Molecular Ecology of the Rhizosphere

research group Prof. Dr. Joost T. van Dongen

Jos Schippers

Dr. Jos Schippers
Group/Project Leader
room 42A254
Tel: 0241-8026634


Dr. Jos Schippers was born in the Netherlands and studied Plant Biotechnology at Wageningen University. After his graduation he started his PhD on the molecular mechanisms of ageing and leaf senescence in plants (University of Groningen), where he worked on the characterization and identification of onset of leaf death mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana. After his PhD he moved to Germany (2008) and started to develop his own research programs on leaf development in Arabidopsis and salt stress tolerance in Oryza sativa, within the cooperative research group ‘Plant Signaling’ at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology and the ‘Molecular Biology’ group at the University of Potsdam. As a project leader he trained five PhD students, one Postdoc, numerous MSc and BSc students, and multiple visiting scientists.
Since January 2014 he is project leader at the RWTH University of Aachen. His research focusses on plant development including leaf growth and senescence.


Associate editor BMC Plant Biology


Schippers JHM, Foyer CH, van Dongen JT. 2016. Redox regulation in shoot growth, SAM maintenance and flowering. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 29: 121-128. doi:10.1016/j.pbi.2015.11.009

Schippers JHM, Schmidt R, Wagstaff C, Jing HC. 2015. Living to die and dying to live: The survival strategy behind leaf senescence. Plant Physiol. epub. doi:​10.1104/pp.15.00498

Wang T, Tohge T, Ivakov AA, Mueller-Roeber B, Fernie AR, Mutwil M, Schippers JHM, Persson S. 2015. Salt-Related MYB1 (SRM1) Coordinates Abscisic Acid Biosynthesis and Signaling During Salt Stress in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. epub. doi:​10.​1104/​pp.​15.​00962

Schippers JHM*. 2015. Transcriptional networks in leaf senescence. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 27:77-83. doi:10.1016/j.pbi.2015.06.018

Vogt JHM, Schippers JHM*. 2015. Setting the PAS, the role of circadian PAS domain proteins during environmental adaptation in plants. Front Plant Sci. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00513.

Schmidt R, Schippers JHM*. 2015. ROS-mediated redox signaling during cell differentiation in plants. Biochim Biophys Acta. 8:1497-1508. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagen.2014.12.020

Benina M, Ribeiro DM, Gechev TS, Mueller-Roeber B, Schippers JHM*. 2015. A cell type-specific view on the translation of mRNAs from ROS-responsive genes upon paraquat treatment of Arabidopsis thaliana leaves. Plant Cell Environ 38:349-363. doi: 10.1111/pce.12355.

Lu D, Wang T. Persson S, Mueller-Roeber B, Schippers JHM*. 2014. Transcriptional control of ROS homeostasis by KUODA1 regulates cell expansion during leaf development. Nat Commun. 5: 3767.

Schmidt R, Caldana C, Mueller-Roeber B, Schippers JHM*. 2014. The contribution of SERF1 to root-to-shoot signaling during salinity stress in rice. Plant Signal. Behav. 9: e27540.

Korkuc P, Schippers JHM, Walther D. 2014. Characterization and identification of cis-regulatory elements in arabidopsis based on single-nucleotide polymorphism information. Plant Physiol. 164: 181-200.

Schmidt R, Schippers JHM*, Mieulet D, Watanabe M, Hoefgen R, Guiderdoni E, Mueller-Roeber B. 2014. SALT-RESPONSIVE ERF1 is a Negative Regulator of Grain Filling and Gibberellin-Mediated Seedling Establishment in Rice. Mol Plant. 7: 404-421.

Schippers JHM, Lai AG, Mueller-Roeber B, Dijkwel PP (2013) Could ROS signals drive tissue-specific clocks? Transcription 4(5).

Schmidt R, Schippers JHM, Mieulet D, Obata T, Fernie AR, Guiderdoni E, Mueller-Roeber B. 2013. MULTIPASS, a rice R2R3-type MYB transcription factor, regulates adaptive growth by integrating multiple hormonal pathways. Plant J. 76: 258-273.

Schmidt R, Mieulet D, Hubberten HM, Obata T, Hoefgen R, Fernie AR, Fisahn J, San Segundo B, Guiderdoni E, Schippers JHM*, Mueller-Roeber B. 2013. SALT-RESPONSIVE ERF1 Regulates Reactive Oxygen Species-Dependent Signaling during the Initial Response to Salt Stress in Rice. Plant Cell. 25: 2115-31.

Petrov V, Schippers JHM, Benina M, Minkov I, Mueller-Roeber B, Gechev T. 2013 In search for new players of the oxidative stress network by phenotyping an Arabidopsis T-DNA mutant collection on reactive oxygen species-eliciting chemicals. POJ 6(1): 46-54.

Ribeiro DM, Mueller-Roeber B, Schippers JHM*. 2013. Promotion of growth by elevated carbon dioxide is coordinated through a flexible transcriptional network in Arabidopsis. Plant Signal Behav 18;8(3).

Nguyen HM, Schippers JHM*, Gõni-Ramos O, Christoph MP, Dortay H, van der Hoorn RAL, Mueller-Roeber B. 2013. An upstream regulator of the 26S proteasome modulates organ size in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant J. 74: 25-36.

Gechev T, Benina M, Obata T, Tohge T, Sujeeth N, Minkov I, Hille J, Temanni R, Marriott AS, Thomas-Oates J, Antonio C, Mueller-Roeber B, Schippers JHM, Fernie A, Toneva V. 2013. Molecular mechanisms of desiccation tolerance in the resurrection glacial relic Haberlea rhodopensis. Cell Mol Life Sci. 70: 689-709.

Ribeiro DM, Araújo WL, Fernie AR, Schippers JHM*, Mueller-Roeber B (2012) Action of gibberellins on growth and metabolism of Arabidopsis thaliana plants associated with high concentration of carbon dioxide. Plant Physiol. 160: 1781-1794.

Lai AG, Doherty CJ, Mueller-Roeber B, Kay SA, Schippers JHM*, Dijkwel PP. 2012. CIRCADIAN CLOCK-ASSOCIATED 1 regulates ROS homeostasis and oxidative stress responses. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 109: 17129-34.

Schippers JHM*, Nguyen HM, Lu D, Schmidt R, Mueller-Roeber B. 2012. ROS homeostasis during development: an evolutionary conserved strategy. Cell Mol Life Sci. 69: 3245-3257.

Schmidt R, Schippers JHM, Welker A, Mieulet D, Guiderdoni E, Mueller-Roeber B. 2012. Transcription factor OsHsfC1b regulates salt tolerance and development in Oryza sativa ssp. japonica. AoB Plants 2012: pls011.

Lisso J, Schröder F, Schippers JHM, Müssig C. 2012. NFXL2 modifies cuticle properties in Arabidopsis. Plant Signal Behav. 7: Issue 5.

Ribeiro DM, Araújo WL, Fernie AR, Schippers JHM, Mueller-Roeber B. 2012. Translatome and metabolome effects triggered by gibberellins during rosette growth in Arabidopsis. J Exp Bot. 63: 2769-2786.

Graham LE, Schippers JHM, Dijkwel PP, Wagstaff C. 2011. Ethylene and senescence processes. In: The plant hormone ethylene, Vol. 26, S. McManus, ed (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing), 145–170

Lai AG, Denton-Giles M, Mueller-Roeber B, Schippers JHM, Dijkwel PP. 2011. Positional information resolves structural variations and uncovers an evolutionarily divergent genetic locus in accessions of Arabidopsis thaliana. Genome Biol Evol 3: 627-40.

Schippers JHM, Mueller-Roeber B. (2010) Ribosomal composition and control of leaf development. Plant Science. 179: 307-315.

Shirzadian-Khorramabad R, Jing HC, Everts GE, Schippers JHM, Hille J, Dijkwel PP. 2010. A mutation in the cytosolic O-acetylserine (thiol) lyase induces the genome-dependent old3-1 early leaf death phenotype in Arabidopsis. BMC Plant Biol. 10:80.

Sturre MJG, Shirzadian-Khorramabad R, Schippers JHM, Chin-A-Woeng, Hille J, Dijkwel PP. 2009. Method for the identification of single mutations in large genomic regions using massive parallel sequencing. Molecular Breeding 23: 51-59.

Schippers JHM, Nunes-Nesi A, Apetrei R, Hille J, Fernie AR, Dijkwel PP. 2008. The Arabidopsis onset of leaf death5 mutation of quinolinate synthase affects nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide biosynthesis and causes early ageing. Plant Cell 20: 2909-2925.

Schippers JHM, Jing HC, Hille J, Dijkwel PP. 2007. Developmental and Hormonal Control of Leaf Senescence. S. Gan, editor. In Senescence Processes in Plants, Blackwell publishing, Plant Rev. 27 145-170.

Jing HC, Schippers JHM, Hille J, Dijkwel PP. 2005. Ethylene-induced leaf senescence depends on age-related changes and OLD genes in Arabidopsis. J Exp Bot. 546: 2915-2923.


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