Justin Lashbrooke

Justin Lashbrooke
Stellenbosch University | SUN · Institute for Wine Biotechnology

PhD

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January 2016 - present
Agricultural Research Council, South Africa
Position
  • PostDoc Position
October 2010 - November 2015
Fondazione Edmund Mach - Istituto Agrario San Michele All'Adige
Position
  • PhD Student

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Suberin, a polymer composed of both aliphatic and aromatic domains, is deposited as a rough matrix upon plant surface damage and during normal growth in the root endodermis, bark, specialized organs (e.g., Solanum tuberosum (potato) tubers), and seed coats. To identify genes associated with the developmental control of suberin deposition, we invest...
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The epidermis of aerial plant organs is the primary source of building blocks forming the outer surface cuticular layer. To examine the relationship between epidermal cell development and cuticle assembly in the context of fruit surface, we investigated the tomato SlMIXTA-like gene. MIXTA/MIXTA-like proteins, initially described in snapdragon petal...
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We present a resource for fine mapping of traits derived from the wild tomato species Solanum pennellii (LA0716). The backcross inbred lines (BILs) population is composed of 446 lines derived after a few generations of backcrosses of the wild species to the cultivated tomato (cultivar M82; LA3475) followed by more than seven generations of self pol...
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The outer epidermal layer of apple fruit is covered by a protective cuticle. Composed of a polymerized cutin matrix embedded with waxes, the cuticle is a natural waterproof barrier and protects against several abiotic and biotic stresses. In terms of apple production, the cuticle is essential to maintain long post-harvest storage, while severe fail...
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The hydrophobic cuticular membrane of land plants performs a number of important roles during fruit development, including protection from a range of abiotic and biotic stresses. The components of the fleshy fruit cuticle are synthesized and secreted from the epidermal cells. While the biosynthetic and transport pathways of the cuticle have been th...
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Wild tomato species represent a rich gene pool for numerous desirable traits lost during domestication. Here, we exploited an introgression population representing wild desert-adapted species and a domesticated cultivar to establish the genetic basis of gene expression and chemical variation accompanying the transfer of wild-species-associated frui...
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The skin of fleshy fruit is typically covered by a thick cuticle. Some fruit species develop different forms of layers directly above their skin. Reticulation, for example, is a specialized suberin-based coating that ornaments some commercially important melon (Cucumis melo) fruit and is an important quality trait. Despite its importance, the struc...
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Introduction Most aerial plant organs are covered by a cuticle, which largely consists of cutin and wax. Cuticular waxes are mixtures of dozens of compounds, mostly very-long-chain aliphatics that are easily extracted by solvents. Over the last four decades, diverse cuticular wax analysis protocols have been developed, most of which are complex and...
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Functional characterisation of three members of the Vitis vinifera L. carotenoid cleavage dioxygenase gene family Additional file 1
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This book, divided into four parts, aims to gather comprehensive and concise information on the advances in fruit research. Part one focuses on physiology and metabolism. Part two deals with fruit nutritional quality and part three with signalling and hormonal control of fruit ripening. Part four covers genetic and epigenetic control of fruit ripen...
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In plants, carotenoids serve as the precursors to C13-norisoprenoids, a group of apocarotenoid compounds with diverse biological functions. Enzymatic cleavage of carotenoids catalysed by members of the carotenoid cleavage dioxygenase (CCD) family has been shown to produce a number of industrially important volatile flavour and aroma apocarotenoids...
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Fleshy tomato fruit typically lacks stomata; therefore, a proper cuticle is particularly vital for fruit development and interaction with the surroundings. Here, we characterized the tomato SlSHINE3 (SlSHN3) transcription factor to extend our limited knowledge regarding the regulation of cuticle formation in fleshy fruits. We created SlSHN3 overexp...
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Background Carotenoids are a heterogeneous group of plant isoprenoids primarily involved in photosynthesis. In plants the cleavage of carotenoids leads to the formation of the phytohormones abscisic acid and strigolactone, and C13-norisoprenoids involved in the characteristic flavour and aroma compounds in flowers and fruits and are of specific im...
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Background and Aims:  Carotenoids and chlorophylls perform a number of essential roles in plants making their accurate quantification important to a variety of studies. We aimed to develop an extraction protocol to accurately determine the photosynthetic pigments in grapevine leaf and berry tissue, specifically focusing on limiting the degradation...

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