Dr. Emery is one of the world’s leading experts in the study of plant hormones. In particular, he works on a family of hormones, the cytokinins, which are notoriously difficult to analyze and which are potent regulators of plant development even when present at extremely low concentrations. Prior to coming to Trent in 2000, he completed post-doctoral research in Australia working on hormonal control of fruit set and seed development in chickpea and lupin and in France examining nitrogen and carbon metabolism in field peas. In his work with legumes he is studying how the plants biochemically pull themselves together as a means of determining how to create bigger, more stable yields. The end users of research findings would be breeders of plants who he could give direction for making better varieties of each plant.
December, 2020 - Megan Aoki’s Ph.D. research on cytokinins in non-plant organisms shows promise in medicine and agriculture. Read more here.
November, 2020 - Two of our graduate students, Megan Aoki and Daniel Palberg are the recipients of the prestigious Ontario Graduate Scholarship program. Congratulations, Megan and Daniel! Read more about Megan's exciting research here.
July, 2020 - Our article "Cytokinin Production by the Rice Blast Fungus Is a Pivotal Requirement for Full Virulence" is among the top 10% most cited PLOS Pathogens papers published in 2016!
CITED 46 TIMES as of July 2020
July, 2020 - Huge congrats to our student, Julia Hubert for the amazing presentation she gave at the 48th Southern Ontario Undergraduate Virtual Chemistry Conference in Toronto! You can watch it here if you want to learn what cytokinins are doing in human parasite, Giardia intestinalis!
May, 2020 - "Can we grow plants on Mars?" Our student, Aaron Dain has the answer. Read his story on RAOG blog.
April, 2020 - "Science is not cancelled! There is so MUSH-room for learning!" Read about our MSc student, Nourhene Grich research project on RAOG website.
February, 2020 - The largest published survey of cytokinin production by insects is out there for you to read! Congratulations, Peter Andreas!
December, 2019 - "Plants, too, need support in times of stress". Read how a new bio-fertilizer project can be the answer.
December, 2019 - Emery Lab is one of the eight successful research teams to be funded across Ontario through a $2M investment by the Agricultural Adaptation Council and Ontario Genomics (through Genome Canada). Read the summary of our project: 'Metabolomic-based strain selection of microbial bioinoculants which alleviate impacts of drought stress in crop production' here.
September, 2019 - Alex Kuhne, MSc student in the Emery Lab, leads delegation at International Arctic Forum.
July, 2019 - Dr. Anna Kisiala featured in the CSPB Bulletin - read more (page 10)
May, 2019 - PhD student, Megan Aoki, and her groundbreaking research featured at Trent University News and Events platform.
May, 2019 - Our PhD student, Megan Aoki, talks all about cytokinins in the interview for Random Acts of Green.
May, 2019 - Dr. Neil Emery is a partner in the research aimed at advancing clean-water technology to make Canada’s mining industry more sustainable. The project funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) will develop a sustainable green biofiltration technology for mineral extraction and mining waste waters.
April, 2019 - Our PhD student, Mark Seegobin became a recipient of a prestigious Alexander Graham Bell NSERC CGS D scholarship to support his research on cytokinin function in mammalian systems.
March, 2019 - Alex Kuhne, MSc student in Environmental & Life Sciences Graduate Program at Trent University presented her research on recycling algae cultures at the first Trent Graduate Students in Science (TGSS) symposium.
February, 2019 - There is more to the cytokinin story than you could ever imagine! Our PhD student, Megan Aoki, research shows cytokinins can be actively metabolized in human cell cultures - read Megan's paper in FASEB Bioadvances.
January, 2019 - Learn about our MSc student Alex Kuhne innovative research on the future of food.
January, 2019 - Check out the Emery Lab coverage from the ACPD 2018 Prague conference in New Phytologist!
July, 2018 - Breaking news! - Our PhD student, Mark Seegobin discovered presence of a range of "plant" hormones cytokinins in mammalian tissues! Check the interview with Mark and read his paper recently published in The FASEB Journal.
June 2018 - "A virulent and resistant strain of fungus, called “Corn Smut Disease” is currently threatening our corn stalks." - Ibraheem Alimi, MSc student, co-supervised by Prof. Neil Emery and Prof. Barry Saville, explains the importance of his research in the interview for Random Acts of Green.
April, 2017 - To branch or not to branch? Shade, ABA and auxin - Dr. Thien Nguyen and Prof. Neil Emery co-authored an insight paper that accompanies the groundbreaking research on ABA as the earliest upstream inhibitor of apical dominance, recently published in Journal of Experimental Botany.
December, 2016 - Research at Trent in Dr. Neil Emery’s lab highlighted in exhibition titled “Pulses: The Ideal Partner” on loan from the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in partnership with Pulse Canada (Trent University News & Events)
November, 2016 - You can do cancer research and still work with plant hormones! - watch Mark Seegobin on ChexTV.
The Origins and Roles of Methylthiolated Cytokinins: Evidence from Among Life Kingdoms. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2020.
Phytohormonal Roles in Plant Responses to Heavy Metal Stress—Implications for Using Macrophytes in Phytoremediation of Aquatic Ecosystems. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2020.
The roles of phytohormones in metal stress regulation in microalgae. J Appl Phycol, 2020.
Cytokinin activity during early kernel development corresponds positively with yield potential and later stage ABA accumulation in field-grown wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Planta, 2020.
Cytokinins in Dictyostelia – A unique model for studying the functions of signaling agents from species to kingdoms. Front Cell Dev Biol, 2020.
Soil Temperature Prior to Veraison Alters Grapevine Carbon Partitioning, Xylem Sap Hormones, and Fruit Set. AJEV, 2020.
The Role of Phytohormones in Enhancing Metal Remediation Capacity of Algae. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol, 2020.
Role and Regulation of Cytokinins in Plant Response to Drought Stress. MDPI Plants, 2020.
Cytokinins Are Abundant and Widespread Among Insect Species. MDPI Plants, 2020.
Cytokinin Detection during the Dictyostelium discoideum Life Cycle: Profiles Are Dynamic and Affect Cell Growth and Spore Germination. Biomolecules, 2019.
Quantification of Cytokinins using High-Resolution Accurate-Mass Orbitrap Mass Spectrometry and Parallel Reaction Monitoring (PRM). Analytical Chemistry, 2019
Elevated carbon dioxide decreases the adverse effects of higher temperature and drought stress by mitigating oxidative stress and improving water status in Arabidopsis thaliana. Planta, 2019.
Endosymbiotic Methylobacterium oryzae mitigates the impact of limited water availability in lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) by increasing plant cytokinin levels. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 2019.
A stimulatory role for cytokinin in the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis of pea. Frontiers in Plant Science, 2019.
Phytohormone metabolism in human cells: Cytokinins are taken up and interconverted in HeLa cell culture. FASEB BioAdvances, 2019.
Setting-up a fast and reliable cytokinin biosensor based on a plant histidine kinase receptor expressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Journal of Biotechnology 289, 103-111.
Chelator production by Deschampsia cespitosa (L.) Beauv. in adaptive Ni/Cu hyper-tolerance derived from fields at Sudbury region and lab assessment. Botany, 2018.
Canis familiaris tissues are characterized by different profiles of cytokinins typical of the tRNA degradation pathway. The FASEB Journal, 2018.
Phytohormone profiling reveals fungal signatures and strong manipulation of infection cycle in the Gymnosporangium juniper-virginianae dual-host plant system. Botany, 2017.
DELLA1-gibberellin signaling regulates cytokinin-dependent symbiotic nodulation. Plant Physiology, pp. 00919.2017.
Analysis of brassinosteroids in soybean seeds and leaves by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Open Plant Science Journal, 2017.
Yield associated traits correlate with cytokinin profiles in developing pods and seeds of field-grown soybean
cultivars. Field Crops Research 214: 175-184.
Dynamics and origin of cytokinins involved in plant manipulation by a leaf-mining insect. Insect Science, 2017.
Is ABA the earliest upstream inhibitor of apical dominance?
Journal of Experimental Botany 68(5): 881-884.
Fungal derived cytokinins are necessary for normal Ustilago maydis infection of corn. Plant Pathology 66: 726–742.
Nod factor supply under water stress conditions modulates cytokinin biosynthesis and enhances nodule formation and N nutrition in soybean. Plant Signaling & Behavior 11(9): e1212799.
A laser dissection-RNAseq analysis highlights the activation of cytokinin pathways by Nod factors in the Medicago truncatula root epidermis. Plant Physiology, 171(3): 2256-2276.
Soybean seed development: fatty acid and phytohormone metabolism and their interactions. Current Genomics, 17(3): 241-260.
Cytokinin production by the rice blast fungus is a pivotal requirement for full virulence. PLoS Pathogens, 12(2): 1-25.
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