Department of Biology & Biochemistry



3 South 1.18


Tel: +44 (0) 1225 385059 


Dr Paula Kover


Current Research

The current focus of the lab is to understand how genetics interacts with an organism's ecology to determine the evolution of traits under natural selection. To reach this goal we investigate the genetic basis of evolutionary relevant traits such as flowering time, plant architecture and seed traits under different environments. We also use a direct approach to determine the adaptive value of candidate genes, using experimental evolution. To study genetic and ecological effects we perform research in both field and laboratory settings.

Currently, most research projects in the lab uses the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, but any system that allows the use of genetic data to get new insights into interesting ecological and evolutionary questions are welcomed.


Bush, S. J., Kover, P. X. and Urrutia, A. O., 2015. Lineage-specific sequence evolution and exon edge conservation partially explain the relationship between evolutionary rate and expression level in A. thaliana. Molecular Ecology, 24 (12), pp. 3093-3106.

Gnan, S., Priest, A. and Kover, P. X., 2014. The Genetic Basis of Natural Variation in Seed Size and Seed Number and Their Trade-Off Using Arabidopsis thaliana MAGIC Lines. Genetics, 198 (4), pp. 1751-1758.

Springate, D. A. and Kover, P. X., 2014. Plant responses to elevated temperatures:A field study on phenological sensitivity and fitness responses to simulated climate warming. Global Change Biology, 20 (2), pp. 456-465.

Bush, S. J., Castillo Morales, A., Tovar-Corona, J. M., Chen, L., Kover, P. X. and Urrutia, A. O., 2014. Presence-absence variation in A. thaliana is primarily associated with genomic signatures consistent with relaxed selective constraints. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 31 (1), pp. 59-69.

Banta, J. A., Ehrenreich, I. M., Gerard, S., Chou, L., Wilczek, A., Schmitt, J., Kover, P. X. and Purugganan, M. D., 2012. Climate envelope modelling reveals intraspecific relationships among flowering phenology, niche breadth and potential range size in Arabidopsis thaliana. Ecology Letters, 15 (8), pp. 769-777.

Brock, M. T., Kover, P. X. and Weinig, C., 2012. Natural variation in GA1 associates with floral morphology in Arabidopsis thaliana. New Phytologist, 195 (1), pp. 58-70.

Kover, P. X. and Mott, R., 2012. Mapping the genetic basis of ecologically and evolutionarily relevant traits in Arabidopsis thaliana. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 15 (2), pp. 212-217.

Springate, D. A., Scarcelli, N., Rowntree, J. and Kover, P. X., 2011. Correlated response in plasticity to selection for early flowering in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24 (10), pp. 2280-2288.

Gan, X. C., Stegle, O., Behr, J., Steffen, J. G., Drewe, P., Hildebrand, K. L., Lyngsoe, R., Schultheiss, S. J., Osborne, E. J., Sreedharan, V. T., Kahles, A., Bohnert, R., Jean, G., Derwent, P., Kersey, P., Belfield, E. J., Harberd, N. P., Kemen, E., Toomajian, C., Kover, P. X., Clark, R. M., Ratsch, G. and Mott, R., 2011. Multiple reference genomes and transcriptomes for Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature, 477 (7365), pp. 419-423.

Wolf, J. B., Mutic, J. J. and Kover, P. X., 2011. Functional genetics of intraspecific ecological interactions in Arabidopsis thaliana. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences, 366 (1569), pp. 1358-1367.

House, C., Roth, C., Hunt, J. and Kover, P. X., 2010. Paternal effects in Arabidopsis indicate that offspring can influence their own size. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 277 (1695), pp. 2885-2893.

Kover, P. X., Rowntree, J. K., Scarcelli, N., Savriama, Y., Eldridge, T. and Schaal, B. A., 2009. Pleiotropic effects of environment-specific adaptation in Arabidopsis thaliana. New Phytologist, 183 (3), pp. 816-825.

Kover, P. X., Valdar, W., Trakalo, J., Scarcelli, N., Ehrenreich, I. M., Purugganan, M. D., Durrant, C. and Mott, R., 2009. A multiparent advanced generation inter-cross to fine-map quantitative traits in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plos Genetics, 5 (7), e1000551.

Scarcelli, N. and Kover, P. X., 2009. Standing genetic variation in FRIGIDA mediates experimental evolution of flowering time in Arabidopsis. Molecular Ecology, 18 (9), pp. 2039-2049.

Ehrenreich, I. M., Hanzawa, Y., Chou, L., Roe, J. L., Kover, P. X. and Purugganan, M. D., 2009. Candidate gene association mapping of Arabidopsis flowering time. Genetics, 183 (1), pp. 325-335.

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