Dr Janneke Balk

Project Leader
Biological Chemistry

Janneke’s research explores the uptake, transport, use and storage of iron within plants and microbes. Genetic and biochemical studies aim to dissect the pathways of iron cofactor assembly and unravel how iron homeostasis is maintained.

The group also investigates the transport of iron within root nodules for nitrogen fixation. In addition, recent work demonstrated a successful strategy for biofortification of wheat with iron.

Mistletoe mystery - something’s missing from the kissing plant

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Pumping Iron – Biofortified wheat produces white flour with extra iron

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Blog: Janneke Balk shadows MEP Vicky Ford at the European Parliament

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Four billion-year-old chemistry in cells today

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Recent Publications

Maclean E. A., Kimonis V. E., Balk J. (2018)

Pathogenic mutations in NUBPL affect complex I activity and cold tolerance in the yeast model Yarrowia lipolytica

Human Molecular Genetics

Publisher’s version: 10.1093/hmg/ddy247

Bastow E. L., Garcia de la Torre V. S., Maclean A. E., Green R. T., Merlot S., Thomine S., Balk J. (2018)

Vacuolar iron stores gated by NRAMP3 and NRAMP4 are the primary source of iron in germinating seeds

Plant Physiology TBC pTBC

Publisher’s version: 10.1101/306894

Moore K. L., Rodriguez-Ramiro I., Jones E. R., Jones E. J., Rodriguez-Celma J., Halsey K., Domoney C., Shewry P. R., Fairweather-Tait S., Balk J. (2018)

The stage of seed development influences iron bioavailability in pea (Pisum sativum L.)

Scientific Reports 8 p6865

Publisher’s version: 10.1038/s41598-018-25130-3

Kruse I., Maclean A., Hill L., Balk J. (2018)

Genetic dissection of cyclic pyranopterin monophosphate biosynthesis in plant mitochondria.

Biochemical Journal 475 p495-509

Publisher’s version: 10.1042/BCJ20170559

Connorton J. M., Jones E. R., Rodriguez-Ramiro I., Fairweather-Tait S., Uauy C., Balk J. (2017)

Vacuolar Iron Transporter TaVIT2 transports Fe and Mn and is effective for biofortification.

Plant Physiology TBC pTBC

Publisher’s version: 10.1104/pp.17.00672

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