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Dr. Michaela Matthes


Research focus

 My research focuses on the molecular framework how the micronutrient boron shapes plant morphological processes.



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  • Matthes MS (2022) Molecular regulatory mechanisms in plants that underlie phenotypic adaptations to low boron levels. In: Boron in Plants and Agriculture: Exploring the Physiology of Boron and Its Impact on Plant Growth. Publisher:  Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-323-90857-3

  • Matthes MS, Darnell Z, Best NB, Guthrie K, Robil JM, Amstutz J, Durbak A, and McSteen P (2022) Defects in meristem maintenance, cell division, and cytokinin signaling are early responses in the boron deficient maize mutant tassel-less1. Physiologia Plantarum, doi: 10.1111/ppl.13670. Online ahead of print.

  • Wilder SL, Scott S, Waller S, Powell A, Benoit M, Guthrie JM, Schueller MJ, Awale P, McSteen P, Matthes MS, Ferrieri RA (2022) Carbon-11 radiotracing reveals physiological and metabolic responses of maize grown under different regimes of boron treatment. Plants 11(3): 241.


  • Housh A*, Matthes MS*, Gerheart A*, Wilder S, Kil K, Schueller M, Guthrie J, McSteen P, and Ferrieri R (2020) Assessment of a 18F-Phenylboronic Acid Radiotracer for Imaging Boron in Maize. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 21(3): 976.

  • Matthes MS, Robil JM, and McSteen P (2020) From Element to Development: The power of the essential micronutrient boron to shape morphological processes in plants. Review, J. Exp. Bot. 71(5): 1681–1693.


  • Pike S, Matthes MS, McSteen P and Gassmann W (2019) Using Xenopus laevis oocytes to study functional aspects of plant transporters. Curr. Protoc. plant Biol. 4(1): e20087.

  • Matthes MS*, Best NB*, Robil JM, Gallavotti A and McSteen P (2019) Auxin EvoDevo: Conservation and diversification of genes regulating auxin biosynthesis, transport, and signalling. Review, Mol Plant 12(3): 298-320.

  • Yao H, Skirpan A, Wardell B, Matthes MS, Best NB, Smith T, Malcomber S and McSteen P (2019) The barren stalk2 gene is required for axillary meristem development in maize. Mol Plant 12(3): 374-389.


  • Matthes MS, Robil JM, Tran T, Kimble A and McSteen P (2018) Increased transpiration is correlated with reduced boron deficiency symptoms in the maize tassel-less1 mutant. Physiol Plant 163(3): 344-355.


  •  Matthes M and Torres-Ruiz RA (2016) Boronic acid treatment phenocopies monopteros by affecting PIN1 membrane stability and polar auxin transport in Arabidopsis thaliana embryos. Development 143(21): 4053-4062.


  • Fiesselmann BS, Luichtl M, Yang X, Matthes M, Peis O, Torres-Ruiz RA (2015) Ectopic shoot meristem generation in monocotyledonous rpk1 mutants is linked to SAM loss and altered seedling morphology. BMC Plant Biol. 15, 171.


  • Matthes M*, Preusse M*, Zhang J*, Schechter J, Mayer D, Lentes B, Theis F, Prakash N, Wurst W, and Truembach D (2014) Mouse IDGenes: a reference database for genetic interactions in the developing mouse brain. DATABASE-OXFORD 2014, bau083.


  • Luichtl M*, Fiesselmann BS*, Matthes M*, Yang X, Peis O, Brunner A, Torres-Ruiz RA (2013) Mutations in the Arabidopsis RPK1 gene uncouple cotyledon anlagen and primordia by modulating epidermal cell shape and polarity. Open Biol. J. 2(11):1093-102.


  • Yu Z, Haberer G, Matthes M, Rattei T, Mayer KF, Gierl A, Torres-Ruiz RA (2010) Impact of natural genetic variation on the transcriptome of autotetraploid Arabidopsis thaliana. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107(41):17809-14.