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Research group

Plants and food security

Dragonfly on green crops.

We study the response of plants to the environment at the molecular, whole plant and ecological levels. This includes interactions with nematodes, insects and microbes.


Within the group there are 4 main areas of research:

  • Plant molecular biology: we research a wide range of crops from wheat, barley and rice, to crops that are currently underutilised, but have future potential as staple foods.
  • Agricultural ecology: we study the interaction of plants and other organisms in the context of agricultural ecosystems.
  • Crop pests and pollinators: we focus on the interaction of crops with both beneficial insects such as pollinators, as well as a range of important agricultural pests.
  • Human nutrition: we look into the consequences of altered nutrition on human health and development including epigenetic control of gene expression.

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Food security is a very pressing issue; globally, around a billion people are already food insecure.
Professor In Biological Sciences
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