Prof Mike Bevan
Programme Leader (GRO)
Cell and Developmental Biology
The final sizes of organisms is a key defining feature, but surprisingly very little is known how organisms determine when they have reached their final size. Plants and their seeds vary hugely in their size, which can also be an important agricultural trait.
Our lab is using Arabidopsis thaliana, a small experimental plant, to identify genes that determine the final sizes of organs and seeds in order to understand the mechanisms involved and to identify genes for use in agriculture, for example to increase seed size and seed yields. We have identified several important regulatory genes and shown that they can be used to alter seed size in crops.
We are also interested in the structure and evolution of plant genomes, as this knowledge provides fundamentally important resources and a key framework for crop improvement. Current projects include wheat genome sequencing and the assessing the influence of polyploidy on gene function and composition. This work underpins breeding and gene discovery projects in this important global crop.
I was born in Otorohanga, New Zealand, in 1952 and was a pupil at Otewa School and Hamilton Boys’ High School. I went to The University of Auckland (1970-1974) where I graduated with an MSc (Hons) in Biochemistry. I then completed post-graduate studies in plant biochemistry at the University of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College) with Professor Don Northcote.
My post-doctoral studies in bacterial genetics with Professor Mary-Dell Chilton at Washington University in St Louis involved developing plant transformation. I started work at the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge in 1982 and moved to the John Innes Centre in Norwich in 1990, where I am now a Strategic Programme Leader and the Deputy Director.
ContactTel: 01603 450520
The Mediator complex subunits MED25/PFT1 and MED8 are required for transcriptional responses to changes in cell wall arabinose composition and glucose treatment in Arabidopsis thaliana.
BMC Plant Biology 15 p215
Publisher’s version: 10.1186/s12870-015-0592-4
Plant Physiology 168 p1000-1012
Publisher’s version: 10.1104/pp.15.00288
The Ubiquitin Receptors DA1, DAR1, and DAR2 Redundantly Regulate Endoreduplication by Modulating the Stability of TCP14/15 in Arabidopsis.
Plant Cell 27 p649-62
Publisher’s version: 10.1105/tpc.114.132274
The Pentatricopeptide Repeat Proteins TANG2 and ORGANELLE TRANSCRIPT PROCESSING439 Are Involved in the Splicing of the Multipartite nad5 Transcript Encoding a Subunit of Mitochondrial Complex I.
Plant Physiology 165 p1409-1416
Publisher’s version: 10.1104/pp.114.244616
Glucose elevates NRT2.1 protein levels and nitrate transport activity independently of its HXK1-mediated stimulation of NRT2.1 expression.
Plant Physiology 164 p308-320
Publisher’s version: 10.1104/pp.113.230599
- David Grounds Visiting Worker
- Dr Hui Dong Postdoctoral Scientist
- Dr Fu-Hao Lu Postdoctoral Scientist
- Dr Jingkun Ma Postdoctoral Scientist
- Neil Mckenzie Research Assistant
- Rachel Prior Postgraduate Student
- Caroline Smith Research Assistant
Elected to European Molecular Biology Organisation, 2001
Kumho Award, 2001
Rank Prize for Nutrition, 1987
Broodbank Fellow, 1976-9