Dr. Patrick von Aderkas

Dr. Patrick von Aderkas
Office: PCH 052a

Areas of research focus

  • Evolution of reproduction in an ancient group of seed plants, i.e. gymnosperms
  • Experimental embryogenesis of conifers
  • Cone and seed biology of lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir and larch
  • Host-parasite interactions during seed development
  • Pollination drop proteomics

von Aderkas’ research interests are focused on the evolution of plant reproduction by seed. This necessarily begins with study of the first pollen-ovule interactions.

In ancient seed plants, such as conifers and cycads, pollen is delivered by wind or animal and is then captured by the ovule’s pollination drop. By investigating chemical profiles of these drops, von Aderkas and students and post-docs in his lab have discovered the basis of a number of adaptations, such as defense systems and reward systems, i.e. nectar.

Recently, he has begun to work on flowering plant nectar. Most of the lab’s work is centered on conifers, as these trees are the mainstay of the forest industry in British Columbia.

The von Aderkas lab also studies conifer seed development, cone induction, cloning, population genetics, parasitism and disease.

Patrick von Aderkas' website

Centre for Forest Biology

  • BIOL 184 – Evolution and Diversity
  • BIOL 325 – Tree Biology
  • BIOL 326 – Development and Genetics of Model Plants
  • BIOL 334 – Plants and People

Chatt, EC, von Aderkas P, Carter CJ, Smith D, Elliott M, Nikolau B. 2018. Sex-dependent variation of pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima cv. Big Max) nectar and nectaries as determined by proteomics and metabolomics. Frontiers in Plant Science 9:860.  doi:10.3389/fpls.2018.00860

Nepi M, S Little, M Guarnieri, D Nocentini, N Prior, J Gill, PB Tomlinson, SM Ickert-Bond, C Pirone, E Pacini, P von Aderkas. 2017. Phylogenetic and functional signals in gymnosperm ovular secretions. Annals of Botany 120:923-936. doi:10.1093/aob/mcx103

Lew A, P von Aderkas, A Berland, CL Curry, T Lacourse, B Tencer, A Weaver. 2017. An assessment of Pinus contorta seed production in British Columbia: Geographic variation and dynamically-downscaled climate correlates from the Canadian Regional Climate Model. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 236: 194-210. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.12.013.

Little SA, IG Boyes, K Donaleshen, P von Aderkas, J Ehlting. 2016. A transcriptomic resource for Douglas-fir seed development and analysis of transcription during late megagametophyte development. Plant Reproduction 29: 273-286. doi:10.1007/s00497-016-0291-9

Paulson AR, CH Le, JC Dickson, J Ehlting, P von Aderkas, SJ Perlman. 2016. Transcriptome analysis provides insight into venom evolution in a seed-parasitic wasp, Megastigmus spermotrophus. Insect Molecular Biology 25: 604-616. doi: 10.1111/imb.12247

Pirone-Davies, C, N Prior, P von Aderkas, D Smith, D Hardie, WE Friedman, S Mathews. 2016. Insights from the pollination drop proteome and the ovule transcriptome of Cephalotaxus at the time of pollination drop production. Annals of Botany 117: 973-984. doi:10.1093/aob/mcw026 

Boivin T, C Gidoin, P von Aderkas, J Safrana, J-N Candau, A Chalon, M Sondo, M El Maâtaoui. 2016. Host-parasite interactions from the inside: plant reproductive ontogeny drives specialization in parasitic insects. PLoS e0139634. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0139634

Kong L, P von Aderkas, LI Zaharia 2016. Effects of exogenously-applied gibberellins and thidiazuron on phytohormone profiles of long-shoot buds and cone gender determination in lodgepole pine. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 35: 172-182. doi:10.1007/s00344-015-9517-6.

von Aderkas P, C Teyssier, J-P Charpentier, M Gutmann, L Pâques, C Le Metté, K Ader, P Label, L Kong, M-A Lelu-Walter. 2015. Effect of type of light conditions on anatomical and biochemical aspects of somatic and zygotic embryos of hybrid larch (Larix x marschlinsii). Annals of Botany 115: 605-615. doi:10.1093/aob/mcu254 

von Aderkas P, NA Prior, S Jesse, S Little, T Cross, D Hardie, C Borchers, R Thornburg, C Hou, A Lunny. 2014. Degradome and secretome of pollination drops of Ephedra. Botanical Review 81: 1-27. doi:10.1007/s12229-014-9147-x