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Russell Jones

Plant and Microbial Department, University of California Berkeley

He holds a BSc in Botany and PhD in Plant Physiology from the University College of Wales. Russell Jones has been a member of the Berkeley faculty since 1966. He rose through the ranks from Assistant Professor, and served as Chairman of the Department of Botany from 1981 to 1986. Jones also chaired the Lawrence Hall of Science Advisory Committee, the College of Letters and Science Committee.

He studies how plants respond to environmental signals, especially hormones and other regulatory molecules. His research has focused on the biochemistry and molecular biology of seeds, in particular seed dormancy and germination. Using the cereal aleurone as a model system, hes research has centered on the signal transduction pathway regulated by the antagonistic plant hormones gibberellic acid and abscisic acid. He served as Editor of Planta, Associate Editor and Editor of the Annual Reviews of Plant Biology, and Associate Editor of Plant Physiology. For his profession he served as President of the American Society of Plant Biologists and of the International Plant Growth Substances Association.


Zhang et al (2010) Hydrogen sulfide alleviates aluminum toxicity in germinating wheat seedlings. J Integr Plant Biol. 52: 556-67.


Bethke et al (2004) Apoplastic synthesis of nitric oxide by plant tissues. Plant Cell 16: 332-41.


Bethke et al (1999) Hormonally regulated programmed cell death in barley aleurone cells. Plant Cell 11: 1033-46.