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:

Lee KW, Hong S, Rahman MA, Ji HC, Cha JY, Jones CS and Son D. (2019) Ectopic Overexpression of Teff Grass (Eragrostis tef) Phi-class Glutathione S-transferase 1 (EtGSTF1) Enhances Prokaryotic Cell Survivability against Diverse Abiotic Stresses. Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering, 24: 552–559.

Roldan MB, Cousins G, Fraser K, Hancock K, Collette V, Denmer J, Woodfield D, Caradus J, Jones C and Voisey C. (2019). Elevation of condensed tannins in the leaves of Ta-MYB14-1 white clover (Trifolium repens L.) outcrossed with high anthocyanin lines. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 

Lee KW, Rahman MA, Lee SH, Kim YG, Lee DG, Jones CS and Lee BH. (2019). Nitric oxide-induced proteomic analysis in rice leaves. Plant Biotechnology Reports, 1–13.

Muktar MS, Teshome A, Hanson J, Negawo AT, Habte E, Domelevo Entfellner J-B, Lee K-W and Jones CS. (2019). Genotyping by sequencing provides new insights into the diversity of Napier grass (Cenchrus purpureus) and reveals variation in genome-wide LD patterns between collections. Scientific Reports, 9: 6936.

Subbaraj AK, Huege J, Fraser K, Cao M, Rassmussen S, Faville M, Harrison SJ and Jones CS. (2019). A large-scale metabolomics study to harness chemical diversity and explore biochemical mechanisms in ryegrass. Communications Biology, 2: 87.

Rahman MA, Lee S-H, Ji HC, Kabir AH Jones CS and Lee K-W. (2018). Importance of Mineral Nutrition for Mitigating Aluminum Toxicity in Plants on Acidic Soils: Current Status and Opportunities. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 19, 3073. doi:10.3390/ijms19103073.

Bezabih M, Adie A, Ravi D, Prasad KVSV, Jones C, Abeyo B, Tadesse Z, Zegeye H, Solomon T, and Blümmel M. (2018). Variations in food-fodder traits of bread wheat cultivars released for the Ethiopian highlands. Field Crops Research, 229: 1–7.

Negawo AT, Jorge A, Hanson J, Teshome A, Muktar MS, Azevedo ALS, Lédo FJdS, Machado JC and Jones CS. (2018). Molecular markers as a tool for germplasm acquisition to enhance the genetic diversity of a Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum) collection. Tropical Forages, 6: 58–69. DOI: 10.17138/TGFT(6)58-69.

Gill GP, Bryant CJ, Fokin M, Huege J, Fraser K, Jones CS, Cao M and Faville MJ. (2018). Low pyrrolizidine alkaloid levels in perennial ryegrass is associated with the absence of a homospermidine synthase gene. BMC Plant Biology, 18: 56

Lee K-W, Rahman MA, Kim K-Y, Choi GJ, Cha J-Y, Cheong MS, Shohael AM, Jones C and Lee S-H. (2018). Overexpression of the alfalfa DnaJ-like protein (MsDJLP) gene enhances tolerance to chilling and heat stresses in transgenic tobacco plants. Turkish Journal of Biology 42: 12-22. doi:10.3906/biy-1705-30.

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.

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.