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, RN & Langdon, T 2013, The Plant Nucleus at War and Peace: Genome Organization in the Interphase Nucleus. in J Greilhuber, J Dolezel & JF Wendel (eds), Plant Genome Diversity Volume 2: Physical Structure, Behaviour and Evolution of Plant Genomes. vol. 2, Springer Nature, pp. 13-31. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-7091-1160-4_2
Jones, RN 2012, 'B chromosomes in plants' Plant Biosystems, vol 146, no. 3, pp. 727-737. DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2012.713406
Zwierzykowski, Z, Taciak, M, Kosmala, A, Krajewski, P, Zwierzykowska, E, Zwierzykowski, W, Książczyk, T & Jones, RN 2011, 'Genomic structure and fertility in advanced breeding populations derived from an allotetraploid Festuca pratensis x Lolium perenne cross' Plant Breeding, vol 130, no. 4, pp. 476-480. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0523.2010.01839.x
Jones, RN 2011, 'Hubert Rees DFC. 2 October 1923 - 13 September 2009' Biographical Memoirs of the Fellows of the Royal Society, vol 56, pp. 359-376. DOI: 10.1098/rsbm.2010.0003
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, 2010 - 2010, .
Viegas, W, Frescatada, M, Delgado, M, Ribeiro-Varandas, E & Jones, RN 2010, 'Dynamics of functional heterochromatic domains in the plant interphase nucleus' Cytogenetic and Genome Research, vol 129, no. 1-3, pp. 64-71. DOI: 10.1159/000311607
Jones, RN & Hegarty, M 2009, 'Order out of chaos in the hybrid plant nucleus' Cytogenetic and Genome Research, vol 126, no. 4, pp. 376-389. DOI: 10.1159/000266171
Jones, RN, Ougham, HJ, Thomas, H & Pasakinskiene, IS 2009, 'Markers and mapping revisited: finding your gene' New Phytologist, vol 183, no. 4, pp. 935-966. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2009.02933.x
Jones, RN, Thomas, H, Naganowska, B (ed.), Kachlick, PI (ed.) & Krajewski, P (ed.) 2009, 'Genome restructuring in hybrids: marriages of inconvenience' pp. pp11-28.
Kumke, K, Jones, RN & Houben, A 2008, 'B chromosomes of Puschkinia libanotica are characterized by a reduced level of euchromatic histone H3 methylation marks' Cytogenetic and Genome Research, vol 121, no. 3-4, pp. 266-270. DOI: 10.1159/000138895
Jones, RN, 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, vol 16, no. 4, pp. 575-585. DOI: 10.1007/s10577-008-1198-6
Puertas, MJ, Vega, JM, Gonzalez-Sanchez, M, Gonzalez-Garcia, M, Jones, RN, Puertas, MJ (ed.) & Naranjo, T (ed.) 2008, 'Chromosomes with a life of their own' Cytogenetic and Genome Research, vol 120, no. 3-4, pp. 265-280. DOI: 10.1159/000121076
Houben, A, Jones, RN & Viegas, W 2008, 'A century of B chromosomes in plants: So what?' Annals of Botany, vol 101, no. 6, pp. 767-775. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcm167
Phillips, DW, Mikhailova, E, Timofejeva, L, Mitchell, JL, Osina, O, Sosnikhina, SP, Jones, RN & Jenkins, G 2008, 'Dissecting meiosis of rye using translational proteomics' Annals of Botany, vol 101, no. 6, pp. 873-880. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcm202
Jones, RN, Akahori, A, Wakimoto, M, Tsujimoto, H, Dou, Q, Nasuda, S, Niwa, K, Tanaka, H & Endo, TR 2008, 'Dissection of rye B chromosomes and nondisjunction of the dissected segments in common wheat' Genes and Genetic Systems, vol 83, no. 1, pp. 23-30. DOI: 10.1266/ggs.83.23
Jenkins, G, Phillips, DW, Mikhailova, E, Timofejeva, L & Jones, RN 2008, 'Meiotic genes and proteins in cereals' Cytogenetic and Genome Research, vol 120, no. 3-4, pp. 291-301. DOI: 10.1159/000121078
Mikhailova, EI, Phillips, D, Sosnikhina, SP, Lovtsyus, AV, Jones, RN & Jenkins, GM 2006, 'Molecular assembly of meiotic proteins Asy1 and Zyp1 and pairing promiscuity in rye (Secale cereale L.) and its synaptic mutant sy10' Genetics, vol 174, no. 3, pp. 1247-1258. DOI: 10.1534/genetics.106.064105
Bocianowski, J, Joks, W, Zwierzykowska, E, Jones, RN, 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. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-006-0322-2
Ressurreicao, F, Viegas, W, Delgado, M, Meister, A, Jones, RN, Caperta, AD & Houben, A 2006, 'Colchicine-induced polyploidization depends on tubulin polymerization in c-metaphase cells' Protoplasma, pp. 2-4. DOI: 10.1007/s00709-005-0137-z
Jones, RN, 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.
Thomas, AM, Thomas, H, Armstead, IP, King, IP, Harper, JA, Moore, BJ, Huang, LS, Fentem, PA, Ougham, HJ, Jones, RN, Jones, TAH, Roberts, LA, King, J & Donnison, IS 2005, 'Molecular tagging of a senescence gene by introgression mapping of a stay-green mutation from Festuca pratensis' New Phytologist, vol 165, no. 3, pp. 801-806. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2004.01269.x
Jones, RN & Pasakinskiene, IS 2005, 'Genome conflict in the gramineae' New Phytologist, vol 165, no. 2, pp. 391-410. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2004.01225.x
Jones, RN 2005, 'McClintock's controlling elements: the full story' Cytogenetic and Genome Research, vol 109, no. 1-3, pp. 1-3. DOI: 10.1159/000082387
Jenkins, GM, Mikhailova, EI, Langdon, T, Tikholiz, OA, Sosnikhina, SP & Jones, RN 2005, 'Strategies for the study of meiosis in rye' Cytogenetic and Genome Research, vol 109, no. 1-3, pp. 1-3. DOI: 10.1159/000082404
Jones, RN, Levin, DA, Palestis, BG & Trivers, R 2005, 'Phyletic hot spots for B chromosomes in angiosperms' Evolution, pp. 962-969. DOI: 10.1111/j.0014-3820.2005.tb01035.x
King, IP, King, J, Armstead, IP, Harper, JA, Roberts, LA, Thomas, H, Ougham, HJ, Jones, RN, Thomas, AM, Moore, BJ & Humphreys, MO (ed.) 2005, 'Introgression mapping in the grasses' Paper presented at 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, 2005 - 2005, pp. 31-41.
Jones, RN & Pasakinskiene, IS 2005, 'A decade of 'chromosome painting' in Lolium and Festuca' Cytogenetic and Genome Research, pp. 393-399. DOI: 10.1159/000082425
Jenkins, G, Mikhailova, E, Phillips, D, Hasterok, R, Draper, J & Jones, RN 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.
Ribeiro, T, Pires, B, Delgado, M, Viegas, W, Jones, RN & Morais–Cecílio, L 2004, 'Evidence for 'cross-talk' between A and B chromosomes of rye' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 271, no. S6, pp. S482-S484. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2004.0228
Palestis, BG, Burt, A, Jones, RN & 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, vol 271, no. S3, pp. S22-S24. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2003.0084
Jenkins, GM & Jones, RN 2004, 'B chromosome in hybrids of temperate cereals and grasses' Cytogenetic and Genome Research, vol 106, pp. 314-319. DOI: 10.1159/000079305
Palestis, BG, Trivers, R, Burt, A & Jones, RN 2004, 'The distribution of B chromosomes across species' Cytogenetic and Genome Research, pp. 2-4. DOI: 10.1159/000079281
Diez, M & Jones, RN 2004, 'The B chromosome database' Cytogenetic and Genome Research, pp. 2-4. DOI: 10.1159/000079280
Morais-Cecilio, L, Jones, RN, Delgado, M, Caperta, AD, 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. DOI: 10.1159/000079306
Jones, RN & Houben, A 2003, 'B chromosomes in plants: escapees from the A chromosome genome?' Plant Science, vol 8, no. 9, pp. 417-423. DOI: 10.1016/S1360-1385(03)00187-0
Langdon, T, Jenkins, GM, Hasterok, R, Jones, RN & King, IP 2003, 'A high-copy number CACTA family transposon in temperate grasses and cereals' Genetics, vol 163, no. 3, pp. 1097-1108.
King, J, Roberts, LA, Kearsey, MJ, Thomas, HM, King, IP, Jones, RN, Huang, LS-F, Armstead, IP, Morgan, WG & King, IP 2002, 'A demonstration of a 1:1 correspondence between chiasma frequency and recombination using a Lolium perenne/Festuca pratensis substitution' Genetics, vol 161, no. 1, pp. 307-314.
Donnison, IS, Cisneros, P, Montoya, T, Armstead, IP, Thomas, BJ, Jones, RN & Morris, P 2002, 'The floral transition in model and forage grasses' Journal of Experimental Botany, no. 33, pp. 42-48.
Hasterok, R, Jenkins, GM, Langdon, T & Jones, RN 2002, 'The nature and destiny of translocated B-chromosome-specific satellite DNA of rye' Chromosome Research, vol 10, no. 1, pp. 83-86. DOI: 10.1023/A:1014278429178
King, J, Armstead, IP, Donnison, IS, Thomas, HM, Jones, RN, Kearsey, MJ, Roberts, LA, Thomas, A, Morgan, WG & King, IP 2002, 'Physical and genetic mapping in the grasses Lolium perenne and Festuca pratensis.' Genetics, vol 161, pp. 315-324.
Hasterok, R, Jenkins, GM, Langdon, T, Jones, RN & Maluszynska, J 2001, 'Ribosomal DNA is an effective marker of Brassica chromosomes' Theoretical and Applied Genetics, vol 103, no. 4, pp. 486-490. DOI: 10.1007/s001220100653
Mikhailova, EI, Sosnikhina, SP, Kirillova, GA, Tikholiz, OA, Smirnov, VG, Jones, RN & Jenkins, GM 2001, 'Nuclear dispositions of subtelomeric and pericentromeric chromosomal domains during meiosis in asynaptic mutants of rye (Secale cereale L.)' Journal of Cell Science, vol 114, no. 10, pp. 1875-1882.
Armstead, IP, King, IP, Morgan, WG, Forster, JW, Jones, RN, Bollard, AL, Thomas, HM, Hayward, MD & Harper, JA 2001, 'Genetic and physical analysis of a single Festuca pratensis chromosome segment substitution in Lolium perenne' Chromosoma, vol 110, no. 1, pp. 52-57. DOI: 10.1007/s004120000122
Langdon, T, Seago, CM, Mende, M, Leggett, JM, Thomas, H, Forster, JW, Thomas, H, Jones, RN & Jenkins, G 2000, 'Retrotransposon Evolution in Diverse Plant Genomes' Genetics, vol 156, no. 1, pp. 313-325.
Langdon, T, Seago, CM, Jones, RN, Ougham, H, Thomas, H, Forster, JW & Jenkins, G 2000, 'De Novo Evolution of Satellite DNA on the Rye B Chromosome' Genetics, vol 154, no. 2, pp. 869-884.