Prof John Doonan BSc Hons (Leeds), PhD (Leeds)
John Doonan has more than 25 years experience in genetics and developmental cell biology of plants and fungi. Before joining IBERS as Director of the National Plant Phenomics Centre , he was Group Leader at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. Previous to that he worked at the Robert Wood Johnston Medical School in New Jersey, USA and obtained his PhD from Leeds University.
Plant growth underpins the productivity of both natural and agricultural ecosystems. Our group uses both induced (mutants) and natural variation in experimental model systems and wheat to understand how plants grow and respond to their environment. Current research focuses on cyclin dependent protein kinase targets (a) in the microtubule system and (b) in the protein translation machinery. We are developing high throughput high content phenotyping technologies at the National Plant Phenomics Centre that will allow the better exploitation of genomic-type information in the process of both gene discovery and plant breeding.
Our lab welcomes visiting students, post-doc and academics on short and longer term training visits. Please contact us by email.
Novel grasslands for agricultural production and flood mitigation. 19th EGF Symposium 2017.2017.
Climate-smart Strategies to Safeguard Persistency and Achieve Sustainable Grassland Production. 26th General Meeting of the EGF. Cadair2016.
Image-based phenotyping to measure plant diversity and performance. Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXIV. Cadair2016.
Estimation of Branch Angle from 3D Point Cloud of Plants. In (eds) 2015 International Conference on 3D Vision (3DV). 2015 International Conference on 3D Vision (3DV). IEEE Press pp. 554-561. 10.1109/3DV.2015.682015.
Accurate Multi-View Stereo 3D Reconstruction for Cost-Effective Plant Phenotyping. In (eds) Image Analysis and Recognition: 11th International Conference, ICIAR 2014, Vilamoura, Portugal, October 22-24, 2014, Proceedings, Part II. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 8815 Springer Nature pp. 349-356. 10.1007/978-3-319-11755-3_39 Cadair2014.
CDKG1 protein kinase is essential for synapsis and male meiosis at high ambient temperature in Arabidopsis thaliana. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (6) pp. 2182-2187. 10.1073/pnas.1318460111 Cadair2014.
Challenges of Crop Phenomics in the Post-genomic Era. In (ed) Phenomics. Taylor & Francis pp. 142-171. 10.1201/b16437-82014.
A Cost-Effective Automatic 3D Reconstruction Pipeline for Plants Using Multi-view Images. In (eds) Advances in Autonomous Robotics Systems: 15th Annual Conference, TAROS 2014, Birmingham, UK, September 1-3, 2014. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 8717 Springer Nature pp. 221-230. 10.1007/978-3-319-10401-0_202014.
Perturbation of cytokinin and ethylene-signalling pathways explain the strong rooting phenotype exhibited by Arabidopsis expressing the Schizosaccharomyces pombe mitotic inducer, cdc25. BMC Plant Biology 12 (1) 45 10.1186/1471-2229-12-45 Other Cadair2012.
UVR8 in Arabidopsis thaliana regulates multiple aspects of cellular differentiation during leaf development in response to ultraviolet B radiation. New Phytologist 183 (2) pp. 315-26. 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2009.02855.x Cadair2009.
A cyclin-dependent protein kinase, CDKC2, colocalizes with and modules the distribution of spliceosomal components in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal 54 (2) pp. 220-235. 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2008.03414.x Cadair2008.
Either alpha-tubulin isogene product is sufficient for microtubule function during all stages of growth and differentiation in Aspergillus nidulans. Molecular and Cellular Biology 13 (8) pp. 4465-76. 10.1128/MCB.13.8.4465 Cadair1993.
An actin network is present in the cytoplasm throughout the cell cycle of carrot cells and associates with the dividing nucleus. Journal of Cell Biology 105 (1) pp. 387-95. Cadair1987.