Dr Brian Jones

Senior Lecturer
Dept of Plant and Food Sciences

C81 - ATP - The Biomedical Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 1143
Fax +61 2 8627 1099

Biographical details

Brian Jones is a molecular biologist with an interest in the developmental biology of food plants and wood production. He has a B.Sc in Horticulture from the UWSH, Sydney and a PhD from ENSAT, Toulouse, France. He has spent much of his career working in Europe on various projects related to developmental biology. He has active collaborations with groups in France, Portugal, Sweden and China and has published extensively on the role of hormones in plant development.

Research interests

Brian is interested in how plants have adapted to changing environments. Understanding is key to our ability to efficiently adapt our systems and the plants we use to feed, clothe and house ourselves. Climate change and the burgeoning global population challenge us to rapidly improve our systems. Sustainable production systems are possible, but only if we work urgently and effectively.

Teaching and supervision

Brian teaches undergraduate units in basic plant biology (AGEN1004, Applied Environmental Biology; PLNT3001, Plant, Cell and Environment; PLNT3002, Plant Growth and Development), and in horticulture (HORT4005, Research and Practice in Horticultural Science). He has a number of Honours and postgraduate students working to improve the productivity of food and tree crops through targeted molecular and genetic approaches.

GRANTS

Brian has a number of current research grants in Australia and Sweden, focused on improving yield potential.

Themes

Plant and crop physiology; Climate Change; Food Security and Supply

Selected grants

2013

  • A novel mutation-based strategy to increase seed yield in canola; Jones B; Grains Research and Development Corporation/Research and Development: Germplasm Enhancement.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Johnson, K., Jones, B., Schultz, C., Bacic, A. (2003). Non-enzymic cell wall (glyco)proteins. In Jocelyn Rose (Eds.), The Plant Cell Wall, (pp. 111-154). UK: Blackwell Publishers.

Journals

  • Feng, H., Tian, X., Liu, Y., Li, Y., Zhang, X., Jones, B., Sun, Y., Sun, J. (2013). Analysis of Flavonoids and the Flavonoid Structural Genes in Brown Fiber of Upland Cotton. PloS One, 8(3), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Wang, J., Kucukoglu, M., Zhang, L., Chen, P., Decker, D., Nilsson, O., Jones, B., Sandberg, G., Zheng, B. (2013). The Arabidopsis LRR-RLK, PXC1, is a regulator of secondary wall formation correlated with the TDIF-PXY/TDR-WOX4 signaling pathway. BMC Plant Biology, 13(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Ke, L., Liu, R., Chu, B., Yu, X., Sun, J., Jones, B., Pan, G., Cheng, X., Wang, H., Zhu, S., et al (2012). Cell Suspension Culture-Mediated Incorporation of the Rice Bel Gene into Transgenic Cotton. PloS One, 7(7), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Yu, X., Chu, B., Liu, R., Sun, J., Jones, B., Wang, H., Shuijin, Z., Sun, Y. (2012). Characteristics of fertile somatic hybrids of G. hirsutum L. and G. trilobum generated via protoplast fusion. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 125(7), 1503-1516. [More Information]
  • Seung, D., Matte Risopatron, J., Jones, B., Marc, J. (2012). Circadian clock-dependent gating in ABA signalling networks. Protoplasma, 249(3), 445-457. [More Information]
  • Sairanen, I., Novák, O., Pencík, A., Ikeda, Y., Jones, B., Sandberg, G., Ljung, K. (2012). Soluble carbohydrates regulate auxin biosynthesis via PIF proteins in arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 24(12), 4907-4916. [More Information]
  • Jones, B., Ljung, K. (2012). Subterranean space exploration: the development of root system architecture. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 15(1), 97-102. [More Information]
  • Sun, Y., Liu, S., Wang, Y., Jones, B., Wang, H., Zhu, S. (2011). An interspecific somatic hybrid between upland cotton (G. hirsutum L. cv. ZDM-3) and wild diploid cotton (G. klotzschianum A.). Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture: an international journal on in vitro culture of higher plants, 106(3), 425-433. [More Information]
  • Jones, B., Ljung, K. (2011). Auxin and cytokinin regulate each other's levels via a metabolic feedback loop. Plant Signaling and Behavior, 6(6), 901-904. [More Information]
  • Wang, J., Andersson-Gunneras, S., Gaboreanu, I., Hertzberg, M., Tucker, M., Zheng, B., Lesniewska, J., Mellerowicz, E., Laux, T., Sandberg, G., Jones, B. (2011). Reduced expression of the SHORT-ROOT gene increases the rates of growth and development in hybrid poplar and Arabidopsis. PloS One, 6(12), Article no. e28878 - 1-Article no. e28878 - 9. [More Information]
  • Jones, B., Gunneras, S., Petersson, S., Tarkowski, P., Graham, N., May, S., Dolezal, K., Sandberg, G., Ljung, K. (2010). Cytokinin Regulation of Auxin Synthesis in Arabidopsis Involves a Homeostatic Feedback Loop Regulated via Auxin and Cytokinin Signal Transduction. Plant Cell, 22(9), 2956-2969. [More Information]
  • Matte Risopatron, J., Sun, Y., Jones, B. (2010). The vascular cambium: molecular control of cellular structure. Protoplasma, 247(3), 145-161.
  • Coimbra, S., Costa, M., Jones, B., Mendes, M., Pereira, L. (2009). Pollen grain development is compromised in Arabidopsis agp6 agp11 null mutants. Journal of Experimental Botany, 60(11), 3133-3142. [More Information]
  • Chaabouni, S., Jones, B., Delalande, C., Wang, H., Li, Z., Mila, I., Frasse, P., Latche, A., Pech, J., Bouzayen, M. (2009). SI-IAA3, a tomato Aux/IAA at the crossroads of auxin and ethylene signalling involved in differential growth. Journal of Experimental Botany, 60(4), 1349-1362.
  • Guillon, F., Philippe, S., Bouchet, B., Devaux, M., Frasse, P., Jones, B., Bouzayen, M., Lahaye, M. (2008). Down-regulation of an Auxin Response Factor in the tomato induces modification of fine pectin structure and tissue architecture. Journal of Experimental Botany, 59(2), 273-288.
  • Leclercq, J., Ranty, B., Sanchez-Ballesta, M., Li, Z., Jones, B., Jauneau, A., Pech, J., Latche, A., Ranjeva, R., Bouzayen, M. (2005). Molecular and biochemical characterization of LeCRK1, a ripening-associated tomato CDPK-related kinase. Journal of Experimental Botany, 56(409), 25-35.
  • Wang, H., Jones, B., Li, Z., Frasse, P., Delalande, C., Regad, F., Chaabouni, S., Latche, A., Pech, J., Bouzayen, M. (2005). The Tomato Aux/IAA Transcription Factor IAA9 Is Involved in Fruit Development and Leaf Morphogenesis. Plant Cell, 17, 2676-2692.
  • El-Sharkawy, I., Jones, B., Gentzbittel, L., Lelievre, J., Pech, J., Latche, A. (2004). Differential regulation of ACC synthase genes in cold-dependent and -independent ripening in pear fruit. Plant, Cell and Environment, 27, 1197-1210.
  • Seneweera, S., Aben, S., Basra, A., Jones, B., Conroy, J. (2003). Involvement of ethylene in the morphological and developmental response of rice to elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 39, 143-153.
  • El-Sharkawy, I., Jones, B., Li, Z., Lelievre, J., Pech, J., Latche, A. (2003). Isolation and characterization of four ethylene perception elements and their expression during ripening in pears (Pyrus communis L.) with/without cold requirement. Journal of Experimental Botany, 54(387), 1615-1625.
  • Tournier, B., Sanchez-Ballesta, M., Jones, B., Pesquet, E., Regad, F., Latche, A., Pech, J., Bouzayen, M. (2003). New members of the tomato ERF family show specific expression pattern and diverse DNA-binding capacity to the GCC box element. FEBS Letters, 550, 149-154.
  • Johnson, K., Jones, B., Bacic, A., Schultz, C. (2003). The Fasciclin-Like Arabinogalactan Proteins of Arabidopsis. A Multigene Family of Putative Cell Adhesion Molecules. Plant Physiology, 133, 1911-1925.

Conferences

  • Martin, M., Jones, B., Pye, M., Quinnell, R. (2014). Teach to learn: using new technologies to support agriculture undergraduates in biology. 20th Annual UniServe Science Conference: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) 2014, Sydney: UniServe Science, University of Sydney.

2014

  • Martin, M., Jones, B., Pye, M., Quinnell, R. (2014). Teach to learn: using new technologies to support agriculture undergraduates in biology. 20th Annual UniServe Science Conference: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) 2014, Sydney: UniServe Science, University of Sydney.

2013

  • Feng, H., Tian, X., Liu, Y., Li, Y., Zhang, X., Jones, B., Sun, Y., Sun, J. (2013). Analysis of Flavonoids and the Flavonoid Structural Genes in Brown Fiber of Upland Cotton. PloS One, 8(3), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Wang, J., Kucukoglu, M., Zhang, L., Chen, P., Decker, D., Nilsson, O., Jones, B., Sandberg, G., Zheng, B. (2013). The Arabidopsis LRR-RLK, PXC1, is a regulator of secondary wall formation correlated with the TDIF-PXY/TDR-WOX4 signaling pathway. BMC Plant Biology, 13(1), 1-11. [More Information]

2012

  • Ke, L., Liu, R., Chu, B., Yu, X., Sun, J., Jones, B., Pan, G., Cheng, X., Wang, H., Zhu, S., et al (2012). Cell Suspension Culture-Mediated Incorporation of the Rice Bel Gene into Transgenic Cotton. PloS One, 7(7), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Yu, X., Chu, B., Liu, R., Sun, J., Jones, B., Wang, H., Shuijin, Z., Sun, Y. (2012). Characteristics of fertile somatic hybrids of G. hirsutum L. and G. trilobum generated via protoplast fusion. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 125(7), 1503-1516. [More Information]
  • Seung, D., Matte Risopatron, J., Jones, B., Marc, J. (2012). Circadian clock-dependent gating in ABA signalling networks. Protoplasma, 249(3), 445-457. [More Information]
  • Sairanen, I., Novák, O., Pencík, A., Ikeda, Y., Jones, B., Sandberg, G., Ljung, K. (2012). Soluble carbohydrates regulate auxin biosynthesis via PIF proteins in arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 24(12), 4907-4916. [More Information]
  • Jones, B., Ljung, K. (2012). Subterranean space exploration: the development of root system architecture. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 15(1), 97-102. [More Information]

2011

  • Sun, Y., Liu, S., Wang, Y., Jones, B., Wang, H., Zhu, S. (2011). An interspecific somatic hybrid between upland cotton (G. hirsutum L. cv. ZDM-3) and wild diploid cotton (G. klotzschianum A.). Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture: an international journal on in vitro culture of higher plants, 106(3), 425-433. [More Information]
  • Jones, B., Ljung, K. (2011). Auxin and cytokinin regulate each other's levels via a metabolic feedback loop. Plant Signaling and Behavior, 6(6), 901-904. [More Information]
  • Wang, J., Andersson-Gunneras, S., Gaboreanu, I., Hertzberg, M., Tucker, M., Zheng, B., Lesniewska, J., Mellerowicz, E., Laux, T., Sandberg, G., Jones, B. (2011). Reduced expression of the SHORT-ROOT gene increases the rates of growth and development in hybrid poplar and Arabidopsis. PloS One, 6(12), Article no. e28878 - 1-Article no. e28878 - 9. [More Information]

2010

  • Jones, B., Gunneras, S., Petersson, S., Tarkowski, P., Graham, N., May, S., Dolezal, K., Sandberg, G., Ljung, K. (2010). Cytokinin Regulation of Auxin Synthesis in Arabidopsis Involves a Homeostatic Feedback Loop Regulated via Auxin and Cytokinin Signal Transduction. Plant Cell, 22(9), 2956-2969. [More Information]
  • Matte Risopatron, J., Sun, Y., Jones, B. (2010). The vascular cambium: molecular control of cellular structure. Protoplasma, 247(3), 145-161.

2009

  • Coimbra, S., Costa, M., Jones, B., Mendes, M., Pereira, L. (2009). Pollen grain development is compromised in Arabidopsis agp6 agp11 null mutants. Journal of Experimental Botany, 60(11), 3133-3142. [More Information]
  • Chaabouni, S., Jones, B., Delalande, C., Wang, H., Li, Z., Mila, I., Frasse, P., Latche, A., Pech, J., Bouzayen, M. (2009). SI-IAA3, a tomato Aux/IAA at the crossroads of auxin and ethylene signalling involved in differential growth. Journal of Experimental Botany, 60(4), 1349-1362.

2008

  • Guillon, F., Philippe, S., Bouchet, B., Devaux, M., Frasse, P., Jones, B., Bouzayen, M., Lahaye, M. (2008). Down-regulation of an Auxin Response Factor in the tomato induces modification of fine pectin structure and tissue architecture. Journal of Experimental Botany, 59(2), 273-288.

2005

  • Leclercq, J., Ranty, B., Sanchez-Ballesta, M., Li, Z., Jones, B., Jauneau, A., Pech, J., Latche, A., Ranjeva, R., Bouzayen, M. (2005). Molecular and biochemical characterization of LeCRK1, a ripening-associated tomato CDPK-related kinase. Journal of Experimental Botany, 56(409), 25-35.
  • Wang, H., Jones, B., Li, Z., Frasse, P., Delalande, C., Regad, F., Chaabouni, S., Latche, A., Pech, J., Bouzayen, M. (2005). The Tomato Aux/IAA Transcription Factor IAA9 Is Involved in Fruit Development and Leaf Morphogenesis. Plant Cell, 17, 2676-2692.

2004

  • El-Sharkawy, I., Jones, B., Gentzbittel, L., Lelievre, J., Pech, J., Latche, A. (2004). Differential regulation of ACC synthase genes in cold-dependent and -independent ripening in pear fruit. Plant, Cell and Environment, 27, 1197-1210.

2003

  • Seneweera, S., Aben, S., Basra, A., Jones, B., Conroy, J. (2003). Involvement of ethylene in the morphological and developmental response of rice to elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 39, 143-153.
  • El-Sharkawy, I., Jones, B., Li, Z., Lelievre, J., Pech, J., Latche, A. (2003). Isolation and characterization of four ethylene perception elements and their expression during ripening in pears (Pyrus communis L.) with/without cold requirement. Journal of Experimental Botany, 54(387), 1615-1625.
  • Tournier, B., Sanchez-Ballesta, M., Jones, B., Pesquet, E., Regad, F., Latche, A., Pech, J., Bouzayen, M. (2003). New members of the tomato ERF family show specific expression pattern and diverse DNA-binding capacity to the GCC box element. FEBS Letters, 550, 149-154.
  • Johnson, K., Jones, B., Schultz, C., Bacic, A. (2003). Non-enzymic cell wall (glyco)proteins. In Jocelyn Rose (Eds.), The Plant Cell Wall, (pp. 111-154). UK: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Johnson, K., Jones, B., Bacic, A., Schultz, C. (2003). The Fasciclin-Like Arabinogalactan Proteins of Arabidopsis. A Multigene Family of Putative Cell Adhesion Molecules. Plant Physiology, 133, 1911-1925.

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