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Kathleen Donohue


Kathleen Donohue
Dormancy, germination and dispersal

Main research interests

My lab studies the ecological genetics of seed dormancy and germination, focusing on natural selection on germination phenology and genes association with germination time.  We are interested in how the ecological environment influences germination time and the expression of allelic differences in germination genes.  We are especially interested in how flowering time influences germination via maternal effects.

Selection of 3 major recent publications

Donohue. K.  2014. Why ontogeny matters during adaptation: Developmental niche construction and pleiotropy across the life cycle in Arabidopsis thaliana  Evolution 68:32-47.

Willis, C. G, C. Baskin, J. Baskin, J. R. Auld, D. L. Venable, J. Cavender-Bares, K. Donohue, R. Rubio de Casas and The NESCent Germination Working Group.  2014. Dormancy and diversification: Environmentally cued dormancy, evolutionary hubs, and diversification of the seed plants.  New Phytologist 203: 300–309.

Donohue, K., R. Rubio de Casas, Liana Burghardt, Katherine Kovach, Charles Willis.  2010.  Germination, post-germination adaptation, and species ecological ranges.  Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 41:293–319.


Duke University
Department of Biology
Box 90338
Durham, North Carolina
27708 USA


Duke University

See also

Embryogenesis, epigenetic control and seed size

Lucia Colombo (University of Milan), Jean-Denis Faure (Labex SPS), Loïc Lepiniec (Labex SPS)

Seed coat differentiation and secondary metabolites of commercial interest

George Haughn (University of British Columbia), Isabelle Debeaujon (LabEx SPS), Helen North (LabEx SPS)

Seed reserve accumulation : yield and quality

John Harada (University of California), Sébastien Baud (LabEx SPS), Bertrand Dubreucq (LabEx SPS)

Desiccation and stress responses

Julia Buitink (INRA Angers), Christophe Bailly (UPMC Paris), Emmanuelle Issakidis-Bourguet (LabEx SPS)

Dormancy, germination and dispersal

Kathleen Donohue (Duke University),  Annie Marion-Poll (LabEx SPS), Loïc Rajjou (LabEx SPS)