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:
- Energy Crop Biology
A Cell wall Reference Profile for Miscanthus Bioenergy-crops Highlights Compositional and Structural Variations Associated with Development and Organ Origin. New Phytologist 213 (4) pp. 1710-1725. 10.1111/nph.14306 Cadair2017.
An efficient assay for ferulic acid esterase and para-coumaric acid esterases in plants at physiologically relevant activities. Cell Chemistry and Biology 6 (5) pp. 300-311. Cadair2016 (In press).
Cell wall biomass preparation and Fourier transform mid-infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy to study cell wall composition. Bio-protocol 5 (11) Cadair2015.
Self-Incompatibility-induced Programmed Cell Death in Papaver pollen involves dramatic acidification of the incompatible pollen tube cytosol. Plant Physiology 167 (3) pp. 766-779. 10.1104/pp.114.252742 Cadair2015.
Genetic engineering of lignocellulosic biomass in grasses: from gene function analysis to targeted in planta deconstruction. First International Workshop on Plant Synthetic Biology. Cadair2014.
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 201 (4) pp. 1227-1239. 10.1111/nph.12621 Cadair2014.
Chemometric analysis of hyperspectral Raman datasets to explore plant cell wall composition and architecture. Eigen U. Cadair2014.
Chemometric analysis of hyperspectral Raman datasets to explore plant cell wall composition and architecture. 3rd AgriNet International Conference on Plant Chemical Biology. Cadair2014.
In situ analysis of cell wall polysaccharides in stems of Miscanthus species. XIII Cell Wall Meeting. Cadair2013.
Exploiting Brachypodium to Identify Cell Wall-Specific Responses to Drought. 1st International Brachypodium Conference. Cadair2013.
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 8 (11) e82114 10.1371/journal.pone.0082114 Cadair2013.
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. Cadair2013.
Chemometric analysis of hyperspectral Raman datasets to explore plant cell wall composition and architecture. Gordon Research Conference on Cell Walls. Cadair2012.
Unravelling the regulatory network controlling cell wall synthesis in grasses to improve the conversation of lignocellulosic biomass into biofuels. Monogram Conference 2012. Cadair2012.
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 62 (10) pp. 3545-3561. 10.1093/jxb/err045 Other Cadair2011.
Reactive oxygen species and Nitric Oxide mediate actin reorganization and programmed cell death in the Self-Incompatibility response of Papaver. Plant Physiology 156 (1) pp. 404-416. 10.1104/pp.110.167510 Cadair2011.
Brachypodium as a model for studying traits relevant for the development of bioenergy grasses. 1st European Brachypodium Workshop. Cadair2011.
Genetic engineering of energy crops to improve the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into biofuels. Aspects of Applied Biology 110. Association of Applied Biologists pp. 104-104. Cadair2011.
A gene-discovery approach to identify new players in the regulation of cell wall composition and cross-linking in grasses. Plant Cell Walls. Cadair2009.