Our environmental biosciences research exploits a range of plant, insect and microbial model systems. We have a strong grouping in molecular and cellular plant biology that addresses the functioning of plants in relation to the environment. This includes the use of plants for renewable energy and important crop science priorities such as plant responses to abiotic and biotic stresses and improved nutrition.
Furthermore, our environmental biosciences research on insects focuses on a variety of issues including resistance to parasites and pathogens and the biology of ageing. The theme also includes the Environmental Healthcare Unit and research focusing on microbial ecology, particularly in high species diversity biofilms.
Thus we are able to address a range of RCUK cross-cutting research programmes such as Living with Environmental Change, Energy and Food Security as well as Healthy Living and Ageing.
Environmental Biosciences Principle Investigators (PI)
Dr Mark Chapman: PI Evolutionary Genomics and Transcriptomics
Dr Patrick Doncaster: PI Population ecology
Dr Felix Eigenbrod: PI Spatial Ecology
Associate Professor Chris Jackson: PI Behaviour & pest control
Dr Bill Keevil: PI Microbiology & environmental health
Dr Alan Marchant: PI Plant cell walls and root development
Professor Guy Poppy: PI Insect/plant interactions
Professor Gail Taylor: PI Plants & Environment
Professor Matthew Terry: PI Chloroplast development and function
Dr Lorraine Williams: PI Membrane transporters