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Rebecca Van Acker

Rebecca Van Acker


Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, University of Ghent, 2013

Current position

Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB, Belgium; Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Ghent University, Belgium


  1. Baldacci-Cresp, F., Moussawi, J., Leplé, J. C., Van Acker, R., Kohler, A., Candiracci, J., Twyffels, L., Spokevicius, A. V., Bossinger, G., Laurans, F., Brunel, N., Vermeersch, M., Boerjan, W., El Jaziri, M. and Baucher, M. (2015). PtaRHE1, a Populus tremula x Populus alba RING-H2 protein of the ATL family, has a regulatory role in secondary phloem fibre development. Plant J 82(6): 978-990.
  2. Van Acker, R., Leplé, J. C., Aerts, D., Storme, V., Goeminne, G., Ivens, B., Legee, F., Lapierre, C., Piens, K., Van Montagu, M. C., Santoro, N., Foster, C. E., Ralph, J., Soetaert, W., Pilate, G. and Boerjan, W. (2014). Improved saccharification and ethanol yield from field-grown transgenic poplar deficient in cinnamoyl-CoA reductase. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 111(2): 845-850.
  3. Chylla, R. A., Van Acker, R., Kim, H., Azapira, A., Mukerjee, P., Markley, J. L., Storme, V., Boerjan, W. and Ralph, J. (2013). Plant cell wall profiling by fast maximum likelihood reconstruction (FMLR) and region-of-interest (ROI) segmentation of solution-state 2D 1H-13C NMR spectra. Biotechnol Biofuels 6(1): 45.
  4. Van Acker, R., Vanholme, R., Storme, V., Mortimer, J. C., Dupree, P. and Boerjan, W. (2013). Lignin biosynthesis perturbations affect secondary cell wall composition and saccharification yield in Arabidopsis thaliana. Biotechnol Biofuels 6(1): 46.
  5. Vanholme, B., Cesarino, I., Goeminne, G., Kim, H., Marroni, F., Van Acker, R., Vanholme, R., Morreel, K., Ivens, B., Pinosio, S., Morgante, M., Ralph, J., Bastien, C. and Boerjan, W. (2013). Breeding with rare defective alleles (BRDA): a natural Populus nigra HCT mutant with modified lignin as a case study. New Phytol 198(3): 765-776.
  6. Van Acker, R., Storme, V., Goeminne, G., Ivens, B., Custers, R., Aerts, D., Soetaert, W., Ralph, J., Santoro, N., Leplé, J. C., Pilate, G. and Boerjan, W. (2011). Science, society and biosafety of a field trial with transgenic biofuel poplars. BMC proceedings 5(7): I23.
  7. Vanholme, R., Van Acker, R. and Boerjan, W. (2010). Potential of Arabidopsis systems biology to advance the biofuel field. Trends Biotechnol 28(11): 543-547.
Protocols by Rebecca Van Acker
  1. Saccharification Protocol for Small-scale Lignocellulosic Biomass Samples to Test Processing of Cellulose into Glucose