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Key publications

The selected high impact publications below provide an overview of the scope and quality of the research of the Green Life Sciences cluster.


  • S. Fenyk, P.D. Townsend, C.H. Dixon, G.B. Spies, A. de San Eustaquio Campillo, E.J. Slootweg, L.B. Westerhof, Fleur K.K. Gawehns, M.R. Knight, G.J. Sharples, A. Goverse, Lars-Olof Pålsson, F.L.W. Takken* and M.J. Cann* (2015)*equal contribution.  The Potato Nucleotide-Binding Leucine-Rich Repeat (NLR) Immune Receptor Rx1 is a Pathogen Dependent DNA-Deforming Protein.  J. Biol. Chem. jbc.M115.672121. doi:10.1074/jbc.M115.67212
  • Julkowska M. M. and Testerink C. (2015) Tuning plant signaling and growth to survive salt. Trends Plant Sci. doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2015.06.008 (in press)
  • Mirabella R, Rauwerda H, Allmann S, Scala A, Spyropoulou EA, de Vries M, Boersma MR, Breit TM, Haring MA, Schuurink RC (2015) WRKY40 and WRKY6 act downstream of the green leaf volatile E-2-hexenal in Arabidopsis. Plant J., in press.
  • Ilyas M., Hörger A.C., Bozkurt T.O., van den Burg H.A., Kaschani F., Kaiser M., Belhaj K., Smoker M., Joosten M.H.J.A., Kamoun S>, van der Hoorn R.A.L. (2015), Functional Divergence of Two Secreted Immune Proteases of Tomato. Curr. Biol. (Epub ahead of print) doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.07.030
  • L. Ma, P.M. Houterman, F. Gawehns, L. Cao, F. Sillo, H. Richter, M.J. Clavijo-Ortiz, S.M. Schmidt, S. Boeren, J. Vervoort, B.J.C. Cornelissen, M. Rep & F.L.W. Takken (2015). The AVR2-SIX5 gene pair is required to activate I-2-mediated immunity in tomato. New Phytol. doi: 10.1111/nph.13455
  • Kusters, E., Della Pina, S., Castel, R., Souer, E., and Koes, R. (2015). Changes in cis-regulatory elements of a key floral regulator are associated with divergence of inflorescence architectures. Development 142, 2822-2831.
  • VanDoorn A, de Vries M, Kant MR, Schuurink RC (2015) Whiteflies glycosylate salicylic acid and secrete the conjugate via their honeydew. J. Chem. Ecol. 41: 52-58
  • S.M. Schmidt, J. Lukasiewicz, R. Farrer , P. van Dam, C. Bertoldo, M. Rep (2015). Comparative genomics of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. melonis reveals the secreted protein recognized by the Fom-2 resistance gene in melon. New Phytol., DOI: 10.1111/nph.13584.
  • I. Vlaardingerbroek, B. Beerens, S. Shahi, M. Rep (2015). Fluorescence Assisted Selection of Transformants (FAST): using flow cytometry to select for fungal transformants. Fungal Genet.  Biol. 76: 104-109.
  • S. Shahi, B. Beerens, E.M. Manders, M. Rep (2015). Dynamics of establishment of multinucleate compartments in Fusarium oxysporum. Eukaryot. Cell 14: 78-85.
  • Bourbousse C, Mestiri I, Zabulon G, Bourge M, Formiggini F, Koini MA, Brown SC, Fransz P, Bowler C, Barneche F. (2015) Light signaling controls nuclear architecture reorganization during seedling establishment. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 112 no. 21: E2836-E2844.
  • Batzenschlager M, Lermontova I, Schubert V, Fuchs J, Berr A, Koini MA, Houlné G, Herzog E, Rutten T, Alioua A, Fransz P, Schmit AC, Chabouté ME. (2015) Arabidopsis MZT1 homologs GIP1 and GIP2 are essential for centromere architecture. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 112 no.28: 8656-8660.
  • Aflitos, S.A, Sanchez-Perez, G., de Ridder, D., Fransz P., Schranz E.M., de Jong H., Peters S. (2015) Introgression browser: high-throughput whole-genome SNP visualization. Plant J. 82, 174-82
  • Rodriguez-Villalon A, Gujas B, van Wijk R, Munnik T, Hardtke CS. (2015) Primary root protophloem differentiation requires balanced phosphatidylinositol-4,5-biphosphate levels and systemically affects root branching. Development 142: 1437-1446
  • Leprince AS, Magalhaes N, De Vos D, Bordenave M, Clément G, Meyer C, Munnik T and Savouré A. (2015) Involvement of Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase in the regulation of proline catabolism in Arabidopsis thaliana. Front. Plant Sci.5: 772.
  • Julkowska MM, McLoughlin F, Galvan-Ampudia CS, Rankenberg JM, Kawa D, Klimecka M, Haring MA, Munnik T, Kooijman EE, Testerink C. (2015) Identification and functional characterization of the Arabidopsis Snf1-related protein kinase SnRK2.4 phosphatidic acid-binding domain. Plant Cell Environ. 38: 614-24.
  • Alba JM, Schimmel, BCJ, Glas JJ, Ataide LMS, Pappas ML, Villarroel CA, Schuurink RC, Sabelis MW, Kant MR. (2015). Spider mites suppress tomato defenses downstream of jasmonate and salicylate independently from hormonal crosstalk. New Phytol. 205(2):828-840
  • Kant MR, Jonckheere W, Knegt B, Lemos F, Liu J, Schimmel BCJ, Villarroel VA, Ataide LMS, Dermauw W, Glas JJ,Egas M, Janssen A, Van Leeuwen T, Schuurink RC, Sabelis MW, Alba JM. (2015). Mechanisms and ecological consequences of plant defence induction and suppression in herbivore communities. Ann. Bot. 115 (7): 1015-1051


  • Liebrand, T.W.H., van den Burg, H.A, Joosten, M.H.A.J. (2014) Two for all: receptor-associated kinases SOBIR1 and BAK1, Trends Plant Sci. 19:123-132. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2013.10.003.
  • Singh MK, Krüger F, Beckmann H, Brumm S, Vermeer JEM, Munnik T, Mayer U, Stierhof YD, Grefen C, Schumacher K, Jürgens G. (2014) Protein Delivery to Vacuole Requires SAND Protein-Dependent Rab GTPase Conversion for MVB-Vacuole Fusion. Curr Biol. 24: 1383-1389.
  • Tejos R, Sauer M, Vanneste S, Palacios-Gomez M, Li H, Heilmann M, van Wijk R, Vermeer JEM, Heilmann I, Munnik T, Friml J. (2014) Bipolar plasma membrane distribution of phosphoinositides and their requirement for auxin-mediated cell polarity and patterning in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 26: 2114-2128.
  • Nováková P, Hirsch S, Feraru E, Tejos R, van Wijk R, Viaene T, Heilmann M, Lerche J, De Rycke R, Feraru MI, Grones P, Van Montagu M, Heilmann I, Munnik T, Friml J. (2014) SAC phosphoinositide phosphatases at the tonoplast mediate vacuolar function in Arabidopsis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 111: 2818-23.
  • C.C.N. van Schie & F.L.W. Takken (2014). Susceptibility genes 101: how to be a good host. Ann. Rev. Phytopath., 52, 551-581. doi: 10.1146/annurev-phyto-102313-045854
  • F. Gawehns, P.M. Houterman, F. Ait Ichou, C.B. Michielse, M. Hijdra, B.J.C. Cornelissen, M. Rep & F. Takken (2014). The Fusarium oxysporum effector Six6 contributes to virulence and suppresses I-2 mediated cell death. Mol. Plant-Microbe Int., 27, 336-348. doi: 10.1094/MPMI-11-13-0330-R
  • J.I.Gent, T.F.Madzima, R. Bader, Kent M.R., Zhang X., Stam M., McGinnis K.M., and Dawe R.K. (2014) Accessible DNA and relative depletion of H3K9me2 at maize RdDM loci. Plant Cell 26(12):4903-4917. doi: 10.1105/tpc.114.130427.
  • Julkowska, M.M., Hoefsloot, H.C.J., Mol, S., Feron, R., de Boer, G-J., Haring, M.A. & Testerink, C (2014). Capturing Arabidopsis root architecture dynamics with root-fit reveals diversity in responses to salinity. Plant Physiol. 166, 1387-1402.
  • Spyropoulou EA, Haring MA, Schuurink RC (2014) Expression of Terpenoids 1, a glandular trichome-specific transcription factor from tomato that activates the terpene synthase 5 promoter. Plant Mol. Biol. 84: 345-357
  • Spyropoulou EA, Haring MA, Schuurink RC (2014) RNA sequencing on Solanum lycopersicum trichomes identifies transcription factors that activate terpene synthase promoters. BMC Genomics 15: 402
  • Faraco, M., Spelt, C., Bliek, M., Verweij, W., Hoshino, A., Espen, L., Prinsi, B., Jaarsma, R., Tarhan, E., de Boer, A.H., Di Sansebastiano, G.P., Koes, R., and Quattrocchio, F.M. (2014). Hyperacidification of vacuoles by the combined action of two different P-ATPases in the tonoplast determines flower color. Cell Reports 6, 32-43.
  • Provenzano, S., Spelt, C., Hosokawa, S., Nakamura, N., Brugliera, F., Demelis, L., Geerke, D.P., Schubert, A., Tanaka, Y., Quattrocchio, F., and Koes, R. (2014). Genetics and evolution of anthocyanin methylation. Plant Physiol 165, 962-977.
  • Simon ML, Platre MP, Assil S, van Wijk R, Chen WY, Chory J, Dreux M, Munnik T, Jaillais Y. (2014) A multi-colour/multi-affinity marker set to visualize phosphoinositide dynamics in Arabidopsis. Plant J. 77: 322-337
  • Glas JJ, Alba JM, Villarroel CA, Stoops M, Simoni, S, Schimmel BCJ, Sabelis MW, Schuurink RC Kant MR. (2014) Defense suppression benefits herbivores that have a monopoly on their feeding site but can backfire within natural communities. BMC Biol. 12:98


  • Quattrocchio, F.M., Spelt, C., and Koes, R. (2013). Transgenes and protein localization: myths and legends. Trends Plant Sci. 18, 473-476.
  • Scala A, Allmann S, Mirabella R, Haring MA, Schuurink RC (2013) Green leaf volatiles: a plant's multifunctional weapon against herbivores and pathogens. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 14: 17781-17811
  • Scala A, Mirabella R, Mugo C, Matsui K, Haring MA, Schuurink RC (2013) E-2-hexenal promotes susceptibility to Pseudomonas syringae by activating jasmonic acid pathways in Arabidopsis. Front Plant Sci. 4: 74
  • S.M. Schmidt, P.M. Houterman, I. Schreiver, L. Ma, S. Amyotte, B. Chellappan, S. Boeren, F.L.W. Takken, M. Rep (2013). MITEs in the promoters of effector genes allow prediction of novel virulence genes in Fusarium oxysporum. BMC Genomics 14:119.
  • C. Belele*, L.* Sidorenko*, M. Stam*,  R. Bader, M.A. Arteaga-Vazquez and V.L. Chandler (2013) Specific tandem repeats are sufficient for paramutation-induced trans-generational silencing. PLoS Genetics 9(10):e1003773. * first co-authors.
  • Galvan-Ampudia, C. S., Julkowska, M. M., Darwish, E., Gandullo, J., Korver, R. A., Brunoud, G., Haring, M. A., Munnik, T., Vernoux, T., and Testerink, C. (2013). Halotropism Is a Response of Plant Roots to Avoid a Saline Environment. Curr. Biol. 23, 2044–2050.