Dr Tom Bennett

University Academic Fellow in Molecular Plant Science
School of Biology

Background: BSc. Biology, University of Leeds, 2002 PhD Biology, University of York, 2006

Contact: Manton 9.02, +44(0) 113-34-38614, email address for  

You can read more about Dr Bennett's interests here:

Research Interests

Systemic coordination of plant development

Modules taught

BIOL5294M - MSc Bioscience Research Project Proposal
BIOL5392M - Bioscience MSc Research Project
BLGY1211 - Applied Biology and Agriculture
BLGY1236 - Practical Applied Biology
BLGY1303 - Tutorials for Biology and Genetics
BLGY2100 - Enhanced Study Skills for Biologists
BLGY3173 - Plant Growth, Resources and Food Security
BLGY3345 - Biology Integrated Research Projects

Dr Darren Machin  (Research Fellow )


Maxime Josse (Primary supervisor) 90% FTE

Walker CH, Bennett T Forbidden Fruit: Dominance Relationships and the Control of Shoot Architecture Annual Plant Reviews, 2018
View abstract

Lenser T, Tarkowská D, Novák O, Wilhelmsson PKI, Bennett T, Rensing SA, Strnad M, Theißen G When the BRANCHED network bears fruit: how carpic dominance causes fruit dimorphism in Aethionema Plant Journal 94 352-371, 2018
View abstract

Bythell-Douglas R, Rothfels CJ, Stevenson DWD, Graham SW, Wong GK-S, Nelson DC, Bennett TA Evolution of strigolactone receptors by gradual neofunctionalization of KAI2 paralogues BMC Biology 15, 2017
View abstract

Seale M, Bennett T, Leyser O BRC1 expression regulates bud activation potential but is not necessary or sufficient for bud growth inhibition in arabidopsis Development (Cambridge) 144 1661-1673, 2017
View abstract

Waters MT, Gutjahr C, Bennett T, Nelson DC Strigolactone Signaling and Evolution Annual Review of Plant Biology 68 291-322, 2017
View abstract

Bennett T, Liang Y, Seale M, Ward S, Müller D, Leyser O Strigolactone regulates shoot development through a core signalling pathway Biology Open 5 1806-1820, 2016
View abstract

Liang Y, Ward S, Li P, Bennett T, Leyser O SMAX1-LIKE7 Signals from the Nucleus to Regulate Shoot Development in Arabidopsis via Partially EAR Motif-Independent Mechanisms. Plant Cell 28 1581-1601, 2016
View abstract

Bennett T, Hines G, van Rongen M, Waldie T, Sawchuk MG, Scarpella E, Ljung K, Leyser O Connective Auxin Transport in the Shoot Facilitates Communication between Shoot Apices PLoS Biology 14, 2016
View abstract

Soundappan I, Bennett T, Morffy N, Liang Y, Stanga JP, Abbas A, Leyser O, Nelsona DC SMAX1-LIKE/D53 family members enable distinct MAX2-dependent responses to strigolactones and karrikins in arabidopsis Plant Cell 27 3143-3159, 2015
View abstract

Bennett T PIN proteins and the evolution of plant development Trends in Plant Science 20 498-507, 2015
View abstract

Bennett T, Leyser O The auxin question: A philosophical overview In Auxin and Its Role in Plant Development, 2014
View abstract

Bennett T, Hines G, Leyser O Canalization: What the flux? Trends in Genetics 30 41-48, 2014
View abstract

Bennett T, Leyser O Strigolactone signalling: Standing on the shoulders of DWARFs Current Opinion in Plant Biology 22 7-13, 2014
View abstract

Bennett T, van den Toorn A, Willemsen V, Scheres B Precise control of plant stem cell activity through parallel regulatory inputs Development (Cambridge) 141 4055-4064, 2014
View abstract

Bennett TA, Liu MM, Aoyama T, Bierfreund NM, Braun M, Coudert Y, Dennis RJ, O'Connor D, Wang XY, White CD, Decker EL, Reski R, Harrison CJ Plasma membrane-targeted PIN proteins drive shoot development in a moss Current Biology 24 2776-2785, 2014
View abstract

Bainbridge K, Bennett T, Crisp P, Leyser O, Turnbull C Grafting in Arabidopsis Methods in Molecular Biology 1062 155-163, 2014
View abstract

Bennett T, Brockington SF, Rothfels C, Graham SW, Stevenson D, Kutchan T, Rolf M, Thomas P, Wong GKS, Leyser O, Glover BJ, Harrison CJ Paralogous radiations of PIN proteins with multiple origins of noncanonical PIN structure Molecular Biology and Evolution 31 2042-2060, 2014
View abstract

Dhonukshe P, Weits DA, Cruz-Ramirez A, Deinum EE, Tindemans SH, Kakar K, Prasad K, Mähönen AP, Ambrose C, Sasabe M, Wachsmann G, Luijten M, Bennett T, Machida Y, Heidstra R, Wasteneys G, Mulder BM, Scheres B XErratum: A PLETHORA-auxin transcription module controls cell division plane rotation through MAP65 and CLASP (Cell (2013) 149 (383-396)) Cell 155, 2013

Bennett T, Scheres B Root development-two meristems for the price of one? Current Topics in Developmental Biology 91 67-102, 2010
View abstract

Bennett T, van den Toorn A, Sanchez-Perez GF, Campilho A, Willemsen V, Snel B, Scheres B SOMBRERO, BEARSKIN1, and BEARSKIN2 regulate root cap maturation in Arabidopsis Plant Cell 22 640-654, 2010
View abstract

Prusinkiewicz P, Crawford S, Smith RS, Ljung K, Bennett T, Ongaro V, Leyser O Control of bud activation by an auxin transport switch Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106 17431-17436, 2009
View abstract

Willemsen V, Bauch M, Bennett T, Campilho A, Wolkenfelt H, Xu J, Haseloff J, Scheres B The NAC Domain Transcription Factors FEZ and SOMBRERO Control the Orientation of Cell Division Plane in Arabidopsis Root Stem Cells Developmental Cell 15 913-922, 2008
View abstract

Bennett T, Leyser O Response to Prof Tomescu [2] Plant Molecular Biology 62 483-, 2006

Bainbridge K, Bennett T, Turnbull C, Leyser O Grafting. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 323 39-44, 2006
View abstract

Bennett T, Leyser O Something on the side: Axillary meristems and plant development Plant Molecular Biology 60 843-854, 2006
View abstract

Bennett T, Sieberer T, Willett B, Booker J, Luschnig C, Leyser O The Arabidopsis MAX pathway controls shoot branching by regulating auxin transport Current Biology 16 553-563, 2006
View abstract