Prof. Dr. George Coupland

Research focus

My interests are in Research Area A focused on the diversification of annual and perennial life histories. We have developed the Arabis genus as a model system for studying the evolution of annual life history from perennial. Initially we focused on the control of flowering by seasonal cues. Using mutagenesis and reverse genetic strategies in Arabis alpina we showed the involvement of orthologues of the Arabidopsis floral repressors in perennial traits such as limitation of the duration of flowering and regulation of competence to flower. More recently we have contributed extensive genomic and transcriptome analysis of A. alpina and related annual species.

The five most important publications

  1. O'Maoileidigh DS, van Driel AD, Singh A, Sang Q, Le Bec N, Vincent C, de Olalla EBG, Vayssieres A, Romera Branchat M, Severing E, Martinez Gallegos R, Coupland G (2021) Systematic analyses of the MIR172 family members of Arabidopsis define their distinct roles in regulation of APETALA2 during floral transition. PLoS Biol 19(2):e3001043. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3001043.
  2. Kinoshita A, Vayssieres A, Richter R, Sang Q, Roggen A, van Driel AD, Smith RS, Coupland G (2020) Regulation of shoot meristem shape by photoperiodic signaling and phytohormones during floral induction of Arabidopsis. Elife 9. doi: 10.7554/eLife.60661.
  3. Hyun Y, Vincent C, Tilmes V, Bergonzi S, Kiefer C, Richter R, Martinez-Gallegos R, Severing E, Coupland G (2019) A regulatory circuit conferring varied flowering response to cold in annual and perennial plants. Science 363(6425):409-412. doi: 10.1126/science.aau8197.
  4. Mateos JL, Tilmes V, Madrigal P, Severing E, Richter R, Rijkenberg CWM, Krajewski P, Coupland G (2017) Divergence of regulatory networks governed by the orthologous transcription factors FLC and PEP1 in Brassicaceae species. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 114(51):E11037-E11046. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1618075114.
  5. Hyun Y, Richter R, Vincent C, Martinez-Gallegos R, Porri A, Coupland G (2016) Multi-layered Regulation of SPL15 and Cooperation with SOC1 Integrate Endogenous Flowering Pathways at the Arabidopsis Shoot Meristem. Dev Cell 37(3):254-266.


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Department of Plant Developmental Biology
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research