Diane Beckles

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Associate Professor/Postharvest Biochemist


Plant Sciences

Offices and Labs

133 Asmundson Hall


1999 PhD Plant Biochemistry University of Cambridge, UK
1993 BS Biotechnology University of Sheffield, UK

Research Interests

Regulation of carbon allocation in plants and how this changes in response to environmental stress; Starch granule biosynthesis and molecular structure; Postharvest quality of tomato fruit.


Barbados Government Scholarship, 1989
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Fellowship, 1995
Tom ap Rees Memorial Prize, 1997
Cambridge Philosophical Society Fellowship, 1998

Department and Center Affiliations

Plant Sciences
Postharvest Physiology


Metabolomics Society

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Plant Biology
Integrated Genetics and Genomics

Specialties / Focus

Integrated Genetics and Genomics
  • Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Genomics
  • Model Plants
Plant Biology
  • Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Genomics
  • Environmental and Integrative Biology
Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group



BIT 161A Genetics & Biotechnology Lab (Winter)
PLS 152 Plant Genetics (Fall)


6/20/2012 4:21:39 PM
  • Thititsasakul, M., Jimenez R.C, Arias, M.-A., Beckles, DM. (2012) Effects of environmental factors on starch synthesis and composition. J. Cereal Science. (In Press).
  • Hazard, B., Zhang, X., Colasuonno, P., Uauy, C., Beckles, DM, Dubcovsky, J. (2012) Induced mutations in the Starch Branching Enzyme II (SbeII) gene increase amylose content in tetraploid wheat. Crop Science. 52 1754-1766
  • Roessner, U. & Beckles, D.M. (2012) “Metabolomics for salinity research.” Plant Salt Tolerance for the series “Methods in Molecular Biology” (Eds S. Shabala, T.A Cuin) Humana Press, USA (In Press)
  • Beckles, DM, Tananuwong K, Shoemaker, CF. Starch characteristics of transgenic wheat over-expressing the High Molecular Weight- Dx5 subunit are substantially equivalent to those in non-modified wheat (2012). J. Food Science 77 (4): 437-442
  • Beckles, DM, Hong, N, Stamova, L, Luengwilai, K. (2012) Biochemical factors influencing tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) fruit sugar content. Fruits 67 (1): 1-23.
  • Luengwilai K, Beckles DM, Saltveit, ME. (2012) Chilling-injury of harvested Micro-Tom tomato fruit is reduced by temperature pre-treatment. Postharvest Biol. Technol. 63 (1): 123-128
  • Luengwilai K, Saltveit, ME, Beckles DM (2012) Metabolite content of harvested Micro-Tom tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) fruit is altered by chilling and protective heat-shock treatments as shown by GC-MS metabolic profiling. Postharvest Biol. Technol. 63 (1): 116-122
  • Beckles DM (2012) Factors affecting the postharvest sugar content of tomato Solanum lycopersicum L. fruit. Postharvest Biol. Technol. 63 (1) 129-140
  • Beckles, DM & Roessner, U. (2011) Plant Metabolomics - Applications and opportunities for agricultural biotechnology. In "Agricultural plant biotechnology for the 21st century (eds) A. Altman & P Hagewawa, P. Elsievier pp 67-80
  • Luengwilai K, Fiehn O & Beckles DM (2010) Comparison of leaf and fruit metabolism in two tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L) genotypes varying in total soluble solids. J. Agric. Food Chem 58(22):11790-800
  • Uhlmann, N & Beckles DM (2010) Storage product and transcriptional profiling of the endosperm of cultivated and wild wheat. J. Applied Genetics 51(4):431-47.
  • Luengwilai K, Shoemaker, CF Tananuwong K, Beckles DM (2010) Starch composition and crystalline structure show little association with fruit physiology and starch metabolism in tomato. J. Agric. Food Chem. 58 (2): 1275–1282
  • Luengwilai K & Beckles DM (2010) Climacteric ethylene is not essential for the initiation of chilling injury in tomato cv. Ailsa Craig J. Stored Product Postharvest Res. 1 (1): 1
  • Stamova BS, Laudencia-Chingcuanco, DL, Beckles DM (2009) Transcriptomic analysis of starch biosynthesis in the developing grain of hexaploid wheat. Intl J. Plant Genomics. Volume 2009, Article ID 407426.
  • Luengwilai K & Beckles DM (2009b) Starch granules in tomato fruit show a complex pattern of degradation. J. Agric. Food Chem. 57 (18): 8480-7
  • Luengwilai, K. & Beckles, DM (2009a) Morphology and structural features of starch from two tomato cultivars varying in fruit starch content. J. Agric. Food Chem. 57 (1): 282–291
  • Stamova, BS, Roessner, U, Suren, S, Laudencia-Chingcuanco, DL, Bacic, T, Beckles DM. (2009) Metabolic profiling of transgenic wheat over-expressing the High Molecular Weight Dx5 glutenin. Metabolomics 5(2):239-252
  • Roessner, U & Beckles, DM (2009). Metabolite measurements. In: Plant Metabolic Networks (Ed) J. Schwender. Springer NY pp 39-69
  • Leterrier, MS, Holappa, LD, Broglie, KE, Beckles, DM, (2008) Cloning, characterisation and comparative analysis of a starch synthase IV gene in wheat: functional and evolutionary implications. BMC Plant Biology 8:98.