John Yoder

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Plant Sciences

Offices and Labs

101 Asmundson Hall


1982 PhD Genetics Stanford University
1977 BS Microbiology University of Michigan

Research Contribution

Research Interests

Molecular genetics of plant-plant interactions

Department and Center Affiliations

UC Davis Genome Center
Plant Sciences Department


American Association Plant Biologists
International Society of Parasitic Plants

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Plant Biology
Integrated Genetics and Genomics
Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Specialties / Focus

Plant Biology
  • Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Genomics
  • Environmental and Integrative Biology
Integrated Genetics and Genomics
  • Model Plants

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group


Yoder Lab website


BIT 001 Introduction to biotechnology (spring)
BIT 171 Professionalism and ethics in biotechnology (Fall, spring)
GGG 296 Professionalism and integrity in life sciences (Fall)


8/31/2015 10:44:29 AM
  • Yang, Z., E. K. Wafula, L. A. Honaas, H. Zhang, M. Das, M. Fernandez-Aparicio, K. Huang, P. C. G. Bandaranayake, B. Wu, J. P. Der, C. R. Clarke, P. E. Ralph, L. Landherr, N. S. Altman, M. P. Timko, J. I. Yoder, J. H. Westwood and C. W. dePamphilis (2015). "Comparative Transcriptome Analyses Reveal Core Parasitism Genes and Suggest Gene Duplication and Repurposing as Sources of Structural Novelty." Molecular Biology and Evolution 32(3): 767-790.

  • Bandaranayake, P.C.G. and Yoder, J.I. (2013) Trans-specific gene silencing of acetyl-CoA carboxylase in a root parasitic plant. Mol Plant Microb Interact. 26: 575-584

  • Pradeepa C.G. Bandaranayake and John I. (2013) Haustorium Initiation and Early Development in Joel, DM, Musselman LJ, Gressel J (Eds.) Parasitic Orobanchaceae ‒ parasitic mechanisms and control strategies. Springer 

  • Zhang, Y., Fernandez-Aparicios, M., Wafula, E.K., Das, M., Jiao, Y., Wickett, N.J., Honaas, L.A., Ralph, P.E., Wojciechowski, M.F., Timko, M.P., Yoder, J.I., Westwood, J.H., and dePamphilis, C.W. (2013). Evolution of a horizontally acquired legume gene, albumin 1, in the parasitic plant Phelipanche aegyptiaca and related species. BMC Evol Biol. 13, 10.1186/1471-2148-13-48

  • Honaas, L.A., Wafula, E.K., Yang, Z., Der, J.P., Wickett, N.J., Altman, N.S., Taylor, C.G., Yoder, J.I., Timko, M.P., Westwood, J.H., and dePamphilis, C.W. (2013). Functional genomics of a generalist parasitic plant:  Laser microdissection of host-parasite interface reveals host-specific patterns of parasite gene expression. BMC Plant Biol. 13 (9), DOI.10.1186/1471-2229-13-9

  • Bandaranayake, P.C., Tomilov, A., Tomilova, N.B., Ngo, Q.A., Wickett, N., dePamphilis, C.W., and Yoder, J.I. (2012). The TvPirin gene is necessary for haustorium development in the parasitic plant Triphysaria versicolor. Plant Physiol. 158: 1-8.
  • Wickett, Norman J., Honaas, Loren A., Wafula, Eric K., Das, M., Huang, K., Wu, B., Landherr, L., Timko, Michael P., Yoder, J., Westwood, James H., and dePamphilis, Claude W. (2011). Transcriptomes of the Parasitic Plant Family Orobanchaceae Reveal Surprising Conservation of Chlorophyll Synthesis. Curr. Biol. 21, 2098-2104.
  • Bandaranayake, P.C.G., Filappova, T., Tomilov, A., Tomilova, N.B., Jamison-McClung, D., Ngo, Q., Inoue, K., and Yoder, J.I. (2010) A single-electron reducing quinone oxidoreductase is necessary to induce haustorium development in the root parasitic plant Triphysaria. Plant Cell, 22(4): 1404-1419.
  • Yoder, JI and Scholes, JD. (2010) Host plant resistance to parasitic weeds; recent progress and bottlenecks. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 13(4): 478-484