American Journal of Botany, April 2020 cover image


Journal of Experimental Botany, January 2020 cover image


International Journal of Plant Sciences June issue 2016 cover image

The lace plant made the 2016 cover of Botany!




A new book on plant programmed cell death!




Kacprzyk J, Burke R, Armengot L, Coppola M, Tattrie SB, Vahldick H, Bassham DC, Bosch M, Brereton NJB, Cacas JL, Coll NS, Gallois P, Kuchitsu K, Nowack MK, Rogers HJ, Van Breusegem F, Gunawardena AHLAN, McCabe PF (2024). Roadmap for the next decade of plant programmed cell death research. New Phytol. doi: https://10.1111/nph.19709

Kacprzyk, J., Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N., Bouteau, F., McCabe, P.F. (2023). Editorial: Plant Programmed Cell Death Revisited, Volume II. Frontiers in Plant Science.14:1281902.

Nathan*, R., Dauphine, A.N., Lacroix, C.R., and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A. N. (2023). The role of Atg16 in autophagy, anthocyanin biosynthesis, and programmed cell death in leaves of the lace plant (Aponogeton madagascariensis). PLOS ONE. 18(2): e0281668

Nathan*, R., Tattrie*, S.B., Dauphine, A.N., Lacroix, C.R., and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2023). Filling in the gaps: A road map to establish a model system to study developmental programmed cell death. Botany. 101: 301-317.

Gunawardena, A.N., Rollini*, A., Ramussen, A., Dauphinee*, A.N, Frendo, W., MacKinnon, S. Wright, H, and Hoskin, D. (2021). In vitro anticancer activity of Aponogeton madagascariensis anthocyanin extracts" Journal of Natural Health Product Research. Vol. 3, Iss. 2, pp. 1–17.

Rowarth*, N., Einfeldt, T. Curtis, B., Archibald, J., Lacroix, C.L., and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2021). RNA-Seq analysis reveals potential regulators of programmed cell death and leaf remodelling in lace plant (Aponogeton madagascariensis). BMC Plant Biology . 21:375

Kacprzyk, J., Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N., Bouteau, F., McCabe, P.F. (2021). Editorial: Plant Programmed Cell Death Revisited. Frontiers in Plant Science.

Denbigh, G.L., Dauphinee, A.N., Fraser, M.S., Lacroix, C.R and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2020). The role of auxin in developmentally regulated programmed cell death in lace plant. American Journal of Botany. 107 (4) 1-10.

Fraser, M.S., Dauphinee, A.N., and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2020). Determining the effect of calcium on cell death rate and perforation formation during leaf development in the novel model system, the lace plant (Aponogeton madagascariensis). Journal of Microscopy. Vol. 0, Issue 0 2020, pp. 1–13 doi: 10.1111/jmi.12859

Rowarth, N.M., Dauphinee, A.N., Denbigh, G.L, and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2020). Hsp70 plays a role in programmed cell death during the remodelling of leaves of the lace plant (Aponogeton madagascariensis). Journal of Experimental Botany, Volume 71, Issue 3, 23 January 2020, Pages 907–918,

Dauphinee, A.N., Denbigh, G.L., Rollini, A., Fraser, M.S., Lacroix, C.R. and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2019). The Function of Autophagy in Lace Plant Programmed Cell Death. Frontiers in Plant Science – special issue on programmed cell death revisited. Front. Plant Sci., 22 October 2019

Rantong G. and Gunawardena A.H.L.A.N. (2018). Vacuolar processing enzymes, AmVPE1 and AmVPE2, as potential executors of ethylene regulated programmed cell death in the lace plant (Aponogeton madagascariensis). Botany.

Mishra, P., Dauphinee*, A.N., Ward, C., Sarkar, S., Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. and Manjithaya, R. (2017). Discovery of pan autophagy inhibitors through a highthroughput screen highlights macroautophagy as an evolutionarily conserved process across three kingdoms- fungi, animals and plants. Autophagy.

Dauphinee*, A.N., Fletcher*, J., Denbigh*, G.L., Lacroix, C.R., and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N (2017). Remodeling of lace plant leaves: Antioxidants and ROS are key regulators of programmed cell death. Planta.

A commentary by the editor of Nature plants - Leaf development: Hole creation

Rantong, G., van der Kelen, K., van Breusegem, F., and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2016). International Journal of Plant Sciences. Identification of differentially expressed genes during lace plant leaf development. 177(5):419–43.

Kacprzyk, J., Dauphinee, A.N., Gallois, P., Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N., and McCabe, P.F. (2016). Methods to Study Plant Programmed Cell Death. In Programmed Cell Death: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology. Edited by Hamsa Puthalakath and Christine J. Hawkins. Springer vol. 1419, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-3581-9_12. Pp 145-160.

Rantong, G., Evans, R. and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2015). Lace plant ethylene receptors, AmERS1a and AmERS1c,regulate ethylene-induced programmed cell death during leaf morphogenesis Plant Molecular Biology 89:215–227. DOI 10.1007/s11103-015-0356-4

Dauphinee, A.N.D., Lacroix, C., and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2015). A comparison of the early developmental morphologies of Aponogeton madagascariensis and A. boivinianus. Botany. (doi: 10.1139/cjb-2015-0067)

Rantong, G. and Gunawardena A.H.L.A.N. (2015). Programmed Cell Death: Genes involved in signaling, regulation and execution in animals and plants. Botany. Botany 93: 193–210 (2015) This paper made the Editor's choice in June 2015


Dauphinee, A.N. and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2015). An overview of programmed cell death research: From canonical to emerging model species. In Programmed cell death in plant Development. Edited by Arunika Gunawardena and Paul McCabe. Springer. Pp 1-32.

Dauphinee, A.N.D, Warner, T., and Gunawardena A.H.L.A.N. (2014). A comparison of induced and developmental cell death morphologies in the lace plant (Aponogeton madagascariensis). BMC Plant Biology.

Lord, C., Dauphinee, A., Watts, R. and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N.(2013). Unveiling Interactions among Mitochondria Caspase-Like Proteases and the Actin Cytoskeleton during Plant Programmed Cell Death (PCD). PLOS ONE

Garbary, D.J., Galway, M.E, Lord, C.E. and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2012). Programmed cell death in multicellular algae. Advances in Algal Cell Biology. Edited by Kirsten Heimann and C. Katsaros. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin. Pp. 1-19

Dauphinee, A., Wright, H., Rantong, G., Gunawardena, AH.L.A.N.(2012). The Involvement of Ethylene in Programmed Cell Death and Climacteric-like Behaviour During the Remodelling of Lace Plant (Aponogeton madagascariensis) Leaves. Botany 90, No. 12, 1237-1244.

Wertman, J., Lord, C., Dauphinee, A., and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2012). The pathway of cell dismantling during programmed cell death in lace plant (Aponogeton madagascariensis) leaves. BMC Plant Biology 2012, 12:115 doi:10.1186/1471-2229-12-115 Received a press release

Lord, C. and Gunawardena A.H.L.A.N. (2012). A Review: Programmed Cell Death in C.elegans, mammals and plants. European Journal of Cell Biology (doi:10.1016/j.ejcb.2012.02.002).

Lord, C. and Gunawardena A.H.L.A.N. (2012). The Lace Plant: A Novel Model System to study plant proteases during developmental Programmed Cell Death in vivo. Physiologia Plantarum (doi:10.1111/j.1399-3054.2012.01570.x).

Lord, C, Wertman, J., Lane, S. and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2011). Do mitochondria play a role in remodelling lace plant leaves through programmed cell death?” BMC Plant Biology (doi:10.1186/1471-2229-11-102) One of the micrographs was selected as the “Image highlight” for June month. Highly accessed

Carter, J. and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2011). Regeneration of the aquatic monocot Aponogeton madagascariensis (lace plant) through callus induction. 94 143–149. Aquatic Botany

Lord, C., and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N (2011). Environmentally induced programmed cell death in leaf protoplasts of Aponogeton madagascariensis. 233: 407-421. Planta.

Lord, C., and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N (2010). Isolation of leaf protoplasts from the submerged aquatic monocot Aponogeton madagascariensis. 4 (Special issue 2), 6-11. The Americas Journal of Plant Science and Biotechnology.

Elliott A. and Gunawardena A.H.L.A.N. (2010). Calcium inhibition halts programmed cell death in the lace plant, Aponogeton madagascariensis?" 88: 206–210. (Botany).

Wright, H., van Doorn, W.G., and Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2009) In vivo study of developmental programmed cell death using the lace plant (Aponogeton madagascariensis; Aponogetonaceae) leaf model system. 96: 865-876. (AMERICAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY). Harrison Wright’s article being one of the most-read articles in the American Journal of Botany in July 2011!

Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N. (2008). Programmed cell death and tissue remodeling in plants. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY. 59(3): 445-451. (PDF version)

Urquhart, W., Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N., Moeder, W., Ali, R., Berkowitz, G.A., Yoshioka, K. (2007). The chimeric cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channel ATCNGC11/12 constitutively induces programmed cell death in a Ca2+ dependent manner. PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY. pp. 747-761. (PDF version)

Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N., Greenwood, J.S., and Dengler, N.G. (2007). Cell wall degradation and modification during programmed cell death in lace plant, Aponogeton madagascariensis (Aponogetonaceae). AMERICAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY. (PDF version)

Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N., Navachandrabala, C., Kane, M and Dengler, N.G (2006). Lace plant: a novel system for studying developmental programmed cell death. In Floriculture, ornamental and Plant Biotechnology: advances and topical issues volume 1. Jaime, A. Teixeira da Silva, ed (Middlesex, UK, Global Science Books, Ltd.), pp. 157-162. (PDF version)

Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N and Dengler, N.G. (2006). Alternative modes of leaf dissection in monocotyledons. BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF LINNEAN SOCIETY 150: 25-44. (PDF version)

Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N., Sault, K., Donnelly, P., Greenwood J.S. and Dengler, N.G. (2005). Programmed cell death and leaf morphogenesis in Monstera obliqua. PLANTA. 221: 607-618. (PDF version)

Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N., Greenwood, J.S., and Dengler, N.G. (2004). Programmed cell death remodels lace plant leaf shape during development. PLANT CELL 16: 60-73. (PDF version)

Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N., Pearce, D.M.E., Jackson, M.B., Hawes, C.R. and Evans, D.E. (2001). Characterization of programmed cell death during aerenchyma formation induced by ethylene or hypoxia in roots of maize (Zea mays L.) PLANTA 212: 205-214. (PDF version)

Gunawardena, A.H.L.A.N., Pearce, D.M.E., Jackson, M.B., Hawes, C.R. and Evans, D.E. (2001). Rapid changes in cell wall pectic polysaccharides are closely associated with early stages of aerenchyma formation, a spatially localised form of programmed cell death in roots of maize (Zea mays L.). PLANT CELL AND ENVIRONMENT 24: 1369-1375. (PDF version)




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