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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  • Installation of C4 photosynthetic pathway enzymes in rice using a single construct.

  • SCARECROW gene function is required for photosynthetic development in maize

  • NO GAMETOPHORES 2 is a novel regulator of the 2D to 3D growth transition in the moss Physcomitrium patens

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

  • Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Charting of P. patens Reveals Accumulation of Somatic Mutations During in vitro Culture on the Scale of Natural Variation by Selfing.

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

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

  • Optimization of a Modular Steroid-Inducible Gene Expression System for Use in Rice

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