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Michael W. Bevan

Michael Webster Bevan FRS (born 5 June 1952)[1] is a Professor at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.[4][5][6][7]

Mike Bevan
Born Michael Webster Bevan
(1952-06-05) 5 June 1952 (age 66)[1]
Alma mater
Scientific career
Thesis Differentiation in plant tissue cultures (1979)



Bevan was educated at the University of Auckland where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science in 1973 and a Master of Science in 1974. He went on to study at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a PhD in 1979 for work on differentiation in plant tissue cultures.[8]

Research and careerEdit

Following his PhD, Bevan did postdoctoral research with Mary-Dell Chilton at Washington University in St. Louis[9][10][11][12] where he identified ways to make functional chimaeric genes based on knowledge of gene function.[4]

Bevan returned to the UK at the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge[13][14] in 1980, part of the Agricultural and Food Research Council (AFRC). This became the John Innes Centre of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) where he has worked since 1988.[1]

As of 2014, Bevan's laboratory focus on the molecular control of plant growth.[15][16][17][18][19]

Awards and honoursEdit

Bevan was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2013. His nomination reads:


  1. ^ a b c d "BEVAN, Prof. Michael Webster". Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press.(subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Professor Michael Bevan FRS
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  4. ^ a b Q&A with Professor Mike Bevan
  5. ^ Michael W. Bevan's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  6. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  7. ^ Brenchley, R; Spannagl, M; Pfeifer, M; Barker, G. L.; d'Amore, R; Allen, A. M.; McKenzie, N; Kramer, M; Kerhornou, A; Bolser, D; Kay, S; Waite, D; Trick, M; Bancroft, I; Gu, Y; Huo, N; Luo, M. C.; Sehgal, S; Gill, B; Kianian, S; Anderson, O; Kersey, P; Dvorak, J; McCombie, W. R.; Hall, A; Mayer, K. F.; Edwards, K. J.; Bevan, M. W.; Hall, N (2012). "Analysis of the bread wheat genome using whole-genome shotgun sequencing". Nature. 491 (7426): 705–10. doi:10.1038/nature11650. PMC 3510651. PMID 23192148.
  8. ^ Bevan, Michael W (1979). Differentiation in plant tissue cultures (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge.
  9. ^ Bevan, M. W.; Flavell, R. B.; Chilton, M. D. (1983). "A chimaeric antibiotic resistance gene as a selectable marker for plant cell transformation". Nature. 304 (5922): 184–187. doi:10.1038/304184a0.
  10. ^ Bevan, M; Barnes, W. M.; Chilton, M. D. (1983). "Structure and transcription of the nopaline synthase gene region of T-DNA". Nucleic Acids Research. 11 (2): 369–85. doi:10.1093/nar/11.2.369. PMC 325720. PMID 6298724.
  11. ^ Bevan, M. W.; Chilton, M. D. (1982). "Multiple transcripts of T-DNA detected in nopaline crown gall tumors". Journal of molecular and applied genetics. 1 (6): 539–46. PMID 7153688.
  12. ^ Bevan, M. W.; Chilton, M. D. (1982). "T-DNA of the Agrobacterium Ti and Ri plasmids". Annual Review of Genetics. 16: 357–84. doi:10.1146/ PMID 6297376.
  13. ^ Jefferson, R. A.; Kavanagh, T. A.; Bevan, M. W. (1987). "GUS fusions: Beta-glucuronidase as a sensitive and versatile gene fusion marker in higher plants". The EMBO Journal. 6 (13): 3901–7. PMC 553867. PMID 3327686.
  14. ^ Bevan, M. (1984). "Binary Agrobacteriumvectors for plant transformation". Nucleic Acids Research. 12 (22): 8711–21. doi:10.1093/nar/12.22.8711. PMC 320409. PMID 6095209.
  15. ^ Rook, F.; Corke, F.; Card, R.; Munz, G.; Smith, C.; Bevan, M. W. (2002). "Impaired sucrose-induction mutants reveal the modulation of sugar-induced starch biosynthetic gene expression by abscisic acid signalling". The Plant Journal. 26 (4): 421–33. doi:10.1046/j.1365-313X.2001.2641043.x. PMID 11439129.
  16. ^ Vogel, J. P.; Garvin, D. F.; Mockler, T. C.; Schmutz, J.; Rokhsar, D.; Bevan, M. W.; Barry, K.; Lucas, S.; Harmon-Smith, M.; Lail, K.; Tice, H.; Schmutz (Leader), J.; Grimwood, J.; McKenzie, N.; Bevan, M. W.; Huo, N.; Gu, Y. Q.; Lazo, G. R.; Anderson, O. D.; Vogel (Leader), J. P.; You, F. M.; Luo, M. C.; Dvorak, J.; Wright, J.; Febrer, M.; Bevan, M. W.; Idziak, D.; Hasterok, R.; Garvin, D. F.; et al. (2010). "Genome sequencing and analysis of the model grass Brachypodium distachyon". Nature. 463 (7282): 763–8. doi:10.1038/nature08747. PMID 20148030.
  17. ^ Baulcombe, D. C.; Saunders, G. R.; Bevan, M. W.; Mayo, M. A.; Harrison, B. D. (1986). "Expression of biologically active viral satellite RNA from the nuclear genome of transformed plants". Nature. 321 (6068): 446–449. doi:10.1038/321446a0.
  18. ^ Sablowski, R. W.; Baulcombe, D. C.; Bevan, M (1995). "Expression of a flower-specific Myb protein in leaf cells using a viral vector causes ectopic activation of a target promoter". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 92 (15): 6901–5. doi:10.1073/pnas.92.15.6901. PMC 41438. PMID 7624340.
  19. ^ Major Breakthrough in Deciphering Bread Wheat’s Genetic Code