Julia Buitink

Julia Buitink

Desiccation and stress responses

Main research interests

Our team is interested in deciphering the mechanisms and regulatory pathways that are responsible for the acquisition of seed stress tolerance during late maturation, with emphasis on desiccation tolerance, longevity (storability) and seed(ling) stress tolerance. The molecular pathways underlying these traits are also studied in relation to biotic and abiotic stresses that can occur during seed development to understand their phenotypic plasticity.

Selection of 3 major recent publications

Verdier, J., Lalanne, D., Pelletier, S., Torres-Jerez, I., Righetti, K., Bandyopadhyay, K., Leprince, O., Chatelain, E., Ly Vu, B., Gouzy, J., Gamas, P., Udvardi, M. K., and Buitink, J. (2013). A regulatory network-based approach dissects late maturation processes related to the acquisition of desiccation tolerance and longevity of Medicago truncatula seeds. Plant Physiology 163: 757-774.

Delahaie, J., Hundertmark, M., Bove, J., Leprince, O.,  Rogniaux, H., and Buitink, J. (2013). LEA polypeptide profiling of recalcitrant and orthodox legume seeds reveals ABI3-regulated LEA protein abundance linked to desiccation tolerance. Journal of Experimental Botany, 64(14):4559-73.

Bolingue W, Rosnoblet C, Ly Vu B, Leprince O, Aubry C, Buitink J (2010) MtSNF4b connects after-ripening and constitutive biotic defense responses in seeds of Medicago truncatula. Plant Journal 61: 792-803


UMR 1345 Institut en Horticulture et Semences
16 Bd Lavoisier
49045 Angers cedex


See also

Embryogenesis, epigenetic control and seed size

Lucia Colombo (University of Milan), Jean-Denis Faure (Labex SPS), Loïc Lepiniec (Labex SPS)

Seed coat differentiation and secondary metabolites of commercial interest

George Haughn (University of British Columbia), Isabelle Debeaujon (LabEx SPS), Helen North (LabEx SPS)

Seed reserve accumulation : yield and quality

John Harada (University of California), Sébastien Baud (LabEx SPS), Bertrand Dubreucq (LabEx SPS)

Desiccation and stress responses

Julia Buitink (INRA Angers), Christophe Bailly (UPMC Paris), Emmanuelle Issakidis-Bourguet (LabEx SPS)

Dormancy, germination and dispersal

Kathleen Donohue (Duke University),  Annie Marion-Poll (LabEx SPS), Loïc Rajjou (LabEx SPS)

Modification date: 12 December 2014 | Publication date: 28 November 2014 | By: Julia Buitink