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Till Pellny

Post Doctoral Research Scientist
Plant Sciences
Works With:
+44 (0) 1582 763 133 ext: +44 1582 938882
Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ
Past Projects
  • Manipulation of cell wall synthesis to improve the dietary fibre composition of wheat flour
  • UK Brazil Partnership: Role of BAHD genes in determining cell wall feruloylation and digestibility of grass biomass
  • BBSRC Quota Studentship: Effect of grass cell wall feruloylation on biomass digestibility and structural properties
  • Low viscosity wheat for improved properties for fermentation and animal feed
Till K. Pellny, Alison Lovegrove, Jackie Freeman, Paola Tosi, Chris G. Love, J. Paul Knox, Peter R. Shewry and Rowan A.C. Mitchell (2012):  Cell walls of developing wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) starchy endosperm: comparison of composition and RNA Seq transcriptome. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY doi: ?10.?1104/?pp.?111.?189191Nadine Anders, Mark D. Wilkinson, Alison Lovegrove, Jacqueline Freeman, Theodora Tryfona, Till K. Pellny, Thilo Weimar, Jennifer C. Mortimea, Katherine Stott, John M. Baker, Michael Defoin-Platel, Peter R. Shewry, Paul Dupree, and Rowan A. C. Mitchell: (2012): Glycosyl transferases in family 61 mediate arabinofuranosyl transfer onto xylan in grasses PNAS 109(3): 989-993Kerchev, Pavel I.; Pellny, Till K.; Vivancos, Pedro Diaz; Kiddle, Guy; Hedden, Peter; Driscoll, Simon; Vanacker, Helene; Verrier, Paul; Hancock, Robert D; Foyer, Christine H. (2011): The Transcription Factor ABI4 Is Required for the Ascorbic Acid-Dependent Regulation of Growth and Regulation of Jasmonate-Dependent Defense Signaling Pathways in Arabidopsis. PLANT CELL: 23(9) Pages: 3319-3334  DOI: 10.1105/tpc.111.090100Prins, Anneke; Mukubi, Josephine Muchwesi; Pellny, Till K.; Verrier, Paul J.; Beyene, Getu; Silva Lopes, Marta; Emami, Kaveh; Treumann, Achim; Lelarge-Trouverie, Caroline; Noctor, Graham; Kunert, Karl J.; Kerchev, Pavel; Foyer, Christine H. (2011): Acclimation to high CO(2) in maize is related to water status and dependent on leaf rank.  PLANT CELL AND ENVIRONMENT  : 34(2): 314-331  DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3040.2010.02245.xDiaz Vivancos, Pedro; Dong, Yingping; Ziegler, Kerstin; Markovic, Jelena; Pallardo, Federico V.; Pellny, Till K.; Verrier, Paul J.; Foyer, Christine H. (2010): ) Recruitment of glutathione into the nucleus during cell proliferation adjusts whole-cell redox homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana and lowers the oxidative defence shield.  PLANT JOURNAL  : 64 (5): 825-838  DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2010.04371.xToole, GA; Le Gall, G; Colquhoun, IJ; Nemeth, C; Saulnier, L; Lovegrove, A; Pellny, T; Wilkinson, MD; Freeman, J; Mitchell, RAC; Mills, ENC; Shewry, PR (2010) Temporal and spatial changes in cell wall composition in developing grains of wheat cv. Hereward   PLANTA  : 232(3): 677-689  DOI: 10.1007/s00425-010-1199-5Hager, Jutta; Pellny, Till K.; Mauve, Caroline; (Lelarge-Trouverie, Caroline; De Paepe, Rosine; Foyer, Christine H.; (Noctor, Graham (2010) Conditional modulation of NAD levels and metabolite profiles in Nicotiana sylvestris by mitochondrial electron transport and carbon/nitrogen supply: PLANTA: 231(5): 1145-1157  DOI: 10.1007/s00425-010-1117Csilla Nemeth , Jackie Freeman , Huw D Jones , Caroline Sparks , Till K Pellny , Mark D Wilkinson , Jim Dunwell , Annica AM Andersson , Per Aman , Fabienne Guillon , Luc Saulnier , Rowan AC Mitchell , and Peter R Shewry (2010): Down-regulation of the CSLF6 gene results in decreased (1,3;1,4)--D-glucan in endosperm of wheat. Plant Physiology 152(3): 1209-1218 doi. 10.1104/pp.109.151712Ana Sofia Soares-Cordeiro, Simon P. Driscoll, Till K. Pellny, Enrique Olmos, Maria Celeste Arrabana, Christine H. Foyer (2009): Variations in the dorso-ventral organisation of leaf structure and Kranz anatomy coordinate the control of photosynthesis and associated signalling at the whole leaf level in monocotyledonous species. Plant Cell Environment Volume: 32 Issue: 12 Pages: 1833-1844Till K Pellny, Vittoria Locato, Pedro Diaz Vivancos, Jelena Markovic, Federico V Pallardo, and Christine H Foyer (2009): Pyridine nucleotide cycling and control of intracellular redox state in Relation to poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase activity and nuclear localisation of glutathione during exponential growth of Arabidopsis cells in culture. Molecular Plant Volume: 2 Issue: 3 Pages: 442-456Philippus D.R. van Heerden, Guy Kiddle, Till K. Pellny, Phatlane W. Mokwala, Anine Jordaan, Abram J. Strauss, Misha de Beer, Urte Schlüter, Karl J. Kunert and Christine H. Foyer (2008): Regulation of respiration and the oxygen diffusion barrier in soybean protect symbiotic nitrogen fixation from chilling-induced inhibition and shoots from premature senescence.Plant Physiology Volume: 148 Issue: 1 Pages: 316-327Till K Pellny, Olivier Van Aken, Christelle Dutilleul, Tonja Wolff, Karin Groten, Melike Bor, Rosine De Paepe, Agnes Reyss, Frank Van Breusegem, Graham Noctor, Christine H Foyer (2008): Mitochondrial respiratory pathways modulate nitrate sensing and nitrogen-dependent regulation of plant architecture in Nicotiana sylvestris. The Plant Journal Volume: 54 Issue: 6 Pages: 976-992Ludidi, NN; Pellny, TK; Kiddle, G; Dutilleul, C; Groten, K; Van Heerden, PDR; Dutt, S; Powers, SJ; Römer, P & Foyer CH (2007):  Genetic variation in pea (Pisum sativum L.) demonstrates the importance of root but not shoot C/N ratios in the control of plant morphology and reveals a unique relationship between shoot length and nodulation intensity Plant, Cell and Environment (2007) 30, Volume: 30 Issue: 10 Pages: 1256-1268Olmos E, Kiddle G, Pellny TK, Kumar S, & Foyer CH (2006):  Modulation of plant morphology, root architecture, and cell structure by low vitamin C in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Experimental Botany 57 (8): 1645-1655Sommariva E, Pellny TK, Karahan N, Kumar S, Huberman JA, & Dalgaard JZ (2005): Schizosaccharomyces pombe Swi1, Swi3, and hskl are components of a novel S-phase response pathway to alkylation damage. Molecular and Cellular Biology 25 (7): 2770-2784Pellny TK, Ghannoum O, Conroy JP, Schluepmann H, Smeekens S, Andralojc J, Krause KP, Goddijn O, & Paul MJ (2004): Genetic modification of photosynthesis with E. coli genes for trehalose synthesis. Plant Biotechnology Journal 2 (1): 71-82Paul MJ, & Pellny TK (2003): Carbon metabolite feedback regulation of leaf photosynthesis and development. Journal of Experimental Botany 54 (382): 539-547Schluepmann H, Pellny T, van Dijken A, Smeekens S, & Paul M (2003): Trehalose 6-phosphate is indispensable for carbohydrate utilization and growth in Arabidopsis thaliana. Proceedings of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America 100 (11): 6849-6854Gittins JR, Pellny TK, Biricolti S, Hiles ER, Passey AJ, & James DJ (2003): Transgene expression in the vegetative tissues of apple driven by the vascular-specific rolC and CoYMV promoters. Transgenic Research 12 (4): 391-402James, D., Massiah, A., Hiles, E.R., Vaughan S.P., Passey, A.J., Gittins, J.R., Biricolti, S.,& Pellny, T.K.(2003): Targeting Transgene Expression in Apple Tree Tissues -Roles for Heterologous and Homologous Promoters. Acta Horticulturae 625: 321-330Blakesley D, Allen A, Pellny TK, & Roberts AV (2002): Natural and induced polyploidy in Acacia dealbata Link . and Acacia mangium Willd. Annals of Botany 90 (3): 391-398Paul M, Pellny T, & Goddijn O(2001): Enhancing photosynthesis with sugar signals. Trends in Plant Science 6 (5): 197-200Gittins JR, Hiles ER, Pellny TK, Biricolti S, & James DJ (2001): The Brassica napus extA promoter: a novel alternative promoter to CaMV 35S for directing transgene expression to young stem tissues and load bearing regions of transgenic apple trees (Malus pumila Mill .). Molecular Breeding 7 (1): 51-62James DJ, Gittins JR, Massiah AJ, Pellny TK, Hiles ER, Biricolti S, Passey AJ & Vaughan SP ( 2001): Using Heterologous And Homologous Promoters To Study Tissue Specific Transgene Expression In Fruit Crops. Acta Horticulturae, 560, 55- 62Gittins JR, Pellny TK, Hiles ER, Rosa C, Biricolti S, & James DJ (2000): Transgene expression driven by heterologous ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase small-subunit gene promoters in the vegetative tissues of apple (Malus pumila Mill. ). Planta 210 (2): 232-240 Book chaptersShewry, P.R., Freeman, J., Wilkinson, M., Pellny, T. and Mitchell, R.A.C. (2010). Challenges and opportunities for using wheat for biofuel production. In: Energy Crops, (Halford, H.G. and Karp, A., ed.), p. 13-26. RSC publishing, London.Foyer, Christine H.; Pellny, Till K.; Locato, Vittoria, Laura De Gara (2008): Analysis of Redox Relationships in the Plant Cell Cycle: Determinations of Ascorbate, Glutathione and Poly (ADPribose)Polymerase (PARP) in Plant Cell Cultures: Methods in Molecular Biology Pages: 199-215Pellny, T. K.(2003): Trehalose metabolism in plants: the impact of expressing E. coli genes for the trehalose pathway in Nicotiana tabacum. 193pp. PhD Thesis, University of Nottingham Conference AbstractsPellny TK, J Freeman, MD Wilkinson, PR Shewry, RAC Mitchell (2009) Identification and expression patterns of genes responsible for arabinoxylan biosynthesis in wheat endosperm. Monogram Meeting, University of Bristol April 2009Pellny TK, Locato V, & Foyer C (2007) Coordinated decreases in cellular ascorbate and glutathione during the growth of Arabidopsis cell cultures Keystone Plant Cell Biology meeting March 23 - 28, 2007 Coeur d'Alene, IdahoLocato V, Pellny T, Foyer C (2007) Coordinated decreases in cellular ascorbate and glutathione during the growth of Arabidopsis cell cultures In Abstracts SEB Annual Meeting, Glasgow, April 2007 Comparative Biochemistry And Physiology A-Molecular & Integrative Physiology 146 (4): S258-S259 12 Suppl. SPellny TK & Foyer CH (2006): Glutathione homeostasis in plants in relation to defence and gene expression. First International Congress of Respiratory Biology August 13 - 16, Bonn, GermanyPellny, TK, Kiddle G, Foyer CH (2006): Redox regulation of the plant cell cycle; SEB Cell Cycle Symposium, Southampton 02-06.07.06Pellny TK, Sommariva E, Dalgaard JZ (2005) Schizosaccharomyces pombe Swi1p, Swi3p and Hsk1p are components of a novel S-phase response pathway to alkylation damage British Yeast Group Meeting BYG2005 5-7. April CanterburyPellny, T. K., Ghannoum, O., Conroy, J. P., Schluepmann, H.,Smeekens, S., Andralojc, P. J., Goddijn, O. & Paul, M. J.(2003). Genetic modification of photosyntheis through the trehalose pathway. In Abstracts International Conference on Phloem Transport, Bayreuth, 31 August-5 September 2003 116.Pellny, T. K., Goddijn, O. J. M. & Paul, M. J.(2002). Enhancing photosynthesis with sugar signals. In Abstracts CO2 Assimilation in Plants: Genome To Biome August 11-16, 2002 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MAPellny, T. K., Paul, M. J. & Goddijn, O. J. M.(2002). Unravelling the role of trehalose-6-phosphate in metabolic signalling in photosynthetic tissue. In Abstracts SEB Annual Meeting, Swansea, April 2002 Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A 132(Supplement), S102.Biricolti S., Gittins J.R., Pellny T.K, Hiles E.R., Passey A.J., James D.J.(2002) Osservazioni istologiche dell'espressione del gene gusA sotto il controllo dei promotori a specificit� vascolare in piante transgeniche di melo VI Giornate Scientifiche SOI, Spoleto, Italia, 22-23 April: 71-72.Pellny, T. K., Goddijn, O. J. M. & Paul, M. J.(2001). Enhancing photosynthesis with sugar signals. In Abstracts 12th International Congress on Photosynthesis, Brisbane, 18-23 August 2001 S24-007.Pellny, T. K., Paul, M. J. & Goddijn, O. J. M.(2001). Unravelling the role of trehalose-6-phosphate in sugar signalling and resource allocation in plants. In Abstracts SEB Annual Meeting, Canterbury, 2-6 April 2001 P7.90.Pellny, Till K.; Paul, Matthew J.; Goddijn, Oscar J.(2001) Enhancing photosynthesis with sugar signals. Joint Annual Meetings of the American Society of Plant Biologists and the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists, July 21-25, 2001, Rhode Island, USA Plant Biology (Rockville) 2001 : 138 2001Paul, M.J., Pellny, T. K., & Goddijn, O. J. M (2000) A role for trehalose metabolism in resource allocation in plants. In: Signals, Sensing and Plant Primary Metabolism, Collaborative Research Centre, Potsdam, Germany, p. 57.Pellny, T. K., Goddijn, O. J. M., Krause, K-P. & Paul, M. J.(2000). A role for trehalose metabolism in resource allocation in plants. In Abstracts AAB Meeting on Resource Allocation in Crop Plants, Aberystwyth, 11-13 September 2000Biricolti S., Rosa C.,Gittins J.R., Hiles E.R., Pellny T.K, & James D.J.(2000) Osservazioni istologiche dell'espressione del gene gusA sotto il controllo di promotori a specificit� fogliare in piante transgeniche di melo V Giornate Scientifiche SOI, Sirmione, Italia, 28-30 March: 375-376Pellny TK et al. Forest Biotechnology 1999 Keble, Oxford



PhD in Plant Sciences (University of Nottingham)


MSc in Horticulture (University of Hannover, Germany)

Measures of esteem


  • The Edward Cocking Prize in Plant Science 2003: University of Nottingham