Research Areas:
Cell Biology, Signals and Responses, Molecular Biology, Gene Regulation, Development


1.   Boavida L.C. and Becker J. D. (2016) Plant Evolution: What Does It Take To Be an Egg? Curr. Biol. (26):R527-30.

2.   Jiang H., Yi J., Boavida L.C., Chen Y., Becker J.D., Köhler C., McCormick S. (2015) Intercellular communication in Arabidopsis thaliana pollen discovered via AHG3 transcript movement from the vegetative cell to sperm. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(43): 13378–13383.

3.   Boavida, L.C.*, Peng Q.*, Broz M.*, Becker J.D., McCormick S. (2013) Arabidopsis Tetraspanins are confined to discrete expression domains and cell types in reproductive tissues and form homo- and hetero-dimers when expressed in yeast. Plant Physiol.163:696-712.*corresponding author

4.   Borges F., Gardner R., Lopes T., Calarco J.P., Boavida L.C.,Slotkin R.K., Martienssen R.A., Becker J.D. (2012) FACS-based purification of Arabidopsis microspores, sperm cells and vegetative nuclei. BMC Plant Methods: 8-44.

5.   Boavida L.C., Borges F.S., Becker J.D., Feijo J.A. (2011) Whole-genome analysis of gene expression reveals coordinated activation of signaling and metabolic pathways during pollen-pistil interactions in Arabidopsis thaliana.Plant Physiol. 133:713-725.

6.   Cheung, A.Y, Boavida, L.C., Aggarwal, M., Wu, H-M, Feijo J. (2010) The pollen tube journey in the pistil and imaging the in vivo process by two-photon microscopy. J. Exp. Bot. 61:1907-1915. Journal Cover.

7.   Boavida, L.C., Shuai, B., Yu, H-J, Pagnussat, G.C., Sundaresan, V., McCormick, S. (2009) A collection of Ds insertional mutants associated with defects in male gametophyte development and function in Arabidopsis thaliana. Genetics, 181:1369-1385.

8.   Blanvillain, R. Boavida, L.C., McCormick, S. Ow, D.W. Arabidopsis (2008) EXPORTIN 1 genes are essential for development and function of the gametophytes. Genetics 180(3):1493–1500. 

9. Wang, H., Boavida, L.C., Ron M., McCormick S. (2008) Truncation of a protein disulfide isomerase, PDIL2-1, delays embryo sac maturation and disrupts pollen tube guidance in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell 20:3300-3311.

10.   Boavida, L.C. and McCormick, S. (2007) Temperature as a determinant factor for increased and reproducible in vitro pollen germination in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant J. 52:570-582.

11. Boavida, L.C., Becker, J.D. and Feijó, J.A. (2005) The making of gametes in higher plants. Int. J. Dev. Biol.49:595-614.

12. Boavida, L.C., Vieira, A.M., Becker, J.D. and Feijó, J.A. (2005) Gametophyte interaction and sexual reproduction: how plants make a zygote. Int. J. Dev. Biol. 49:615-642.

13. Becker, J.D., Boavida, L.C., Carneiro, J., Haury, M. and Feijó, J.A. (2003). Transcriptional profiling of Arabidopsis pollen and vegetative tissues reveals unique characteristics of the pollen transcriptome. Plant Physiol. 133:713-725. 

14. Rotman, N., Rozier, F., Boavida, L., Dumas, C., Berger F., Faure, J-E (2003). Female control of male gamete delivery during fertilization in Arabidopsis thaliana. Curr. Biol. 13:432-436.

15. Trindade, H., Boavida, L.C., Borralho, N., Feijó, J.A. (2001). Successful fertilization and seed set from pollination on immature non-dehisced flowers of Eucalyptus globulus. Ann. Bot. 87:469-475.

16. Boavida, L.C., Silva, J.P., Feijó, J.A. (2001) Sexual reproduction in the cork oak (Quercus suber L.): II. Crossing intra and interspecific barriers. Sex. Plant Reprod. 14(3):143-159

17. Boavida, L., Varela, M.C., Feijó, J.A. (1999). Sexual reproduction in the cork oak (Quercus suber L.). I. The progamic phase. Sex. Plant Reprod. 11(6):347-353.

Other Publications

18. Boavida, L.C., and McCormick, S. (2010) Gametophyte and Sporophyte. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0002038.pub2]

19. Guan, Y., Boavida, L., and McCormick, S. (2010) Gametogenesis. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0002037.pub2]

Book Chapters

20. Boavida L.C., Hernandez-Coronado M., Becker J.D. (2015). Setting the Stage for the Next Generation: Epigenetic Reprogramming During Sexual Plant Reproduction. In Pontes, Olga, Jin, Hailing (eds.) Nuclear Functions in Plant Transcription, Signaling and Development. Springer-Verlag, New York. pp. 93-118.

21. Feijó, J. A., Certal, A. C., Boavida L., Van Nerum, I., Valdiviesso, T., Oliveira, M. M., Broothaerts, W. (1999). Advances on the study of sexual reproduction in cork-tree (Q. suber, L.), chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.), and in Rosaceae (apple and almond). In M. Cresti, G. Cai, A. Muscatelli (eds.) Fertilization in Higher Plants: Molecular and Cytological Aspects. Springer-Verlag. Berlin, Heidelberg. pp. 377-396.

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