The Plant sciences theme encompasses a rich diversity of individual interests that offer the potential for creative synergies.
The research carried out in the group ranges from fundamental work on the reproductive biology of plants, hormonal and G-protein signalling pathways, and the evolutionary genetics of plant ecology, to applied research on developing algae for biofuels, and the improvement of major tropical crops with respect to their biotic (microbial pathogens) and abiotic stress responses.
Plant sciences theme membership
Dr John Beeching
Molecular biology of stress responses in the tropical crop cassava
Dr Richard Cooper
Mechanisms of microbial pathogenicity and host plant defence in temperate and tropical species
Dr James Doughty
Cell and molecular biology of pollen-stigma recognition and signalling in flowering plants
Professor Rod Scott
Cell and molecular biology of plant development and reproduction for application in crop improvement using GM methods.
Microalgae for fuel, food, waste water cleaning and CO2 capture.
Dr Jason Wolf
Evolutionary quantitative and population genetics focused on epigenetics, non-Mendelian inheritance and social evolution