Plant Science

The Plant Science Group (PSG) maintains a broad interest in understanding how plant growth and development is regulated by environmental stimuli and how plants cope with a changing environment.




Kulkarni, J., Sahoo, S. A., Herzyk, P., Barvkar, V. T., Kumar, S. A., Ravichandran, J., Samal, A., Amtmann, A., Borde, M., Suprasanna, P., Srivastava, A. K. (2024) Early-responsive molecular signatures associated with halophytic adaptation in Sesuvium portulacastrum (L.) Plant, Cell and Environment, 47, pp. 961-975. (doi: 10.1111/pce.14767)

Liu, W., Giuriani, G., Havlikova, A., Li, D., Lamont, D. J., Neugart, S., Velanis, C. N., Petersen, J., Hoecker, U., Christie, J. M., Jenkins, G. (2024) Phosphorylation of Arabidopsis UVR8 photoreceptor modulates protein interactions and responses to UV-B radiation. Nature Communications, 15, (doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-45575-7)

Busch, F. A., Ainsworth, E. A., Amtmann, A., Cavanagh, A. P., Driever, S. M., Ferguson, J. N., Kromdijk, J., Lawson, T., Leakey, A. D. B., Matthews, J. S. A., Meacham‐Hensold, K., Vath, R. L., Vialet‐Chabrand, S., Walker, B. J., Papanatsiou, M. (2024) A guide to photosynthetic gas exchange measurements: fundamental principles, best practice and potential pitfalls. Plant, Cell and Environment, (doi: 10.1111/pce.14815)

Baena, G., Xia, L., Waghmare, S., Yu, Z., Guo, Y., Blatt, M. R., Zhang, B., Karnik, R. (2024) Arabidopsis SNARE SYP132 impacts on PIP2;1 trafficking and function in salinity stress. Plant Journal, (doi: 10.1111/tpj.16649)

Tikhonova, I., Zhang, X., Guseinov, A.-A., Jenkins, L., Li, K., Milligan, G., Zhang, C. (2024) Structural basis for the ligand recognition and signaling of free fatty acid receptors. Science Advances, 10, (doi: 10.1126/sciadv.adj2384)

Blatt, M. R. (2024) A charged existence: a century of transmembrane ion transport in plants. Plant Physiology, (doi: 10.1093/plphys/kiad630)

Shahzad, Z., Tournaire‐Roux, C., Canut, M., Adamo, M., Roeder, J., Verdoucq, L., Martinière, A., Amtmann, A., Santoni, V., Grill, E., Loudet, O., Maurel, C. (2024) Protein kinase SnRK2. 4 is a key regulator of aquaporins and root hydraulics in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal, 117, pp. 264-279. (doi: 10.1111/tpj.16494)


Barki, N., Jenkins, L., Marsango, S., Dedeo, D., Bolognini, D., Dwomoh, L., Abdelmalik, A. M., Nilsen, M., Stoffels, M., Nagel, F., Schulz, S., Tobin, A. B., Milligan, G. (2023) Phosphorylation bar-coding of free fatty acid receptor 2 is generated in a tissue-specific manner. eLife, 12, (doi: 10.7554/eLife.91861)

Silva-Alvim, F. A.L., Alvim, J. C., Harvey, A., Blatt, M. R. (2023) Speedy stomata of a C4 plant correlate with enhanced K+ channel gating. Plant, Cell and Environment, (doi: 10.1111/pce.14775)

Zhang, J., Nirmala, J., Chen, S., Jost, M., Steuernagel, B., Karafiatova, M., Hewitt, T., Li, H., Edae, E., Sharma, K., Hoxha, S., Bhatt, D., Antoniou Kourounioti, R. L., Dodds, P., Wulff, B. B.H., Dolezel, J., Ayliffe, M., Hiebert, C., McIntosh, R., Dubcovsky, J., Zhang, P., Rouse, M. N., Lagudah, E. (2023) Single amino acid change alters specificity of the multi-allelic wheat stem rust resistance locus SR9. Nature Communications, 14, (doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-42747-9)

Nguyen, T.-H., Silva-Alvim, F. A. L., Hills, A., Blatt, M. R. (2023) OnGuard3e: a predictive, ecophysiology‐ready tool for gas exchange and photosynthesis research. Plant, Cell and Environment, 46, pp. 3644-3658. (doi: 10.1111/pce.14674)

James, A. B., Sharples, C., Laird, J., Armstrong, E. M., Guo, W., Tzioutziou, N., Zhang, R., Brown, J. W.S., Nimmo, H., Jones, M. (2023) REVEILLE2 thermosensitive splicing: a molecular basis for the integration of nocturnal temperature information by the Arabidopsis circadian clock. New Phytologist, (doi: 10.1111/nph.19339)

Ward, J., Lyall, L. M., Cullen, B., Strawbridge, R. J., Zhu, X., Stanciu, I., Aman, A., Niedzwiedz, C. L., Anderson, J., Bailey, M. E.S., Lyall, D. M., Pell, J. P. (2023) Consistent effects of the genetics of happiness across the lifespan and ancestries in multiple cohorts. Scientific Reports, 13, (doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-43193-9)

Quint, M. et al. (2023) 25 years of thermomorphogenesis research: milestones and perspectives. Trends in Plant Science, 28, pp. 1089-1100. (doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2023.07.001)

Madsen, M. A., Semerdzhiev, S., Twigg, J. D., Moss, C., Bavington, C. D., Amtmann, A. (2023) Environmental modulation of exopolysaccharide production in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis 6803. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 107, pp. 6121-6134. (doi: 10.1007/s00253-023-12697-9)

Harris, C. J., Amtmann, A., Ton, J. (2023) Epigenetic processes in plant stress priming: open questions and new approaches. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 75, (doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2023.102432)

Ganguly, A., Quon, T., Jenkins, L., Joseph, B., Al-awar, R., Chevigne, A., Tobin, A. B., Uehling, D. E., Hoffmann, C., Drube, J., Milligan, G. (2023) G protein-receptor kinases 5/6 are the key regulators of G protein-coupled receptor 35-arrestin interactions. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 299, (doi: 10.1016/j.jbc.2023.105218)

Prasetyaningrum, P., Litthauer, S., Vegliani, F., Battle, M. W., Wood, M. W., Liu, X., Dickson, C., Jones, M. A. (2023) Inhibition of RNA degradation integrates the metabolic signals induced by osmotic stress into the Arabidopsis circadian system. Journal of Experimental Botany, 74, pp. 5805-5819. (doi: 10.1093/jxb/erad274)

Zhang, X., Wang, Y., Supekar, S., Cao, X., Zhou, J., Dang, J., Chen, S., Jenkins, L., Marsango, S., Li, X., Liu, G., Milligan, G., Feng, M., Fan, H., Gong, W., Zhang, C. (2023) Pro-phagocytic function and structural basis of GPR84 signaling. Nature Communications, 14, (doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-41201-0)

Perrella, G., Fasano, C., Donald, N. A., Daddiego, L., Fang, W., Martignago, D., Carr, C., Conti, L., Herzyk, P., Amtmann, A. (2023) Histone Deacetylase Complex 1 and Histone 1 epigenetically moderate stress responsiveness of Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings. New Phytologist, (doi: 10.1111/nph.19165)

Antoniou-Kourounioti, R. L., Meschichi, A., Reeck, S., Berry, S., Menon, G., Zhao, Y., Fozard, J., Holmes, T., Zhao, L., Wang, H., Hartley, M., Dean, C., Rosa, S., Howard, M. (2023) Integrating analog and digital modes of gene expression at Arabidopsis FLC. eLife, 12, (doi: 10.7554/elife.79743)

Nguyen, T. B.-A., Lefoulon, C., Nguyen, T.-H., Blatt, M. R., Carroll, W. (2023) Engineering stomata for enhanced carbon capture and water-use efficiency. Trends in Plant Science, (doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2023.06.002)

Karnik, R., Blatt, M. R. (2023) Analyzing protein–protein interactions using the split-ubiquitin system. Humana Press

Auge, G., Hankofer, V., Groth, M., Antoniou-Kourounioti, R., Ratikainen, I., Lampei, C. (2023) Plant environmental memory: implications, mechanisms, and opportunities for plant scientists and beyond. AoB Plants, 15, (doi: 10.1093/aobpla/plad032)

Trovato, M., Brini, F., Mseddi, K., Rhizopoulou, S., Jones, M. A. (2023) A holistic and sustainable approach linked to drought tolerance of Mediterranean crops. Frontiers in Plant Science, 14, (doi: 10.3389/fpls.2023.1167376)

Cullen, B., Gameroff, M. J., Ward, J., Bailey, M. E.S., Lyall, D. M., Lyall, L. M., MacSweeney, N., Murphy, E., Sangha, N., Shen, X., Strawbridge, R. J., van Dijk, M. T., Zhu, X., Smith, D. J., Talati, A., Whalley, H. C., Cavanagh, J., Weissman, M. M. (2023) Cognitive function in people with familial risk of depression. JAMA Psychiatry, 80, pp. 610-620. (doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2023.0716)

Horiuchi, K., Uragami, C., Tao, R., Kosumi, D., Cogdell, R. J., Hashimoto, H. (2023) Excited-state dynamics of all the mono-cis and the major di-cis isomers of β-apo-8′-carotenal as revealed by femtosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy. Molecules, 28, (doi: 10.3390/molecules28114424)

Valentini, A., Schultz-Knudsen, K., Højgaard Hansen, A., Tsakoumagkou, A., Jenkins, L., Christensen, H. B., Manandhar, A., Milligan, G., Ulven, T., Rexen Ulven, E. (2023) Discovery of potent tetrazole free fatty acid receptor 2 antagonists. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 66, pp. 6105-6121. (doi: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.2c01935)

Simkin, A. J., Alqurashi, M., Lopez-Calcagno, P. E., Headland, L. R., Raines, C. A. (2023) Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase subunits A and B are essential to maintain photosynthetic efficiency. Plant Physiology, (doi: 10.1093/plphys/kiad256)

Waksman, T., Suetsugu, N., Hermanowicz, P., Ronald, J., Sullivan, S., Łabuz, J., Christie, J. M. (2023) Phototropin phosphorylation of ROOT PHOTOTROPISM 2 and its role in mediating phototropism, leaf positioning and chloroplast accumulation movement in arabidopsis. Plant Journal, 114, pp. 390-402. (doi: 10.1111/tpj.16144)

Cupellini, L., Qian, P., Nguyen-Phan, T. C., Gardiner, A. T., Cogdell, R. J. (2023) Quantum chemical elucidation of a sevenfold symmetric bacterial antenna complex. Photosynthesis Research, 156, pp. 75-87. (doi: 10.1007/s11120-022-00925-8)

Adam, S., Zheng, D., Klein, A., Volz, C., Mullen, W., Shirran, S. L., Smith, B. O., Kalinina, O. V., Müller, R., Koehnke, J. (2023) Unusual peptide-binding proteins guide pyrroloindoline alkaloid formation in crocagin biosynthesis. Nature Chemistry, 15, pp. 560-568. (doi: 10.1038/s41557-023-01153-w)

Alvim, J. C., Bolt, R. M., An, J., Kamisugi, Y., Cuming, A., Silva-Alvim, F. A. L., Concha, J. O., daSilva, L. L. P., Hu, M., Hirsz, D., Denecke, J. (2023) The K/HDEL receptor does not recycle but instead acts as a Golgi-gatekeeper. Nature Communications, 14, (doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-37056-0)

Arora, S. et al. (2023) A wheat kinase and immune receptor form host-specificity barriers against the blast fungus. Nature Plants, 9, pp. 385-392. (doi: 10.1038/s41477-023-01357-5)

Gallusci, P., Agius, D. R., Moschou, P. N., Dobránszki, J., Kaiserli, E., Martinelli, F. (2023) Deep inside the epigenetic memories of stressed plants. Trends in Plant Science, 28, pp. 142-153. (doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2022.09.004)

Queiroz, M. V., Battle, M. W., Jones, M. A. (2023) Interactions between photosynthesis and the circadian system. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing

McInnes, K. J., van der Hooft, J. J.J., Sharma, A., Herzyk, P., Hundleby, P. A.C., Schoonbeek, H.-J., Amtmann, A., Ridout, C., Jenkins, G. I. (2023) Overexpression of Brassica napus COMT1 in Arabidopsis heightens UV-B-mediated resistance to Plutella xylostella herbivory. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 22, pp. 2341-2356. (doi: 10.1007/s43630-023-00455-9)


Seale, M., Zhdanov, O., Soons, M. B., Cummins, C., Kroll, E., Blatt, M. R., Zare-Behtash, H., Busse, A., Mastropaolo, E., Bullock, J. M., Viola, I. M., Nakayama, N. (2022) Environmental morphing enables informed dispersal of the dandelion diaspore. eLife, 11, (doi: 10.7554/eLife.81962)

Elvers, I., Nguyen Phan, T. C., Gardiner, A. T., Hunter, C. N., Cogdell, R. J., Köhler, J. (2022) Phasor analysis reveals multicomponent fluorescence kinetics in the LH2 complex from Marichromatium purpuratum. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 126, pp. 10335-10346. (doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.2c04983)

Duan, H.-G., Jha, A., Chen, L., Tiwari, V., Cogdell, R. J., Ashraf, K., Prokhorenko, V. I., Thorwart, M., Miller, R. J. D. (2022) Quantum coherent energy transport in the Fenna–Matthews–Olson complex at low temperature. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 119, pp. e2212630119. (doi: 10.1073/pnas.2212630119)

Kowalczyk, D., Nakasone, M. A., Smith, B. O., Huang, D. T. (2022) Bivalent binding of p14ARF to MDM2 RING and acidic domains inhibits E3 ligase function. Life Science Alliance, 5, (doi: 10.26508/lsa.202201472)

Lieberman-Lazarovich, M., Kaiserli, E., Bucher, E., Mladenov, V. (2022) Natural and induced epigenetic variation for crop improvement. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 70, (doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2022.102297)

Wu, F., Finkelstein-Shapiro, D., Wang, M., Rosenkampff, I., Yartsev, A., Pascher, T., Nguyen- Phan, T. C., Cogdell, R., Börjesson, K., Pullerits, T. (2022) Optical cavity-mediated exciton dynamics in photosynthetic light harvesting 2 complexes. Nature Communications, 13, (doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-34613-x)

Teige, M., Jones, M., Toledo-Ortiz, G. (2022) Plant organellar signalling—back and forth and intertwined with cellular signalling. Journal of Experimental Botany, 73, pp. 7103-7104. (doi: 10.1093/jxb/erac383)

Horaruang, W., Klejchová, M., Carroll, W., Silva-Alvim, F. A.L., Waghmare, S., Papanatsiou, M., Amtmann, A., Hills, A., Alvim, J. C., Blatt, M. R., Zhang, B. (2022) Engineering a K+ channel 'sensory antenna' enhances stomatal kinetics, water use efficiency and photosynthesis. Nature Plants, 8, pp. 1262-1274. (doi: 10.1038/s41477-022-01255-2)

Eshel, G., Duppen, N., Wang, G., Oh, D.‐H., Kazachkova, Y., Herzyk, P., Amtmann, A., Gordon, M., Chalifa‐Caspi, V., Oscar, M. A., Bar‐David, S., Marshall‐Colon, A., Dassanayake, M., Barak, S. (2022) Positive selection and heat‐response transcriptomes reveal adaptive features of the Brassicaceae desert model, Anastatica hierochuntica. New Phytologist, 236, pp. 1006-1026. (doi: 10.1111/nph.18411)

Fang, W., Vellutini, E., Perrella, G., Kaiserli, E. (2022) TANDEM ZINC-FINGER/PLUS3 regulates phytochrome B abundance and signaling to fine-tune hypocotyl growth. Plant Cell, 34, pp. 4213-4231. (doi: 10.1093/plcell/koac236)

Gracie, J., Zamberlan, F., Andrews, I. B., Smith, B. O., Peveler, W. J. (2022) Growth of plasmonic nanoparticles for aging cask-matured whisky. ACS Applied Nano Materials, 5, pp. 15362-15368. (doi: 10.1021/acsanm.2c03406)

Miguel-Romero, L., Alqasmi, M., Bacarizo, J., Tan, J. A., Cogdell, R. J., Chen, J., Byron, O., Christie, G. E., Marina, A., Penadés, J. R. (2022) Non-canonical Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity island repression. Nucleic Acids Research, 50, pp. 11109-11127. (doi: 10.1093/nar/gkac855)

Qian, P., Nguyen-Phan, T. C., Gardiner, A. T., Croll, T. I., Roszak, A. P., Southall, J., Jackson, P. J., Vasilev, C., Castro-Hartmann, P., Sader, K., Hunter, C. N., Cogdell, R. J. (2022) Cryo-EM structures of light-harvesting 2 complexes from Rhodopseudomonas palustris reveal the molecular origin of absorption tuning. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117, (doi: 10.1073/pnas.2210109119)

Patitaki, E., Schivre, G., Zioutopoulou, A., Perrella, G., Bourbousse, C., Barneche, F., Kaiserli, E. (2022) Light, chromatin, action: nuclear events regulating light signaling in Arabidopsis. New Phytologist, 236, pp. 333-349. (doi: 10.1111/nph.18424)

Ryan, S. M., Ruscher, R., Johnston, W. A., Pickering, D. A., Kennedy, M. W., Smith, B. O., Jones, L., Buitrago, G., Field, M. A., Esterman, A. J., McHugh, C. P., Browne, D. J., Cooper, M. M., Ryan, R. Y. M., Doolan, D. L., Engwerda, C. R., Miles, K., Mitreva, M., Croese, J., Rahman, T., Alexandrov, K., Giacomin, P. R., Loukas, A. (2022) Novel antiinflammatory biologics shaped by parasite–host coevolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 119, (doi: 10.1073/pnas.2202795119)

Mahindra, A., Jenkins, L., Marsango, S., Huggett, M., Huggett, M., Robinson, L., Gillespie, J., Rajamanickam, M., Morrison, A., McElroy, S., Tikhonova, I. G., Milligan, G., Jamieson, A. G. (2022) Investigating the structure–activity relationship of 1,2,4-triazine G-protein-coupled receptor 84 (GPR84) antagonists. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 65, pp. 11270-11290. (doi: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.2c00804)

Liao, X., Jenkins, G. I. (2022) Cysteines have a role in conformation of the UVR8 photoreceptor. Plant Journal, 111, pp. 583-594. (doi: 10.1111/tpj.15841)

Baena, G., Xia, L., Waghmare, S., Karnik, R. (2022) SNARE SYP132 mediates divergent trafficking of H+-ATPase AHA1 and antimicrobial PR1 during bacterial pathogenesis. Plant Physiology, 189, pp. 1639-1661. (doi: 10.1093/plphys/kiac149)

Kjeldsen, A., Kay, J. E., Baxter, S., McColm, S., Serrano-Amatriain, C., Parker, S., Robb, E., Arnold, S. A., Gilmour, C., Raper, A., Robertson, G., Fleming, R., Smith, B. O., Fotheringham, I. G., Christie, J. M., Magneschi, L. (2022) The fluorescent protein iLOV as a reporter for screening of high‐yield production of antimicrobial peptides in Pichia pastoris. Microbial Biotechnology, 15, pp. 2126-2139. (doi: 10.1111/1751-7915.14034)

Marsango, S., Barki, N., Jenkins, L., Tobin, A. B., Milligan, G. (2022) Therapeutic validation of an orphan G protein-coupled receptor: the case of GPR84. British Journal of Pharmacology, 179, pp. 3529-3541. (doi: 10.1111/bph.15248)

Marsango, S., Jenkins, L., Pediani, J. D., Bradley, S. J., Ward, R. J., Hesse, S., Biener, G., Stoneman, M. R., Tobin, A. B., Raicu, V., Milligan, G. (2022) The M1 muscarinic receptor is present in situ as a ligand-regulated mixture of monomers and oligomeric complexes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 119, (doi: 10.1073/pnas.2201103119)

de Carbonnel, M., Stormonth-Darling, J. M., Liu, W., Kuziak, D., Jones, M. A. (2022) Realising the environmental potential of vertical farming systems through advances in plant photobiology. Biology, 11, (doi: 10.3390/biology11060922)

Wang, Y., Karnik, R., Garcia-Mata, C., Hu, H. (2022) Editorial: transport and membrane traffic in stomatal biology. Frontiers in Plant Science, 13, (doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.898128)

Torres Cabán, C. C., Yang, M., Lai, C., Yang, L., Subach, F. V., Smith, B. O., Piatkevich, K. D., Boyden, E. S. (2022) Tuning the sensitivity of genetically encoded fluorescent potassium indicators through structure-guided and genome mining strategies. ACS Sensors, 7, pp. 1336-1346. (doi: 10.1021/acssensors.1c02201)

Marsango, S., Ward, R. J., Jenkins, L., Butcher, A. J., Al Mahmud, Z., Dwomoh, L., Nagel, F., Schulz, S., Tikhonova, I. G., Tobin, A. B., Milligan, G. (2022) Selective phosphorylation of threonine residues defines GPR84-arrestin interactions of biased ligands. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 298, (doi: 10.1016/j.jbc.2022.101932)

Thu, N. B.A., Amtmann, A., Blatt, M. R., Nguyen, T.-H. (2022) Stomata under salt stress—what can mechanistic modeling tell us? Academic Press

Tibbo, A. J., Mika, D., Dobi, S., Ling, J., McFall, A., Tejeda, G. S., Blair, C., MacLeod, R., MacQuaide, N., Gök, C., Fuller, W., Smith, B. O., Smith, G. L., Vandecasteele, G., Brand, T., Baillie, G. S. (2022) Phosphodiesterase type 4 anchoring regulates cAMP signaling to Popeye domain-containing proteins. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, 165, pp. 86-102. (doi: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2022.01.001)

Zioutopoulou, A., Patitaki, E., O'Donnell, L., Kaiserli, E. (2022) Low fluence ultraviolet-B promotes ultraviolet resistance 8-modulated flowering in Arabidopsis. Frontiers in Plant Science, 13, (doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.840720)

Barki, N., Bolognini, D., Börjesson, U., Jenkins, L., Riddell, J., Hughes, D. I., Ulven, T., Hudson, B. D., Rexen Ulven, E., Dekker, N., Tobin, A. B., Milligan, G. (2022) Chemogenetics defines the roles of short chain fatty acid receptors within the gut-brain axis. eLife, 11, (doi: 10.7554/eLife.73777)

Divorty, N., Jenkins, L., Ganguly, A., Butcher, A. J., Hudson, B. D., Schulz, S., Tobin, A. B., Nicklin, S. A., Milligan, G. (2022) Agonist-induced phosphorylation of orthologues of the orphan receptor GPR35 functions as an activation sensor. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 298, (doi: 10.1016/j.jbc.2022.101655)

Naqvi, S., He, Q., Trusch, F., Qiu, H., Pham, J., Sun, Q., Christie, J. M., Gilroy, E. M., Birch, P. R.J. (2022) Blue‐light receptor phototropin 1 suppresses immunity to promote Phytophthora infestans infection. New Phytologist, 233, pp. 2282-2293. (doi: 10.1111/nph.17929)

Knox, K. (2022) Super-resolution imaging of plasmodesmata using 3D structured illumination microscopy. Humana Press

Guarino, F., Cicatelli, A., Castiglione, S., Agius, D. R., Orhun, G. E., Fragkostefanakis, S., Leclercq, J., Dobránszki, J., Kaiserli, E., Lieberman-Lazarovich, M., Sõmera, M., Sarmiento, C., Vettori, C., Paffetti, D., Poma, A. M. G., Moschou, P. N., Gašparović, M., Yousefi, S., Vergata, C., Berger, M. M. J., Gallusci, P., Miladinović, D., Martinelli, F. (2022) An epigenetic alphabet of crop adaptation to climate change. Frontiers in Genetics, 13, (doi: 10.3389/fgene.2022.818727)

Kim, J., Nguyen-Phan, T. C., Gardiner, A. T., Yoon, T. H., Cogdell, R. J., Cho, M., Scholes, G. D. (2022) Vibrational modes promoting exciton relaxation in the B850 band of LH2. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 13, pp. 1099-1106. (doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c03868)

Blatt, M. R., Jezek, M., Lew, V. L., Hills, A. (2022) What can mechanistic models tell us about guard cells, photosynthesis, and water use efficiency? Trends in Plant Science, 27, pp. 166-179. (doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2021.08.010)

Nakasone, M. A., Majorek, K. A., Gabrielsen, M., Sibbet, G. J., Smith, B. O., Huang, D. T. (2022) Structure of UBE2K-Ub/E3/polyUb reveals mechanisms of K48-linked Ub chain extension. Nature Chemical Biology, 18, pp. 422-431. (doi: 10.1038/s41589-021-00952-x)

Neckebroeck, A., Kelly, S. M., Smith, B. O., Clark, J. S. (2022) Synthesis of the prototypical cyclopropyl dipeptide mimic and evaluation of its turn-inducing capability. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 87, pp. 258-270. (doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.1c02344)

Tank, R., Ward, J., Flegal, K. E., Smith, D. J., Bailey, M. E.S., Cavanagh, J., Lyall, D. M. (2022) Association between polygenic risk for Alzheimer’s disease, brain structure and cognitive abilities in UK Biobank. Neuropsychopharmacology, 47, pp. 564-569. (doi: 10.1038/s41386-021-01190-4)

Yukihira, N., Uragami, C., Horiuchi, K., Kosumi, D., Gardiner, A. T., Cogdell, R. J., Hashimoto, H. (2022) Intramolecular charge-transfer enhances energy transfer efficiency in carotenoid-reconstituted light-harvesting 1 complex of purple photosynthetic bacteria. Communications Chemistry, 5, (doi: 10.1038/s42004-022-00749-6)

Lyall, D. M., Quinn, T., Lyall, L. M., Ward, J., Anderson, J. J., Smith, D. J., Stewart, W., Strawbridge, R. J., Bailey, M. E.S., Cullen, B. (2022) Quantifying bias in psychological and physical health in the UK Biobank imaging sub-sample. Brain Communications, 4, (doi: 10.1093/braincomms/fcac119)

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Hashimoto, H., Sugai, Y., Uragami, C., Gardiner, A. T., Cogdell, R. (2015) Natural and artificial light-harvesting systems utilizing the functions of carotenoids. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C: Photochemistry Reviews, 25, pp. 46-70. (doi: 10.1016/j.jphotochemrev.2015.07.004)

Uragami, C., Sugai, Y., Hanjo, K., Sumino, A., Fujii, R., Nishioka, T., Kinoshita, I., Dewa, T., Nango, M., Gardiner, A. T., Cogdell, R. J., Hashimoto, H. (2015) Observation of hybrid artificial photosynthetic membranes using peripheral and core antennae from two different species of photosynthetic bacteria by AFM and fluorescence micro-spectroscopy. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 313, pp. 60-71. (doi: 10.1016/j.jphotochem.2015.06.009)

Schrage, R. et al. (2015) The experimental power of FR900359 to study Gq-regulated biological processes. Nature Communications, 6, pp. 10156. (doi: 10.1038/ncomms10156)

Kaiserli, E., Páldi, K., O’Donnell, L., Batalov, O., Pedmale, U. V., Nusinow, D. A., Kay, S. A., Chory, J. (2015) Integration of light and photoperiodic signaling in transcriptional nuclear foci. Developmental Cell, 35, pp. 311-321. (doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2015.10.008)

Schörner, M., Beyer, S. R., Southall, J., Cogdell, R. J., Köhler, J. (2015) Conformational memory of a protein revealed by single-molecule spectroscopy. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 119, pp. 13964-13970. (doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b07494)

Schörner, M., Beyer, S. R., Southall, J., Cogdell, R., Köhler, J. (2015) Multi-level, multi time-scale fluorescence intermittency of photosynthetic LH2 complexes: a precursor of non-photochemical quenching? Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 119, pp. 13958-13963. (doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b06979)

Rey, B. M.F., Ibáñez, S. M., Gabrielsen, M., Franchini, G. R., Roe, A. J., Griffiths, K., Zhan, B., Cooper, A., Kennedy, M. W., Córsico, B., Smith, B. O. (2015) Diversity in the structures and ligand binding sites of nematode fatty acid and retinol binding proteins revealed by Na-FAR-1 from Necator americanus. Biochemical Journal, 471, pp. 403-414. (doi: 10.1042/BJ20150068)

Thomson, R., Smith, B. O. (2015) Solution structure of human MBD1 CXXC1. Journal of Biomolecular NMR, 63, pp. 309-314. (doi: 10.1007/s10858-015-9986-8)

Cogdell, R. J., Gardiner, A. T. (2015) Activated OCP unlocks nonphotochemical quenching in cyanobacteria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112, pp. 12547-12548. (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1517477112)

Jones, M. A., Hu, W., Litthauer, S., Lagarias, J. C., Harmer, S. L. (2015) A constitutively active allele of phytochrome B maintains circadian robustness in the absence of light. Plant Physiology, 169, pp. 814-825. (doi: 10.1104/pp.15.00782)

Litthauer, S., Battle, M. W., Lawson, T., Jones, M. A. (2015) Phototropins maintain robust circadian oscillation of PSII operating efficiency under blue light. Plant Journal, 83, pp. 1034-1045. (doi: 10.1111/tpj.12947)

Joshi, A., Grinter, R., Josts, I., Chen, S., Wojdyla, J., Lowe, E., Kaminska, R., Sharp, C., McCaughey, L., Roszak, A., Cogdell, R., Byron, O., Walker, D., Kleanthous, C. (2015) Structures of the ultra-high-affinity protein–protein complexes of pyocins S2 and AP41 and their cognate immunity proteins from pseudomonas aeruginosa. Journal of Molecular Biology, 427, pp. 2852-2866. (doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2015.07.014)

Grefen, C., Karnik, R., Larson, E., Lefoulon, C., Wang, Y., Waghmare, S., Zhang, B., Hills, A., Blatt, M. R. (2015) A vesicle-trafficking protein commandeers Kv channel voltage sensors for voltage-dependent secretion. Nature Plants, 1, (doi: 10.1038/nplants.2015.108)

Amtmann, A., Ma, H., Wagner, D. (2015) Chromatin and epigenetics. Plant Physiology, 168, pp. 1185-1188. (doi: 10.1104/pp.15.01023)

Buckley, A. M., Petersen, J., Roe, A. J., Douce, G. R., Christie, J. M. (2015) LOV-based reporters for fluorescence imaging. Current Opinion in Chemical Biology, 27, pp. 39-45. (doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2015.05.011)

Qi, Q. et al. (2015) Dietary intake, FTOGenetic variants, and adiposity: a combined analysis of over 16,000 children and adolescents. Diabetes, 64, pp. 2467-2476. (doi: 10.2337/db14-1629)

Fyfe, C.D., Grinter, R., Josts, I., Mosbahi, K., Roszak, A.W., Cogdell, R.J., Wall, D.M., Burchmore, R.J.S., Byron, O., Walker, D. (2015) Structure of protease-cleaved escherichia coliα-2-macroglobulin reveals a putative mechanism of conformational activation for protease entrapment. Acta Crystallographica. Section D: Biological Crystallography, 71, pp. 1478-1486. (doi: 10.1107/s1399004715008548)

Christiansen, E., Watterson, K.R., Stocker, C.J., Sokol, E., Jenkins, L., Simon, K., Grundmann, M., Petersen, R.K., Wargent, E.T., Hudson, B.D., Kostenis, E., Ejsing, C.S., Cawthorne, M.A., Milligan, G., Ulven, T. (2015) Activity of dietary fatty acids on FFA1 and FFA4 and characterisation of pinolenic acid as a dual FFA1/FFA4 agonist with potential effect against metabolic diseases. British Journal of Nutrition, 113, pp. 1677-1688. (doi: 10.1017/S000711451500118X)

Zhang, B., Karnik, R., Wang, Y., Wallmeroth, N., Blatt, M. R., Grefen, C. (2015) The arabidopsis R-SNARE VAMP721 interacts with KAT1 and KC1 K+ channels to moderate K+ current at the plasma membrane. Plant Cell, 27, pp. 1697-1717. (doi: 10.1105/tpc.15.00305)

Papanatsiou, M., Scuffi, D., Blatt, M. R., Garia-Mata, C. (2015) Hydrogen sulphide regulates inward-rectifying K+ channels in conjunction with stomatal closure. Plant Physiology, 168, pp. 29-35. (doi: 10.1104/pp.114.256057)

Preuten, T., Blackwood, L., Christie, J. M., Fankhauser, C. (2015) Lipid anchoring of Arabidopsis phototropin 1 to assess the functional significance of receptor internalization: should I stay or should I go? New Phytologist, 206, pp. 1038-1050. (doi: 10.1111/nph.13299)

Fankhauser, C., Christie, J. M. (2015) Plant Phototropic Growth. Current Biology, 25, pp. R384-R389. (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.03.020)

Parnell, E., Smith, B. O., Yarwood, S. J. (2015) The cAMP sensors, EPAC1 and EPAC2, display distinct subcellular distributions despite sharing a common nuclear pore localisation signal. Cellular Signalling, 27, pp. 989-996. (doi: 10.1016/j.cellsig.2015.02.009)

Buetow, L., Gabrielsen, M., Anthony, N. G., Dou, H., Patel, A., Aitkenhead, H., Sibbet, G. J., Smith, B. O., Huang, D. T. (2015) Activation of a primed RING E3-E2–ubiquitin complex by non-covalent ubiquitin. Molecular Cell, 58, pp. 297-310. (doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2015.02.017)

Knoblauch, M., Vendrell, M., de Leau, E., Paterlini, A., Knox, K., Ross-Elliot, T., Reinders, A., Brockman, S. A., Ward, J., Oparka, K. (2015) Multispectral phloem-mobile probes: properties and applications. Plant Physiology, 167, pp. 1211-1220. (doi: 10.1104/pp.114.255414)

Connolly, J. P.R., Goldstone, R. J., Burgess, K., Cogdell, R. J., Beatson, S. A., Vollmer, W., Smith, D. G.E., Roe, A. (2015) The host metabolite D-serine contributes to bacterial niche specificity through gene selection. ISME Journal, 9, pp. 1039-1051. (doi: 10.1038/ismej.2014.242)

Kaiserli, E., Chory, J. (2015) The role of phytochromes in triggering plant developmental transitions. John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Karnik, R., Zhang, B., Waghmare, S., Aderhold, C., Grefen, C., Blatt, M. R. (2015) Binding of SEC11 indicates its role in SNARE recycling after vesicle fusion and identifies two pathways for vesicular traffic to the plasma membrane. Plant Cell, 27, pp. 675-694. (doi: 10.1105/tpc.114.134429)

Shigemitsu, Y., Ikeya, T., Yamamoto, A., Tsuchie, Y., Mishima, M., Smith, B. O., Güntert, P., Ito, Y. (2015) Evaluation of the reliability of the maximum entropy method for reconstructing 3D and 4D NOESY-type NMR spectra of proteins. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 457, pp. 200-205. (doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2014.12.088)

Heilmann, M., Christie, J. M., Kennis, J. T.M., Jenkins, G. I., Mathes, T. (2015) Photoinduced transformation of UVR8 monitored by vibrational and fluorescence spectroscopy. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 14, pp. 252-257. (doi: 10.1039/c4pp00246f)

Franchini, G. R., Pórfido, J. L., Ibáñez Shimabukuro, M., Rey Burusco, M. F., Bélgamo, J. A., Smith, B. O., Kennedy, M. W., Córsico, B. (2015) The unusual lipid binding proteins of parasitic helminths and their potential roles in parasitism and as therapeutic targets. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids (PLEFA), 93, pp. 31-36. (doi: 10.1016/j.plefa.2014.08.003)

Löhner, A., Carey, A.-M., Hacking, K., Picken, N., Kelly, S., Cogdell, R., Köhler, J. (2015) The origin of the split B800 absorption peak in the LH2 complexes from Allochromatium vinosum. Photosynthesis Research, 123, pp. 23-31. (doi: 10.1007/s11120-014-0036-2)

Minas, K., Karunakaran, E., Bond, T., Gandy, C., Honsbein, A., Madsen, M., Amezaga, J., Amtmann, A., Templeton, M.R., Biggs, C.A., Lawton, L. (2015) Biodesalination: an emerging technology for targeted removal of Na+and Cl−from seawater by cyanobacteria. Desalination and Water Treatment, 55, pp. 2647-2668. (doi: 10.1080/19443994.2014.940647)

Cosentino, C., Alberio, L., Gazzarrini, S., Aquila, M., Romano, E., Cermenati, S., Zuccolini, P., Petersen, J., Beltrame, M., Van Etten, J. L., Christie, J., Thiel, G., Moroni, A. (2015) Engineering of a light-gated potassium channel. Science, 348, pp. 707-710. (doi: 10.1126/science.aaa2787)

Gadalla, K. K. E., Ross, P. D., Hector, R. D., Bahey, N. G., Bailey, M. E.S., Cobb, S. R. (2015) Gene therapy for Rett syndrome: prospects and challenges. Future Neurology, 10, pp. 467-484. (doi: 10.2217/fnl.15.29)

Christie, J. M., Blackwood, L., Petersen, J., Sullivan, S. (2015) Plant flavoprotein photoreceptors. Plant and Cell Physiology, 56, pp. 401-413. (doi: 10.1093/pcp/pcu196)

Wardle, S. L., Bailey, M. E., Kilikevicius, A., Malkova, D., Wilson, R. H., Venckunas, T., Moran, C. (2015) Plasma microRNA levels differ between endurance and strength athletes. PLoS ONE, 10, (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122107)

Mathes, T., Heilmann, M., Pandit, A., Zhu, J., Ravensbergen, J., Kloz, M., Fu, Y., Smith, B.O., Christie, J.M., Jenkins, G.I., Kennis, J.T.M. (2015) Proton-coupled electron transfer constitutes the photoactivation mechanism of the plant photoreceptor UVR8. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137, pp. 8113-8120. (doi: 10.1021/jacs.5b01177)

Ulm, R., Jenkins, G. (2015) Q&A: How do plants sense and respond to UV-B radiation? BMC Biology, 13, (doi: 10.1186/s12915-015-0156-y)

Miyamori, T., Nakasone, Y., Hitomi, K., Christie, J. M., Getzoff, E. D., Terazima, M. (2015) Reaction dynamics of the UV-B photosensor UVR8. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 14, pp. 995-1004. (doi: 10.1039/c5pp00012b)

Ji, H., Wang, Y., Cloix, C., Li, K., Jenkins, G. I., Wang, S., Shang, Z., Shi, Y., Yang, S., Li, X. (2015) The arabidopsis RCC1 family protein TCF1 regulates freezing tolerance and cold acclimation through modulating lignin biosynthesis. PLoS Genetics, 11, (doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005471)

Beyer, S. R., Müller, L., Southall, J., Cogdell, R. J., Ullmann, G. M., Köhler, J. (2015) The open, the closed, and the empty: time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and computational analysis of RC-LH1 complexes from Rhodopseudomonas palustris. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 119, pp. 1362-1373. (doi: 10.1021/jp510822k)

Dominguez, P.N., Himmelstoss, M., Michelmann, J., Lehner, F., Gardiner, A., Cogdell, R.J., Zinth, W. (2015) The primary photosynthetic energy conversion in bacterial reaction centers—stepwise electron transfer and the effect of elevated exposure levels. Springer

Singh, V.P., Westberg, M., Wang, C., Dahlberg, P.D., Gellen, T., Gardiner, A.T., Cogdell, R.J., Engel, G.S. (2015) Towards quantification of vibronic coupling in photosynthetic antenna complexes. Journal of Chemical Physics, 142, pp. 212446. (doi: 10.1063/1.4921324)

Maiuri, M., Lüer, L., Henry, S., Carey, A.-M., Cogdell, R.J., Cerullo, G., Polli, D. (2015) Ultrafast energy flow and equilibration dynamics in photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes. Springer International Publishing

Perlík, V., Seibt, J., Cranston, L. J., Cogdell, R. J., Lincoln, C. N., Savolainen, J., Šanda, F., Mančal, T., Hauer, J. (2015) Vibronic coupling explains the ultrafast carotenoid-to-bacteriochlorophyll energy transfer in natural and artificial light harvesters. Journal of Chemical Physics, 142, (doi: 10.1063/1.4919548)

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Our research focuses on identifying the molecular mechanisms underlying physiological and developmental adaptation to both:

  • environmental stress factors including drought, high/low temperatures, mineral nutrient deficiency and salinity.
  • environmental cues such as light, day length and CO2.

Our research interests also extend to studying pathogen immunity.

Aims and Expertise

We seek to gain fundamental insights into the cellular and molecular mechanisms of plant growth and development, which determine survival in natural ecosystems and yield and quality traits in agriculture. Plant performance is intricately tied to photosynthetic efficiency, water usage, nutrient uptake and resistance to environmental stress and pathogen infection. Increasing crop productivity will depend on modulating such processes if we are to offer new strategies to meet the growing demand for energy and food security and mitigate challenges associated with climate change. Our research also employs synthetic biology, systems, and modelling approaches to tackle global challenges.

Our research strengths include:

  • photosynthesis
  • stomatal biology and mathematical modelling
  • photobiology and UV tolerance
  • temperature sensing and response
  • mineral nutrition and root system architecture
  • ion transport and electrophysiology
  • membrane protein trafficking
  • transcriptional regulation and epigenetics
  • post-translational modifications and proteostasis

Technology, impact and outreach

Our work has been successful in developing technologies and new approaches to modulate signaling pathways to improve plant physiology and performance, resulting in the filing of multiple patents. The PSG is well connected with companies involved in plant science and industrial biotechnology. We also have considerable expertise in photobiology and are currently interfacing with stakeholders to support the development and use of artificial lighting in the rapidly expanding area of controlled environment agriculture. In addition, we drive Plant Science education in and outside the classroom through the cross-disciplinary Sci-Seedlets programme.


The PSG is located within the School of Molecular Biosciences and is based in the Bower Building with supporting cutting-edge facilities and infrastructure including state-of-the-art confocal microscopy, Pulse Amplitude Modulated (PAM) fluorescence systems, glasshouses, and specialised illumination rooms, which form part of a recently refurbished plant illumination suite. The Glasgow stomatal Physiology and Photosynthesis (GasPP) Facility equipped with a suite of interconnected LICOR 6800 systems for infrared gas analysis is open to internal and external users. Our work is also supported by expertise from the Structural Biology, and Biophysical Characterisation Facility and Glasgow Polyomics.