Chris Jones

Chris Jones (UK) is program leader for feed and forage development, a multidisciplinary research program involving a team of plant molecular biologists, physiologists and geneticists, and animal nutrition scientists. His work is directed towards accelerating the genetic improvement of feed and forage species in support of livestock production in developing countries. He has a PhD from the University of Dundee and has researched all aspects of plant biotechnology from academic to highly commercially driven projects. He Joined ILRI in July 2015 from the New Zealand Crown Research Institute, AgResearch.


Recent publications:

Kumar A, Mulatu F, Assefa Y, Hanson J and Jones CS. (2018). First report of Johnsongrass mosaic virus infecting Urochloa mosambicensis in Ethiopia. Plant Disease, 102: 459.


Lee K-W, Rahman MA, Kim K-Y, Choi GJ, Cha J-Y, Cheong MS, Shohael AM, Jones C and Lee S-H. (2018). Transgenic tobacco overexpressing alfalfa DnaJ-like protein (MsDJ-LP) enhances tolerance to chilling and heat stresses. Turkish Journal of Biology, 42: 12-22. DOI: 10.3906/biy-1705-30.


Wambua L, Schneider B, Okwaro A, Odhiambo J, Imali O, Nduku Wambua P, Agutu L, Olds C, Jones CS, Masiga D, Midega C, Khan Z, Jores J and Fischer A. (2017). Development of field-applicable tests for rapid and sensitive detection of Candidatus Phytoplasma oryzae. Molecular and Cellular Probes, 35: 44-56.


Negawo AT, Kumar A, Teshome A, Hanson J and Jones CS. (2017). Opportunities from Molecular Genetics for the Improvement of Napier Grass (Pennisetum purpureum). Agronomy, 7: 28. doi:10.3390/agronomy7020028.


He L, Matthew C, Jones CS and Hatier J-HB. (2017). Productivity in simulated drought and post-drought recovery of eight ryegrass cultivars and a tall fescue cultivar with and without Epichloë endophyte. Crop & Pasture Science, 68: 176–187.


Cao M, Fraser K, Jones C, Stewart A, Lyons T, Faville M and Barrett B. (2017). Untargeted metabotyping Lolium perenne reveals population-level variation in plant flavonoids and alkaloids. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8: 133. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00133.


Roche J, Love J, Guo Q, Song J, Cao M, Fraser K, Huege J, Jones C, Novák O, Turnbull MH and Jameson PE. (2016). Metabolic changes and associated cytokinin signals in response to nitrate assimilation in roots and shoots of Lolium perenne. Physiologia Plantarum, 156: 497–511. doi:10.1111/ppl.12412


Liu Q, Jones CS, Parsons AJ, Xue H and Rasmussen S. (2015). Does gibberellin biosynthesis play a critical role in the growth of Lolium perenne? Evidence from a transcriptional analysis of gibberellin and carbohydrate metabolic genes after defoliation. Frontiers in Plant Science, 6: 944. doi:10.3389/fpls.2015.00944.


Hunt CL, Jones CS, Koolaard JP, West J and Hatier J-HB. (2015). Estimation in the field of individual perennial ryegrass plant position and dry matter yield using a custom made high-throughput image analysis tool. Crop Science, 55: 2910-2917.


Jones CS, Hatier J-HB, Cao M, Fraser K and Rasmussen S. (2015). Metabolomics of plant P-starvation response, in Annual Plant Reviews Volume 48: Phosphorus Metabolism in Plants (eds. W. Plaxton and H. Lambers), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118958841.ch8.


Liu Q, Parsons AJ, Xue H, Jones CS and Rasmussen S. (2015). Transcriptional regulation of phosphate transporters from Lolium perenne and its mycorrhizal symbionts in response to phosphorus supply. Functional Plant Biology, 42: 1-8.


Cao M, Fraser K, Huege J, Rasmussen S and Jones CS. (2015). Predicting retention time in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography mass spectrometry and its use for peak annotation in metabolomics. Metabolomics, 11: 696-706.


Hatier J-HB, Faville MJ, Hickey MJ, Koolaard JP, Schmidt J, Carey B-L and Jones CS. (2014). Plant vigour at establishment and following defoliation are both associated with responses to drought in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). Journal of Experimental Botany, 65: 5823–5834.


Rasmussen S, Parsons AJ, Xue H, Liu Q, Jones CS, Ryan G and Newman JA. (2014). Transcript profiling of fructan biosynthetic pathway genes reveals association of a specific fructosyltransferase isoform with the high sugar trait in Lolium perenne. Journal of Plant Physiology, 171: 475–485.


Richardson KA, Maher DA, Jones CS and Bryan G. (2013). Genetic transformation of western clover (Trifolium occidentale D. E. Coombe.) as a model for functional genomics and transgene introgression in clonal pasture legume species. Plant Methods, 9(1). doi: 10.1186/1746-4811-9-25.


Rasmussen S and Jones CS. (2013). Potential for producing increased levels of isoflavones in transgenic plants. Invited Review, CAB Reviews 8: 043, 1-13.


Griffiths AG, Barrett BA, Simon D, Khan AK, Bickerstaff P, Anderson CB, Franzmayr BK, Hancock KR and Jones CS. (2013). An integrated genetic linkage map for white clover (Trifolium repens L.) with alignment to Medicago. BMC Genomics 14:388 DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-14-388.


Liu Q, Parsons AJ, Xue H, Jones CS and Rasmussen S. (2013). Functional characterisation and transcript analysis of an alkaline phosphatase from the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Funneliformis mosseae. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 54: 52–59.


Jahufer MZZ, Dunn A, Baird I, Ford JL, Griffiths AG, Jones CS, Barrett B. and Woodfield DR. (2013). Genotypic variation for morphological traits in a white clover mapping population evaluated across two environments. Crop Science, 53: 460–472.


Hancock K, Collette V, Fraser K, Greig M, Xue H, Richardson K, Jones CS and Rasmussen S. (2012). Expression of the R2R3 MYB transcription factor TaMYB14 from Trifolium arvense regulates proanthocyanidin biosynthesis in leaves of T. repens and Medicago sativa. Plant Physiology, 159: 1204-1220.


Rasmussen S, Parsons AJ, and Jones CS. (2012). Metabolomics of forage plants – a review. Annals of Botany, 110: 1281–1290