Prof Neil Jones

Prof Neil Jones

Emeritus Honorary Appointment

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University of Vilnius
University of St. Petersburg
Tallinn University of Biotechnology
Technical University of Lisbon
IPK Gatersleben, Germany
Kyoto University, Japan


BS22820 Human Genetics


Molecular cytogenetics of plants: including genome organisation and evolution; supernumerary B chromosome systems and their potential applications; physical mapping of plant chromosomes and introgression breeding for stress tolerance genes; meiosis, meiotic mutants in rye and tracking the early events of homology search.



Jones, R.N., Langdon, T. 2013. The Plant Nucleus at War and Peace: Genome Organization in the Interphase Nucleus. In J. Greilhuber., J. Dolezel., J. F. Wendel. (eds) Plant Genome Diversity Volume 2: Physical Structure, Behaviour and Evolution of Plant Genomes. Springer Nature pp. 13-31. Cadair


Jones, R.N. 2012. B chromosomes in plants. Plant Biosystems 146 (3) pp. 727-737. Cadair


Zwierzykowski, Z., Taciak, M., Kosmala, A., Krajewski, P., Zwierzykowska, E., Zwierzykowski, W., Książczyk, T., Jones, R.N. 2011. Genomic structure and fertility in advanced breeding populations derived from an allotetraploid Festuca pratensis x Lolium perenne cross. Plant Breeding Zeitschrift für Pflanzenzüchtung 130 (4) pp. 476-480.

Jones, R.N. 2011. Hubert Rees DFC. 2 October 1923 - 13 September 2009. Biographical Memoirs of the Fellows of the Royal Society 56 pp. 359-376.


Wnetrzak, J., Phillips, D., Nibau, C., Fallding, D., Jones, N., Jenkins, G. 2010. Manipulation of meiotic recombination in barley (Hordeum vulgare). PlantMicro-Wales Meeting. Cadair

Viegas, W., Frescatada, M., Delgado, M., Ribeiro-Varandas, E., Jones, R.N. 2010. Dynamics of functional heterochromatic domains in the plant interphase nucleus. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 129 (1-3) pp. 64-71.


Jones, R.N., Hegarty, M. 2009. Order out of chaos in the hybrid plant nucleus. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 126 (4) pp. 376-389. Cadair

Jones, R.N., Ougham, H.J., Thomas, H., Pasakinskiene, I.S. 2009. Markers and mapping revisited: finding your gene. New Phytologist 183 (4) pp. 935-966.

Jones, R.N., Thomas, H.Naganowska, B., Kachlick, P.i., Krajewski, P. 2009. Genome restructuring in hybrids: marriages of inconvenience. Cadair


Kumke, K., Jones, R.N., Houben, A. 2008. B chromosomes of Puschkinia libanotica are characterized by a reduced level of euchromatic histone H3 methylation marks. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 121 (3-4) pp. 266-270.

Jones, R.N., Zwierzykowski, Z., Zwierzykowska, E., Taciak, M., Kosmala, A., Krajewski, P. 2008. Chromosome pairing in allotetraploid hybrids of Festuca pratensis × Lolium perenne revealed by genomic in situ hybridization (GISH). Chromosome Research 16 (4) pp. 575-585.

Puertas, M.J., Vega, J.M., Gonzalez-Sanchez, M., Gonzalez-Garcia, M., Jones, R.N.Puertas, M.J., Naranjo, T. 2008. Chromosomes with a life of their own. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 120 (3-4) pp. 265-280.

Houben, A., Jones, R.N., Viegas, W. 2008. A century of B chromosomes in plants: So what? Annals of Botany 101 (6) pp. 767-775.

Phillips, D.W., Mikhailova, E., Timofejeva, L., Mitchell, J., Osina, O., Sosnikhina, S.P., Jones, R.N., Jenkins, G. 2008. Dissecting meiosis of rye using translational proteomics. Annals of Botany 101 (6) pp. 873-880.

Jones, R.N., Akahori, A., Wakimoto, M., Tsujimoto, H., Dou, Q., Nasuda, S., Niwa, K., Tanaka, H., Endo, T.R. 2008. Dissection of rye B chromosomes and nondisjunction of the dissected segments in common wheat. Genes and Genetic Systems 83 (1) pp. 23-30.

Jenkins, G., Phillips, D.W., Mikhailova, E., Timofejeva, L., Jones, R.N. 2008. Meiotic genes and proteins in cereals. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 120 (3-4) pp. 291-301.


Mikhailova, E.I., Phillips, D., Sosnikhina, S.P., Lovtsyus, A.V., Jones, R.N., Jenkins, G.M. 2006. Molecular assembly of meiotic proteins Asy1 and Zyp1 and pairing promiscuity in rye (Secale cereale L.) and its synaptic mutant sy10. Genetics 174 (3) pp. 1247-1258.

Bocianowski, J., Joks, W., Zwierzykowska, E., Jones, R.N., Kosmala, A., Zwierzykowski, Z. 2006. Genome balance in six successive generations of the allotetraploid Festuca pratensis x Lolium perenne. Theoretical and Applied Genetics pp. 539-547.

Ressurreicao, F., Viegas, W., Delgado, M., Meister, A., Jones, R.N., Caperta, A.D., Houben, A. 2006. Colchicine-induced polyploidization depends on tubulin polymerization in c-metaphase cells. Protoplasma pp. 2-4.


Thomas, A.M., Thomas, H., Armstead, I.P., King, I.P., Harper, J.A., Moore, B.J., Huang, L.S., Fentem, P.A., Ougham, H.J., Jones, R.N., Jones, T.A.H., Roberts, L.A., King, J., Donnison, I.S. 2005. Molecular tagging of a senescence gene by introgression mapping of a stay-green mutation from Festuca pratensis. New Phytologist 165 (3) pp. 801-806.

Jones, R.N., Pasakinskiene, I.S. 2005. Genome conflict in the gramineae. New Phytologist 165 (2) pp. 391-410.

Jones, R.N. 2005. McClintock's controlling elements: the full story. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 109 (1-3) pp. 1-3.

Jenkins, G.M., Mikhailova, E.I., Langdon, T., Tikholiz, O.A., Sosnikhina, S.P., Jones, R.N. 2005. Strategies for the study of meiosis in rye. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 109 (1-3) pp. 1-3.

Jones, R.N., Levin, D.A., Palestis, B.G., Trivers, R. 2005. Phyletic hot spots for B chromosomes in angiosperms. Evolution pp. 962-969.

King, I.P., King, J., Armstead, I.P., Harper, J.A., Roberts, L.A., Thomas, H., Ougham, H.J., Jones, R.N., Thomas, A.M., Moore, B.J.Humphreys, M.O. 2005. Introgression mapping in the grasses. The 4th international symposium on the molecular breeding of forage and turf, a satellite workshop of the XXth International Grassland Congress.

Jones, R.N., Pasakinskiene, I.S. 2005. A decade of 'chromosome painting' in Lolium and Festuca. Cytogenetic and Genome Research pp. 393-399.

Jenkins, G., Mikhailova, E., Phillips, D., Hasterok, R., Draper, J., Jones, R.N. 2005. Models and meiosis in the ’omics era. In Z. Zwierzykowski., A. Kosmala. (eds) Recent advances in genetics and breeding of the grasses. Polish Academy of Sciences pp. 97-104. Cadair

Jones, R.N., Morais-Cecilio, L., Viegas, W., Costa-Nunes, P., Ribeiro, T., Delgado, M. 2005. Molecular and cytological characterization of genomic variability in hexaploid wheat 'Lindstrom'. Genome pp. 895-904.


Ribeiro, T., Pires, B., Delgado, M., Viegas, W., Jones, R.N., Morais–Cecílio, L. 2004. Evidence for 'cross-talk' between A and B chromosomes of rye. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 271 (S6) pp. S482-S484.

Palestis, B.G., Burt, A., Jones, R.N., Trivers, R. 2004. B chromosomes are more frequent in mammals with acrocentric karyotypes: support for the theory of centromeric drive. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 271 (S3) pp. S22-S24.

Jenkins, G.M., Jones, R.N. 2004. B chromosome in hybrids of temperate cereals and grasses. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 106 pp. 314-319.

Palestis, B.G., Trivers, R., Burt, A., Jones, R.N. 2004. The distribution of B chromosomes across species. Cytogenetic and Genome Research pp. 2-4.

Diez, M., Jones, R.N. 2004. The B chromosome database. Cytogenetic and Genome Research pp. 2-4.

Morais-Cecilio, L., Jones, R.N., Delgado, M., Caperta, A.D., Viegas, W., Ribeiro, T. 2004. Different numbers of rye B chromosomes induce identical compaction changes in distinct A chromosome domains. Cytogenetic and Genome Research pp. 2-4.


Jones, R.N., Houben, A. 2003. B chromosomes in plants: escapees from the A chromosome genome? Plant Science 8 (9) pp. 417-423.

Langdon, T., Jenkins, G.M., Hasterok, R., Jones, R.N., King, I.P. 2003. A high-copy number CACTA family transposon in temperate grasses and cereals. Genetics 163 (3) pp. 1097-1108.


King, J., Roberts, L.A., Kearsey, M.J., Thomas, H.M., King, I.P., Jones, R.N., Huang, L.S., Armstead, I.P., Morgan, W.G., King, I.P. 2002. A demonstration of a 1:1 correspondence between chiasma frequency and recombination using a Lolium perenne/Festuca pratensis substitution. Genetics 161 (1) pp. 307-314.

Donnison, I.S., Cisneros, P., Montoya, T., Armstead, I.P., Thomas, B.J., Jones, R.N., Morris, P. 2002. The floral transition in model and forage grasses. Journal of Experimental Botany (33) pp. 42-48.

Hasterok, R., Jenkins, G.M., Langdon, T., Jones, R.N. 2002. The nature and destiny of translocated B-chromosome-specific satellite DNA of rye. Chromosome Research 10 (1) pp. 83-86.

King, J., Armstead, I.P., Donnison, I.S., Thomas, H.M., Jones, R.N., Kearsey, M.J., Roberts, L.A., Thomas, A., Morgan, W.G., King, I.P. 2002. Physical and genetic mapping in the grasses Lolium perenne and Festuca pratensis. Genetics 161 pp. 315-324.


Hasterok, R., Jenkins, G.M., Langdon, T., Jones, R.N., Maluszynska, J. 2001. Ribosomal DNA is an effective marker of Brassica chromosomes. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 103 (4) pp. 486-490.

Mikhailova, E.I., Sosnikhina, S.P., Kirillova, G.A., Tikholiz, O.A., Smirnov, V.G., Jones, R.N., Jenkins, G.M. 2001. Nuclear dispositions of subtelomeric and pericentromeric chromosomal domains during meiosis in asynaptic mutants of rye (Secale cereale L.). Journal of Cell Science 114 (10) pp. 1875-1882.

Armstead, I.P., King, I.P., Morgan, W.G., Forster, J.W., Jones, R.N., Bollard, A.L., Thomas, H.M., Hayward, M.D., Harper, J.A. 2001. Genetic and physical analysis of a single Festuca pratensis chromosome segment substitution in Lolium perenne. Chromosoma 110 (1) pp. 52-57.


Langdon, T., Seago, C.M., Mende, M., Leggett, J.M., Thomas, H., Forster, J.W., Thomas, H., Jones, R.N., Jenkins, G. 2000. Retrotransposon Evolution in Diverse Plant Genomes. Genetics 156 (1) pp. 313-325. Cadair

Langdon, T., Seago, C.M., Jones, R.N., Ougham, H., Thomas, H., Forster, J.W., Jenkins, G. 2000. De Novo Evolution of Satellite DNA on the Rye B Chromosome. Genetics 154 (2) pp. 869-884. Cadair