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.


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


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. Cadair

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. 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. Cadair

Wnetrzak, J., Phillips, D., Nibau, C., Fallding, D., Jones, N., Jenkins, G. 2010. Manipulation of meiotic recombination in barley (Hordeum vulgare). PlantMicro-Wales Meeting, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 12/07/2010 - 13/07/2010.


Jones, R.N., Thomas, H.Naganowska, B., Kachlick, P.i., Krajewski, P. 2009. Genome restructuring in hybrids: marriages of inconvenience. pp. pp11-28. Other

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. Cadair

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


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. Cadair Other

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair Other Other

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. Cadair


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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair


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

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

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, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 26/06/2005 - 02/07/2005. pp. 31-41. Cadair

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

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.

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. Cadair Other

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. Other Cadair

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

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. Cadair


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

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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

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. Cadair


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. Cadair Other

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


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. Cadair Other Cadair Other

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. Cadair Other

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. Cadair Other

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. Cadair


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. Cadair

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. Other Cadair

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. 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. Other

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. Other