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Research Group: Plants and Food Security

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The Plants and Food Security group focuses on the response of plants to the environment at the molecular, whole plant and ecological levels, including interactions with nematodes, insects and microbes. Within the group there are four main areas of research: Plant molecular biology, Agricultural ecology, Crop pests and pollinators and Human nutrition.

Plants and Food Security

The Plants and Food Security Group covers four main areas of research:

Plant molecular biology

Researching a wide range of crops from wheat, barley and rice, to crops that are currently underutilised, but have future potential as staple foods. Research includes regulation of photosynthesis, nutrition, phytoremediation and biofortification; light regulation of plant architecture and defence responses; evolutionary genomics and food waste; and is complemented by basic research on the model plant Arabidopsis.

Agricultural Ecology

Addressing the interaction of plants and other organisms in the context of agricultural ecosystems. Research includes plant and soil interactions including the soil microbiome, conservation ecology, ecosystem services, and the risk posed by invasive species.

Crop pests and pollinators

Focusing on the interaction of crops with both beneficial insects such as pollinators, as well as a range of important agricultural pests. Research includes work on plant parasitic nematodes, locusts and the regulation of biological timing in insects.

Human nutrition 

Addressing the consequences of altered nutrition on human health and development including epigenetic control of gene expression.



Plants and Food Security

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Genomics of Adaption to Climate Change in RiceActive
Investigating Zn homeostasis in the crop plant barley using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editingActive
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