Dr Maurice Bosch

Dr Maurice Bosch

Senior Lecturer

Contact Details


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:


Former PhD students:

Research Groups

  • Energy Crop Biology



Bhatia, R., Gallagher, J., Gomez, L.D., Bosch, M. 2017. Genetic engineering of grass cell wall polysaccharides for biorefining: Engineering grass cell wall polysaccharides. Plant Biotechnology Journal 15 (9) pp. 1071-1092. 10.1111/pbi.12764 Cadair

da Costa, R., Pattathil, S., Avci, U., Lee, S.J., Hazen, S.P., 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 213 (4) pp. 1710-1725. 10.1111/nph.14306 Cadair


Fisher, L., Han, J., Corke, F., Akinyemi, A., Didion, T., Nielsen, K.K., 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 7 1751 10.3389/fpls.2016.01751 Cadair

Wootton-Beard, P., Xing, Y., Durai Prabhakaran, R.T., 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 6 (4) 10.3390/buildings6040048 Cadair

Shah, I., Donnison, I., Insole, J., Winters, A., Dalton, S., Woodman, T., Bosch, M., Threadgill, M.D. 2016 (In press). 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. Cadair


Fernandes Da Costa, R.M., Allison, G., Bosch, M. 2015. Cell wall biomass preparation and Fourier transform mid-infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy to study cell wall composition. Bio-protocol 5 (11) Cadair

Wilkins, K.A., Bosch, M., Haque, T., Teng, N., Poulter, N.S., Franklin-Tong, V.E. 2015. 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 Cadair


Fernandes Da Costa, R.M., Lee, S.J., Allison, G.G., Hazen, S.P., Winters, A., Bosch, M. 2014. Genotype, development and tissue-derived variation of cell-wall properties in the lignocellulosic energy crop Miscanthus. Annals of Botany 114 (6) pp. 1265-1277. 10.1093/aob/mcu054 Cadair

Ings, J., Mur, L.A.J., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Bosch, M., Robson, P.R. 2014. Revealing the Molecular and Physiological Responses to Water Deficit in the Bioenergy Crop Miscanthus x giganteus. Plant Biology Europe - FESPB/EPSO 2014 Congress. Other Cadair

Bhatia, R., Dalton, S.J., Roberts, L.A., Gallagher, J.A., 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. Cadair

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 5 192 10.3389/fpls.2014.00192 Cadair

Slavov, G.T., Nipper, R., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Allison, G.G., Bosch, M., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S., 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 201 (4) pp. 1227-1239. 10.1111/nph.12621 Cadair

Slavov, G.T., Nipper, R., Robson, P.R., Farrar, K., Allison, G.G., Bosch, M., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S., Jensen, E.F. 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. Other Cadair

Allison, G.G., Cookson, A.R., Bosch, M., Donnison, I.S. 2014. Chemometric analysis of hyperspectral Raman datasets to explore plant cell wall composition and architecture. Eigen U. Cadair

Allison, G.G., Cookson, A.R., Bosch, M., Donnison, I.S. 2014. Chemometric analysis of hyperspectral Raman datasets to explore plant cell wall composition and architecture. 3rd AgriNet International Conference on Plant Chemical Biology. Cadair


Xue, J., Bosch, M., Knox, J.P. 2013. In situ analysis of cell wall polysaccharides in stems of Miscanthus species. XIII Cell Wall Meeting. Cadair

Fisher, L., Mur, L.A.J., Didion, T., Nielsen, K.K., Bosch, M. 2013. Exploiting Brachypodium to Identify Cell Wall-Specific Responses to Drought. 1st International Brachypodium Conference. Cadair

Xue, J., Bosch, M., Knox, J.P. 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 8 (11) e82114 10.1371/journal.pone.0082114 Cadair

Ings, J., Mur, L.A.J., Robson, P.R.H., Bosch, M. 2013. Physiological and growth responses to water deficit in the bioenergy crop Miscanthus x giganteus. Frontiers in Plant Science 4 pp. 468. 10.3389/fpls.2013.00468 Cadair

Bosch, M., Hazen, S.P. 2013. Lignocellulosic feedstocks: research progress and challenges in optimising biomass quality and yield. Frontiers in Plant Science 10.3389/fpls.2013.00474 Cadair

Slavov, G.T., Allison, G.G., Bosch, M. 2013. Advances in the genetic dissection of plant cell walls: tools and resources available in Miscanthus. Frontiers in Plant Science 4 217 10.3389/fpls.2013.00217 Cadair

Fernandes Da Costa, R.M., Winters, A.L., 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. Cadair


Allison, G.G., Cookson, A.R., Bosch, M., Donnison, I.S. 2012. Chemometric analysis of hyperspectral Raman datasets to explore plant cell wall composition and architecture. Gordon Research Conference on Cell Walls. Cadair

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. Cadair


Klaas, M., Yang, B., Bosch, M., Thorogood, D., Manzanares, C., Armstead, I.P., Franklin, F.C.H., Barth, S. 2011. Progress towards elucidating the mechanisms of self-incompatibility in the grasses: further insights from studies in Lolium. Annals of Botany 108 (4) pp. 677-685. 10.1093/aob/mcr186 Cadair

Bosch, M., Mayer, C., Cookson, A., Donnison, I.S. 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 62 (10) pp. 3545-3561. 10.1093/jxb/err045 Other Cadair

Nieuwland, J., de Graaf, B.H.J., Cheung, A.Y., Bosch, M. 2011. Plant Reproduction: Does size matter? New Phytologist 190 (4) pp. 812-815. 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03749.x Cadair

Wilkins, K.A., Bancroft, J., Bosch, M., Ings, J., Smirnoff, N., Franklin-Tong, V.E. 2011. 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 Cadair

Poulter, N.S., Bosch, M., Franklin-Tong, V.E. 2011. Proteins implicated in mediating Self-Incompatibility-induced alterations to the actin cytoskeleton of Papaver pollen. Annals of Botany 108 (4) pp. 659-675. 10.1093/aob/mcr022 Cadair

Bosch, M., Roberts, L.A., Dalton, S.J., Robson, P.R., Donnison, I.S., Nielsen, K., Mur, L.A.J. 2011. Brachypodium as a model for studying traits relevant for the development of bioenergy grasses. 1st European Brachypodium Workshop. Cadair

Dalton, S.J., Bosch, M., Robson, P.R., Donnison, I.S. 2011. Neomycin phosphotransferase gene (nptII) as a selectable marker for Brachypodium BD21. 1st European Brachypodium Workshop. Other Cadair

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. Aspects of Applied Biology 110. Association of Applied Biologists pp. 104-104. Cadair


Poulter, N.S., Wheeler, M.J., Bosch, M., Franklin-Tong, V.E. 2010. Self-incompatibility in Papaver: Identification of the pollen S-determinant PrpS. Biochemical Society Transactions 38 (2) pp. 588-592. 10.1042/BST0380588 Cadair

Bosch, M., Poulter, N.S., Perry, R.M., Wilkins, K.A., Franklin-Tong, V.E. 2010. Characterization of a legumain/vacuolar processing enzyme and YVADase activity in Papaver pollen. Plant Molecular Biology 74 (4-5) pp. 381-393. 10.1007/s11103-010-9681-9 Cadair


McKenna, S.T., Kunkel, J.G., Bosch, M., Rounds, C.M., Vidali, L., Winship, L.J., Hepler, P.K. 2009. Exocytosis precedes and predicts the increase in growth in oscillating pollen tubes. Plant Cell 21 (10) pp. 3026-3040. 10.1105/tpc.109.069260 Cadair

Bosch, 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. Cadair


Bosch, M., Poulter, N.S., Vatovec, S., Franklin-Tong, V.E. 2008. Initiation of programmed cell death in self-incompatibility: role for cytoskeleton modifications and several caspase-like activities. Molecular Plant 1 (6) pp. 879-887. 10.1093/mp/ssn053 Cadair

Bosch, M., de Graaf, B.H.J., Poulter, N., Vatovec, S., Li, S., Franklin-Tong, V.E. 2008. Signalling to programmed cell death in self-incompatible pollen. 2008 Society of Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting. 10.1016/j.cbpa.2008.04.361 Cadair

Bosch, M., Franklin-Tong, V.E. 2008. Self-incompatibility in Papaver: signalling to trigger PCD in incompatible pollen. Journal of Experimental Botany 59 (3) pp. 481-490. 10.1093/jxb/erm195 Cadair

McKenna, S.T., Kunkel, J.G., Bosch, M., Rounds, C., Vidali, L., Winship, L.J., Hepler, P.K. 2008. Exocytosis leads and endocytosis follows the increase in growth rate in oscillating pollen tubes. Frontiers of Sexual Plant Reproduction III scientific research conference. Other Cadair