Centre for Biological Sciences

Gail Taylor

PhD

Primary position:
Director of Research
Other positions:
Principal Investigator (Plants & Environment)

Background

The University of Southampton

PhD ‘Control of leaf growth’, NERC, 1983-1986

Past Appointments: 1990-1999, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, University of Sussex

Current Appointments:

Professor of Plant Biology, Southampton University

Visiting Professor of Biology, Imperial College, London (2007), to develop expertise in Bioenergy and contribute to teaching in Plant Biology and Biotechnology

Chair of the Vitacress Conservation Trust

Editorial Board ‘Biotechnology for Biofuels’
Editorial Board ‘BMC Plant Biology’
Editorial Board, 'Biofuels'
Subject Editor, Global Change Biology Bioenergy

Research Committee Member, UK Energy Research Centre (2009)

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Article

Smith, H.K., Clarkson, G.J.J., Taylor, Gail, Thompson, A.J., Clarkson, J., Rajpoot, N.M. and Raza, Shan-e-Ahmed (2014) Automatic detection of regions in spinach canopies responding to soil moisture deficit using combined visible and thermal imagery. PLoS ONE, 9, (6), 1-10.
Viger, Maud, Hancock, R.D., Miglietta, Franco and Taylor, Gail (2014) More plant growth but less plant defence? First global gene expression data for plants grown in soil amended with biochar. Global Change Biology, 1-15. (doi:10.1111/gcbb.12182).
Alexander, Peter, Moran, Dominic, Smith, Pete, Hastings, Astley, Wang, Shifeng, Sunnenberg, Gilla, Lovett, Andrew, Tallis, M.J., Casella, Eric, Taylor, Gail, Finch, Jon and Cisowska, Iwona (2014) Estimating UK perennial energy crop supply using farm scale models with spatially disaggregated data. GCB Bioenergy, 6, (2), 142-155. (doi:10.1111/gcbb.12121).
Hastings, Astley, Tallis, M.J., Casella, Eric, Matthews, Robert W., Henshall, Paul A., Milner, Suzanne, Smith, Pete and Taylor, Gail (2014) The technical potential of Great Britain to produce ligno cellulosic biomass for bioenergy in current and future climates. GCB Bioenergy, 6, (2), 108-122. (doi:10.1111/gcbb.12103).
Harris, Zoe M., McNamara, Niall P., Rowe, Rebecca L., Dondini, Marta, Finch, Jon, Perks, Mike, Morison, James, Donnison, Iain, Farrar, Kerrie, Sohi, Saran, Ineson, Phil, Oxley, Jonathan, Smith, Pete and Taylor, Gail (2014) Research spotlight: The ELUM project: ecosystem land use modeling and Soil Carbon GHG Flux Trial. Biofuels, 5, (2), 111-116. (doi:10.4155/bfs.13.79).
Wang, Shifeng, Hastings, Astley, Wang, Sicong, Sunnenberg, Gilla, Tallis, M.J., Casella, Eric, Taylor, Simon, Alexander, Peter, Cisowska, Iwona, Lovett, Andrew, Taylor, Gail, Firth, Steven, Moran, Dominic, Morison, James and Smith, Pete (2014) The potential for bioenergy crops to contribute to meeting GB heat and electricity demands. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 6, (2), 136-141. (doi:10.1111/gcbb.12123).
Wang, Shifeng, Wang, Sicong, Lovett, Andrew, Zhong, Jun, Taylor, Gail, Leduc, Sylvain, Firth, Steven and Smith, Pete (2014) Significant contribution of energy crops to heat and electricity needs in Great Britain to 2050. BioEnergy Research, 1-8. (doi:10.1007/s12155-014-9422-z).
Manning, Pete, Taylor, Gail and Hanley, Mick (2014) Bioenergy, food production and biodiversity - an unlikely alliance? GCB Bioenergy, 1-18. (doi:10.1111/gcbb.12173).
Viger, Maud, Rodriguez‐Acosta, Maricela, Rae, Anne M., Morison, James I.L. and Taylor, Gail (2013) Toward improved drought tolerance in bioenergy crops: QTL for carbon isotope composition and stomatal conductance in Populus. Food and Energy Security , 2, (3), 220-236. (doi:10.1002/fes3.39).
DeWoody, Jennifer, Viger, Maud, Lakatos, Ferenc, Tuba, Katalin, Taylor, Gail and Smulders, Marinus J M (2013) Insight into the genetic components of community genetics: QTL mapping of insect association in a fast-growing forest tree. PLoS ONE, 8, (11), 1-11. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079925).
Smith, Pete, Taylor, Simon, Lovett, Andrew, Taylor, Gail, Firth, Steven K, Finch, Jon, Morison, James and Moran, Dominic (2013) Spatial mapping of Great Britain's bioenergy to 2050. GCB Bioenergy, 6, 97-98. (doi:10.1111/gcbb.12149).
Rowe, Rebecca, Goulson, David, Doncaster, C. Patrick, Clarke, Donna, Taylor, Gail and Hanley, Mick (2013) Evaluating ecosystem processes in willow short rotation coppice bioenergy plantations. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 5, (3), 257-266. (doi:10.1111/gcbb.12040).
Oliver, Rebecca J., Taylor, Gail and Finch, John W. (2012) Assessing the impact of internal conductance to CO2 in a land-surface scheme: measurement and modelling of photosynthesis in Populus nigra. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 152, 240-251. (doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2011.10.001).
Zhang, Jing, Gao, Ge, Taylor, Gail, Cui, Ke-Ming and He, Xin-Qiang (2011) Molecular features of secondary vascular tissue regeneration after bark girdling in Populus. New Phytologist, 192, (4), 869-884. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03855.x). (PMID:21883236).
Rowe, Rebecca L., Whitaker, Jeanette, Freer-Smith, Peter H., Chapman, Jennifer, Ryder, Stephen, Ludley, Kate E., Howard, David C. and Taylor, Gail (2011) Counting the cost of carbon in bioenergy systems: sources of variation and hidden pitfalls when comparing life cycle assessments. Biofuels, 2, (6), 693-707. (doi:10.4155/bfs.11.131).
Tallis, Matthew, Taylor, Gail, Sinnett, Danielle and Freer-Smith, Peter (2011) Estimating the removal of atmospheric particulate pollution by the urban tree canopy of London under current and future environments. Landscape and Urban Planning (doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.07.003).
Kremer, Antoine, Vinceti, Barbara, Alia, Ricardo, Burczyk, Jaroslav, Cavers, Stephen, Degen, Bernd, Finkeldey, Reiner, Fluch, Silvia, Gomory, Dusan, Gugerli, Felix, Koelewijn, Hans Peter, Koskela, Jarkko, Lefevre, Francois, Morgante, Michele, Mueller-Starck, Gerhard, Plomion, Christophe, Taylor, Gail, Turok, Jozef, Savolainen, Outi and Ziegenhagen, Birgit (2011) Forest ecosystem genomics and adaptation: EVOLTREE conference report. Tree Genetics & Genomes, 7, (4), 869-875. (doi:10.1007/s11295-011-03).
Stephenson, Patrick G., Harris, Nicole, Cottrell, Joan E., Ralph, Steven G., Bohlmann, Joerg and Taylor, Gail (2011) A transcriptomic approach to identify genes associated with wood density in Picea sitchensis. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 26, supplement S11, 82-96. (doi:10.1080/02827581.2011.564405).
Rowe, Rebecca L., Hanley, Mick E., Goulson, Dave, Clarke, Donna J., Doncaster, C. Patrick and Taylor, Gail (2011) Potential benefits of commercial willow Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) for farm-scale plant and invertebrate communities in the agri-environment. Biomass and Bioenergy, 35, (1), 325-336. (doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2010.08.046).
Street, Nathaniel R., Tallis, M.J., Tucker, J., Mikael, Brosche, Jaakko, Kangasjarvi, Broadmeadow, Mark and Taylor, Gail (2011) The physiological, transcriptional and genetic responses of an ozone-sensitive and an ozone tolerant poplar and selected extremes of their F2 progeny. Environmental Pollution, 159, 45-54. (doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2010.09.027).
Bauen, A.W., Dunnett, A.J., Richter, G.M., Dailey, A.G., Aylott, M., Casella, E. and Taylor, G. (2010) Modelling supply and demand of bioenergy from short rotation coppice and miscanthus in the UK. Biosource Technology, 101, (21), 8132-8143. (doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2010.05.002). (PMID:20624602).
Dash, J., Curran, P.J., Tallis, Matthew J., Llewellyn, G.M., Taylor, Gail and Snoeij, P (2010) Validating the MERIS Terrestrial Chlorophyll Index (MTCI) with ground chlorophyll content data at MERIS spatial resolution. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 31, (20), 5513-5532. (doi:10.1080/01431160903376340).
Marron, Nicolas, Ricciotti, Luca, Bastien, Catherine, Beritognolo, Isacco, Gaudet, Muriel, Paolucci, Isabella, Fabbrini, Francesco, Salani, Francesco, Y. Dillen, Sophie, Ceulemans, Reinhart, P.C. Pinel, Matthieu, Taylor , Gail , Scarascia-Mugnozza, Giuseppe and Sabatti, Maurizio (2010) Plasticity of the growth and biomass production of an intraspecific Populus alba family grown at three sites across Europe during three growing seasons. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 40, (10), 1887-1903. (doi:10.1139/X10-113).
Dash, J., Curran, P.J., Tallis, M.J., Llewelyn, M., Taylor, Gail and Snoeij, P. (2010) Validating the MERIS Terrestrial Chlorophyll Index (MTCI) with ground chlorophyll content data at MERIS spatial resolution. Journal of Remote Sensing, 31, (20), 5513-5532. (doi:10.1080/01431160903376340 ).
Whitaker, Jeanette, Ludley, Katherine E., Rowe, Rebecca, Taylor, Gail and Howard, David C. (2010) Sources of variability in greenhouse gas and energy balances for biofuel production: a systematic review. GCB Bioenergy, 99-112. (doi:10.1111/j.1757-1707.2010.01047.x).
Tallis, M.J., Lin, Y., Rogers, A., Zhang, J., Street, N.R., Miglietta, F., Karnosky, D.F., De Angelis, P., Calfapietra, C. and Taylor, G. (2010) The transcriptome of Populus in elevated CO2 reveals increased anthocyanin biosynthesis during delayed autumnal senescence. New Phytologist, 186, (2), 415-428. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03184.x). (PMID:20202130).
Tallis, M.J., Lin, Y., Rogers, A., Zhang, J., Street, N.R., Karnosky, D.F., Miglietta, F., Calfapietra, C., De Angelis, P. and Taylor, G. (2010) The transcriptome of Populus in elevated CO2 reveals increased anthocyanin biosynthesis during delayed autumnal senescence. New Phytologist, 186, (2), 415-428. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03184.x). (PMID:20202130).
Calfapietra, Carlo, Ainsworth, Elizabeth A., Beier, Claus, De Angelis, Paolo, Ellsworth, David S., Godbold, Douglas L., Hendrey, George R., Hickler, Thomas, Hoosbeek, Marcel R., Karnosky, David F., King, John, Korner, Christian, Leakey, Andrew D.B., Lewin, Keith F., Liberloo, Marion, Long, Stephen P., Lukac, Martin, Matyssek, Rainer, Miglietta, Franco, Nagy, John, Norby, Richard J., Oren, Ram, Percy, Kevin E., Rogers, Alistair, Mugnozza, Giuseppe Scarascia, Stitt, Mark, Taylor, Gail and Ceulemans, Reinhart (2010) Challenges in elevated CO2 experiments on forests. Trends in Plant Science, 15, (1), 5-10. (doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2009.11.001). (PMID:19955012).
Dash, J., Curran, P.J., Tallis, M.J., Llewellyn, G.M., Taylor, G. and Snoeij, P (2010) Validating the MERIS Terrestrial Chlorophyll Index (MTCI) with ground chlorophyll content data at MERIS spatial resolution. International Journal of Remote Sensing (In Press).
Wagstaff, Carol, Clarkson, Graham J.J., Zhang, Fangzhu, Rothwell, Steve D., Fry, Stephen C., Taylor, Gail and Dixon, Mark S. (2010) Modification of cell wall properties in lettuce improves shelf life. Journal of Experimental Botany, 61, (4), 1239-1248. (doi:10.1093/jxb/erq038).
Aylott, M.J., Farrall, K., Casella, E. and Taylor, G. (2010) Social and environmental constraints in the supply of biomass from short rotation coppice in England. Biofuels (In Press).
Stephenson, P.G., Nelson, M.D., Chin, S., Tao, L., Amartley, S., Ray , M.J., Kang, K.Y., Smith, H., Piens, K., van Acker, R., Boerjan, W., Mansfield, S., Leak, D.J., Murphey , R.J. and Taylor, G. (2010) Target genes for enhanced cell wall dis-assembly and bioethanol production from poplar wood. Pre-print (Submitted).
Hillier, Jonathan, Whittaker, Carly, Dailey, Gordon, Aylott, Matthew, Casella, Eric, Richter, Goetz M., Riche, Andrew, Murphy, Richard, Taylor, Gail and Smith, Pete (2009) Greenhouse gas emissions from four bioenergy crops in England and Wales: integrating spatial estimates of yield and soil carbon balance in life cycle analyses. Global Change Biology Bioenergy , 1, (4), 267-281. (doi:10.1111/j.1757-1707.2009.01021.x).
Clarke, Donna, Jablonski, Sophie, Moran, Brighid, Anandarajah, Gabrial and Taylor, Gail (2009) How can accelerated development of bioenergy contribute to the future UK energy mix? Insights from a MARKAL modelling exercise. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 2, (1), 13-[19pp]. (doi:10.1186/1754-6834-2-13).
Rae, Anne M., Street, Nathaniel R., Robinson, Kathryn, Harris, Nicole and Taylor, Gail (2009) Five QTL hotspots for yield in short rotation coppice bioenergy poplar: the poplar biomass loci. BMC Plant Biology, 9, (1), 1-13. (doi:10.1186/1471-2229-9-23). (PMID:19245718).
Whitaker, Jeanette, Ludley, K., Ryder, S., Chapman, J., Taylor, Gail and Howard, D. (2009) Good or bad bioenergy? The validity of comparing biomass and biofuels using life cycle assessment. IOP Conference Series Earth and Environmental Science, 6, (19), 192006-192006. (doi:10.1088/1755-1307/6/9/192006).
Tricker, Penny J., Pecchiari, Marco, Bunn, Steve M., Vaccari, Francesco P., Peressotti, Alessandro, Miglietta, Franco and Taylor, Gail (2009) Water use of a bioenergy plantation increases in a future high CO2 world. Biomass and Bioenergy, 33, (2), 200-208. (doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2008.05.009).
Rowe, Rebecca L., Street, Nathaniel R. and Taylor, Gail (2009) Identifying potential environmental impacts of large-scale deployment of dedicated bioenergy crops in the UK. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 13, (1), 271-290. (doi:10.1016/j.rser.2007.07.008).
Taylor, Gail (2008) Biofuels and the biorefinery concept. Energy Policy, 36, (12), 4406-4409. (doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2008.09.069).
Rowe, Rebecca, Chapman, Jennifer, Whittaker, Jeanette, Howard, David and Taylor, Gail (2008) A systematic review of life cycle assessments of bioenergy chains for heat, power and liquid transportation fuel. [in special issue: Abstracts of the Annual Main Meeting of the Society of Experimental Biology, 6th - 10th July 2008, Marseille, France] Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 150, (3), supplement Supplement, S182. (doi:10.1016/j.cbpa.2008.04.486).
Aylott, Matthew J., Casella, E., Tubby, I., Street, N. R., Smith, P. and Taylor, Gail (2008) Yield and spatial supply of bioenergy poplar and willow short-rotation coppice in the UK. New Phytologist, 178, (2), 358. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02396.x).
Taylor, Gail, Tallis, Matthew J., Giardina, Christian P., Percy, Kevin E., Migliettas, Franco, Gupta, Poojas S., Beniamino, Giolis, Calfaprieta, Carlo, Gielen, Birgit, Kubiske, Mark E., Scarascia-Mugnozza, Giuseppe, Ketss, Katre, Long, Stephen P. and Karnosky, David F. (2008) Future atmospheric CO2 leads to delayed autumnal senescence. Global Change Biology, 14, (2), 264-275. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2007.01473.x).
Dillen, Sophie Y., Marron, Nicola., Bastien, Catherine., Ricciotti, Luca., Salani, Francesco, Sabatti, Maurizio, Pinel, Matthieu P.C., Rae, Anne M., Taylor, Gail and Ceulemans, Reinhart (2007) Effects of environment and progeny on biomass estimations of five hybrid poplar families grown at three contrasting sites across Europe. Forest Ecology and Management, 252, (1-3), 12-23. (doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2007.06.003).
Wagstaff, C., Clarkson, G.J.J., Rothwell, S.D., Page, A., Taylor, G. and Dixon, M.S. (2007) Characterisation of cell death in bagged baby salad leaves. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 46, (2), 150-159. (doi:10.1016/j.postharvbio.2007.04.013).
Rae, A.M., Tricker, P.J., Bunn, S.M. and Taylor, G. (2007) Adaptation of tree growth to elevated CO2: quantitative trait loci for biomass in Populus. New Phytologist, 175, (1), 59-69. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2007.02091.x).
Zhang, Fang Z., Wagstaff, Carol, Rae, Anne M., Sihota, Arinder K., Keevil, C. William, Rothwell, Steve D., Clarkson, Graham J. J., Michelmore, Richard W., Truco, Maria Jose, Dixon, Mark S. and Taylor, Gail (2007) QTL for shelf life in lettuce co-locate with those for leaf biophysical properties but not for leaf developmental traits. Journal of Experimental Botany, 58, (6), 1433-1449. (doi:10.1093/jxb/erm006). (PMID:17347132).
Sims, R.E.H., Hastings, A., Schlamadinger, B., Taylor, G. and Smith, P. (2006) Energy crops: current status and future prospects. Global Change Biology, 12, (11), 2054-2076. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01163.x).
Marron, Nicholas, Bastien, Catherine, Sabatti, Maurizio, Taylor, Gail and Ceulemans, Reinhart (2006) Plasticity of growth and sylleptic branchiness in two poplar families grown at three sites across Europe. Tree Physiology, 26, (7), 935-946. (doi:10.1093/treephys/26.7.935). (PMID:16585039).
Liberloo, M., Calfapietra, C., Lukac, M., Godbold, D., Luos, Z.B., Polle, A., Hoosbeek, M.R., Kull, O., Marek, M., Raines, C., Rubino, M., Taylor, G., Scarascia-Mugnozza, G. and Ceulemans, R. (2006) Woody biomass production during the second rotation of a bio-energy Populus plantation increases in a future high CO2 world. Global Change Biology, 12, (6), 1094-1106. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01118.x).
Tallis, M., Dash, J., Taylor, G. and Miglietta, F. (2006) Delayed canopy senescence in elevated CO2? - evidence from remote sensing of canopy greenness. [in special issue: Abstracts of the Annual Main Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, 2nd-7th April, 2006 ] Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 143, (4), supplement 1, S149-S150. (doi:10.1016/j.cbpa.2006.01.053 ).
Morison, J., Rodriguez-Acosta, M. and Taylor, G. (2006) Thermal imaging of leaf responses to environment. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A, 143, (4, Supplement 1), S145-S146. (doi:10.1016/j.cbpa.2006.01.053).
Street, Nathaniel Robert, Skogström, Oskar, Sjödin, Andreas, Tucker, James, Rodriguez-Acosta, Maricela, Nisson, Peter, Jansson, Stefan and Taylor, Gail (2006) The genetics and genomics of the drought response in Populus. Plant Journal, 48, (3), 321-341. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-313X.2006.02864.x).
Karnosky, Davis F, Taylor, Gail, Giardina, Christian P, Tallis, Matthew J, Bernacchi, Carl J, Percy, Kevin E, DeLucia, Evan H, Miglietta, Franco, Gupta, Pooja S, Leakey, Andrew DB, Rogers, Alistair, Dermody, Orla, Gioili, Beniamino, Nelson, Randall L, Morgan, Patrick B, Ort, Don R, Calfapietra, Carlo, Gielen, Birgit, Sober, Jaak, Mies, Tim, McDonald, Evan, Kubiske, Mark E, Scarascia-Mugnozza, Giuseppe E, Hendrey, George R, Kets, Katre and Long, Stephen P (2006) Rising atmospheric CO2 explains 26–52% of the recent delay in autumnal senescence in important forest and crop species. Post-print, 18pp.
Rae, A.M., Ferris, Rachel, Tallis, M.J. and Taylor, Gail (2006) Elucidating genomic regions determining enhanced leaf growth and delayed senescence in elevated carbon dioxide. Plant Cell and Environment, 29, (9), 1730-1741. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-3040.2006.01545.x).
Scarascia-Mugnozza, G., Angelis, P., Sabatti, M., Calfapietra, C., Miglietta, F., Raines, C., Godbold, D., Hoosbeek, M., Taylor, G., Polle, A. and Ceulemans, R. (2005) Global change and agro-forest ecosystems: Adaptation and mitigation in a FACE experiment on a poplar plantation. Plant Biosystems Journal, 139, 255-264.
Clarkson, Graham J.J., Rothwell, Steve D. and Taylor, Gail (2005) End of day harvest extends shelf life. Hortscience, 40, (5), 1431-1435.
Tricker, Penny J., Trewin, Harriet, Kull, Olevi, Clarkson, Graham J.J., Eensalu, Eve, Tallis, Matthew J., Colella, Alessio, Doncaster, C. Patrick, Sabatti, Maurizio and Taylor, Gail (2005) Stomatal conductance and not stomatal density determines the long-term reduction in leaf transpiration of poplar in elevated CO2. Oecologia, 143, (4), 652-660. (doi:10.1007/s00442-005-0025-4).
Gardner, Simon D.Ll, Freer-Smith, Peter H., Tucker, J. and Taylor, Gail (2005) Elevated CO2 protects poplar (Populus trichocarpa x P-deltoides) from damage induced by O3: identification of mechanisms. Functional Plant Biology, 32, (3), 221-235. (doi:10.1071/FP04131).
Taylor, Gail, Street, Nathaniel R., Tricker, Penny J., Sjodin, Andreas, Graham, Laura, Skogstrom, Oskar, Calfapietra, Carlo, Scarascia-Mugnozza, Giuseppe and Jansson, Stefan (2005) The transcriptome of Populus in elevated CO2. New Phytologist, 167, (1), 143-154. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2005.01450.x).
Rae, A.M., Robinson, K.M., Street, N.R. and Taylor, G. (2004) Morphological and physiological traits influencing biomass productivity in short-rotation coppice poplar. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 34, (7), 1488-1498. (doi:10.1139/x04-033).
Tricker, P.J., Calfapietra, C., Kuzminsky, E., Puleggi, R., Ferris, R., Nathoo, M., Pleasants, L.J., Alston, V., Angelis, P. and Taylor, G. (2004) Long-term acclimation of leaf production, development, longevity and quality following 3 yr exposure to free-air CO2 enrichment during canopy closure in Populus. New Phytologist, 162, (2), 413-426. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2004.01057.x).
Bunn, S.M., Rae, A.M., Herbert, C.S. and Taylor, Gail (2004) Leaf-level productivity traits in Populus grown in short rotation coppice for biomass energy. Forestry, 77, (4), 307-323. (doi:10.1093/forestry/77.4.307).
Clarkson, Graham J.J., O'Byrne, Eleanor E., Rothwell, Steve D. and Taylor, Gail (2003) Identifying traits to improve postharvest processability in baby leaf salad. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 30, (3), 287-298. (doi:10.1016/S0925-5214(03)00110-8).
Taylor, Gail, Tricker, Penny J., Zhang, Fang, Alston, Victoria, Miglietta, Franco and Kuzminsky, Elena (2003) Spatial and temporal effects of free-air CO2 enrichment (POPFACE) on leaf growth, cell expansion, and production in a closed canopy of poplar. Plant Physiology, 131, (1), 177-185. (doi:10.1104/pp.011296). (PMID:12529526).
Taylor, G. (2002) Populus: Arabidopsis for forestry. Do we need a model tree? Annals of Botany, 90, (6), 681-689. (doi:10.1093/aob/mcf255).
Wullschleger, Stan D., Jansson, Stefan and Taylor, Gail (2002) Genomics and forest biology: Populus emerges as the perennial favorite. Plant Cell, 14, 2651-2655.
Ferris, R., Long, L., Bunn, S.M., Robinson, K.M., Bradshaw, H.D., Rae, A.M. and Taylor, G. (2002) Leaf stomatal and epidermal cell development: identification of putative quantitative trait loci in relation to elevated carbon dioxide concentration in poplar. Tree Physiology, 22, 633-640.
Ferris, R., Sabatti, M., Miglietta, F., Mills, R.F. and Taylor, G. (2001) Leaf area is stimulated in Populus by free air CO2 enrichment (POPFACE), through increased cell expansion and production. Plant, Cell & Environment, 24, (3), 305-315. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-3040.2001.00684.x).
Taylor, G., Ceulemans, R., Ferris, R., Gardner, S.D.L. and Shao, B.Y. (2001) Increased leaf area expansion of hybrid poplar in elevated CO2. From controlled environments to open-top chambers and to FACE. Environmental Pollution, 115, (3), 463-472. (doi:10.1016/S0269-7491(01)00235-4).
Taylor, Gail, Beckett , K.P., Robinson, K.M., Stiles , K. and Rae, R.A. (2001) Identifying QTL for yield in UK biomass poplar. [in special issue: Biomass and Energy Crops II] Aspects of Applied Biology, 65, 173-182.
Beckett, K.P., Freer Smith, P.H. and Taylor, Gail (2000) Effective tree species for local air quality management. Journal of Arboriculture, 26, (1), 12-19.
Beckett, K. Paul, Freer Smith, P. H. and Taylor, Gail (2000) Particulate pollution capture by urban trees: effect of species and windspeed. Global Change Biology, 6, (8), 995-1003. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2486.2000.00376.x).
Crookshanks, Meg, Taylor, Gail and Dolan, Liam (1998) A model system to study the effects of elevated CO2 on the developmental physiology of roots: the use of Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Experimental Botany, 49, (320), 593-597. (doi:10.1093/jexbot/49.320.593).
Warwick, Kevin Robert, Taylor, Gail and Blum, Herbert (1998) Biomass and compositional changes occur in chalk grassland turves exposed to elevated CO2 for two seasons in FACE. Global Change Biology, 4, (4), 375-385. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2486.1998.00159.x).
Beckett , K.P., Freer-Smith, P.H. and Taylor, G. (1998) Urban woodlands: their role in reducing the effects of particulate pollution. Environmental Pollution, 99, (3), 347-360. (doi:10.1016/S0269-7491(98)00016-5).
Janssens, Ivan. A., Crookshanks, Meg, Taylor, Gail and Ceulemans, Reinhart (1998) Elevated atmospheric CO2 increases fine root production, respiration, rhizosphere respiration and soil CO2 efflux in Scots pine seedlings. Global Change Biology, 4, (8), 871-878. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2486.1998.00199.x).
Crookshanks, Meg, Taylor, Gail and Dolan, Liam (1997) A model system to study the effects of elevated elevated CO2 on the developmental physiology of roots: the use of Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Experimental Botany, 49, (320), 593-597. (doi:10.1093/jxb/49.320.593).
Ceulemans, R., Taylor, G., Bosac, C., Wilkins, D. and Besford, R.T. (1997) Photosynthetic acclimation to elevated CO2 in poplar grown in glasshouse cabinets or in open top chambers depends on duration of exposure. Journal of Experimental Botany, 48, (9), 1681-1689. (doi:10.1093/jxb/48.9.1681).
Ranasinghe, Sanathanie and Taylor, Gail (1996) Mechanism for increased leaf growth in elevated CO2. Journal of Experimental Botany, 47, (3), 349-358. (doi:10.1093/jxb/47.3.349).
Bosac, C., Gardner, S.D.L., Taylor, G. and Wilkins, D. (1995) Elevated CO2 and hybrid poplar a detailed investigation of root and shoot growth and physiology of Populus euramericana, 'Primo'. Forest Ecology and Management, 74, (1-3), 103-116. (doi:10.1016/0378-1127(94)03506-R).
Ferris, Rachel and Taylor, Gail (1995) Contrasting effects of elevated CO2 and water deficit on two native herbs. New Phytologist, 131, (4), 491-501. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.1995.tb03086.x).
Gardner, Simon D.L., Taylor, Gail and Bosac, Creana (1995) Leaf growth of hybrid poplar following exposure to elevated CO2. New Phytologist, 131, (1), 81-90. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.1995.tb03057.x).
Taylor, Gail, Gardner, S.D.L., Bosac, C., Flowers, T. J., Crookshanks, M. and Dolan, L. (1995) Effects of elevated CO2 on cellular mechanisms, growth and development of trees with particular reference to hybrid poplar. Forestry, 68, (4), 379-390. (doi:10.1093/forestry/68.4.379).
Taylor, Gail, Ranasinghe, Sananthanie, Bosac, Creana, Gardner, S.D.L. and Ferris, Rachel (1994) Elevated CO2 and plant-growth: cellular mechanisms and responses of whole plants. [in special issue: ] Journal of Experimental Botany, 45, 1761-1774. (doi:10.1093/jxb/45.Special_Issue.1761).
Ferris, R and Taylor, Gail (1994) Stomatal characteristics of four native herbs following exposure to elevated CO2. Annals of Botany, 73, (4), 447-453. (doi:10.1006/anbo.1994.1055).
Ferris, R. and Taylor, Gail (1994) Increased root growth in elevated CO2: a biophysical analysis of root cell elongation. Journal of Experimental Botany, 45, (11), 1603-1612.
Taylor, Gail, McDonald, A.J.S., Stadenberg, I. and Freer Smith, P. H. (1993) Nitrate supply and the biophysics of leaf growth in salix viminalis. Journal of Experimental Botany, 44, (1), 155-164. (doi:10.1093/jxb/44.1.155).
Taylor, Gail and Frost, D.L. (1992) Impact of gaseous air pollution on leaf growth of hybrid poplar. Forest Ecology and Management, 51, (1-3), 151-162. (doi:10.1016/0378-1127(92)90481-N).
Frost, D. L., Taylor, Gail and Davies, W. J. (1991) Biophysics of leaf growth of hybrid poplar: impact of ozone. New Phytologist, 118, (3), 407-415. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.1991.tb00022.x).
Taylor, G., Dobson, M. C. and Freer-Smith, P. H. (1989) Changes of partitioning and increased root lengths of spruce and beech exposed to ambient pollution concentrations in southern England. Annals of Forest Science, 46, (Supplement), supplement Forest Tree Physiology , 573s-s576. (doi:10.1051/forest:198905ART0130).
Taylor, Gail and Davies, W. J. (1986) Leaf growth of Betula and Acer in simulated shadelight. Oecologia, 69, (4), 589-593. (doi:10.1007/BF00410367).
Taylor, G. and Davies, W. J. (1986) Yield turgor of growing leaves of betula and acer. New Phytologist, 104, (3), 347-353. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.1986.tb02902.x).
Taylor, Gail and Davies, W.J. (1985) Water relations and leaf growth. Acta Horticulturae, 171, 131-138.
Taylor, Gail and Davies, W. J. (1985) The control of leaf growth of Betula and Acer by photoenvironment. New Phytologist, 101, (2), 259-268. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.1985.tb02833.x).

Book

Booth, Elaine, Halford, Nigel, Sheild, Ian, Taylor, Gail, Turley, David and Voight, Tom (eds.) (2011) Biomass and Energy Crops IV, Warwick, GB, Association of Applied Biologists, 358pp. (Aspects of Applied Biology, 112).

Book Section

Taylor, Gail (2011) Technology acceleration. In, Energy 2050 - Making the Transition to a Secure Low-Carbon Energy System. London, GB, UK Energy Research Centre.
Smith, Hazel, Truco, Maria, Michelmore, Richard, Clarkson, Graham and Taylor, Gail (2011) Sustainable use of water in baby leaf cropping system. In, Draye, Xavier, Foulkes, John, Hawkesford, Malcolm and Murchie, Erik (eds.) Aspects 105: Water & Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Plants and Crops. Warwick, GB, Association of Applied Biologists, 243-250.
Taylor, Gail (2011) Technology acceleration. In, Ekins, Paul and Skea, Jim (eds.) Energy 2050 – Making the Transition to a Secure Low-Carbon Energy System. London, GB, UK Energy Research Centre, 75-86.
Taylor, G. (2010) Energy futures: the challenges of decarbonisation and security of supply. In, Skea, Jim, Ekins, Paul and Winskel, Mark (eds.) Energy 2050: Making the Transition to a Secure and Low Carbon Energy System. London, GB, Earthscan.
Karnosky, D.F., Tallis, M., Darbah, J. and Taylor, G. (2009) Direct effects of elevated carbon dioxide on forest tree productivity. In, Freer-Smith, P.H. (ed.) Forestry and Climate Change. Egham, GB, Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International, 136-142.
Suttie, E., Taylor, Gail, Livesay, K. and Tickell, F. (2009) Potential of forest products and substitution for fossil fuels to contribute to mitigation. In, Read, D.J, Freer-Smith, P.H., Morrrison, J.I.L., Hanley, N., West, C.C. and Snowdon, P. (eds.) Combating Climate Change: a Role for UK Forests. An Assessment of the Potential of the UK's Trees and Woodlands to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change. Edinburgh, GB, The Stationary Office, 119-138.
Scarascia-Mugnozza, G., Calfapietra, C., Ceulemans, R., Gielen, B., Cotrufo, M.F., DeAngelis, P., Godbold, D., Hoosbeek, M.R., Kull, O., Lukac, M., Marek, M., Migletta, F., Polle, A., Raines, C., Sabatti, M., Anselmi, N. and Taylor, Gail (2006) Responses to elevated CO2 of a short rotation multispecies poplar plantation. In, Managed Ecosystems and CO2. , Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Taylor, G., Tricker, P.J., Graham, L.E., Tallis, M.J., Rae, A.M., Trewin, H. and Street, N.R. (2006) The potential of genomics and genetics in free air carbon dioxide enrichment experiments. In, Nosberger, J., Long, S.P., Norby, R.J., Stitt, M., Hendry, G.R. and Blum, H. (eds.) Managed ecosystems and CO2. Case studies, processes and perspectives. London, GB, Springer, 351-355. (Ecological Studies, 187).
Taylor, G., Tricker, P.J., Graham, L.E., Tallis, M.J., Rae, A.M., Trewin, H. and Street, N.R. (2006) The potential of genomics and genetics to understand plant response to elevated atmospheric [CO2]. In, Managed Ecosystems and CO2. Berlin, DE, Heidelberg, DE, Springer, 351-371. (Ecological Studies, 187). (doi:10.1007/3-540-31237-4_20).
Taylor, Gail and Bunn, S.M. (2000) Identifying biotechnological and biological research priorities for woodfuel. In, Armstrong, A.T. and Claridge, J. (eds.) Short Rotation Coppice and Wood Fuel Symposium: from Research to Renewable Energy. Edinburgh, GB, Forestry Commission.
Taylor, G. and Ferris, R. (1996) Influence of air pollution on root physiology and growth. In, Iqbal, Mohammed and Yunus, Mohammed (eds.) Plant Response to Air Pollution. Chichester, GB, John Wiley, 375-393.
Van Volkenburgh, Elizabeth and Taylor, Gail (1996) Leaf growth physiology. In, Stettler, Reinhard, Bradshaw, Toby, Heilman, Paul and Hinckley, Tom (eds.) Biology of Populus and its Implications for Management and Conservation. Ottawa, CA, NRC Research Press, 283-299.
Davies, W.J., Rhizopoulou, S., Sanderson, R., Taylor, G., Metcalfe, J.C. and Zhang, J. (1989) Water relations and growth of roots and leaves of woody plants. In, Pereira, J.S. and Landsberg, J.J. (eds.) Biomass Production by Fast-Growing Trees. Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop, Obidos, Peniche, Portugal, October 6-10, 1987. Heidelberg, DE, Springer, 13-36. (Nato Science Series E, 166).
Freer-Smith, P.H., Dobson, M. and Taylor, G. (1989) Factors controlling the rates of O3 uptake by spruce and beech. In, Bucher, Jürg B. and Bucher-Wallin, Inga (eds.) Air Pollution and Forest Decline: Proceedings of the 14th International Meeting for Specialists in Air Pollution Effects on Forest Ecosystems, Volume 1. Wien, AT, International Union of Forest Research Organizations.
Davies, W.J., Metcalfe, J.C., Taylor, G. and Zhang, J. (1987) Hormones as chemical signals involved in root to shoot communication of effects of changes in the soil environment. In, Hoad, G.V., Lenton, J.R., Jackson, M.B. and Atkin, R.K. (eds.) Hormone Action in Plant Development: a Critical Appraisal. London, GB, Butterworths.

Conference or Workshop Item

Watson-Lazowski, Alex J., Lin, Yunan, Edwards, Richard , DeWoody, Jennifer, Miglietta, Franco, Chapman, Mark and Taylor, Gail (2014) Plant acclimation and adaptation to a high CO2 world. In, Plant & Animal Genome XXII, San Diego, US, 10 - 15 Jan 2014.
McNamara, Niall, Bottoms, Emily, Donnison, Iain, Dondini, Marta, Farrar, Kerrie, Finch, Jon, Harris, Zoe, Ineson, Phil, Keane, Ben, Massey, Alice, McCalmont, Jon, Morison, James, Perks, Mike, Pogson, Mark, Rowe, Rebecca, Smith, Pete, Sohi, Saran, Tallis, Mat, Taylor, Gail and Yamulki, Sirwan (2013) Bioenergy ecosystem land-use modelling and field flux trial. In, EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 1pp, 11587-11587.
Harris, Zoe, Bottoms, Emily, Massey, Alice, McCalmont, Jon, Yamulki, Sirwan, Drewer, Julia, McNamara, Niall, Finch, Jon, Donnison, Ian, Perks, Mike, Smith, Pete and Taylor, Gail (2013) First results from the UK network to establish the greenhouse gas balance of land conversion to second generation bioenergy willow, Miscanthus and short rotation forestry. In, EGU General Assembly , 13524-13524.
Taylor, Gail (2013) Exploring the genetic diversity of watercress for improved chemical and morphological quality. In, Plant and Animal Genome XXI Conference, San Diego, US, 12 Jan 2013.

Monograph

Winskel, Mark, Markusson, Nils, Moran, Brigette and Taylor, Gail (2009) Decarbonising the UK energy system: accelerated development of low carbon energy supply technologies. London, GB, UK Energy Research Centre, 156pp.
Rowe, R., Whitaker, J., Chapman, J., Howard, D. and Taylor, G. (2008) Life cycle assessment in the bioenergy sector. Developing a systematic review. London, GB, UK Energy Research Centre
Taylor, Gail Office of Science and Innovation (2006) Bioenergy for heat and electricity in the UK. Southampton, UK; Swindon, UK, University of Southampton and UK Energy Research Centre, 14pp.
Frost, D.L. and Taylor, G. (1990) Wall properties, turgor pressure and leaf growth of hybrid poplar (Populus deltoides X P. nigra). Wantage, GB, British Plant Growth Regulation Group
Taylor, G., Davies, W.J. and Mansfield, T.A (1989) Air pollution and tree physiology. Report on Forest Research. Bristol, GB, The Forestry Commission
Taylor, Gail, Dobson, M.C., Freer Smith, P.H. and Davies, W.J. (1989) Tree physiology and air pollution in southern Britain. Bristol, GB, Forestry Commission
 

Research

Research Interests

I have a long standing interest in the use of woody plants as sources of renewable energy for heat, power and more recently for liquid biofuels such as bioethanol – the so called ‘second generation’ bioenergy crops. This includes understanding the genetic basis of yield, developing molecular breeding tools such as markers linked to QTL and deploying functional genomic approaches to investigate traits of interest. Most recently this has involved re-sequencing using Illumina of fifty genotype of Populus nigra and association genetics for traits related to saccharification. For a number of years we have been working on large association populations of Populus nigra and a mapping population of Populus for QTL discovery that was recently extended to over 800 F2 individuals. We are also interested in complete life cycle analysis (LCA) for bioenergy chains and in the environmental impact of these largely unexplored crops.

The research of the Plants and Environment Lab is also focussed on understanding how plants interact with their abiotic environment, in particular, in relation to global environmental change and in developing mitigation strategies to combat the detrimental effects of these changes.

The group is particularly interested in the link between genes and environment and long-term adaptation to rising CO2.

A final strand of research in collaboration with industry has developed on the physiology, genomics and genetics of post-harvest baby salad leaf quality, including phytonutrient quality and anti-cancer properties, resulting in the formation of ‘The Vitacress Research Unit' We are working with breeders to develop baby salad leaves with improved quality and longevity. Our most recent project is linking medical, chemical and plant sciences to improve the anti-cancer properties of watercress.

Personal research pages: www.taylorlab.co.uk
I
am a member of The Porter Alliance http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/porterinstitute/about
Major past collaborative projects have included:
Bioenergy from poplar and willow trees (2000 - 2008)
POPFACE (1999 - 2006) (www.unitus.it/euroface)
POPGENICS (2004 - 2008)

 

Primary research group:  Environmental Biosciences

Research projects

Development of improved perennial non-food biomass and bioproduct crops for water-stressed environments (WATBIO)

Working on three novel non-food crops for bioenergy applications, we are using the latest RNA-Seq and Genome Wide Association Studies to identify genes linked to traits for improved water use efficiency.

Bioenergy value chains: Whole systems analysis and optimisation

Bioenergy is a complex and sometimes controversial subject. This project integrates models of different aspects of the UK bioenergy supply chains across multiple scales. The resulting tool will provide guidance to decision makers about the complex social and environmental impacts of differing bioenergy strategies to aid policy development.

Mapping the supply and demand of bioenergy in Great Britain to 2050

This project explores the potential use of bioenergy crops across GB, looking at feasibility, sustainability implications, and constraints on production opportunities, in relation to current and future demand for energy.

CarboBioCrop

Understanding processes determining soil carbon balances under perennial bioenergy crops.

Adaptive differences in response to flooding in Populus alba and Populus tremula

Utilising Populus to assess the flood tolerance mechanisms in repeated anoxic flooding events.

Mechanism for delayed senescence in Populus in a high CO2 world

Investigating Novel Genes in Poplar for Improved Cell Wall Disassembly

Improving the properties of Poplar as a raw material for bioethanol production.

Harnessing the Genetic Diversity of Watercress (Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum) for Improved Morphology and Anti-cancer Benefits: Underpinning Data for Molecular Breeding.

Establish a collection of watercress sourced from around the world and breed watercress that not only has a reduced stem length but is also nutritionally beneficial therefore breed an ‘ideal' watercress cultivar.

Improving the sustainability of water use in baby leaf salad crops

Using quantitative genetics and infra-red imaging to improve the sustainability of water use in baby leaf salad agriculture.

CleanWeb - the Web as an enabler of environmental sustainability

This research is exploring the potential for internet technologies & data to help tackle major environmental challenges such as climate change. 

EuroChar: Development of technologies for long-term carbon sequestration

Investigating Biochar application as a potential solution to climate change - quantifying the carbon sequester capacity  and its effect on plant yield. It has been suggested that biochar could offset up to 12 % of GHG emissions, thus reducing global climate change, but there is limited evidence base on which to make generalisation and EUROCHAR addresses these gaps.

Molecular breeding for quality and health benefits in lettuce

Developing nutritionally enhanced lettuce with improved disease prevention potential.

Physiology, genetics and genomics of drought adaptation in Populus

Using physiology and genetics to investigate adaptation to drought in two populations of Populus.

Sustainable urban planning decision support for urban planning BRIDGE

Modeling the green spaces in two European cities to determine how vegetation can be managed for optium polution mitigation.

EVOLTREE

The Evolution of Trees as drivers of terrestrial biodiversity

ENERGYPOPLAR

Traits for poplar for bioenergy applications.

ENERGYPOPLAR: Understanding traits for bioenergy in poplar

Traits for poplar for bioenergy applications

Popyomics

Linking physiology, molecular genetics and genomics to understand and manipulate yield and disease resistance in Populus for biomass and timber across Europe

Using Next Generation Sequencing to understand acclimation and adaption of Plantago lanceolata to a changing environment

Using NGS to investigate novel acclimations and adaptions to elevated atmosphere CO2 in Plantago lanceolata to help explain what the future environment holds for plants.

Implications of drought conditions for microbial soil ecology: a metagenomic approach

Using NGS technology and bioinformatics techniques to better understand the implications of drought for soil microbe communities.  

TSEC-BIOSYS (2006-2009) A whole systems approach to bioenergy demand and supply in the UK

UKERC (2004-2009) – The UK Energy Research Centre

A global framework for quantifying the ecosystem service impacts of oil and biofuel production

The main objective of this 2 year project is to develop a way of comparing the impact on ecosystem services of two very different sources of transport fuel - biofuels and petroleum.

Teaching Responsibilities

 

Module code

(Module coordinator)

Module name

Semester

# Lectures

Lecture topic(s)

BIOL2007

Plant Development and Function

2

12

Plant water relations, responses to global change including drought and CO2, stomata, leaf and shoot apical meristem development

BIOL3056

Coordinator

Global Change Biology

2

10

Molecular, physiological, genetic and evolutionary responses of animal and plant systems to the changing environment

BIOL3003

Plant Cell Biology

1

2

Plant responses to ozone

Contact

Professor Gail Taylor
FNES Student Office
Centre for Biological Sciences
Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 85/6057

Telephone: (023) 8059 2335
Email: G.Taylor@soton.ac.uk