Philip W. Becraft
Dr. Becraft, Professor, received his B.A. in Botany from the University of Montana, Missoula, his M.S. in Agronomy from Montana State University, Bozeman, and his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California, Berkeley. Upon graduation, Dr. Becraft completed an NSF postdoctoral Fellow/Courtesy Assistant Professor position in the Horticulture Science Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville. In 1996, Dr. Becraft joined the faculty of Iowa State University as Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002, and full Professor in 2009.
My research interests center on the regulation of plant growth and development. One major project focuses on maize endosperm development, which is an attractive system because of the endosperm’s importance to world food and industry, and because of its amenability to genetic analysis. Using molecular genetics and genomics, we have established that a genetic hierarchy regulates aleurone development and isolated several of the key genes. We are also interested in the regulation of biomass yield and are studying genes involved in the hormonal regulation of growth as well as identifying genes that promote biomass production by studying mutants that cause a dwarf phenotype.
2116 Molecular Biology
Ames, IA 50011-3260
B.A. - Botany, University of Montana, Missoula, 1980
M.S. - Agronomy, Montana State University, Bozeman, 1987
Ph.D. - Genetics, University of California, Berkeley, 1992
- Becraft, P. W. (2012). Endosperm Imprinting: A Child Custody Battle? Current Biology 22, R93-R95.
- Becraft, P. W. and Gutierrez-Marcos, J. (2012). Endosperm development: dynamic processes and cellular innovations underlying sibling altruism. WIREs Developmental Biology.
- Myers, A. M., James, M. G., Lin, Q., Yi, G., Stinard, P. S., Hennen-Bierwagen, T. A. and Becraft, P. W. (2011). Maize opaque5 encodes monogalactosyldiacylglycerol synthase and specifically affects galactolipids necessary for amyloplast and chloroplast function. Plant Cell 23, 2331-2347.
- Yi, G., Lauter, A. M., Scott, M. P. and Becraft, P. W. (2011). The thick aleurone1 mutant defines a negative regulation of maize aleurone cell fate that functions downstream of dek1. Plant Physiol 156, 1826-1836.
- Becraft, P. W. and Yi, G. (2011). Regulation of aleurone development in cereal grains. Journal of Experimental Botany 62, 1669-1675.
- Yi, G., Luth, D., Goodman, T. D., Lawrence, C. J. and Becraft, P. W. (2009). High-throughput linkage analysis of Mutator insertion sites in maize. Plant J 58, 883-892.
- Salas Fernandez, M. G., Becraft, P. W., Yin, Y. and Lübberstedt, T. (2009). From dwarves to giants? Plant height manipulation for biomass yield. Trends in Plant Science 14, 454-461.
- Settles, A. M., Holding, D., Tan, B., Latshaw, S., Liu, J., Suzuki, M., Li, L., O'Brien, B., Fajardo, D., Wroclawska, E. et al. (2007). Sequence-indexed mutations in maize using the UniformMu transposon-tagging population. BMC Genomics 8, 116.
- Becraft, P. W.. 2007. Aleurone cell development.. In "Endosperm - Development and Molecular biology" :45-56.
- Cao, X., Costa, L. M., Biderre-Petit, C., Kbhaya, B., Dey, N., Perez, P., McCarty, D. R., Gutierrez-Marcos, J. F., and Becraft, P. W.. 2007. Abscisic acid and stress signals induce Viviparous1 expression in seed and vegetative tissues of maize. . Plant Physiol. 143:720-731.
- Cao, X., Li, K., Suh, S.-G., Guo, T., and Becraft, P. W.. 2005. Molecular analysis of the CRINKLY4 gene family in Arabidopsis thaliana. Planta 220:645-657.
- Lai, J., Dey, N., Kim, C.-S., Bharti, A. K., Rudd, S., Mayer, K. F. X., Larkins, B., Becraft, P., and Messing, J.. 2004. Characterization of the maize endosperm transcriptome and its comparison to the rice genome. Genome Research 14:1932-1937.
- Becraft, P.W.. 2002. Receptor kinase signaling in plant development. Annu. Rev. Cell Devel. Biol. 18:163-192.
- Becraft, P. W., Li, K., Dey, N., and Asuncion-Crabb, Y. T.. 2002. The maize dek1gene functions in embryonic pattern formation and in cell fate specification. Development 129:5217-5225.
- Becraft, P. W., Kang, S.-H., and Suh, S.-G.. 2001. The maize CRINKLY4 receptor kinase controls a cell-autonomous differentiation response. Plant Physiol. 127:486-496.
- Jin, P., Guo, T. and Becraft, P. W.. 2000. The maize CR4 receptor-like kinase mediates a growth factor-like differentiation response. Genesis 27:104-116.