Michael W. Bevan

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Mike Bevan
Michael Webster Bevan

(1952-06-05) 5 June 1952 (age 67)[1]
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisDifferentiation in plant tissue cultures (1979)

Michael Webster Bevan OBE FRS (born 5 June 1952)[1] is a Professor at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.[5][6][7][8]


Bevan was educated at the University of Auckland where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science in 1973 and a Master of Science in 1974. He went on to study at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a PhD in 1979 for work on differentiation in plant tissue cultures.[9]

Research and career[edit]

Following his PhD, Bevan did postdoctoral research with Mary-Dell Chilton at Washington University in St. Louis[10][11][12][13] where he identified ways to make functional chimaeric genes based on knowledge of gene function.[5]

Bevan returned to the UK at the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge[14][15] in 1980, part of the Agricultural and Food Research Council (AFRC). This became the John Innes Centre of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) where he has worked since 1988.[1]

As of 2014, Bevan's laboratory focus on the molecular control of plant growth.[16][17][18][19][20]

Awards and honours[edit]

Bevan was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2013. His nomination reads:

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to plant genomics.[21]


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  2. ^ a b "Professor Michael Bevan FRS". Royal Society.
  3. ^ "Prizes awarded by the Human and Animal Nutrition and Crop Husbandry Fund". The Rank Prize Funds. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Genetics Society Medal 2018 – Mike Bevan". The Genetics Society.
  5. ^ a b "Q&A with Professor Mike Bevan". John Innes Centre.
  6. ^ Michael W. Bevan's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  7. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  8. ^ Brenchley, R; Spannagl, M; et al. (2012). "Analysis of the bread wheat genome using whole-genome shotgun sequencing". Nature. 491 (7426): 705–10. doi:10.1038/nature11650. PMC 3510651. PMID 23192148.
  9. ^ Bevan, Michael W (1979). Differentiation in plant tissue cultures (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge.
  10. ^ Bevan, MW; Flavell, RB; Chilton, MD (1983). "A chimaeric antibiotic resistance gene as a selectable marker for plant cell transformation". Nature. 304 (5922): 184–7. doi:10.1038/304184a0.
  11. ^ Bevan, M; Barnes, WM; Chilton, MD (1983). "Structure and transcription of the nopaline synthase gene region of T-DNA". Nucleic Acids Research. 11 (2): 369–85. doi:10.1093/nar/11.2.369. PMC 325720. PMID 6298724.
  12. ^ Bevan, MW; Chilton, MD (1982). "Multiple transcripts of T-DNA detected in nopaline crown gall tumors". Journal of Molecular and Applied Genetics. 1 (6): 539–46. PMID 7153688.
  13. ^ Bevan, MW; Chilton, MD (1982). "T-DNA of the Agrobacterium Ti and Ri plasmids". Annual Review of Genetics. 16: 357–84. doi:10.1146/annurev.ge.16.120182.002041. PMID 6297376.
  14. ^ Jefferson, RA; Kavanagh, TA; Bevan, MW (1987). "GUS fusions: Beta-glucuronidase as a sensitive and versatile gene fusion marker in higher plants". The EMBO Journal. 6 (13): 3901–7. PMC 553867. PMID 3327686.
  15. ^ Bevan, M (1984). "Binary Agrobacteriumvectors for plant transformation". Nucleic Acids Research. 12 (22): 8711–21. doi:10.1093/nar/12.22.8711. PMC 320409. PMID 6095209.
  16. ^ Rook, F; Corke, F; et al. (2002). "Impaired sucrose-induction mutants reveal the modulation of sugar-induced starch biosynthetic gene expression by abscisic acid signalling". The Plant Journal. 26 (4): 421–33. doi:10.1046/j.1365-313X.2001.2641043.x. PMID 11439129.
  17. ^ Vogel, JP; Garvin, DF; et al. (2010). "Genome sequencing and analysis of the model grass Brachypodium distachyon". Nature. 463 (7282): 763–8. doi:10.1038/nature08747. PMID 20148030.
  18. ^ Baulcombe, DC; Saunders, GR; et al. (1986). "Expression of biologically active viral satellite RNA from the nuclear genome of transformed plants". Nature. 321 (6068): 446–9. doi:10.1038/321446a0.
  19. ^ Sablowski, RW; Baulcombe, DC; Bevan, M (1995). "Expression of a flower-specific Myb protein in leaf cells using a viral vector causes ectopic activation of a target promoter". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 92 (15): 6901–5. doi:10.1073/pnas.92.15.6901. PMC 41438. PMID 7624340.
  20. ^ "Major breakthrough in deciphering bread wheat's genetic code". John Innes Centre. 22 November 2012.
  21. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B10.