I am an agronomist/plant molecular biologist and my research is primarily focused on plant reproduction and crop breeding. Basically, I aim to gain insights into the molecular control of reproductive processes, such as meiosis, gamete formation and fertilization, and I additionally try to translate gained fundamental knowledge into innovative breeding applications.

Research Areas:
Applied Plant Biology, Cell Biology, Development, Environmental Plant Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Physiology


1.     De Storme, N. and Geelen, D. (2011). The Arabidopsis mutant jason produces unreduced first division restitution male gametes through a parallel/fused spindle mechanism in meiosis II. Plant Physiology, 155(3), 1403-1415. IF: 6.5

2.    Galla, G., Zenoni, S., Marconi, G., Marino, G., Botton, A., Pinosa, F., Citterio, S., Ruperti, B., Palme, K., Albertini, E., Pezzotti, M., Mau, M., Sharbel, T.F., De Storme, N., Geelen, D. and Barcaccia, G. (2011).

Sporophytic and gametophytic functions of the cell cycle-associated Mob1 gene in Arabidopsis thaliana. Gene, 484(1-2), 1-12. IF: 2.2

3.     De Storme, N., Copenhaver, G.P. and Geelen, D. (2012). Production of diploid male gametes in Arabidopsis by cold-induced destabilization of postmeiotic radial microtubule arrays. Plant Physiology, 160(4), 1808-1826. IF: 6.6

4.     Lazar, M.S.T., De Storme, N. and Geelen, D. (2012). A screen for the identification of male meiotic mutants based on pollen size. Acta Horticulturae, 961, 503-509. IF: n.a.

5.     Faizal, A., Foubert, K., Lambert, E., De Storme, N., Claeys, M., Apers, S. and Geelen, D. (2012). Saponin production is not qualitatively changed upon callus regeneration in the medicinal shrub Maesa perlarius. Plant Growth Regulation, 70(1), 39-48. IF: 1.62

6.     De Storme, N., Zamariola, L., Mau, M., Sharbel, T.F. and Geelen, D. (2013). Volume-based pollen size analysis: an advanced method to assess somatic and gametophytic ploidy in flowering plants. Plant Reproduction, 26(2), 65-81. IF: 1.67

7.     De Storme, N. and Geelen, D. (2013). Cytokinesis in plant male meiosis. Plant Signaling and Behavior, 8(3), e23394. IF: 2.0

8.     De Storme, N., De Schrijver, J., Van Criekinge, W., Wewer, V., Dörmann, P. and Geelen, D. (2013). GLUCAN SYNTHASE LIKE 8 (GSL8) and STEROL METHYL TRANSFERASE 2 (SMT2) are required for ploidy consistency of the sexual reproduction system in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, 25(2), 387-403. IF: 9.6

9.     De Storme, N. and Geelen, D. (2013). Tansley review: Sexual polyploidization in plants - cytological mechanisms and molecular regulation. New Phytologist, 198, 670-684. IF: 6.4

10.   De Storme, N. and Geelen, D. (2013). Pre-meiotic endomitosis in the cytokinesis-defective tomato mutant pmcd1 generates tetraploid meiocytes and diploid gametes. Journal of Experimental Botany, 64(8), 2345-2358. IF: 5.8

11.   Zamariola, L., De Storme, N., Tiang, C.L., Franklin, F.C.H. and Geelen, D. (2013). SGO1 but not SGO2 is required for maintenance of centromere cohesion in Arabidopsis thaliana meiosis. Plant Reproduction, 26(3), 197-208. IF: 2.1

12.   Mau, M., Corral, J.M., Vogel, H., Melzer, M., Fuchs, J., Kuhlmann, M., De Storme, N., Geelen, D., Sharbel, T.F. (2013). The conserved chimeric transcript UPGRADE-2 is associated with unreduced pollen formation and is exclusively found in apomictic Boechera species. Plant Physiology, 163(4), 1640-1659. (Acc. Oct. 2013)  IF: 7.4

13.   De Storme, N. and Geelen, D. (2014). The impact of environmental stress on male reproductive development in plants – biological processes and molecular mechanisms. Plant, Cell and Environment, 37(1), 1-18. IF: 5.9

14.   Zamariola, L., De Storme, N., Vannerum, K., Vandepoele, K., Armstrong, S.J., Franklin, F.C.H. and Geelen, D. (2014). SHUGOSHINs and PATRONUS protect meiotic centromere cohesion in Arabidopsis thaliana. The Plant Journal, 77(5), 782-794. IF: 6.8

15.   De Storme, N. and Geelen, D. (2014). Callose homeostasis at plasmodesmata: molecular control and developmental regulation. Frontiers in Plant Science, 5(138), 1-23. IF: 3.6

16.   Zamariola, L., Tiang, C.L., De Storme, N., Pawlowski, W. and Geelen, D. (2014). Chromosome segregation in plant meiosis. Frontiers in Plant Science, 5(279), 1-19. IF: 3.6

17.   Delporte, A., De Zaeytijd, J., De Storme, N., Azmi, A., Geelen, D., Smagghe, G., Guisze, Y. and Van Damme, E.J. (2014). Cell cycle-dependent O-GlcNAc modification of tobacco histones and their interaction with the tobacco lectin. Plant Physiology & Biochemistry, 6(83c), 151-158. IF: 2.4

18.   De Storme, N. and Mason, A. (2014). Plant speciation through chromosome instability and ploidy change: cellular mechanisms, molecular factors and evolutionary relevance. Current Plant Biology, 10-33. IF: n.a.

19.   Demidov, D., Lermontova, I., Weiss, O., Fuchs, J., Rutten, T., Kumke, K., Sharbel, T., Van Damme, D., De Storme, N., Geelen, D. and Houben, A. (2014). Altered expression of Aurora kinases in Arabidopsis results in aneu- and polyploidization. The Plant Journal, 80(3), 449-461. IF: 6.0.

20.   De Storme, N., Keçeli, B.N. and Geelen, D. (2015). Cloning plants through seeds – Genetic regulation and molecular factors controlling apomixis. Acta Horticulturae, 1087, 83-92. IF: n.a.

21.   De Storme, N., Keçeli, B.N., Zamariola, L., Angenon, G. and Geelen, D. (2016). CENH3-GFP: a visual marker for gametophytic and somatic ploidy determination in Arabidopsis. BMC Plant Biology, 16(1), 1-19.

22.   Liu, B., De Storme, N. and Geelen, D. (2016). Gibberellin induces diploid pollen formation by interfering with meiotic cytokinesis. Plant Physiology, 173(1), 338-353.

23.   Fan, L., De Storme, N. and Geelen, D. (2017). Dynamics of male meiotic recombination frequency during plant development using Fluorescent Tagged Lines in Arabidopsis thaliana. Scientific Reports, 7, article number 42535. doi:10.1038/srep42535.

24.   Keceli, B.N., De Storme, N. and Geelen, D. (2017). In vivo ploidy determination of Arabidopsis thaliana male and female gametophytes. In: Schmidt, A. (Ed.). Plant Germline Development, Methods in Molecular Biology, chapter 7, Humana Press Inc.

25.   Liu, B., De Storme, N. and Geelen, D. (2017). Cold interferes with male meiotic cytokinesis in Arabidopsis thaliana independently of the AHK2/3-AHP2/3/5 cytokinin signaling module. Cell Biology International, 41(8), 879-889.  

26.   Schinkel, C., Kirchheimer, B., Dullinger, S., Geelen, D., De Storme, N. and Hörandl, E. (2017). Pathways to polyploidy: indications of a female triploid bridge in the alpine species Ranunculus kuepferi (Ranunculaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution,, pp1-16.

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