Faculty of Biological Sciences

Prof Brendan Davies

BSc, London; PhD 1991, CNAA.
Professor of Plant Development
School of Biology

Contact:  Miall 9.01 | +44(0) 113 34 33123/33146 | email address for Prof Brendan Davies 

You can read more about Prof Davies's interests here:

please wait

Admin roles

Faculty Research & Innovation Committee
FBS Faculty Board

Modules managed

BLGY3252 - Plant Developmental Biology

Modules taught

BIOL5251M - Plant Biotechnology
BIOL5292M - Bioscience MSc Research Proj
BIOL5294M - MSc Bioscience Res Project Pro
BLGY1211 - Applied Biology and Agriculture
BLGY1234 - Practical Genetics
BLGY1236 - Practical Applied Biology
BLGY1303 - Tutorials: Biology & Genetics
BLGY2100 - Enhanced Study Skills for Biologists
BLGY2225 - Sustainable Food Production
BLGY3021 - Research Project
BLGY3252 - Plant Developmental Biology
BLGY3291 - Comparative Genomics
BLGY3340 - Biology Research Projects

Centre membership: The Centre for Plant Sciences

Group Leader Prof Brendan Davies  (Professor of Plant Development)

Study of plant development using molecular genetics and genomics. 


Sandra Biewers  
Yangwen Qian  

Causier B; Davies B Flower development in the asterid lineage., 2014
View abstract

Lloyd JPB; Davies B SMG1 is an ancient nonsense-mediated mRNA decay effector PLANT JOURNAL 76 800-810, 2013

Causier B; Ashworth M; Guo W; Davies B The TOPLESS interactome: a framework for gene repression in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol 158 423-438, 2012
View abstract

Rayson S; Arciga-Reyes L; Wootton L; De Torres Zabala M; Truman W; Graham N; Grant M; Davies B A role for nonsense-mediated mRNA decay in plants: pathogen responses are induced in Arabidopsis thaliana NMD mutants. PLoS One 7 e31917-, 2012
View abstract

Causier B; Lloyd J; Stevens L; Davies B TOPLESS co-repressor interactions and their evolutionary conservation in plants. Plant Signal Behav 7 325-328, 2012
View abstract

Airoldi CA; Davies B Gene duplication and the evolution of plant MADS-box transcription factors. J Genet Genomics 39 157-165, 2012
View abstract

Rayson S; Ashworth M; de Torres Zabala M; Grant M; Davies B The salicylic acid dependent and independent effects of NMD in plants. Plant Signal Behav 7 1434-1437, 2012
View abstract

Rayson S; Ashworth M; de Torres Zabala M; Grant M; Davies B The salicylic acid dependent and independent effects of NMD in plants. Plant signaling&behavior 7 1434-1437, 2012
View abstract

Kieffer M; Master V; Waites R; Davies B TCP14 and TCP15 affect internode length and leaf shape in Arabidopsis. Plant J 68 147-158, 2011
View abstract

Causier B; Schwarz-Sommer Z; Davies B Floral organ identity: 20 years of ABCs SEMIN CELL DEV BIOL 21 73-79, 2010

Causier B; Castillo R; Xue YB; Schwarz-Sommer Z; Davies B Tracing the Evolution of the Floral Homeotic B- and C-Function Genes through Genome Synteny MOL BIOL EVOL 27 2651-2664, 2010

Davies B Flower Development - Forward SEMIN CELL DEV BIOL 21 72-72, 2010

Li JH; Dudas B; Webster MA; Cook HE; Davies BH; Gilmartin PM Hose in Hose, an S locus-linked mutant of Primula vulgaris, is caused by an unstable mutation at the Globosa locus P NATL ACAD SCI USA 107 5664-5668, 2010

Bemer M; Heijmans K; Airoldi C; Davies B; Angenent GC An Atlas of Type I MADS Box Gene Expression during Female Gametophyte and Seed Development in Arabidopsis PLANT PHYSIOL 154 287-300, 2010

Airoldi CA; Bergonzi S; Davies B Single amino acid change alters the ability to specify male or female organ identity P NATL ACAD SCI USA 107 18898-18902, 2010

Causier B; Bradley D; Cook H; Davies B Conserved intragenic elements were critical for the evolution of the floral C-function PLANT J 58 41-52, 2009

Li J; Webster M; Dudas B; Cook H; Manfield I; Davies B; Gilmartin PM The S locus-linked Primula homeotic mutant sepaloid shows characteristics of a B-function mutant but does not result from mutation in a B-function gene PLANT J 56 1-12, 2008

Davies B; Cartolano M; Schwarz-Sommer Z Flower development: The Antirrhinum perspective ADV BOT RES 44 279-321, 2006

Arciga-Reyes L; Wootton L; Kieffer M; Davies B UPF1 is required for nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) and RNAi in Arabidopsis PLANT J 47 480-489, 2006

Kieffer M; Stern Y; Cook H; Clerici E; Maulbetsch C; Laux T; Davies B Analysis of the transcription factor WUSCHEL and its functional homologue in Antirrhinum reveals a potential mechanism for their roles in meristem maintenance PLANT CELL 18 560-573, 2006

Davies B Floral meristem identity genes, 2006

Deeks MJ; Cvrckova F; Machesky LM; Mikitova V; Ketelaar T; Zarsky V; Davies B; Hussey PJ Arabidopsis group Ie formins localize to specific cell membrane domains, interact with actin-binding proteins and cause defects in cell expansion upon aberrant expression NEW PHYTOL 168 529-540, 2005

Causier B; Castillo R; Zhou J; Xue Y; Schwarz-Sommer Z; Davies B Evolution of the Arabidopsis and Antirrhinum C-function genes, 2005

de Folter S; Immink RGH; Kieffer M; Parenicova L; Henz SR; Weigel D; Busscher M; Kooiker M; Colombo L; Kater MM; Davies B; Angenent GC Comprehensive interaction map of the Arabidopsis MADS box transcription factors PLANT CELL 17 1424-1433, 2005

Deeks MJ; Kaloritia D; Machesky LM; Malho R; Davies B; Hussey PJ Actin nucleators in plants COMP BIOCHEM PHYS A 141 S320-S321, 2005

Causier B; Castillo R; Zhou J; Ingram R; Xue Y; Schwarz-Sommer Z; Davies B Evolution in action:following function in duplicated floral homeotic genes. Current Biology 15 1508-1512, 2005
View abstract

Causier B; Castillo R; Zhou J; Ingram R; Xue Y; Schwarz-Sommer Z; Davies B Evolution in action: following function in duplicated floral homeotic genes. Curr Biol 15 1508-1512, 2005
View abstract

Deeks MJ; Kaloriti D; Davies B; Malho R; Hussey PJ Arabidopsis NAP1 is essential for Arp2/3-dependent trichome morphogenesis CURR BIOL 14 1410-1414, 2004

Weir I; Lu J; Cook H; Causier B; Schwarz-Sommer Z; Davies B CUPULIFORMIS establishes lateral organ boundaries in Antirrhinum. Development 131 915-922, 2004
View abstract

Causier B; Cook H; Davies B An antirrhinum ternary complex factor specifically interacts with C-function and SEPALLATA-like MADS-box factors. Plant Mol Biol 52 1051-1062, 2003
View abstract

Parenicova L; de Folter S; Kieffer M; Horner DS; Favalli C; Busscher J; Cook HE; Ingram RM; Kater MM; Davies B; Angenent GC; Colombo L Molecular and phylogenetic analyses of the complete MADS-box transcription factor family in Arabidopsis: New openings to the MADS world PLANT CELL 15 1538-1551, 2003

Schwarz-Sommer Z; Davies B; Hudson A An everlasting pioneer: the story of Antirrhinum research NAT REV GENET 4 657-666, 2003

Deeks MJ; Hussey PJ; Davies B Formins: intermediates in signal-transduction cascades that affect cytoskeletal reorganization TRENDS PLANT SCI 7 492-498, 2002

Causier B; Davies B Analysing protein-protein interactions with the yeast two-hybrid system. Plant Mol Biol 50 855-870, 2002
View abstract

Causier B; Kieffer M; Davies B Plant biology. MADS-box genes reach maturity. Science 296 275-276, 2002

Kieffer M; Davies B Developmental programmes in floral organ formation. Semin Cell Dev Biol 12 373-380, 2001
View abstract

Gutierrez-Cortines ME; Davies BH Beyond the ABC's: ternary complex formation in the control of floral organ identity. Trends in Plant Science 5 471-476, 2000

Causier B; Weir I; Davies BH MADS-box factors in hermaphrodite flower development In Sex Determination in Plants , 1999

Davies BH; Sommer H; Schwartz-Sommer ZS Flower Development:Genetic Views and Molecular News In Development: Genetics, Epigenetics and Environment , 1999

Davies B; Motte P; Keck E; Saedler H; Sommer H; Schwarz-Sommer Z PLENA and FARINELLI: redundancy and regulatory interactions between two Antirrhinum MADS-box factors controlling flower development EMBO J 18 4023-4034, 1999

Davies BH; Motte P; Keck E; Saedler H; Sommer H; Schwartz-Sommer ZS Plena and Farinelli: Redundancy and regulatory interactions between two Antirrhinum MADS box factors controlling flower development. The EMBO Journal 18 4023-4034, 1999

West AG; Causier BE; Davies B; Sharrocks AD DNA binding and dimerisation determinants of Antirrhinum majus MADS-box transcription factors NUCLEIC ACIDS RES 26 5277-5287, 1998

West AG; Causer BE; Davies BH; Sharrocks AD DNA binding and dimerisation determinants of Antirrhinum majus MADS-box transcription factors Nucleic Acids Research 26 5277-5287, 1998
View abstract

Davies BH Two is company: the complex travel arrangements of floral homeotic factors BioEssays 18 863-866, 1996

Davies BH; DiRosa A; Eneva T; Saedler H; Sommer H Alteration of tobacco floral organ identity by expression of combinations of Antirrhinum MADS-box genes. The Plant Journal 10 663-677, 1996
View abstract

Davies BH; Egea Cortines M; Silva ED; Saedler H; Sommer H Multiple interactions amongst floral homeotic MADS box proteins The EMBO Journal 15 4330-4343, 1996
View abstract

Davies BH The L19 ribosomal protein gene: gene organisation, chromosomal mapping and novel promoter region. Genomics 25 372-380., 1995

Davies BH Control of floral organ identity by homoeotic MADS-box transcription factors. Cell Differentiation 20 (Plant promoters and transcription factors) Springer-Verlag 235-258, 1994

Davies BH The structure of the human intron-containing S8 ribosomal protein gene and determination of its chromosomal location at 1p32-34.1. Genomics 15 68-75., 1993

Davies BH The mapping of seven intron-containing ribosomal protein genes shows they are unlinked in the human genome. Genomics 13 201-207., 1992