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Hannah R Thomas, Alice Gevorgyan, Margaret H Frank, Anatomical and biophysical basis for graft incompatibility within the Solanaceae, Journal of Experimental Botany, Volume 74, Issue 15, 17 August 2023, Pages 4461–4470, 

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Szeluga, N., Baldrich, P., DelPercio, R., Meyers, B. C., & Frank, M. H. Introduction of barnase/barstar in soybean produces a rescuable male sterility system for hybrid breeding. Plant Biotechnology Journal.

Michelle Heeney, Margaret H Frank, The mRNA mobileome: challenges and opportunities for deciphering signals from the noise, The Plant Cell, Volume 35, Issue 6, June 2023, Pages 1817–1833,

Arielle R Johnson, Yuanzheng Yue, Sarah B Carey, Se Jin Park, Lars H Kruse, Ashley Bao, Asher Pasha, Alex Harkess, Nicholas J Provart, Gaurav D Moghe, Margaret H Frank, Chromosome-level Genome Assembly of Euphorbia peplus, a Model System for Plant Latex, Reveals that Relative Lack of Ty3 Transposons Contributed to Its Small Genome Size, Genome Biology and Evolution, Volume 15, Issue 3, March 2023, evad018,


Frank, MH, Komarov, S, Wang, Q, Li, K, Hecking, M, Fowler, H, Ravenburg, C, Widmier, A, Johnson, A, Thomas, H, Coneva, V, Chitwood, DH, Tai, Y-C. Integrated PET and confocal imaging informs a functional timeline for the dynamic process of vascular reconnection during grafting (2022) In Review

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Li, M, Frank, MH, Migicovsky, Z (2022) ColourQuant: a high-throughput technique to extract and quantify color phenotypes from plant images. Book chapter in High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping. Methods Mol Biol​ 2539:77-85. Editor: Dr. Argelia Lorence.

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Baldrich, P, Bélanger, S, Kong, S, Pokhrel, S, Tamim, S, Teng, C, Schiebout, C, Gurazada, SGR, Gupta, P, Patel, P, Nakano, M, Dusia, A, Meyers, BC, Frank, MH (2022) The evolutionary history of small RNAs in the Solanaceae. Plant Physiology​ 189(2): 644-665. DOI:  

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Thomas, H*, Van den Broeck*, L, Spurney, R, Sozzani, R, Frank, M (2022) Gene regulatory networks for compatible versus incompatible grafts identify a role for SlWOX4 during junction formation. The Plant Cell 34(1): 535-556. DOI:

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Li, M, Coneva, V, Clark, D, Chitwood, DH, Frank, MH (2021) A quantitative dissection of color patterning in the foliar ornamental, coleus. Plant Physiology 187(3): 1310-1324. DOI:

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Johnson, A, Moghe, G, Frank MH (2021) Growing a glue factory: open questions in laticifer development. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 64: 102096


Williams, Brandon, Muhammad Umair Ahsan, and Margaret Frank. (2021). Getting to the root of grafting-induced traits.  Current Opinion in Plant Biology 59: 101988.


Li Chengjie Chen, Hao Chen, Yi Zhang, Hannah R.Thomas, Margaret H.Frank, Yehua He, and Rui Xia (2020) TBtools - an integrative toolkit developed for interactive analyses of big biological data. Molecular Plant 13(8): 1194-1202.

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Daniel H. Chitwood, Joey Mullins, Zoë Migicovsky, Margaret H. Frank, Robert VanBuren, Jason P. Londo (2020) Vein-to-blade ratio is an allometric indicator of climate-induced changes in grapevine leaf size and shape.  

BioRxiv 2020.05.20.106906; doi:

Abigail E. Bryson et al. (2020) Composite modeling of leaf shape across shoots discriminates Vitis species better than individual leaves.

BioRxiv 2020.06.22.163899; doi:


Li Li, M, Frank, MH, and Migicovsky, Z (2019) ColourQuant: a high-throughput technique to extract and quantify colour phenotypes from plant images. AriXiv and In Review for Springer Books

Thomas, HR and Frank, MH (2019) Connecting the pieces: uncovering the molecular basis for long-distance communication through plant grafting. New Phytologist. 223(2): 582-589.



Lee, J-Y and Frank, MH (2018) Plasmodesmata in phloem: different gateways for different cargoes. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 43:119-124

DOI: 10.1016/j.pbi.2018.04.014

Li, M, Frank, MH, Coneva, V, Mio, W, Topp, CN, and Chitwood, DH (2018) The persistent homology mathematical framework provides enhanced genotype-to-phenotype associations for plant morphology. Plant Physiology

DOI: 10.1104/pp.18.00104

Li, M, An, H, Angelovici, R, Bagaza, C, Batushansky, A, Clark, L, Coneva, V, Donoghue, MJ, Edwards, E, Fajardo, D, Fang, H, Frank, MH, Gallaher, T, Gebken, S, Hill, T, Jansky, S, Kaur, B, Klahs, PC, Klein, LL, Kuraparthy, V, Londo, J, Migicovsky, Z, Miller, A, Mohn, R, Myles, S, Otoni, WC, Pires, JC, Rieffer, E, Schmerler, S, Spriggs, E, Topp, CN, Van Deynze, A, Zhang, K, Zhu, L, Zink, BM, and Chitwood DH (2018) Topological Data Analysis as a Morphometric Method: Using Persistent Homology to Demarcate a Leaf Morphospace. Frontiers in Plant Science 553

DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00553



Coneva, V, Frank, MH, de Luis Balaguer, MA, Sozzani, R, and Chitwood, DH (2017) Genetic architecture and molecular networks underlying leaf thickness in desert-adapted tomato Solanum pennellii. Plant Physiology 175(1):376-391.

DOI: 10.1104/pp.17.00790

Andres, RJ, Coneva, V, Frank, MH, Tuttle, JR, Han, S-W, Samayoa, LF, Kaur, B, Zhu, L, Fang, H, Bowman, DT, Rojas- Pierce, M, Haigler, CH, Jones, DC, Holland, JB, Chitwood, DH, and Kuraparthy, V. Modifications to a LATE MERISTEM IDENTITY-1 gene are responsible for the major leaf shapes of Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Plus 114(1):E57-E66.

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1613593114


Frank, MH and Chitwood, DH (2016) Plant Chimeras: the good, the bad, and the ‘Bizzaria’. Developmental Biology 419: 41-53.

DOI: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2016.07.003

Warschefsky, EJ, Klein, LL, Frank, MH, Chitwood, DH, Londo, JP, von Wettberg, EJB, and Miller, AJ (2016) Rootstocks: Diversity, Domestication, and Impacts on Shoot Phenotypes. Trends in Plant Science 21: 418-37.

DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.11.008


Frank, MH and Scanlon, MJ (2015) Cell-Specific Transcriptomic Analyses of 3-Dimensional Shoot Development in the moss Physcomitrella patens. The Plant Journal 83: 743-751.

DOI: 10.1111/tpj.12928

Frank, MH, Edwards, MB, Schultz, ER, McKain, MR, Fei, Z, Sorensen, I, Rose, JKC, Scanlon, MJ (2015) Dissecting the molecular signatures of apical cell-type shoot meristems from two ancient land plant lineages. New Phytologist 207: 893-904.

DOI: 10.1111/nph.13407

Frank, MH and Scanlon MJ (2015) Transcriptomic Evidence for the Evolution of Shoot Meristem Function in Sporophyte-Dominant Land Plants through Concerted Selection of Ancestral Gametophytic and Sporophytic Genetic Programs. Molecular Biology and Evolution 32: 355-367.

DOI: 10.1093/mol- bev/msv182

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