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Prof. Dr. Annette Becker

Head of Group

Annette Becker

Prof. Dr. Annette Becker
 

 

Justus-Liebig-University

Institute of Botany

Developmental biology of plants

Heinrich-Buff-Ring 38

35392 Gießen

GERMANY

 

Phone: +49 (0)641 99-35200

Fax:     +49 (0)641 99-35179

 

Annette.Becker@bot1.bio.uni-giessen.de

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Vitae:


1991 – 1997

studied Biology in Tübingen, Göttingen, Oulu (Finland), Tallahassee (FL, USA)

1997

Diploma in Biology

2001

PhD in Genetics (Max-Planck-Institute for Breeding Research, Cologne and University of Cologne)

2001 – 2003

Postdoc with Prof. Dr. Günter Theißen at the Universities of Münster and Jena

2003 – 2005

Postdoc with Prof. Dr. David Smyth, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

2005 -  2011

Juniorprofessor (Assistant professor) for Molecular Genetics, University of Bremen, Germany

since 2012

Professor for Developemental Biology of Plants, Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, Germany


 


publications:


2019


  • Dommes AB, Gross T, Herbert DB, Kivivirta KI, Becker A. (2019) Virus-induced gene silencing: empowering genetics in non-model organisms. J Exp Bot. 2019 70(3):757-770. doi: 10.1093/jxb/ery411.


2018


  • Hoffmeier A, Gramzow L, Bhide AS, Kottenhagen N, Greifenstein A, Schubert O, Mummenhoff K, Becker A, Theißen G (2018) A dead gene walking: convergent degeneration of a clade of MADS-box genes in crucifers. Mol Biol Evol 35(11):2618-2638. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msy142, accepted
  • Gross T, Broholm S, Becker A (2018) CRABS CLAW acts as a bifunctional transcription factor in flower development. Frontiers in Plant Science. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00835
  • Zhao Y, Pfannebecker K, Dommes AB, Hidalgo O, Becker A, Elomaa P (2018) Evolutionary diversification of CYC/TB1 -like TCP homologs and their recruitement for the control of branching and floral morphology in Papaveraceae (basal eudicots). New Phytologist, accepted
  • Herbert D, Ekschmitt K, Wissemann V, Becker A (2018) Cutting reduces variation in biomass production of forage crops and allows low-performers to catch up: A case study of Trifolium pratense L. (red clover). Plant Biology, in press


2016

 

  • Pfannebecker M, Lange M, Rupp O, Becker A. (2016) Seed plant specific gene lineages involved in carpel development. Molecular Biology and Evolution, accepted
  • Damerval C, Becker A. (2016) Genetics of Flower Development in Ranunculales – a new, basal eudicot model order for studying flower evolution. New Phytologist, accepted
  • Ehlers K, Bhide A S, Tekleyohans D G, Wittkop B, Snowdon R J, Becker A (2016) The MADS box genes ABS, SHP1, and SHP2 are essential for the coordination of cell divisions in ovule and seed coat development and for endosperm formation in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS ONE 11(10):e0165075.

  • Pfannebecker K, Lange M, Rupp O, Becker A (2016) An evolutionary framework for carpel developmental control genes. Accepted at Molecular Biology and Evolution.
  • Becker, A (2016) Tinkering with transcription factor networks for developmental robustness of Ranunculales flowers. Annals of Botany 0: 1–14, 2016; doi:10.1093/aob/mcw037
  • Becker, A and Ehlers, K (2016) Arabidopsis flower development—of protein complexes, targets, and transport. Protoplasma 253:219–230; DOI 10.1007/s00709-015-0812-7

2014

  • Schenk  S T, Hernández-Reyes C, Samans B, Stein E, Neumann C, Schikora M, Reichelt M, Mithöfer A, Becker A, Kogel K-H , Schikora A (2014) -Acyl-Homoserine Lactone Primes Plants for Cell Wall Reinforcement and Induces Resistance to Bacterial Pathogens via the Salicylic Acid/Oxylipin Pathway, Plant Cell. 2014 Jun. 24;26(6):2708-2723
  • Bhide A, Schliesky S, Reich M ,  Weber A PM, Becker A (2014) Analysis of the floral transcriptome of Tarenaya hassleriana (Cleomaceae), a member of the sister group to the Brassicaceae: towards understanding the base of morphological diversity in Brassicales, BMC Genomics 2014, 15:140

2013

  • Cheng S, van den Bergh E,  Zeng P, Zhong,X, Xu J, Liu X, Hofberger J, de Bruijn S, Bhide A S, Kuelahoglu C, Bian C, Chen J, Fan G, Kaufmann K, Hall J C, Becker A, Bräutigam A,  Weber A PM, Shi C, Zheng Z, Li W,  Lv M, Tao Y, Wang J, Zou H, Quan, Z, Hibberd J M, Zhan G, Zhu X-G,  Xu X, Schranz M E (2013) The Tarenaya hassleriana Genome Provides Insight into Reproductive Trait and Genome Evolution of Crucifers, Plant Cell 25 (8): 2813-2830
  • Stammler A, Meyer SS, Plant AR, Townsley BT, Becker A, Gleissberg S (2013). Duplicated STM-like KNOX I genes act in floral meristem activity in Eschscholzia californica (Papaveraceae). Development Genes and Evolution. 223 (5): 289-301
  • Lange M, Orashakova S, Lange S, Melzer R, Theißen G, Smyth DR, Becker A (2013) The seirena B class floral homeotic mutant of California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) reveals a function of the enigmatic PI motif in the formation of specific multimeric MADS domain protein complexes. Plant Cell 25(2):438-53
  • Lange M, Yellina AL, Orashakova S, Becker A (2013). Virus-Induced Gene Silencing (VIGS) in Plants: An Overview of Target Species and the Virus-Derived Vector Systems. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, NJ) 975:1-14.
  • Tekleyohans DG, Lange S, Becker A (2013) Virus-Induced Gene Silencing of the Alkaloid-Producing Basal Eudicot Model Plant Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy). Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 01/2013; 975:83-98.

 

2012

  • Yang X, Wu F, Du X, Chong K, Gramzow L, Schilling S, Becker A, Theißen G, Meng Z (2012) Live and let die - the B(sister) MADS-box gene OsmADS29 controls the degeneration of cells in maternal tissues during seed development of rice (Oryza sativa). PLoS One 7(12):e51435

 

2011

  • Becker A, Alix K, Damerval C. (2011) The evolution of flower development: current understanding and future challenges. Ann Bot 107:1427-1431.
  • Ghareeb HA, Becker A, Iven T, Feussner I, Schirawski J. (2011) Sporisorium reilianum infection changes inflorescence and branching architecture of maize. Plant Physiology, 156 (4): 2017-52
  • Zotz G, Wilhelm K, Becker A. (2011) Heteroblasty - A review. Botanical Review 77: 109-151

 

2005-2010

  • Yellina A, Orashakova S, Lange S, Erdmann E, Leebens-Mack J, Becker A. (2010) Floral homeotic C function genes repress specific B function genes in the carpel whorl of the basal eudicot California poppy (Eschscholzia californica). BMC Evodevo 1:13
  • Erdmann R, Gramzow L, Melzer R, Theißen G, Becker A. (2010) GORDITA (GOA) is a young paralogue of the Arabidopsis thaliana Bsister MADS-box gene ABS (TT16) that has undergone neofunctionalization. Plant Journal, 63: 914-924
  • Viane T, Vekemans D, Becker A, Melzer S, Geuten K. (2010) Diverse functions of the AGL6 MADS domain transcription factor lineage after a core eudicot duplication suggests functional diversification. BMC Plant Biol 10:148
  • Lange M, Becker A (2010) VIGS - genomics goes functional. Trends in Plant Sciences 15(1): 1-4
  • Rensing L, Koch M, Becker A. (2009) A comparative approach to the principal mechanisms of different memory systems. Naturwissenschaften 96: 1373-8
  • Orashakova S, Lange M, Lange S, Wege S, Becker A. (2009) The CRABS CLAW ortholog from the basal eudicot California poppy, (Eschscholzia californica), EcCRC, is involved in floral meristem termination and gynoecium development. Plant Journal 58: 682-693
  • Wege S, Scholz A, Gleissberg S, Becker A (2007) Highly efficient virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) in California poppy (Eschscholzia californica Cham.): An evaluation of VIGS as a strategy to obtain functional data from non-model plants. Annals Bot 100: 641-649
  • Zahn LM, Leebens-Mack J, Arrington JM, Hu Y, Landherr L, dePamphilis C, Becker A, Theissen G, Ma H (2006) Conservation and divergence in the AGAMOUS Subfamily of MADS-Box Genes: Evidence of Independent Sub- and Neofunctionalization Events. Evol Dev 8: 30-45
  • Carlson J, Leebens-Mack JH, Wall PK, Zahn LM, Mueller LM, Landherr LL, Hu Y, Ilut DC, Arrington JM, Choirean S, Becker A, Field D, Tanksley SD, Ma H, dePamphilis CW (2006) EST database for early flower development in California poppy (Eschscholzia californica Cham., Papaveraceae) tags over 6000 genes from a basal eudicot. Plant Mol Biol 62: 351-369
  • Geuten K, Becker A, Kaufmann K, Caris P, Janssens S, Viaene T, Theissen G, Smets E (2006) Petaloidy and petal identity MADS-box genes in the balsaminoid genera Impatiens and Marcgravia. Plant J 47: 501-518
  • Becker A, Gleissberg S, Smyth DR (2005) Floral and Vegetative Morphogenesis in California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica Cham.), Intl J Plant Sci 166 (4): 537-555

 

200-2004

  • Theißen, G, Becker, A. (2004). The ABCs of flower development in Arabidopsis and rice. Progress in Botany, 65
  • Becker A, Theißen G. (2004) Orthologs of class B floral homeotic genes from gymnosperms: features, phylogeny and importance for flower origin. Crit Rev Plant Sci, 23(2):129-148
  • Becker A, Theißen G. (2003) The major clades of MADS-box genes and their role in the development and evolution of flowering plants. Mol Phyl Evol, 29(3): 464-489
  • Becker A, Saedler, H, Theißen G. (2003) Distinct MADS-box gene expression patterns in the reproductive cones of the gymnosperm Gnetum gnemon. Dev Gen Evol, 213: 567-572
  • Becker A, Bey M, Bürglin TR, Saedler H, Theißen G. (2002b) Ancestry and diversity of BEL1-like homeobox genes revealed by gymnosperm (Gnetum gnemon) homologs.  Dev Genes Evol 212: 452-457
  • Becker A, Kaufmann K, Freialdenhoven A, Vincent C, Li MA, Saedler H, Theißen G. (2002a) A novel MADS-box gene subfamily with a sistergroup relationship to class B floral homeotic genes. Mol. Gen. Gen. 266: 942-950 » Abstract 
  • Theißen G, Becker A, Winter K-U, Münster T, Kirchner C, Saedler H.(2002) How the land plants learned their floral ABCs: the role of MADS-box genes in the evolutionary origin of flowers. In: Cronk Q, Bateman R, Hawkins J (eds.) Developmental Genetics and Plant Evolution. Taylor & Francis, London
  • Saedler H, Becker A, Winter K-U, Kirchner C, Theißen G. (2001) MADS-box genes are involved in floral development and evolution. Acta Biochim. Pol. 48(2):351-358
  • Theißen G, Becker A, Di Rosa A, Kanno A, Kim JT, Münster T, Winter K-U, Saedler H. (2000) A short history of MADS-box genes in plants. Plant Mol. Biol. 42:115-119  » Abstract

 

before 2000

  • Becker A, Winter K-U, Meyer B, Saedler H, Theißen G. (1999) MADS-box gene diversity in seed plants 300 million years ago. Mol. Biol. Evol. 17:1425-1434  » Abstract 
  • Winter KU, Becker A, Münster T, Kim JT, Saedler H, Theissen G.(1999), MADS-box genes reveal that gnetophytes are more closely related to conifers than to flowering plants. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA96(13):7342-7
  • Weakley J, Becker A. (1995) The Svalbard Reindeer. In: Arctic Centre Reports 12: Svalbard, Field Excursion in Arctic Marine Biology. J. Weissenberger and A.-L. Sippola (Hrs.), Lapin Yliopistopaino, Rovaniemi