Professor Jane Langdale, CBE FRS

Research Interests

Professor Langdale's research is broadly themed upon the genetics and evolution of plant development. Her past research used diverse taxa including mosses, lycophytes, ferns and seed plants to investigate how developmental mechanisms were modified during land plant evolution. Currently, the research is focused on dissecting the genetic mechanisms that pattern the distinctive leaf anatomy found in plants that carry out C4 photosynthesis. This work is carried out with a view to understanding how developmental mechanisms were altered as the more efficient C4 pathway evolved, and with the long-term aim of engineering C4 anatomy into agronomically important C3 crops such as rice.

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  • Maize GOLDEN2-LIKE genes enhance biomass and grain yields in rice by improving photosynthesis and reducing photoinhibition.

  • A modular steroid-inducible gene expression system for use in rice.

  • Redundant SCARECROW genes pattern distinct cell layers in roots and leaves of maize.

  • LEAFY maintains apical stem cell activity during shoot development in the fern Ceratopteris richardii.

  • Understanding the Genetic Basis of C4 Kranz Anatomy with a View to Engineering C3 Crops.

  • The Chara Genome: Secondary Complexity and Implications for Plant Terrestrialization.

  • Anatomy and ultrastructure of embryonic leaves of the C4 species Setaria viridis.

  • Somatic hybridization provides segregating populations for the identification of causative mutations in sterile mutants of the moss Physcomitrella patens.

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