Institute for Plant Biotechnology
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Onlangse Publikasies



  • Egert A, Eicher B, Keller F, Peters S.  Evidence for water deficit-induced mass increases of raffinose family oligosaccharides (RFOs) in the leaves of three Craterostigma resurrection plant species.  Frontiers in Physiology, 2015, 6: 206. DOI:10.3389/fphys.2015.00206
  • George GM, Ruckle ME, Lloyd JR: Virus-induced gene silencing as a scalable tool to study drought tolerance in plants.  Methods in Molecular Biology, 2015, 1287:243-253.  DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2453-0_18
  • Lloyd JR, Kossmann J: Transitory and storage starch metabolism: two sides of the same coin? Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2015, 32: 143-148. DOI:10.1016/j.copbio.2014.11.026 



  • Grobbelaar MC, Makunga NP, Stander MA, Kossmann J, Hills PN: Effect of strigolactones and auxins on growth and metabolite content of Sutherlandia frutescens (L.) R. Br. microplants in vitro. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture, 2014, 117(3): 401-409
  • Kleinert A, Venter M, Kossmann J, Valentine A: The reallocation of carbon in P deficient lupins affects biological nitrogen fixation. Journal of Plant Physiology, 2014, 171(17): 1619-1624. DOI:10.1016/j.jplph.2014.07.0717
  • Christ B, Egert A, Sussenbacher I, Krautler B, Bartels D, Peters S, Hortensteiner S: Water deficit induces chlorophyll degradation via the 'PAO/phyllobilin' pathway in leaves of homoio- (Craterostigma pumilum) and poikilochlorophyllous (Xerophyta viscosa) resurrection plants. Plant, Cell and Environment, 2014, 37(11): 2521-2531



  • Egert A, Keller F, Peters S: Abiotic stress-induced accumulation of raffinose in Arabidopsis leaves is mediated by a single raffinose synthase (RS5, At5g40390). BMC Plant Biology, 2013, 13: 2118
  • Sonnewald U, Kossmann J: Starches – from current models to genetic engineering. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 2013, 11(2): 223-232
  • Van der Vyver C, Conradie T, Kossmann J, Lloyd J: In vitro selection of transgenic sugarcane callus utilizing a plant gene encoding a mutant form of acetolactate synthase.  In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Plant, 2013, 49 (2): 198-206



  • Bauer R, Hiten F, Crouch AM, Kossmann J, Burger BV: Acrolein dimer as a marker for direct detection of acrolein in wine. South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 2012, 33(1): 72-79
  • Egert A, Peters S, Guyot C, Stieger B, Keller F: An Arabidopsis T-DNA Insertion Mutant for galactokinase (AtGALK, At3g06580) hyperaccumulates free galactose and is insensitive to exogenous galactose. Plant Cell Physiology, 2012, 53(5): 921–929
  • Albrecht CF, Stander MA, Grobbelaar MC, Colling J, Kossmann J, Hills PN, Makunga NP: LC–MS-based metabolomics assists with quality assessment and traceability of wild and cultivated plants of Sutherlandia frutescens (Fabaceae). South African Journal of Botany, 2012, 82: 33-45
  • Cronje C, George GM, Fernie AR, Bekker J, Kossmann J, Bauer R: Manipulation of L-ascorbic acid biosynthesis pathways in Solanum lycopersicum: elevated GDP-mannose pyrophosphorylase activity enhances L-ascorbate levels in red fruit. Planta, 2012, 235(3): 553-564
  • Bauer R, Basson CE, Bekker J, Eduardo I, Rohwer JM, Uys L, van Wyk JH, Kossmann J:  Reuteran and levan as carbohydrate sinks in transgenic sugarcane.  Planta, 2012 236: 1803-1815 
  • Pillay P, Kibido T, du Plessis M, van der Vyver C, Beyene G, Vorster BJ, Kunert K, Schluter U: Use of transgenic Oryzacystatin-I expressing plants enhances recombinant protein production.  Applied Biochem and Biotech, 2012, 168 (6): 1608-1620
  • George GM, Bauer R, Blennow A, Kossmann J, Lloyd JR: Virus induced multiple gene silencing to study redundant metabolic pathways in plants: Silencing the starch degradation pathway in Nicotiana benthamiana. Biotechnology Journal, 2012, 7(7): 884-890
  • Figlan S, Kossmann J, Makunga N: Seed germination behaviour, micropropagation and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of Salvia runcinata (L.f.): implications for conservation and cultivation. South African Journal of Botany, 2012, 79:18
  • Gouws LM, Botes E, Wiese AJ, Trenkamp S, Torres-Jerez I, Tang Y, Hills PN, Usadel B, Lloyd JR, Fernie AR, Kossmann J, van der Merwe MJ: The plant growth promoting substance, lumichrome, mimics starch and ethane-associated symbiotic responses in Lotus and tomato roots. Frontiers of Plant Science, 2012, 3:120 



  • Burger BV, Viviers MZ, le Roux NJ, Morris J, Bekker JPI, le Roux M: Olfactory cue mediated neonatal recognition in sheep, Ovis aries. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 2011, 10:1150-1163
  • Cronje C, George GM, Fernie AR, Bekker J, Kossmann J, Bauer R: Manipulation of L-ascorbic acid biosynthesis pathways in Solanum lycopersicum: elevated GDP-mannose pyrophosphorylase activity enhances L-ascorbate levels in red fruit. Planta, 2011, 235: 553-564
  • George GM, van der Merwe M, Nunes-Nesi A, Bauer R, Fernie AR, Kossmann J, Lloyd JR: Virus-induced gene silencing of plastidial soluble inorganic pyrophosphatase impairs essential leaf anabolic pathways and reduces drought stress tolerance in Nicotiana benthamiana. Plant Physiology, 2011, 154: 55-66
  • van der Vyver C, Vorster BJ, Kunert K, Cullis CA: Analysis of radiation-induced genome alterations in Vigna unguiculata. Research and Reports in Biology, 2011, 2: 89-99