Dr Maurice Bosch
I received my PhD at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 2002 on a thesis entitled A Functional Study of Pistil-Specific Proline-Rich Glycoproteins under supervision of Titti Mariani. For my first postdoctoral work I moved to the US to join the lab of Peter Hepler (University of Massachusetts, Amherst).
In Peter's lab I further developed my research interest in studying structural cell wall components and cell wall dynamics. My research focused on the regulation of cell wall pectin dynamics by the enzyme pectin methylesterase using pollen tubes as a model system.
In 2005 I joined the lab of Noni Franklin-Tong in Birmingham and studied the temporal and spatial activation of caspase-like activities essential for the execution of Programmed Cell Death induced in self incompatible Papaver pollen.
In April 2008 I moved to Aberystwyth to join IBERS as a Senior Research Scientist.Links:
My research involves two different areas: Plant Cell Wall Biology and Self-Incompatibility
Plant Cell wall related work mainly focuses on the identification of the molecular and biological features underpinning cell wall recalcitrance to sugar release, and elucidating how different environmental conditions affect cell wall related traits relevant for plant growth and development, biorefining, and ruminant digestion.
Research on Self-Incompatibility (SI) aims at increasing mechanistic understanding of SI in plants and identification of the genetic components controlling SI in grasses.
Current PhD students:
- Marina Pellegrini map81: Functional characterization of self-incompatibility genes in grasses.
- Agnieszka Gladala-Kostartz agg9: The effect of wind stress on the structure and composition of plant stems.* Rosario Iacono roi3: The feasibility of a multi-conversion Miscanthus bioenergy crop.
- Marina Muñoz Triviño: Self-incompatibility induced Programmed Cell Death in plants
- Rebecca Hindhaugh rgh8: PhD associated with National Research Network “Plants & Architecture”.
- Iain Place: Self-fertility modifier genes in grasses
Former PhD students:
- Research Groups
- Energy Crop Biology
PublicationsXing, Y, Jones, P, Bosch, M, Donnison, I, Spear, M & Ormondroyd, G 2017, 'Exploring design principles of biological and living building envelopes: what can we learn from plant cell walls?' Intelligent Buildings International. DOI: 10.1080/17508975.2017.1394808Bhatia, R, Gallagher, J, Gomez, LD & Bosch, M 2017, 'Genetic engineering of grass cell wall polysaccharides for biorefining: Engineering grass cell wall polysaccharides' Plant Biotechnology Journal, vol 15, no. 9, pp. 1071-1092. DOI: 10.1111/pbi.12764da Costa, R, Pattathil, S, Avci, U, Lee, SJ, Hazen, SP, Winters, A, Hahn, M & Bosch, M 2017, 'A Cell wall Reference Profile for Miscanthus Bioenergy-crops Highlights Compositional and Structural Variations Associated with Development and Organ Origin' New Phytologist, vol 213, no. 4, pp. 1710-1725. DOI: 10.1111/nph.14306Fisher, L, Han, J, Corke, F, Akinyemi, A, Didion, T, Nielsen, KK, Doonan, J, Mur, L & Bosch, M 2016, 'Linking dynamic phenotyping with metabolite analysis to study natural variation in drought responses of Brachypodium distachyon' Frontiers in Plant Science, vol 7, 1751. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01751Wootton-Beard, P, Xing, Y, Durai Prabhakaran, RT, Robson, P, Bosch, M, Thornton, J, Ormondroyd, G, Jones, P & Donnison, I 2016, 'Review: Improving the impact of plant science on urban planning and design' Buildings, vol 6, no. 4. DOI: 10.3390/buildings6040048Shah, I, Donnison, I, Insole, J, Winters, A, Dalton, S, Woodman, T, Bosch, M & Threadgill, MD 2016, 'An efficient assay for ferulic acid esterase and para-coumaric acid esterases in plants at physiologically relevant activities' Cell Chemistry and Biology, vol 6, no. 5, pp. 300-311.Fernandes Da Costa, RM, Allison, G & Bosch, M 2015, 'Cell wall biomass preparation and Fourier transform mid-infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy to study cell wall composition' Bio-protocol, vol 5, no. 11.Wilkins, KA, Bosch, M, Haque, T, Teng, N, Poulter, NS & Franklin-Tong, VE 2015, 'Self-Incompatibility-induced Programmed Cell Death in Papaver pollen involves dramatic acidification of the incompatible pollen tube cytosol' Plant Physiology, vol 167, no. 3, pp. 766-779. DOI: 10.1104/pp.114.252742Fernandes Da Costa, RM, Lee, SJ, Allison, GG, Hazen, SP, Winters, A & Bosch, M 2014, 'Genotype, development and tissue-derived variation of cell-wall properties in the lignocellulosic energy crop Miscanthus' Annals of Botany, vol 114, no. 6, pp. 1265-1277. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcu054Ings, J, Mur, LAJ, Clifton-Brown, JC, Bosch, M & Robson, PR 2014, 'Revealing the Molecular and Physiological Responses to Water Deficit in the Bioenergy Crop Miscanthus x giganteus' Plant Biology Europe - FESPB/EPSO 2014 Congress, Dublin, Ireland, 2014 - 2014, pp. 34.Bhatia, R, Dalton, SJ, Roberts, LA, Gallagher, JA & Bosch, M 2014, 'Genetic engineering of lignocellulosic biomass in grasses: from gene function analysis to targeted in planta deconstruction' First International Workshop on Plant Synthetic Biology, Boston, United States of America, 2014 - 2014, .Bhatia, R & Bosch, M 2014, 'Transcriptional regulators of Arabidopsis secondary cell wall formation: tools to re-program and improve cell wall traits' Frontiers in Plant Science, vol 5, 192. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00192Slavov, GT, Nipper, R, Robson, P, Farrar, K, Allison, GG, Bosch, M, Clifton-Brown, JC, Donnison, IS & Jensen, E 2014, 'Genome-wide association studies and prediction of 17 traits related to phenology, biomass and cell wall composition in the energy grass Miscanthus sinensis' New Phytologist, vol 201, no. 4, pp. 1227-1239. DOI: 10.1111/nph.12621Slavov, GT, Nipper, R, Robson, PR, Farrar, K, Allison, GG, Bosch, M, Clifton-Brown, JC, Donnison, IS & Jensen, EF 2014, 'Genome-wide association studies and prediction of traits related to phenology, biomass and cell wall composition in Miscanthus sinensis.' Plant & Animal Genome XXII Conference, San Diego, United States of America, 2014 - 2014, pp. W422.Allison, GG, Cookson, AR, Bosch, M & Donnison, IS 2014, 'Chemometric analysis of hyperspectral Raman datasets to explore plant cell wall composition and architecture' Eigen U, Seattle, United States of America, 2014 - 2014, .Allison, GG, Cookson, AR, Bosch, M & Donnison, IS 2014, 'Chemometric analysis of hyperspectral Raman datasets to explore plant cell wall composition and architecture' 3rd AgriNet International Conference on Plant Chemical Biology, Maidenhead, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2014 - 2014, .Xue, J, Bosch, M & Knox, JP 2013, 'Heterogeneity and glycan masking of cell wall microstructures in the stems of Miscanthus x giganteus, and its parents M. sinensis and M. sacchariflorus' PLoS One, vol 8, no. 11, e82114. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0082114Ings, J, Mur, LAJ, Robson, PRH & Bosch, M 2013, 'Physiological and growth responses to water deficit in the bioenergy crop Miscanthus x giganteus' Frontiers in Plant Science, vol 4, pp. 468. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00468Bosch, M & Hazen, SP 2013, 'Lignocellulosic feedstocks: research progress and challenges in optimising biomass quality and yield' Frontiers in Plant Science. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00474Slavov, GT, Allison, GG & Bosch, M 2013, 'Advances in the genetic dissection of plant cell walls: tools and resources available in Miscanthus' Frontiers in Plant Science, vol 4, 217. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00217Fernandes Da Costa, RM, Winters, AL & Bosch, M 2013, 'Cell-wall compositional analysis of the energy crop Miscanthus as a means to optimise its application as a feedstock for bioenergy and biorefining' XIII Cell Wall Meeting, Nantes, France, 2013 - 2013, pp. O6-03.Xue, J, Bosch, M & Knox, JP 2013, 'In situ analysis of cell wall polysaccharides in stems of Miscanthus species' XIII Cell Wall Meeting, Nantes, France, 2013 - 2013, pp. P1-05.Fisher, L, Mur, LAJ, Didion, T, Nielsen, KK & Bosch, M 2013, 'Exploiting Brachypodium to Identify Cell Wall-Specific Responses to Drought' 1st International Brachypodium Conference, Modena, Italy, 2013 - 2013, pp. S4.4.Allison, GG, Cookson, AR, Bosch, M & Donnison, IS 2012, 'Chemometric analysis of hyperspectral Raman datasets to explore plant cell wall composition and architecture' Gordon Research Conference on Cell Walls, Colby College, Maine, United States of America, 2012 - 2012, .Bosch, M, Roberts, L, Dalton, S, Cookson, A, Timms-Taravella, E, Allison, G & Donnison, I 2012, 'Unravelling the regulatory network controlling cell wall synthesis in grasses to improve the conversation of lignocellulosic biomass into biofuels' Monogram Conference 2012, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2012 - 2012, .Klaas, M, Yang, B, Bosch, M, Thorogood, D, Manzanares, C, Armstead, IP, Franklin, FCH & Barth, S 2011, 'Progress towards elucidating the mechanisms of self-incompatibility in the grasses: further insights from studies in Lolium' Annals of Botany, vol 108, no. 4, pp. 677-685. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcr186Bosch, M, Mayer, C-D, Cookson, A & Donnison, IS 2011, 'Identification of genes involved in cell wall biogenesis in grasses by differential gene expression profiling of elongating and non-elongating maize internodes' Journal of Experimental Botany, vol 62, no. 10, pp. 3545-3561. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/err045Nieuwland, J, de Graaf, BHJ, Cheung, AY & Bosch, M 2011, 'Plant Reproduction: Does size matter?' New Phytologist, vol 190, no. 4, pp. 812-815. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03749.xWilkins, KA, Bancroft, J, Bosch, M, Ings, J, Smirnoff, N & Franklin-Tong, VE 2011, 'Reactive oxygen species and Nitric Oxide mediate actin reorganization and programmed cell death in the Self-Incompatibility response of Papaver' Plant Physiology, vol 156, no. 1, pp. 404-416. DOI: 10.1104/pp.110.167510Poulter, NS, Bosch, M & Franklin-Tong, VE 2011, 'Proteins implicated in mediating Self-Incompatibility-induced alterations to the actin cytoskeleton of Papaver pollen' Annals of Botany, vol 108, no. 4, pp. 659-675. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcr022Bosch, M, Roberts, LA, Dalton, SJ, Robson, PR, Donnison, IS, Nielsen, K & Mur, LAJ 2011, 'Brachypodium as a model for studying traits relevant for the development of bioenergy grasses' 1st European Brachypodium Workshop, Versailles, France, 2011 - 2011, pp. Abstract No: P2.9.Dalton, SJ, Bosch, M, Robson, PR & Donnison, IS 2011, 'Neomycin phosphotransferase gene (nptII) as a selectable marker for Brachypodium BD21' 1st European Brachypodium Workshop, Versailles, France, 2011 - 2011, .Bosch, M, Roberts, L, Dalton, S, Timms-Taravella, E, Carli, J, Allison, G & Donnison, I 2011, Genetic engineering of energy crops to improve the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into biofuels. in Aspects of Applied Biology 110. Association of Applied Biologists, pp. 104-104.Poulter, NS, Wheeler, MJ, Bosch, M & Franklin-Tong, VE 2010, 'Self-incompatibility in Papaver: Identification of the pollen S-determinant PrpS' Biochemical Society Transactions, vol 38, no. 2, pp. 588-592. DOI: 10.1042/BST0380588Bosch, M, Poulter, NS, Perry, RM, Wilkins, KA & Franklin-Tong, VE 2010, 'Characterization of a legumain/vacuolar processing enzyme and YVADase activity in Papaver pollen' Plant Molecular Biology, vol 74, no. 4-5, pp. 381-393. DOI: 10.1007/s11103-010-9681-9McKenna, ST, Kunkel, JG, Bosch, M, Rounds, CM, Vidali, L, Winship, LJ & Hepler, PK 2009, 'Exocytosis precedes and predicts the increase in growth in oscillating pollen tubes' Plant Cell, vol 21, no. 10, pp. 3026-3040. DOI: 10.1105/tpc.109.069260Bosch, M 2009, 'A gene-discovery approach to identify new players in the regulation of cell wall composition and cross-linking in grasses' Plant Cell Walls, Gordon Research Conference: Plant Cell Walls, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI, USA. Poster presentation., United States of America, 2009 - 2009, .Bosch, M, Poulter, NS, Vatovec, S & Franklin-Tong, VE 2008, 'Initiation of programmed cell death in self-incompatibility: role for cytoskeleton modifications and several caspase-like activities' Molecular Plant, vol 1, no. 6, pp. 879-887. DOI: 10.1093/mp/ssn053Bosch, M, de Graaf, BHJ, Poulter, N, Vatovec, S, Li, S & Franklin-Tong, VE 2008, 'Signalling to programmed cell death in self-incompatible pollen' Paper presented at 2008 Society of Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Marseille, France, 2008 - 2008, pp. S144. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2008.04.361Bosch, M & Franklin-Tong, VE 2008, 'Self-incompatibility in Papaver: signalling to trigger PCD in incompatible pollen' Journal of Experimental Botany, vol 59, no. 3, pp. 481-490. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erm195McKenna, ST, Kunkel, JG, Bosch, M, Rounds, C, Vidali, L, Winship, LJ & Hepler, PK 2008, 'Exocytosis leads and endocytosis follows the increase in growth rate in oscillating pollen tubes' Frontiers of Sexual Plant Reproduction III scientific research conference, Tucson, United States of America, 2008 - 2008, pp. 22.