Brian Ayre | Department of Biological Sciences

Brian Ayre

Brian Ayre
Professor - Plant Biotechnology, Physiology, and Development
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Dr. Ayre's research interests include biochemistry, biotechnology, and plant biology.

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Dr. Brian Ayre teaches classes in the following subjects: biology, plant physiology, genetics, and biochemistry.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Science in Genetics (Honors), University of Manitoba


Ayre's specific research projects are in the following topics:

  • Plant physiology and biotechnology
  • Molecular biology of nutrient transport and carbon partitioning
  • Plant productivity
  • Long-distance signaling in flowering and plant architecture

Selected Publications:

The following are recent, representative publications of Ayre's :

  • Yadav UP, Evers JF, Shaikh MA, Ayre BG (2022) Cotton phloem loads from the apoplast using a single member of its nine-member sucrose transporter gene family. J Exp Bot 73: 848-859. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erab461.
  • McGarry RC, Ayre BG (2021) Cotton architecture: examining the roles of SINGLE FLOWER TRUSS and SELF-PRUNING in regulating growth habits of a woody perennial crop. Curr Opin Plant Biol 59: 101968. DOI: 10.1016/j.pbi.2020.10.001.
  • McGarry RC, Rao X, Li Q, van der Knaap E, Ayre BG (2020) SINGLE FLOWER TRUSS and SELF-PRUNING signal developmental and metabolic networks to guide cotton architectures. J Exp Bot 71: 5911-5923. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/eraa338
  • Yadav UP, Shaikh MA, Evers J, Regmi KC, Gaxiola RA, Ayre BG (2019) Assessing long-distance carbon partitioning from photosynthetic source leaves to heterotrophic sink organs with photoassimilated [(14)C]CO2. In Methods Mol Biol, Vol 2014, pp 223-233. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-9562-2_19
  • Prewitt SF, Ayre BG, McGarry RC (2018) Cotton CENTRORADIALIS/TERMINAL FLOWER 1/SELF-PRUNING genes functionally diverged to differentially impact plant architecture. J Exp Bot 69: 5403-5417. 10.1093/jxb/ery324
  • Ayre BG, Turgeon R (2018) Export of Photosynthates from the Leaf. In WWI Adams, I Terashima, eds, The Leaf: A Platform for Performing Photosynthesis. Springer International Publishing AG, pp 55-79. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-93594-2_3
  • McGarry RC, Klocko AL, Pang M, Strauss SH, Ayre BG (2017) Virus-Induced Flowering: An Application of Reproductive Biology to Benefit Plant Research and Breeding. Plant Physiology 173: 47-55. DOI: 10.1104/pp.16.01336
  • McGarry RC, Prewitt SF, Culpepper S, Eshed Y, Lifschitz E, Ayre BG (2016) Monopodial and sympodial branching architecture in cotton is differentially regulated by the Gossypium hirsutum SINGLE FLOWER TRUSS and SELF-PRUNING orthologs. New Phytologist 212: 244-258. DOI: 10.1111/nph.14037