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  • Deinum EE, Mulder BM, Benitez-Alfonso Y. 2019. From plasmodesma geometry to effective symplasmic permeability through biophysical modelling. eLife. 
  • Grison M, Kirk P, Brault M, Wu XN, Schulze WX, Benitez-Alfonso Y, Immel F, Bayer EMF. 2019. Plasma membrane-associated receptor like kinases relocalize to plasmodesmata in response to osmotic stress. Plant Physiology. 181(1), pp. 142-160  
  • Rongkaumpan G, Amsbury S, Andablo-Reyes E, Linford H, Connell S, Knox JP, Sarkar A, Benitez Alfonso Y, Orfila C. 2019. Cell Wall Polymer Composition and Spatial Distribution in Ripe Banana and Mango Fruit: Implications for Cell Adhesion and Texture Perception. Frontiers in Plant Science. 10  
  • Amsbury S, Benitez Alfonso Y. 2019. Tightening the pores to unload the phloem. Nature Plants. 5(6), pp. 561-562  
  • Benitez-Alfonso Y. 2019. The Role of Abscisic Acid in the Regulation of Plasmodesmata and Symplastic Intercellular Transport. Plant and Cell Physiology. 60(4), pp. 713-714  


  • Gaudioso-Pedraza R, Beck M, Frances L, Kirk P, Ripodas C, Niebel A, Oldroyd GED, Benitez-Alfonso Y, de Carvalho-Niebel F Callose-Regulated Symplastic Communication Coordinates Symbiotic Root Nodule Development. Current Biology 28 3562–3577. e6, 2018 DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2018.09.031


Our recent paper explores the physico-mechanical properties of callose

  • Abou-Saleh RH, Hernandez-Gomez M, Amsbury S, Paniagua C, Bourdon M, Miyashima S, Helariutta Y, Fuller M, Budtova T, Connell SD, Ries ME, Benitez Alfonso Y Interactions between callose and cellulose revealed through the analysis of biopolymer mixtures. Nature Communications 9(1):4538, 2018 DOI:10.1038/s41467-018-06820-yOur tomato pit field picture by S. Amsbury selected for journal cover @JXB. 2018
  • Amsbury S, Kirk P, Benitez-Alfonso Y Emerging models on the regulation of intercellular transport by plasmodesmata-associated callose. Journal of Experimental Botany 69 105–115, 2018 DOI:10.1093/jxb/erx337
  • Benitez-Alfonso Y, Faulkner C, Pendle A, Miyashima S, Helariutta Y, Maule A Symplastic Intercellular Connectivity Regulates Lateral Root Patterning Developmental Cell 26 136-147, 2013 DOI:10.1016/j.devcel.2013.06.010
  • Faulkner C, Petutschnig E, Benitez-Alfonso Y, Beck M, Robatzek S, Lipka V, Maule AJ LYM2-dependent chitin perception limits molecular flux via plasmodesmata. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110 9166-9170, 2013 DOI:10.1073/pnas.1203458110
  • Fernandez-Calvino L, Faulkner C, Walshaw J, Saalbach G, Bayer E, Benitez-Alfonso Y, Maule A Arabidopsis plasmodesmal proteome. PLoS One 6 e18880-, 2011 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0018880
  • Benitez-Alfonso Y, Cilia M, San Roman A, Thomas C, Maule A, Hearn S, Jackson D Control of Arabidopsis meristem development by thioredoxin-dependent regulation of intercellular transport. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106 3615-3620, 2009 DOI:10.1073/pnas.0808717106
  • Pompa A, De Marchis F, Pallotta MT, Benitez-Alfonso Y, Jones A, Schipper K, Moreau K,Žárský V, Di Sansebastiano GP, Bellucci M Unconventional Transport Routes of Soluble and Membrane Proteins and Their Role in Developmental Biology. Int J Mol Sci 18 -, 2017 DOI:10.3390/ijms18040703
  • Baker RF, Leach KA, Boyer NR, Swyers MJ, Benitez-Alfonso Y, Skopelitis T, Luo A, Sylvester A, Jackson D, Braun DM Sucrose transporter ZmSut1 expression and localization uncover new insights into sucrose phloem loading Plant Physiology 172 1876-1898, 2016 DOI:10.1104/pp.16.00884
  • Otero S, Helariutta Y, Benitez-Alfonso Y Symplastic communication in organ formation and tissue patterning Current Opinion in Plant Biology 29 21-28, 2016 DOI:10.1016/j.pbi.2015.10.007
  • Grison MS, Brocard L, Fouillen L, Nicolas W, Wewer V, Dörmann P, Nacir H, Benitez-Alfonso Y, Claverol S, Germain V, Boutté Y, Mongrand S, Bayer EM Specific membrane lipid composition is important for plasmodesmata function in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 27 1228-1250, 2015 DOI:10.1105/tpc.114.135731
  • Pendle A, Benitez-Alfonso Y Immunofluorescence Detection of Callose Deposition Around Plasmodesmata sites Methods in Molecular Biology 1217 95-104, 2015 DOI:10.1007/978-1-4939-1523-1_6
  • Knox JP, Benitez-Alfonso Y Roles and regulation of plant cell walls surrounding plasmodesmata Current Opinion in Plant Biology 22 93-100, 2014 DOI:10.1016/j.pbi.2014.09.009
  • Benitez-Alfonso Y Symplastic intercellular transport from a developmental perspective. J Exp Bot 65 1857-1863, 2014 DOI:10.1093/jxb/eru067
  • Gaudioso-Pedraza R, Benitez-Alfonso Y A phylogenetic approach to study the origin and evolution of plasmodesmata-localized glycosyl hydrolases family 17. Frontiers in Plant Science 5 212-212, 2014 DOI:10.3389/fpls.2014.00212
  • J Maule A, Gaudioso-Pedraza R, Benitez-Alfonso Y Callose deposition and symplastic connectivity are regulated prior to lateral root emergence. Communicative and Integrative Biology 6 -, 2013 DOI:10.4161/cib.26531
  • Maule A, Faulkner C, Benitez-Alfonso Y Plasmodesmata "in Communicado". Front Plant Sci 3 30-, 2012 DOI:10.3389/fpls.2012.00030
  • Maule AJ, Benitez-Alfonso Y, Faulkner C Plasmodesmata - membrane tunnels with attitude. Curr Opin Plant Biol 14 683-690, 2011 DOI:10.1016/j.pbi.2011.07.007
  • Benitez-Alfonso Y, Jackson D, Maule A Redox regulation of intercellular transport. Protoplasma 248 131-140, 2011 DOI:10.1007/s00709-010-0243-4
  • Benitez-Alfonso Y, Faulkner C, Ritzenthaler C, Maule AJ Plasmodesmata: gateways to local and systemic virus infection. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 23 1403-1412, 2010 DOI:10.1094/MPMI-05-10-0116
  • Benitez-Alfonso Y, Jackson D Redox homeostasis regulates plasmodesmal communication in Arabidopsis meristems. Plant Signal Behav 4 655-659, 2009 DOI:10.1073/pnas.0808717106
  • Benitez Y, Botella MA, Trapero A, Alsalimiya M, Caballero JL, Dorado G, Muñoz-Blanco J Molecular analysis of the interaction between Olea europaea and the biotrophic fungus Spilocaea oleagina. Mol Plant Pathol 6 425-438, 2005 DOI:10.1111/j.1364-3703.2005.00290.x