Prof. Dr. Laura E. Rose

Research focus

My research focuses on reconstructing the evolutionary history of complex adaptations. Population genetic and phylogenetic methods can be used to dissect how natural selection has brought about these traits. Quantitative evaluation of natural genetic variation combined with phenotyping under greenhouse and field conditions uncovers how allelic differences among individuals relate to functional variation, important for plant productivity.

The ten most important publications

  1. Sapp M, Ploch S, Fiore-Donno AM, Bonkowski M, Rose LE (2018) Protists are an integral part of the Arabidopsis thaliana microbiome. Environ Microbiol 20(1):30-43.
  2. de Vries S, Kukuk A, von Dahlen JK, Schnake A, Kloesges T, Rose LE (2018) Expression profiling across wild and cultivated tomatoes supports the relevance of early miR482/2118 suppression for Phytophthora resistance. Proc Biol Sci 285(1873).
  3. Beddows I, Reddy A, Kloesges T, Rose LE (2017) Population Genomics in Wild Tomatoes-The Interplay of Divergence and Admixture. Genome Biol Evol 9(11):3023-3038.
  4. Ploch S, Rose LE, Bass D, Bonkowski M (2016) High Diversity Revealed in Leaf-Associated Protists (Rhizaria: Cercozoa) of Brassicaceae. J Eukaryot Microbiol 63(5):635-641.
  5. Heidel, A., Kiefer, C., Coupland, G., Rose, L.E. (2016) Pinpointing genes underlying annual/perennial transitions with comparative genomics. BMC Genomics 17:921.
  6. de Vries S, Kloesges T, Rose LE (2015) Evolutionarily Dynamic, but Robust, Targeting of Resistance Genes by the miR482/2118 Gene Family in the Solanaceae. Genome biology and evolution 7(12):3307-3321.
  7. Grzeskowiak L, Stephan W, Rose LE (2014) Epistatic selection and coadaptation in the Prf resistance complex of wild tomato. Infect Genet Evol 27:456-471.
  8. Rose L, Atwell S, Grant M, Holub EB (2012) Parallel Loss-of-Function at the RPM1 Bacterial Resistance Locus in Arabidopsis thaliana. Front Plant Sci 3:287.
  9. Gossmann JA, Markmann K, Brachmann A, Rose LE, Parniske M (2012) Polymorphic infection and organogenesis patterns induced by a Rhizobium leguminosarum isolate from Lotus root nodules are determined by the host genotype. New Phytol 196(2):561-573.
  10. Hörger AC, Ilyas M, Stephan W, Tellier A, van der Hoorn RA, Rose LE (2012) Balancing selection at the tomato RCR3 Guardee gene family maintains variation in strength of pathogen defense. PLoS genetics 8(7):e1002813.
Prof. Dr. Laura Rose
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Institute of Population Genetics
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf Universitätsstraße 1

40225 Düsseldorf
Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich