transatlantic perspective on 20 emerging issues in biological engineering. eLife

Chiu CH, Choi J, Paszkowski U. (2017) Independent signalling cues underpin arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis and large lateral root induction in rice. New Phytologist https://doi.org10.1111/nph.14936

Adrakey HK, Streftaris G, Cunniffe NJ, Gottwald TR, Gilligan CA, Gibson GJ. (2017) Evidence-based controls for epidemics using spatio-temporal stochastic models in a Bayesian framework. Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Mounce R, Rivers M, Sharrock S, Smith P, Brockington SF. (2017) Comparing and contrasting threat assessments of plant species at the global and sub-global level. Biodiversity and Conservation

Previous years:



The Department has carried out a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and has opened to allow research work to take place. To ensure the safety of our staff, a range of measures to reduce building occupancy and allow strict social distancing have been introduced, including increased cleaning and hygiene regimes. We are currently not accepting visitors so please continue to contact us by email until further notice.