Staff Profile:Dr Andy Wetten

Areas of Interest:

Plant genetic transformation:
Novel applications for Agrobacterium and biolistic-mediated gene insertion into plants are being developed and molecular and cytological analyses of gene introgression and expression are conducted in transgenic and somatic hybrid plants. These procedures are being used for the elucidation of the molecular control of flower development using the model Impatiens balsamina and the control of flower initiation and fruit production in perennial plants using Fragaria vesca and monitoring alien chromosome elimination in Solanum interspecific somatic hybrids.

Plant cryopreservation:
Both for crop germplasm collections and species of conservation interest. Protocols are under development for the cryopreservation of cocoa germplasm in somatic embryo form and I am also involved with fundamental studies concerned with understanding the basis of cryoinjury and dehydration tolerance.

Somaclonal variation:
This phenomenon can undermine the genetic fidelity of tissue culture-maintained germplasm collections and so a range of molecular tools are being employed to assess the nature and frequency of novel mutations affecting somatic embryo derived cocoa.

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Pre 2003

Rodriguez Lopez, C.M., Wetten, A.C. and Wilkinson, M.J. Detection and quantification of in vitro-culture induced chimerism using simple sequence repeat (SSR) analysis in Theobroma cacao (L.). Theor Appl Genet, 110, 2004, 157-166.

Alsheikh, M.K., Suso, H.-P., Robson, M., Battey, N.H. and Wetten, A. Appropriate choice of antibiotic and Agrobacterium strain improves transformation of antibiotic-sensitive Fragaria vesca and F.v. semperflorens. Plant Cell Reports, 20, 2002, 1173-1180.

Mao, A.A., Wetten, A., Fay, M.F. and Caligari, P.D.S. In vitro culture of Lilium Mackliniae Sealey, a rare endemic species. Indian J. Plant Physiol., 7, No. 3, 2002, 239-245

Richardson, K.V.A., Wetten, A.C. and Caligari, P.D.S. Cell and nuclear degradation in root meristems following exposure of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L) to salinity, Potato Research, 44, 2002, 389-399.

Albani, M., Taylor, S., Rodriguez-Lopez, C., Cekic, C., Al-Sheikh, M., Greenland, A., Wetten, A., Wilkinson, M. and Battey, N. Fragaria vesca …One way to understand flowering in perennials. Flowering Newsletter, 31, 2001, 44-48.

de Peyer, O.S., Wetten, A.C., Dunwell, J.M. and Crabbe, M.J.C. A heterologous expression system for bovine lens transmembrane Main Intrinsic Protein (MIP) in Nicotiana tabacum plants. Molecular Vision, 5, 1999, 23-26.

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