Dr Anne Plessis

Dr Anne Plessis

Lecturer in Plant Biosciences

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Lecturer in Plant Biosciences


2012 - 2015 Post-doctoral Associate, New York University

2010 - 2012 Post-doctoral Associate, INRA, Clermont-Ferrand, France

2009 - 2010 Post-doctoral Associate, INRA, Versailles, France

2005 - 2008 PhD, Analysis and mapping of Arabidopsis thaliana mutants affected in water deficit tolerance, INRA , Versailles, France

2004 - 2005 MSc, Plant Biology, AgroParisTech, France

2001 - 2005 Engineer degree course, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France

Roles on external bodies

Associate Editor, BMC Plant Biology (2016 - )

Teaching interests

Plant physiology

Plant biotechnology

Research interests

The effect of climatic conditions and nutrient availability on plant gene expression and physiology, focused on abiotic stress in cereals. Understanding plant molecular responses in field environments to reconnect laboratory findings with the genetic improvement of crops necessary to reach food security under climate change.


Plessis A, Hafemeister C, Wilkins O, Gonzaga ZJ, Meyer RS, Pires I, Muller C, Septiningsih E, Bonneau R, Purugganan MD. (2015) Multiple abiotic stimuli are integrated in the regulation of rice gene expression under field conditions. eLife 4

Dai Z, Plessis A, Vincent J, Duchateau N, Besson A, Dardevet M, Prodhomme D, Gibon Y, Hilbert G, Pailloux M, Ravel C, Martre P. (2015) A temporal analysis of the effect of nitrogen and sulfur supply on wheat grain storage protein delineates several levels of transcriptional and metabolic regulation. The Plant Journal 83(2):326-343

Sechet J, Roux C, Plessis A, Effroy D, Frey A, Perreau F, Krieger-Liszkay A, Macherel D, North HM, Mireau H, Marion-Poll A. (2015) The ABA-deficiency suppressor locus HAS2 encodes the PPR protein LOI1/MEF11 involved in mitochondrial RNA editing. Molecular Plant

Plessis A. (2015) Smarty plants, book review of Plant Behaviour and Intelligence by Anthony Trewavas. Nature Plants 1, 15002

Plessis A, Ravel C, Bordes J, Balfourier F, Martre P. (2013) Association study of wheat grain composition reveals that glutenin and gliadin are trans-regulated by different chromosome regions. Journal of Experimental Botany 64(12):3627-44

Plessis A, Cournol R, Effroy D, Silva PĂ©rez V, Botran L, Kraepiel Y, Frey A, Sotta B, Cornic G, Leung J, Giraudat J, Marion-Poll A, North HM. (2011) New ABA-Hypersensitive Arabidopsis Mutants Are Affected in Loci Mediating Responses to Water Deficit and Dickeya dadantii Infection. PLoS ONE 6(5): e20243

Hasson A, Plessis A, Blein T, Adroher B, Grigg S, Tsiantis M, Boudaoud A, Damerval C, Laufs P. (2011) Evolution and Diverse Roles of the CUP-SHAPED COTYLEDON Genes in Arabidopsis Leaf Development. Plant Cell 23(1):54-68

Reports & invited lectures

UNAM Instituto de Biologia seminar (Mexico City, 2015) Modeling the response to multiple abiotic fluctuations of gene expression in nature
NYU Evening Evolution Group (New York, 2014) Summer is coming: modelling the effect of weather on gene expression to understand the environmental adaptation of rice
IRRI Plant Breeding, Genetics & Biotechnology Division seminar (Los Banos, Philippines, 2013) Association study of wheat grain composition