Plant Sciences and the Bioeconomy

TitlePlant Sciences and the Bioeconomy
TypeScience Department
InstituteRothamsted Research
HeadFreddie Theodoulou
Executive AssistantSue Steele

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A native promoter–gene fusion created by CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genomic deletion offers a transgene-free method to drive oil accumulation in leaves

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Bhunia, R. K., Menard, G. N. and Eastmond, P. J. 2022. A native promoter–gene fusion created by CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genomic deletion offers a transgene-free method to drive oil accumulation in leaves. FEBS Letters. https://doi.org/10.1002/1873-3468.14365

Dissecting weed adaptation: fitness and trait correlations in herbicide resistant Alopecurus myosuroides

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Comont, D., Macgregor, D., Crook, L., Hull, R. I., Nguyen, L., Freckleton, R. P., Childs, D. Z. and Neve, P. 2022. Dissecting weed adaptation: fitness and trait correlations in herbicide resistant Alopecurus myosuroides. Pest Management Science. https://doi.org/10.1002/ps.6930

Characterisation of Grains and Flour Fractions from Field Grown Transgenic Oil-Accumulating Wheat Expressing Oat WRI1

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Snell, P., Wilkinson, M. D., Taylor, G. J., Hall, S., Sharma, S., Sirijovski, N., Hansson, M., Shewry, P. R., Hofvander, P. and Grimberg, A. 2022. Characterisation of Grains and Flour Fractions from Field Grown Transgenic Oil-Accumulating Wheat Expressing Oat WRI1. Plants - Basel. 11 (7), p. 889. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants11070889

The potential of fluorescence imaging to distinguish insect pest and non-pest species

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Shortall, C. R., Perryman, S. A. M., Halsey, K. and West, J. S. 2022. The potential of fluorescence imaging to distinguish insect pest and non-pest species. Outlooks on Pest Management. 33 (1 February), pp. 13-16(4). https://doi.org/10.1564/v33_feb_05

Diverting phenylpropanoid pathway flux from sinapine to produce industrially useful 4-vinyl derivatives of hydroxycinnamic acids in Brassicaceous oilseeds

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Menard, G. N., Langdon, M., Bhunia, R., Shankhapal, A., Noleto-Dias, C., Lomax, C., Ward, J. L., Kurup, S. and Eastmond, P. J. 2022. Diverting phenylpropanoid pathway flux from sinapine to produce industrially useful 4-vinyl derivatives of hydroxycinnamic acids in Brassicaceous oilseeds. Metabolic Engineering. 70, pp. 196-205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ymben.2022.01.016

Ethylene augments root hypoxia tolerance through amelioration of reactive oxygen species and growth cessation

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Liu, Z., Hartman, S., Van Veen, H., Zhang, H., Leeggangers, H. A. C. F., Martopawiro, S., Bosman, F., De Deugd, F., Su, P., Hummel, M., Rankenberg, T., Hassall, K. L., Bailey-Serres, J., Theodoulou, F. L., Voesenek, L. A. C. J. and Sasidharan, R. 2022. Ethylene augments root hypoxia tolerance through amelioration of reactive oxygen species and growth cessation. bioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.01.21.477196

Production of human milk fat substitute by engineered strains of Yarrowia lipolytica

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Bhutada, G., Menard, G. N., Bhunia, R. K., Hapeta, P. P., Ledesma-Amaro, R. and Eastmond, P. J. 2022. Production of human milk fat substitute by engineered strains of Yarrowia lipolytica. Metabolic Engineering Communications. 14 (June), p. e00192. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mec.2022.e00192

Understanding the relationships between free asparagine concentration in the grain and other traits to breed low-asparagine wheat

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Oddy, J., Raffan, S., Wilkinson, M. D., Elmore, J. S. and Halford, N. G. 2022. Understanding the relationships between free asparagine concentration in the grain and other traits to breed low-asparagine wheat. Plants - Basel. 11, p. 669. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants11050669

Dissecting grilled red and white meat flavor: Its characteristics, production mechanisms, influencing factors and chemical hazards

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Bassam, S. M., Noleto-Dias, C. and Farag, M. A. 2022. Dissecting grilled red and white meat flavor: Its characteristics, production mechanisms, influencing factors and chemical hazards. Food Chemistry. 371, p. 131139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2021.131139

A Modular Cloning Toolkit for Genome Editing in Cereals

B - Book chapters etc edited externally
Hahn, F., Sanjurjo-Loures, L. and Nekrasov, V. 2022. A Modular Cloning Toolkit for Genome Editing in Cereals. in: Bilichak, A. and Laurie, J. D. (ed.) Accelerated Breeding of Cereal Crops New York, NY Humana Press Inc. pp. 209-224

Laboratory phenomics predicts field performance and identifies superior indica haplotypes for early seedling vigour in dry direct-seeded rice

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Menard, G. N., Sandhu, N., Anderson, D., Catolos, M., Hassall, K. L., Eastmond, P. J., Kumar, A. and Kurup, S. 2021. Laboratory phenomics predicts field performance and identifies superior indica haplotypes for early seedling vigour in dry direct-seeded rice. Genomics. 113 (6), pp. 4227-4236. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ygeno.2021.11.006

PAL1 gene of the phenylpropanoid pathway increases resistance to the Cassava brown streak virus in cassava

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Kavil, S, Otti, G., Bouvaine, S., Armitage, A. and Maruthi, M. N. 2021. PAL1 gene of the phenylpropanoid pathway increases resistance to the Cassava brown streak virus in cassava. Virology Journal. 18, p. 184. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12985-021-01649-2

γ-Glutamyl-β-phenylethylamine, a novel αglucosidase and α-amylase inhibitory compound from Termitomyces robustus, an edible Nigerian mushroom

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Ogbole, O., Noleto-Dias, C., Kamdem, R. S. T., Toluwanimi, E. A., Nkumah, A., Ward, J. L. and Beale, M. H. 2021. γ-Glutamyl-β-phenylethylamine, a novel αglucosidase and α-amylase inhibitory compound from Termitomyces robustus, an edible Nigerian mushroom. Natural Product Research. (December 8), pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1080/14786419.2021.2012774

Comparative compositions of metabolites and dietary fibre components in doughs and breads produced from bread wheat, emmer and spelt and using yeast and sourdough processes.

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Shewry, P. R., America, A. H. P., Lovegrove, A., Wood, A., Plummer, A., Evans, J., Van den Broeck, H. C., Gilissen, L., Mumm, R., Ward, J. L., Proos, Z., Kuiper, P., Longin, C. F. H., Andersson, A. A. M., Van Straaten, J. P., Jonkers, D. and Brouns, F. 2021. Comparative compositions of metabolites and dietary fibre components in doughs and breads produced from bread wheat, emmer and spelt and using yeast and sourdough processes. Food Chemistry. 374 (16 April 2022), p. 131710. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2021.131710

Microbially synthesized nanoparticles: aspect in plant disease management

B - Book chapters etc edited externally
Bhattacharya, J., Nitnavare, R., Shankhapal, A. and Ghosh, S. 2021. Microbially synthesized nanoparticles: aspect in plant disease management. in: Radhakrishnan E. K., Kumar, A. and Aswani, R. (ed.) Biocontrol Mechanisms of Endophytic Microorganisms Elsevier. pp. 303-325

Investigating the origins and evolution of a glyphosate-resistant weed invasion in South America

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Gaines, T., Slavov, G., Hughes, D. J., Kupper, A., Sparks, C., Oliva, J., Vila-Aiub, M., Alejandro Garcia, M., Aldo Merotto Jr and Neve, P. 2021. Investigating the origins and evolution of a glyphosate-resistant weed invasion in South America. Molecular Ecology. 30 (21), pp. 5360-5372. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.16221

Prospects to improve the nutritional quality of crops

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Scharff, L. B., Saltenis, V. L. R., Jensen, P. E., Baekelandt, A., Burgess, A. J., Burow, M., Ceriotti, A., Cohan, J-P., Geu-Flores, F., Halkier, B., Haslam, R. P., Inze, D., Lankhorst, R. K., Murchie, E., Napier, J. A., Nacry, P., Parry, M. A. J., Santino, A., Scarano, A., Sparvoli, F., Wilhelm, R. and Pribil, M. 2021. Prospects to improve the nutritional quality of crops. Food and Energy Security. 2021, p. e327. https://doi.org/10.1002/fes3.327

Epidemiological studies of pan-azole resistant Aspergillus fumigatus populations sampled during tulip cultivation show clonal expansion with acquisition of multi-fungicide resistance as potential driver

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Fraaije, B. A., Atkins, S. L., Santos, R. F., Hanley, S. J., West, J. S. and Lucas, J. 2021. Epidemiological studies of pan-azole resistant Aspergillus fumigatus populations sampled during tulip cultivation show clonal expansion with acquisition of multi-fungicide resistance as potential driver . Microorganisms. 9 (11), p. 2379. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9112379

Phenolics from Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Characterisation and Potential as Biostimulants and Bioprotectants

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Kisiriko, M., Anastasiadi, M., Terry, L. A., Yasri, A., Beale, M. H. and Ward, J. L. 2021. Phenolics from Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Characterisation and Potential as Biostimulants and Bioprotectants. Molecules. 26 (21), p. 6343. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26216343

The Production of EPA and DHA in Transgenic Plants as a Sustainable, Environmentally Friendly Source of Omega-3 Fish Oils for Use in Novel Foods.

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Napier, J. A. 2021. The Production of EPA and DHA in Transgenic Plants as a Sustainable, Environmentally Friendly Source of Omega-3 Fish Oils for Use in Novel Foods. Journal Of The American Oil Chemists Society. 98 (S1), pp. 126-126. https://doi.org/10.1002/aocs.12529

Uncovering Trait Associations Resulting in Maximal Seed Yield in Winter and Spring Oilseed Rape

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Siles-Suarez, L., Hassall, K. L., Sanchis-Gritsch, C., Eastmond, P. J. and Kurup, S. 2021. Uncovering Trait Associations Resulting in Maximal Seed Yield in Winter and Spring Oilseed Rape. Frontiers in Plant Science. 12 (6 September), p. 697576. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.697576

Dietary Supplementation with Transgenic Camelina sativa Oil Containing 20:5n-3 and 22:6n-3 or Fish Oil Induces Differential Changes in the Transcriptome of CD3+ T Lymphocytes

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
West, A. L., Miles, E. A., Han, L., Lillycrop, K. A., Napier, J. A., Calder, P. C. and Burdge, G. C. 2021. Dietary Supplementation with Transgenic Camelina sativa Oil Containing 20:5n-3 and 22:6n-3 or Fish Oil Induces Differential Changes in the Transcriptome of CD3+ T Lymphocytes. Nutrients. 13 (9), p. 3116. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13093116

Production of the infant formula ingredient 1,3-olein-2-palmitin in Arabidopsis thaliana seeds

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Eastmond, P. J., Van-Erp, H., Bryant, F. M., Martin-Moreno, J. and Michaelson, L. V. 2021. Production of the infant formula ingredient 1,3-olein-2-palmitin in Arabidopsis thaliana seeds. Metabolic Engineering. 67, pp. 67-74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ymben.2021.05.009

The Arabidopsis pattern recognition receptor EFR enhances fire blight resistance in apple

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Piazza, S., Campa, M., Pompili, V., Dalla Costa, L., Salvagnin, U., Nekrasov, V., Zipfel, C. and Malnoy, M. 2021. The Arabidopsis pattern recognition receptor EFR enhances fire blight resistance in apple. Horticulture Research. 8, p. 204. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41438-021-00639-3

RNAi suppression of xylan synthase genes in wheat starchy endosperm

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Wilkinson, M. D., Kosik, O., Halsey, K., Walpole, H., Evans, J., Wood, A. J., Ward, J. L., Mitchell, R. A. C., Lovegrove, A. and Shewry, P. R. 2021. RNAi suppression of xylan synthase genes in wheat starchy endosperm. PLOS ONE. 16 (8), p. e0256350. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0256350

Techniques for the Measurement of Molecular Species of Acyl-CoA in Plants and Microalgae

B - Book chapters etc edited externally
Haslam, R. P. and Larson, T. R. 2021. Techniques for the Measurement of Molecular Species of Acyl-CoA in Plants and Microalgae. in: Bartels, D. and Dobermann, P. (ed.) Plant Lipids: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology Springer Nature. pp. 203-218

Allele mining in diverse accessions of tropical grasses to improve forage quality and reduce environmental impact

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Hanley, S. J., Pellny, T. K., De Vega, J. J., Castiblanco, V., Arango, J., Eastmond, P. J., Heslop-Harrison, J. S. and Mitchell, R. A. C. 2021. Allele mining in diverse accessions of tropical grasses to improve forage quality and reduce environmental impact. Annals of Botany. 128 (5), pp. 627-637. https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcab101

The Arabidopsis NOT4A E3 ligase promotes PGR3 expression and regulates chloroplast translation

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Bailey, M., Ivanauskaite, A., Grimmer, J., Akintewe, O., Payne, A. C., Osborne, R., Labandera, A-M., Etherington, R. D., Rantala, M., Baginsky, S., Mulo, P. and Gibbs, D. J. 2021. The Arabidopsis NOT4A E3 ligase promotes PGR3 expression and regulates chloroplast translation. Nature Communications. 12, p. 251. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-20506-4

Efficient CRISPR/Cas-Mediated Targeted Mutagenesis in Spring and Winter Wheat Varieties

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Hahn, F., Sanjurjo-Loures, L., Sparks, C. A., Kanyuka, K. and Nekrasov, V. 2021. Efficient CRISPR/Cas-Mediated Targeted Mutagenesis in Spring and Winter Wheat Varieties. Plants - Basel. 10 (7), p. 1481. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10071481

A Field Day for Gene-Edited Brassicas and Crop Improvement

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Napier, J. A. 2021. A Field Day for Gene-Edited Brassicas and Crop Improvement. The CRISPR Journal. 4 (3), pp. 307-312. https://doi.org/10.1089/crispr.2021.29130.kad

Metabolic fluxes for nutritional flexibility of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Borah, K., Mendum, T. A., Hawkins, N. D., Ward, J. L., Beale, M. H., Larrouy-Maumus, G., Bhatt, A., Moulin, M., Haertlein, M., Strohmeier, G., Pichler, H., Forsyth, V. T., Noack, S., Goulding, C. V., McFadden, J. and Beste, D. J. V. 2021. Metabolic fluxes for nutritional flexibility of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Molecular systems biology. 17 (5), p. e10280. https://doi.org/10.15252/msb.202110280

Subcellular dynamics studies of iron reveal how tissue-specific distribution patterns are established in developing wheat grains

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Sheraz, S., Wan, Y., Venter, E., Verma, S. K., Xiong, Q., Waites, J., Connorton, J. M, Shewry, P. R., Moore, K. L., and Balk, J 2021. Subcellular dynamics studies of iron reveal how tissue-specific distribution patterns are established in developing wheat grains. New Phytologist. 231 (4), pp. 1644-1657. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.17440

Plastidial acyl carrier protein Δ9-desaturase modulates eicosapentaenoic acid biosynthesis and triacylglycerol accumulation in Phaeodactylum tricornutum

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Smith, R., Jouhet, J., Gandini, C., Nekrasov, V., Marechal, E., Napier, J. A. and Sayanova, O. V. 2021. Plastidial acyl carrier protein Δ9-desaturase modulates eicosapentaenoic acid biosynthesis and triacylglycerol accumulation in Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Plant Journal. 106 (5), pp. 1247-1259. https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.15231

Transgenic camelina oil is an effective source of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid in diets for farmed rainbow trout, in terms of growth, tissue fatty acid content, and fillet sensory properties

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Osmond, A. T. Y., Arts, M. T., Bazinet, R. P., Napier, J. A., Han, L. and Colombo, S. M. 2021. Transgenic camelina oil is an effective source of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid in diets for farmed rainbow trout, in terms of growth, tissue fatty acid content, and fillet sensory properties. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. 54 (4), pp. 961-986. https://doi.org/10.1111/jwas.12788

Synaptotagmins at the endoplasmic reticulum–plasma membrane contact sites maintain diacylglycerol homeostasis during abiotic stress

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Ruiz-Lopez, N., Perez-Sancho, J., Del Valle, A. E., Haslam, R. P., Vanneste, S., Catala, R., Perea-Resa, C., Van Damme, D., Garcia-Hernandez, S., Albert A., Vallarino, J., Lin, J., Friml, J., Macho, A. P., Salinas, J., Rosado, A., Napier, J. A., Amorim-Silva, V. and Botella, M. A. 2021. Synaptotagmins at the endoplasmic reticulum–plasma membrane contact sites maintain diacylglycerol homeostasis during abiotic stress. The Plant Cell. 33 (7), p. 2431–2453. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koab122

Editorial: CRISPR-Cas in Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Kumar, S., Rymarquis, L. A., Ezura, H. and Nekrasov, V. 2021. Editorial: CRISPR-Cas in Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges. Frontiers in Plant Science. 12, p. 672329. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.672329

Accumulation and deposition of triacylglycerols in the starchy endosperm of wheat grain

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Gonzalez-Thuillier, I., Pellny, T. K., Tosi, P., Mitchell, R. A. C., Haslam, R. P. and Shewry, P. R. 2021. Accumulation and deposition of triacylglycerols in the starchy endosperm of wheat grain. Journal of Cereal Science. 98, p. 103167. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcs.2021.103167

Remarkable recent changes in genetic diversity of the avirulence gene AvrStb6 in global populations of the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Stephens, C., Olmez, F., Blyth, H., McDonald, M., Bansal, A., Turgay, E. B., Hahn, F., Saintenac, C., Nekrasov, V., Solomon, P., Milgate, A., Fraaije, B. A., Rudd, J. J. and Kanyuka, K. 2021. Remarkable recent changes in genetic diversity of the avirulence gene AvrStb6 in global populations of the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici. Molecular Plant Pathology. 22 (9), pp. 1121-1133. https://doi.org/10.1111/mpp.13101

Reduced free asparagine in wheat grain resulting from a natural deletion of TaASNB2: investigating and exploiting diversity in the asparagine synthetase gene family to improve wheat quality

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Oddy, J., Alarcon-Reverte, R., Wilkinson, M. D., Ravet, K., Raffan, S., Minter, A., Mead, A., Elmore, J. S., Moreira de Almeida, I., Cryer, N., Halford, N. G. and Pearce, S. 2021. Reduced free asparagine in wheat grain resulting from a natural deletion of TaASNB2: investigating and exploiting diversity in the asparagine synthetase gene family to improve wheat quality. BMC Plant Biology. 21 (1), p. 302. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12870-021-03058-7

Wheat with greatly reduced accumulation of free asparagine in the grain, produced by CRISPR/Cas9 editing of asparagine synthetase gene TaASN2

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Raffan, S., Sparks, C. A., Huttly, A. K., Hyde, L., Martignago, D., Mead, A., Hanley, S. J., Wilkinson, P., Barker, G., Edwards, K. J., Curtis, T. Y., Usher, S. L., Kosik, O. and Halford, N. G. 2021. Wheat with greatly reduced accumulation of free asparagine in the grain, produced by CRISPR/Cas9 editing of asparagine synthetase gene TaASN2 . Plant Biotechnology Journal. 19 (8), pp. 1602-1613. https://doi.org/10.1111/pbi.13573