Jane Langdale


Department of Plant Sciences
University of Oxford
South Parks Road

Professor of Plant Sciences & Senior Research Fellow, The Queen’s College

Jane Langdale’s research interests are in the evolution of plant development and photosynthetic development.

Her research group is focussed on understanding the evolution of developmental mechanisms in plants. Research is split into two broad areas:

  • Evolution of shoot development: Meristem function and leaf development are being investigated in non-seed plants, namely bryophytes, lycophytes and monilophytes. This work aims to elucidate the mechanistic basis of shoot development in these groups and to provide insight into how shoot form and function evolved within land plants.
  • Evolution and development of Kranz anatomy: their research aims to understand the genetic mechanisms that evolved to regulate the development of the specialized ‘Kranz’ anatomy found in the leaves of C4 plants. This work is currently being carried out in the context of the international C4 rice program that aims to introduce C4 traits into C3 crops.

In both areas of research, their approach is increasingly dependent on the analysis and interrogation of large datasets. This work is carried out in collaboration with Steve Kelly’s lab.

This work is part of the Plants for the 21st Century Institute, a member of the Oxford Martin School.


Recent Relevant Publications: 


Patron, N.J. ….Langdale, J.A….& Haseloff, J. (53 authors total) (2015) Standards for plant synthetic biology: a common syntax for exchange of DNA parts. New Phytologistdoi/10.1111/nph.13532/

Plackett, A.R., Rabbinowitsch, E.H. & Langdale, J.A. (2015) Genetic transformation of the fern Ceratopteris richardii through microparticle bombardment. Plant Methods 11, 37

Szovenyi, P., Frangedakis, E., Ricca, M., Quandt, D., Wicke, S. & Langdale, J.A. (2015)Establishement of Anthoceros agrestis as a model species for studying the biology of hornworts. BMC Plant Biology 15, 98.

Saint-Marcoux, D., Proust, H., Dolan, L., & Langdale, J.A. (2015) Identification of reference genes for real-time quantitative PCR experiments in the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. PLoS ONE 10, 3.

Saint-Marcoux, D., Billoud, B., Langdale, J.A., & Charrier, B. (2015) Laser capture microdissection in Ectocarpus siliculosus: the pathway to cell-specific transcriptomics in brown algae. Frontiers in Plant Sciences 6 54.


Hughes, T.E., Langdale, J.A., & Kelly, S. (2014). The impact of widespread regulatory neofunctionalisation on homeolog gene evolution following whole genome duplication in maize. Genome Research 24, 1348-1355.

Li, F.W., Villarreal, J.C., Kelly, S., Rothfels, C.J., Melkonian, M., Frangedakis, E., Ruhsam, M., Sigel, E.M., Der, J.P., Pittermann, J., Burge, D.O., Pokorny, L., Larsson, A., Chen, T., Weststrand, S., Thomas, P., Carpenter, E., Zhang, Y., Tian, Z., Chen, L., Yan, Z., Zhu, Y., Sun, X., Wang, J., Stevenson, D.W., Crandall-Stotler, B.J., Shaw, A.J., Deyholos, M.K., Soltis, D.E., Graham, S.W., Windham, M.D., Langdale, J.A., Wong, G.K., Mathews, S., Pryer, K.M. (2014) Horizontal transfer of an adaptive chimeric photoreceptor from bryophytes to ferns. PNAS 111, 6672-6677.

Plackett, A.R.G., Huang, L., Sanders, H.L., and Langdale, J.A. (2014) High-efficiency stable transformation of the model fern species Ceratopteris richardii via microparticle bombardment. Plant Phys. 165 , 3-14.

Fouracre, J.P., Ando, S & Langdale, J.A. (2014) Cracking the Kranz Enigma with Systems Biology. J. Exp. Bot. 65, 3327-3339.


Wang, P., Kelly, S., Fouracre, J.P. & Langdale, J.A. (2013) Genome-wide transcript analysis of early maize leaf development reveals gene cohorts associated with the differentiation of C4 Kranz anatomy. Plant J. 75, 656–670.

Sanders, H.L & Langdale, J.A. (2013) Conserved transport mechanisms but distinct auxin responses govern shoot patterning in Selaginella kraussiana. New Phytologist 198, 419–428.

Waters, M.T, Tiley, A.M.M, Kramer, E.M, Meerow, A.W, Langdale, J.A & Scotland, R.W. (2013) The corona of the daffodil Narcissus bulbocodium shares stamen-like identity and is distinct from the orthodox floral whorls. Plant J. 74, 615–625.


Tolley, B.J., Sage, T.L., Langdale, J.A. & Hibberd, J.M. (2012) Individual maize chromosomes in the C3 plant oat can increase bundle sheath cell size and vein density.Plant Phys. 159, 1418-1427.

Wang, P., Fouracre, J., Kelly, S., Karki, S., Gowik, U., Aubry, S., Shaw, M.K., Westhoff, P., Slamet-Loedin, I.H., Quick, W.P., Hibberd, J.M. & Langdale, J.A. (2012) Evolution ofGOLDEN2-LIKE gene function in C 3 and C 4 plants. Planta 273, 481-495.

Hodges, M.E., Wickstead, B., Gull, K. & Langdale, J.A. (2012) The evolution of land plant cilia. New Phytologist 195, 526–540.


Hodges, M.E., Wickstead, B., Gull, K. & Langdale, J.A. (2011) Conservation of ciliary proteins in plants with no cilia. BMC Plant Biology 11, 185.

Sanders, H.L., Darrah, P.R. & Langdale, J.A. (2011) Sector analysis and predictive modelling reveal iterative shoot-like development in fern fronds. Development 138, 2925-2934.

Langdale, J.A. (2011) C4 Cycles: Past, present, and future research on C4 photosynthesis.Plant Cell 23, 3879–3892.