Prof Dale Sanders
Director of John Innes Centre
John Innes Centre
My research focusses on how plant cells respond to changes in their environment and how they store the nutrients they acquire. In particular, my laboratory works on how transport of chemical elements across cell membranes in plants is integrated with cellular signalling and nutritional status.
Plant transport systems have key roles in the control of crucial crop traits such as nutritional value of foods, seed germination, the response to drought conditions and how plants cope with toxic compounds in the soil.
Zinc deficiency is thought to impact on 30% of the world’s population, due in part, to the near absence of the metal in cereal endosperm. Work in my laboratory on the characterisation of novel cation diffusion facilitators in Arabidopsis and cereals involved in the transport of zinc is identifying a bio-fortification strategy to enrich the endosperm in this heavy metal.
Nutrient accumulation in plant vacuoles is energised by a proton-motive force established by two types of phosphohydrolase: an ATPase and an inorganic pyrophosphatase. We are unravelling the distinct roles in nutrient acquisition played by these two classes of enzyme.
I have authored over 140 scientific papers, many of which have been highly cited and in 2001 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and co-awarded the European Science Prize of the Körber Foundation.
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Journal of Biological Chemistry 287 p3185-96
Publisher’s version: 10.1074/jbc.M111.305649
Plant Journal 56 p665-677
Plant Journal 56 p146-156
Identification of novel proteins and phosphorylation sites in a tonoplast enriched membrane fraction of Arabidopsis thaliana
Proteomics 8 p3536-3547
Trends in Plant Science 13 p464-473
Real-time In Vivo Recording of Arabidopsis Calcium Signals During Insect Feeding Using a Fluorescent Biosensor
JOVE 126 p56142
Publisher’s version: 10.3791/56142
Interplay of plasma membrane and vacuolar ion channels, together with BAK1, elicits rapid cytosolic calcium elevations in Arabidopsis during aphid feeding.
Plant Cell Epub ahead of print pEpub ahead of print
Publisher’s version: 10.1105/tpc.17.00136
Plant Biotechnology Journal Plant Biotechnol J. 2017 Apr 24. doi: 10.1111/pbi.12749. [Epub ahead of print] pdoi: 10.1111/pbi.12749
Publisher’s version: 10.1111/pbi.12749
Science 352 p1102-5
Publisher’s version: 10.1126/science.aae0109
New Phytologist 208 p13-9
Publisher’s version: 10.1111/nph.13532
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