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If you have suggestions for pollen or plant reproduction publications, please contact Ravi Palanivelu (rpalaniv@ag.arizona.edu) with the suggested references(s).


  1. Hou Y, Guo X, Cyprys P, Zhang Y, Bleckmann A, Cai L, et al. Maternal ENODLs Are Required for Pollen Tube Reception in Arabidopsis. Current Biology. 2016.

  2. Williams J., Mazer S. Pollen--Tiny and ephemeral but not forgotten: New ideas on their ecology and evolution. American Journal of Botany. 2016;103(3).

  3. Swanson R., Hammond A., Carlson A., Gong H., Donovan T. Pollen performance traits reveal prezygotic nonrandom mating and interference competition in Arabidopsis thaliana. American Journal of Botany. 2016;103(3).

  4. Banks H., Rudall P. Pollen structure and function in caesalpinioid legumes. American Journal of Botany. 2016;103(3).

  5. Harder L., Aizen M., Richards S., Joseph M., Busch J. Diverse ecological relations of male gametophyte populations in stylar environments. American Journal of Botany. 2016;103(3).

  6. Mazer S., Moghaddasi A., Bello A., Hove A. Winning in style: Longer styles receive more pollen, but style length does not affect pollen attrition in wild Clarkia populations. American Journal of Botany. 2016;103(3).

  7. Williams J., Edwards J., Ramsey A. Economy, efficiency, and the evolution of pollen tube growth rates. American Journal of Botany. 2016;103(3).

  8. Arceo-Gomez G., Abdala-Roberts L., Jankowiak A., Kohler C., Meindl G., Navarro-Fernandez C., et al. Patterns of among- and within-species variation in heterospecific pollen receipt: The importance of ecological generalization. American Journal of Botany. 2016;103(3).

  9. Pelabon C., Hennet L., Bolstad G., Albertsen E., Opedal O., Ekrem R., et al. Does stronger pollen competition improve offspring fitness when pollen load does not vary? American Journal of Botany. 2016;103(3).

  10. Castilla A., Alonso C., Herrera C. To be or not to be better pollinated: Differences between sex morphs in marginal gynodioecious populations. American Journal of Botany. 2016;103(3).

  11. Harth J., Winsor J., Weakland D., Nowak K., Ferrari M., Stephenson A. Effects of virus infection on pollen production and pollen performance: Implications for the spread of resistance alleles. American Journal of Botany. 2016;103(3).

  12. Prieu C., Matamoro-Vidal A., Raquin C., Dobritsa A., Mercier R., Gouyon P., et al. Aperture number influences pollen survival in Arabidopsis mutants. American Journal of Botany. 2016;103(3).

  13. Wipf H., Meindl G., Ashman T. A first test of elemental allelopathy via heterospecific pollen receipt. American Journal of Botany. 2016;103(3).

  14. Indriolo E, Goring DR. Yeast two-hybrid interactions between Arabidopsis lyrata S Receptor Kinase and the ARC1 E3 ligase. Plant Signaling & Behavior. 2016;11(6).

  15. Hao L, Liu J, Zhong S, Gu H, Qu L-. AtVPS41-mediated endocytic pathway is essential for pollen tube–stigma interaction in Arabidopsis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2016.

  16. Gao Q-, Gu L-, Wang H-, Fei C-, Fang X, Hussain J, et al. Cyclic nucleotide-gated channel 18 is an essential Ca2+ channel in pollen tube tips for pollen tube guidance to ovules in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2016;113(11):3096-101.

  17. Wang T, Liang L, Xue Y, Jia P-, Chen W, Zhang M-, et al. A receptor heteromer mediates the male perception of female attractants in plants. Nature. 2016;531(7593):241-4.

  18. Cheung AY, Wu H-. Plant biology: LURE is bait for multiple receptors. Nature. 2016;531(7593):178-80.

  19. Takeuchi H, Higashiyama T. Tip-localized receptors control pollen tube growth and LURE sensing in Arabidopsis. Nature. 2016;531(7593):245-8.

  20. Lampugnani ER, Ho YY, Moller IE, Koh P-, Golz JF, Bacic T, et al. A Glycosyltransferase from Nicotiana alata Pollen Mediates Synthesis of a Linear (1,5)-α-L-Arabinan When Expressed in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 2016.

  21. Higo A, Niwa M, Yamato KT, Yamada L, Sawada H, Sakamoto T, et al. Transcriptional Framework of Male Gametogenesis in the Liverwort Marchantia polymorpha L. Plant Cell Physiol. 2016;57(2):325-38.

  22. Pereira AM, Nobre MS, Pinto SC, Lopes AL, Costa ML, Masiero S, et al. "Love Is Strong, and You're so Sweet": JAGGER Is Essential for Persistent Synergid Degeneration and Polytubey Block in Arabidopsis thaliana. Mol Plant. 2016;9(4):601-14.

  23. Mizukami AG, Inatsugi R, Jiao J, Kotake T, Kuwata K, Ootani K, et al. The AMOR Arabinogalactan Sugar Chain Induces Pollen-Tube Competency to Respond to Ovular Guidance. Curr Biol. 2016;26(8):1091-7.

  24. Di Giorgio JP, Bienert GP, Ayub N, Yaneff A, Barberini ML, Mecchia MA, et al. Pollen-specific aquaporins NIP4;1 and NIP4;2 are required for pollen development and pollination in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell. 2016.

  25. Reinders A. Fuel for the road - sugar transport and pollen tube growth. J Exp Bot. 2016;67(8):2121-3.

  26. Nguyen HT, Kim SY, Cho K-, Hong JC, Shin JS, Kim HJ. A Transcription Factor γMYB1 Binds to the P1BS cis-Element and Activates PLA2-γ Expression with its Co-Activator γMYB2. Plant Cell Physiol. 2016;57(4):784-97.

  27. Stonebloom S, Ebert B, Xiong G, Pattathil S, Birdseye D, Lao J, et al. A DUF-246 family glycosyltransferase-like gene affects male fertility and the biosynthesis of pectic arabinogalactans. BMC Plant Biol. 2016;16(1):90.

  28. Hafidh S, Potěšil D, Fíla J, Čapková V, Zdráhal Z, Honys D. Quantitative proteomics of the tobacco pollen tube secretome identifies novel pollen tube guidance proteins important for fertilization. Genome Biol. 2016;17(1):81.

  29. Müller LM, Lindner H, Pires ND, Gagliardini V, Grossniklaus U. A subunit of the oligosaccharyltransferase complex is required for interspecific gametophyte recognition in Arabidopsis. Nat Commun. 2016;7:10826.


  1. Leydon AR, Tsukamoto T, Dunatunga D, Qin Y, Johnson MA, Palanivelu R. Pollen Tube Discharge Completes the Process of Synergid Degeneration That Is Initiated by Pollen Tube-Synergid Interaction in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 2015;169(1):485-96.

  2. Safavian D, Zayed Y, Indriolo E, Chapman L, Ahmed A, Goring DR. RNA Silencing of Exocyst Genes in the Stigma Impairs the Acceptance of Compatible Pollen in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 2015;169(4):2526-38.


  1. Vogler F, Schmalzl C, Englhart M, Bircheneder M, Sprunck S. Brassinosteroids promote Arabidopsis pollen germination and growth. Plant Reprod. 2014.

  2. Zheng B, He H, Zheng Y, Wu W, McCormick S. An ARID Domain-Containing Protein within Nuclear Bodies Is Required for Sperm Cell Formation in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS Genet. 2014;10(7):e1004421.

  3. Duan Q, Kita D, Johnson EA, Aggarwal M, Gates L, Wu H-, et al. Reactive oxygen species mediate pollen tube rupture to release sperm for fertilization in Arabidopsis. Nat Commun. 2014;5:3129.

  4. Lin S-, Chen P-, Chuang M-, Juntawong P, Bailey-Serres J, Jauh G-. Profiling of translatomes of in vivo-grown pollen tubes reveals genes with roles in micropylar guidance during pollination in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell. 2014;26(2):602-18.

  5. Becker JD, Takeda S, Borges F, Dolan L, Feijó JA. Transcriptional Profiling of Arabidopsis root hairs and pollen defines an apical cell growth signature. BMC Plant Biol. 2014;14(1):197.

  6. Bokvaj P, Hafidh S, Honys D. Transcriptome profiling of male gametophyte development in Nicotiana tabacum. Genomics Data. 2014;57.


  1. Leydon R., Beale M., Woroniecka K, Castner E, Chen J, Horgan C, et al. Three MYB Transcription Factors Control Pollen Tube Differentiation Required for Sperm Release. Current Biology. 2013;23(13):1209-1214.

  2. Hoffmann R., Palmgren M. Epigenetic Repression of Male Gametophyte-Specific Genes in the Arabidopsis Sporophyte. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):1176-1186.

  3. Guan Y., Guo J., Li H., Yang Z. Signaling in Pollen Tube Growth: Crosstalk, Feedback, and Missing Links. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4).

  4. Li S., Zhou L., Feng Q., McCormick S., Zhang Y. The C-Terminal Hypervariable Domain Targets Arabidopsis ROP9 to the Invaginated Pollen Tube Plasma Membrane. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):1362-1364.

  5. Scarpin R., Sigaut L., Pietrasanta L., McCormick S., Zheng B., Muschietti J. Cajal Bodies Are Developmentally Regulated during Pollen Development and Pollen Tube Growth in Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):1355-1357.

  6. Idilli A., Morandini P., Onelli E., Rodighiero S., Caccianiga M., Moscatelli A. Microtubule Depolymerization Affects Endocytosis and Exocytosis in the Tip and Influences Endosome Movement in Tobacco Pollen Tubes. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):1109-1130.

  7. Chang F., Gu Y., Ma H., Yang Z. AtPRK2 Promotes ROP1 Activation via RopGEFs in the Control of Polarized Pollen Tube Growth. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):1187-1201.

  8. Mahs A., Steinhorst L., Han J., Shen L., Wang Y., Kudla J. The Calcineurin B-Like Ca2+ Sensors CBL1 and CBL9 Function in Pollen Germination and Pollen Tube Growth in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):1149-1162.

  9. Dresselhaus T., Franklin-Tong N. Male-Female Crosstalk during Pollen Germination, Tube Growth and Guidance, and Double Fertilization. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):1018-1036.

  10. Chen C., Zheng W., Cheung A., Wu H. Pollen Germination Activates the Apical Membrane-Located RAC/ROP GTPase Switch. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):1358-1361.

  11. Ung N., Brown M., Hicks G., Raikhel N. An Approach to Quantify Endomembrane Dynamics in Pollen Utilizing Bioactive Chemicals. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):1202-1213.

  12. Cao L., Zhao M., Liu C., Dong H., Li W., Ren H. LlSR28 Is Involved in Pollen Germination by Affecting Filamentous Actin Dynamics. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):1163-1175.

  13. Wang L., Wang W., Wang Y., Liu Y., Wang J., Zhang X., et al. Arabidopsis Galacturonosyltransferase (GAUT) 13 and GAUT14 Have Redundant Functions in Pollen Tube Growth. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):1131-1148.

  14. Hepler P., Rounds C., Winship L. Control of Cell Wall Extensibility during Pollen Tube Growth. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):998-1017.

  15. Okuda S., Suzuki T., Kanaoka M., Mori H., Sasaki N., Higashiyama T. Acquisition of LURE-Binding Activity at the Pollen Tube Tip of Torenia fournieri. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):1074-1090.

  16. Chebli Y., Kroeger J., Geitmann A. Transport Logistics in Pollen Tubes. Molecular Plant. 2013;6(4):1037-1052.

  17. Li S, Ge F-, Xu M, Zhao X-, Huang G-, Zhou L-, et al. Arabidopsis COBRA-LIKE 10, a GPI-anchored protein, mediates directional growth of pollen tubes. The Plant Journal. 2013;74(3).

  18. Mollet J-, Leroux C, Dardelle F, Lehner A. Cell Wall Composition, Biosynthesis and Remodeling during Pollen Tube Growth. Plants. 2013;2(1):107-147.

  19. Gutermuth T, Lassig R, Portes M-, Maierhofer T, Romeis T, Borst J-, et al. Pollen tube growth regulation by free anions depends on the interaction between the anion channel SLAH3 and calcium-dependent protein kinases CPK2 and CPK20. Plant Cell. 2013;25(11):4525-43.

  20. Nezhad AS, Naghavi M, Packirisamy M, Bhat R, Geitmann A. Quantification of cellular penetrative forces using lab-on-a-chip technology and finite element modeling. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2013;110(20):8093-8.

  21. Agudelo CG, Nezhad AS, Ghanbari M, Naghavi M, Packirisamy M, Geitmann A. TipChip: a modular, MEMS-based platform for experimentation and phenotyping of tip-growing cells. Plant J. 2013;73(6):1057-68.

  22. Loraine AE, McCormick S, Estrada A, Patel K, Qin P. RNA-seq of Arabidopsis pollen uncovers novel transcription and alternative splicing. Plant Physiol. 2013;162(2):1092-109.

  23. Gualda EJ, Vale T, Almada P, Feijó JA, Martins GG, Moreno N. OpenSpinMicroscopy: an open-source integrated microscopy platform. Nat Methods. 2013;10(7):599-600.

  24. Zhao X-, Wang Q, Li S, Ge F-, Zhou L-, McCormick S, et al. The juxtamembrane and carboxy-terminal domains of Arabidopsis PRK2 are critical for ROP-induced growth in pollen tubes. J Exp Bot. 2013;64(18):5599-610.


  1. Mayank P, Grossman J, Wuest S, Boisson-Dernier él, Roschitzki B, Nanni P, et al. Characterization of the phosphoproteome of mature Arabidopsis pollen. The Plant Journal. 2012;72(1).

  2. Russell SD, Gou X, Wong CE, Wang X, Yuan T, Wei X, et al. Genomic profiling of rice sperm cell transcripts reveals conserved and distinct elements in the flowering plant male germ lineage. New Phytologist. 2012;195(3).

  3. Johnson A. Plant Reproduction: Teaching a New Language of Love. Current Biology. 2012;22(13).

  4. árton L., Fastner A, Uebler S, Dresselhaus T. Overcoming Hybridization Barriers by the Secretion of the Maize Pollen Tube Attractant ZmEA1 from Arabidopsis Ovules. Current Biology. 2012;22(13).

  5. Dresselhaus T, Sprunck S. Plant Fertilization: Maximizing Reproductive Success. Current Biology. 2012;22(12).

  6. Schuler M., Rellan-Alvarez R., Fink-Straube C., Abadia J., Bauer P. Nicotianamine Functions in the Phloem-Based Transport of Iron to Sink Organs, in Pollen Development and Pollen Tube Growth in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell. 2012;24(6).

  7. Kasahara D., Maruyama D, Hamamura Y, Sakakibara T, Twell D, Higashiyama T. Fertilization Recovery after Defective Sperm Cell Release in Arabidopsis. Current Biology. 2012;22(12).

  8. Beale M., Leydon R., Johnson A. Gamete Fusion Is Required to Block Multiple Pollen Tubes from Entering an Arabidopsis Ovule. Current Biology. 2012;22(12).

  9. Schmidt A, Schmid MW, Grossniklaus U. Analysis of plant germline development by high-throughput RNA profiling: technical advances and new insights. The Plant Journal. 2012;70(1).

  10. Palanivelu R, Tsukamoto T. Pathfinding in angiosperm reproduction: pollen tube guidance by pistils ensures successful double fertilization. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Developmental Biology. 2012;1(1).

  11. Qin P, Ting D, Shieh A, McCormick S. Callose plug deposition patterns vary in pollen tubes of Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes and tomato species. BMC Plant Biology. 2012;12(1).

  12. Calarco JP, Borges F, Donoghue MT, Van Ex F, Jullien PE, Lopes T, et al. Reprogramming of DNA methylation in pollen guides epigenetic inheritance via small RNA. Cell. 2012;151(1):194-205.

  13. Colaço R, Moreno N, Feijó JA. On the fast lane: mitochondria structure, dynamics and function in growing pollen tubes. J Microsc. 2012;247(1):106-18.


  1. Salem T., Mazzella A., Barberini M., Wengier D., Motillo V., Parisi G., et al. Mutations in Two Putative Phosphorylation Motifs in the Tomato Pollen Receptor Kinase LePRK2 Show Antagonistic Effects on Pollen Tube Length. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2011;286(6).

  2. Palanivelu R. Targeted growth of pollen tubes to ovules prior to completing fertilization. Molecular Reproduction and Development. 2011;78(12).

  3. Yetisen AK, Jiang L, Cooper JR, Qin Y, Palanivelu R, Zohar Y. A microsystem-based assay for studying pollen tube guidance in plant reproduction. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. 2011;21(5).

  4. Tavares B, Dias PN, Domingos P, Moura TF, Feijó JA, Bicho A. Calcium-regulated anion channels in the plasma membrane of Lilium longiflorum pollen protoplasts. New Phytol. 2011;192(1):45-60.

  5. Alandete-Saez M, Ron M, Leiboff S, McCormick S. Arabidopsis thaliana GEX1 has dual functions in gametophyte development and early embryogenesis. Plant J. 2011;68(4):620-32.

  6. Lu Y, Chanroj S, Zulkifli L, Johnson MA, Uozumi N, Cheung A, et al. Pollen tubes lacking a pair of K+ transporters fail to target ovules in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell. 2011;23(1):81-93.

  7. Qin Y, Wysocki RJ, Somogyi A, Feinstein Y, Franco JY, Tsukamoto T, et al. Sulfinylated azadecalins act as functional mimics of a pollen germination stimulant in Arabidopsis pistils. Plant J. 2011;68(5):800-15.

  8. Konrad KR, Wudick MM, Feijó JA. Calcium regulation of tip growth: new genes for old mechanisms. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2011;14(6):721-30.

  9. Michard E, Lima PT, Borges F, Silva AC, Portes MT, Carvalho JE, et al. Glutamate receptor-like genes form Ca2+ channels in pollen tubes and are regulated by pistil D-serine. Science. 2011;332(6028):434-7.

  10. Tavares B, Domingos P, Dias PN, Feijó JA, Bicho A. The essential role of anionic transport in plant cells: the pollen tube as a case study. J Exp Bot. 2011;62(7):2273-98.

  11. Brau E, Dunatunga D, Barnard K, Tsukamoto T, Palanivelu R, Lee P. A generative statistical model for tracking multiple smooth trajectories. Colorado Springs, CO, USA: IEEE; 2011.


  1. Dardelle F., Lehner A., Ramdani Y., Bardor M., Lerouge P., Driouich A., et al. Biochemical and Immunocytological Characterizations of Arabidopsis Pollen Tube Cell Wall. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY. 2010;153(4).

  2. Covey P., Subbaiah C., Parsons R., Pearce G., Lay F., Anderson M., et al. A Pollen-Specific RALF from Tomato That Regulates Pollen Tube Elongation. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY. 2010;153(2).

  3. Zinn K., Tunc-Ozdemir M., Harper J. Temperature stress and plant sexual reproduction: uncovering the weakest links. Journal of Experimental Botany. 2010;61(7).

  4. Wengier DL, Mazzella ía, Salem TM, McCormick S, Muschietti JP. STIL, a peculiar molecule from styles, specifically dephosphorylates the pollen receptor kinase LePRK2 and stimulates pollen tube growth in vitro. BMC Plant Biology. 2010;10(1).

  5. Cheung AY, Niroomand S, Zou Y, Wu H-. A transmembrane formin nucleates subapical actin assembly and controls tip-focused growth in pollen tubes. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2010;107(37):16390-5.

  6. Covey PA, Kondo K, Welch L, Frank E, Sianta S, Kumar A, et al. Multiple features that distinguish unilateral incongruity and self-incompatibility in the tomato clade. Plant J. 2010;64(3):367-78.

  7. Ron M, Saez MA, Williams LE, Fletcher JC, McCormick S. Proper regulation of a sperm-specific cis-nat-siRNA is essential for double fertilization in Arabidopsis. Genes Dev. 2010;24(10):1010-21.

  8. Zhao Y, Yan A, Feijó JA, Furutani M, Takenawa T, Hwang I, et al. Phosphoinositides regulate clathrin-dependent endocytosis at the tip of pollen tubes in Arabidopsis and tobacco. Plant Cell. 2010;22(12):4031-44.

  9. Palanivelu R, Johnson MA. Functional genomics of pollen tube-pistil interactions in Arabidopsis. Biochem Soc Trans. 2010;38(2):593-7.

  10. Kumar A, McClure B. Pollen-pistil interactions and the endomembrane system. J Exp Bot. 2010;61(7):2001-13.

  11. Cheung AY, Boavida LC, Aggarwal M, Wu H-, Feijó JA. The pollen tube journey in the pistil and imaging the in vivo process by two-photon microscopy. J Exp Bot. 2010;61(7):1907-15.

  12. Johnson MA, Kost B. Pollen tube development. Methods Mol Biol. 2010;655:155-76.

  13. Feijó JA. The mathematics of sexual attraction. J Biol. 2010;9(3):18.

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