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Plant Development

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  • Full or part time
    Prof B H Davies
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

Plant Development Laboratory -

The Plant Development Laboratory uses molecular genetics to study different aspects of development, mainly in the model plant species Arabidopsis, Antirrhinum and the moss Physcomitrella patens. We will be looking for a PhD student to start in 2012. Current projects in the laboratory lie in three main areas.
1. Flower development and MADS-box transcription factors.
2. The control of developmental processes in plants by transcriptional regulation, with a particular emphasis on repression as a mechanism to regulate gene expression.
3. Nonsense-mediated mRNA decay; a post-transcriptional mechanism to regulate gene expression by controlling mRNA stability.
This project will be focused on area 2 above and the student will use comparative approaches to study the evolution of repression in plants.


Kieffer, M., Master V., Waites, R., Davies, B. TCP14 and TCP15 affect internode length and leaf shape in Arabidopsis. The Plant Journal 2011 Accepted for publication.

Airoldi CA, Bergonzi S, Davies B. Single amino acid change alters the ability to specify male or female organ identity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 107:18898-902.

Causier B, Castillo R, Xue Y, Schwarz-Sommer Z, Davies B. Tracing the evolution of the floral homeotic B- and C-function genes through genome synteny. Mol Biol Evol. 2010 27:2651-64.

Li J, Dudas B, Webster MA, Cook HE, Davies B, Gilmartin PM. Hose in Hose, an S locus-linked mutant of Primula vulgaris, is caused by an unstable mutation at the Globosa locus. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 107:5664-8.

Causier B, Schwarz-Sommer Z, Davies B. Floral organ identity: 20 years of ABCs. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2010 21:73-9.

Bemer M, Heijmans K, Airoldi C, Davies B, Angenent GC. An Atlas of Type I MADS Box Gene Expression during Female Gametophyte and Seed Development in Arabidopsis Plant Physiol. 2010 154:287-300.

Causier, B., Bradley, D., Cook, H. and Davies, B. Conserved intragenic elements were critical for the evolution of the floral C-function.
The Plant Journal (2009) 58: 41-52.

Li, J., Webster, M., Dudas, B., Cook, H., Manfield, I., Davies, B., Gilmartin, P.M. The S locus-linked Primula homeotic mutant sepaloid shows characteristics of a B-function mutant but does not result from mutation in a B-function gene. The Plant Journal (2008) 56:1-12.

Arciga-Reyes, L., Wootton, L., Kieffer, M. and Davies, B. UPF1 is required for nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) and RNAi in Arabidopsis. The Plant Journal (2006) 47: 480-489.

Kieffer, M., Stern, Y., Cook, H., Clerici, E., Maulbetsch, C., Laux, T., Davies, B. Analysis of WUSCHEL and its functional homologue in Antirrhinum reveals a potential mechanism for their roles in meristem maintenance. Plant Cell (2006) 18: 560-573.

Causier B, Castillo R, Zhou J, Ingram R, Xue Y, Schwarz-Sommer Z, Davies, B. Evolution in action: following function in duplicated floral homeotic genes. Curr Biol. (2005) 15:1508-1512.

de Folter S, Immink RG, Kieffer M, Parenicova L, Henz SR, Weigel D, Busscher M, Kooiker M, Colombo L, Kater MM, Davies, B., Angenent GC. Comprehensive interaction map of the Arabidopsis MADS Box transcription factors.
Plant Cell. (2005) 17:1424-1433.

Deeks, M.J., Kaloriti, D., Davies, B., Malho, R., Hussey, P.J. Arabidopsis NAP1 Is Essential for Arp2/3-Dependent Trichome Morphogenesis. Current Biology 14, 1410-1414 (2004).

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