Dr Liliana Costa

Research interests

Genetic and epigenetic regulation of seed development.

Contact details


+44 (0) 1865 275815

Publications (while at this department)

Costa, L.M, Marshall, E, Tesfaye, M, Silverstein, K.A.T, Mori, M, Umetsu, Y, Otterbach, S.L, Papareddy, R, Dickinson, H.G, Boutiller, K, VandenBosch, K.A, Ohki, S, Gutierrez-Marcos, J.F. (2014) Central cell-derived peptides regulate early embryo patterning in flowering plants Science. 344 (6180): pp 168-172.

Tesfaye, M, Silverstein, K.A.T, Nallu, S, Wang, L, Botanga, C.J, Gomez, S.K, Costa, L.M, Harrison, M.J, Samac, D.A, Glazebrook, J, Katagiri, F, Gutierrez-Marcos, J.F, VandenBosch, K.A. (2013) Spatio-Temporal Expression Patterns of Arabidopsis thaliana and Medicago truncatula Defensin-Like Genes PLoS ONE. 8 (3):.

Marshall, E, Costa, L.M, Gutierrez-Marcos, J. (2011) Cysteine-Rich Peptides (CRPs) mediate diverse aspects of cell-cell communication in plant reproduction and development Journal of Experimental Botany. 62 (5): pp 1677-1686.

Costa, L.M, Gutierrez-Marcos, J.F. (2008) Retinoblastoma makes its mark on imprinting in plants PLoS Biology. 6 (8): pp 1631-1633doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060212.

Pennington, PD, Costa, LM, Gutierrez-Marcos, JF, Greenland, AJ, Dickinson, HG. (2008) When genomes collide: aberrant seed development following maize interploidy crosses. Ann Bot (Lond). 101 (6): pp 833-43doi:10.1093/aob/mcn017.

Cao, X, Costa, L.M, Biderre-Petit, C, Kbhaya, B, Dey, N, Perez, P, McCarty, D.R, Gutierrez-Marcos, J.F, Becraft, P.W. (2007) Abscisic acid and stress signals induce Viviparous1 expression in seed and vegetative tissues of maize Plant Physiology. 143 (2): pp 720-731doi:10.1104/pp.106.091454.

Gutiérrez-Marcos, JF, Dal, Prà M, Giulini, A, Costa, LM, Gavazzi, G, Cordelier, S, Sellam, O, Tatout, C, Paul, W, Perez, P, Dickinson, HG, Consonni, G. (2007) Empty pericarp4 encodes a mitochondrion-targeted pentatricopeptide repeat protein necessary for seed development and plant growth in maize. Plant Cell. 19 (1): pp 196-210doi:10.1105/tpc.105.039594.

Gutierrez-Marcos, J.F, Costa, L.M, Pra, M.D, Scholten, S, Kranz, E, Perez, P, Dickinson, H.G. (2006) Epigenetic asymmetry of imprinted genes in plant gametes Nature Genetics. 38 (8): pp 876-878doi:10.1038/ng1828.

Gutierrez-Marcos, J.F, Costa, L.M, Evans, M.M.S. (2006) Maternal gametophytic baseless1 is required for development of the central cell and early endosperm patterning in maize (Zea mays) Genetics. 174 (1): pp 317-329doi:10.1534/genetics.106.059709.

Le, Q, Gutierrez-Marcos, J.F, Costa, L.M, Meyer, S, Dickinson, H.G, Lorz, H, Kranz, E, Scholten, S. (2005) Construction and screening of subtracted cDNA libraries from limited populations of plant cells: A comparative analysis of gene expression between maize egg cells and central cells Plant Journal. 44 (1): pp 167-178.

McInnis, S.M, Costa, L.M, Gutierrez-Marcos, J.F, Henderson, C.A, Hiscock, S.J. (2005) Isolation and characterization of a polymorphic stigma-specific class III peroxidase gene from Senecio squalidus L. (Asteraceae) Plant Molecular Biology. 57 (5): pp 659-677doi:10.1007/s11103-005-1426-9.

Costa, L.M, Gutierrez-Marcos, J.F, Dickinson, H.G. (2004) More than a yolk: The short life and complex times of the plant endosperm Trends in Plant Science. 9 (10): pp 507-514doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2004.08.007.

Gutierrez-Marcos, J.F, Costa, L.M, Biderre-Petit, C, Khbaya, B, O'Sullivan, D.M, Wormald, M, Perez, P, Dickinson, H.G. (2004) Maternally expressed gene1 is a novel maize endosperm transfer cell-specific gene with a maternal parent-of-origin pattern of expression Plant Cell. 16 (5): pp 1288-1301

Costa, L.M, Gutierrez-Marcos, J.F, Brutnell, T.P, Greenland, A.J, Dickinson, H.G. (2003) The globby1-1 (glo1-1) mutation disrupts nuclear and cell division in the developing maize seed causing alterations in endosperm cell fate and tissue differentiation Development. 130 (20): pp 5009-5017

Gutierrez-Marcos, J.F, Pennington, P.D, Costa, L.M, Dickinson, H.G. (2003) Imprinting in the endosperm: A possible role in preventing wide hybridization Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B Biological Sciences. 358 (1434): pp 1105-1111