Seminal Presentations  from the R.M. Brown, Jr. Laboratory

The University of Texas at Austin

This webpage will direct you to special presentations and publications of note from the Brown

Laboratory over the years. Enjoy!


The Future of Biofuels in Renewable Energy and Reduction of Global Warming


Click on Photo Icon above to download a paper published 10 years ago Algae as tools in studying the biosynthesis of cellulose,nature's most abundant macromolecule.  This work describes the use of algae as tools in the study of cellulose. Some very interesting phylogentic predictions on the evolution of cellulose biogenesis from the first cell, to the role of cellulose biosynthesis in understanding the evolution of land plants. Chara and Nitella have solitary rosette TCs which places them squarely in the pathway towards land plant evolution. Coleochaete has a novel octagonal rosette TC making it somewhat different and possibly further related to land plants. In this paper, the single row of TC subunits in Dictyostelium was first revealed. from:


Cell Walls and Surfaces

Edited by
W. Wiessner, D. G. Robinson
and R. C. Starr

With 91 Figures

Berlin Heidelberg New York
London Paris Tokyo
Hong Kong Barcelona


"Biogenesis of Natural Polymer Systems with Special Reference to Cellulose Assembly and Deposition"  A complete Review by R. Malcolm Brown, Jr. published in 1978. ( kindly reproduced in its entirety with permission of Philip Morris)

This work is probably RM Brown's best and most comprehensive review to date on cellulose biosynthesis. Even though it is relatively old, it shows with accuracy what was predicted for the future!


A Position Paper by R. Malcolm Brown, Jr."Microbial Cellulose: A New Resource for Wood, Paper, Textiles, Food and Specialty Products" One of the earliest works to showcase microbial cellulose and possible applications, many of which have come true!


"Cellulose Biosyntheis in Higher Plants" An earlier review which appeared in 1996 in Trends in Plant Science


  "Multidomain architecture of B-glycosyl transferases: Implications for Mechanism of Action"

which  appeared in the journal, Journal of Bacteriology March 1995

This work opened up the complete molecular biology of cellulose synthase among vascular plants as well as understanding of processive glycosyl synthases among all living organisms.


A talk by Professor Brown on "Connecting Science: Critical Ingredients, Impact on our Future" given before the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) convention in Austin, Texas on November 1, 1996 (with accompanying slides).


  A poster by Inder M. Saxena and R. Malcolm Brown, Jr.   Genetic Analysis of Cellulose Biosynthesis in Acetobacter xylinum: Implications for Cellulose Crystallization   I