Principal Investigator: Angela Karp
Optimising carbon capture by grasslands and perennial energy crops, such as Willow, to help underpin the UK's transition to a low carbon economy.
The UK has an ambitious target of 80% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. We will aim to provide renewable and sustainable alternatives for fossil fuel-based products and to translate these into robust technologies and practices that can be used by policymakers, agribusinesses and energy companies to help underpin the UK's transition to a low carbon economy and contribution to future energy security and mitigation of global climate change.
This strategic theme will be delivered through three programmes:
1. Brereton, N. J., Pitre, F. E. Hanley, S. J., Ray, M., Karp, A. & Murphy, R. J. (2010) Mapping of enzymatic saccharification in short rotation coppice willow and its independence from biomass yield. Bioenergy Research 3, 251-261. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-010-9077-3
2. Bino, R. J., Hall, R. D., Feihn, O, Kopka, J., Saito, K., Draper, J., Nikolau, B. J., Mendes, P., Roessner-Tunali, U., Beale, M. H., Trethewey, R. N., Lange, B. M., Wurtele, E. S. & Sumner, L. W. (2004) Potential of metabolomics as a functional genomics tool. Trends in Plant Science 9, 418-425. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2004.07.004
3. Ward, J. L, Baker J. M & Beale, M. H. (2007) Recent applications of NMR spectropscopy in plant metabolomics. FEBS Journal 274, 1126-1131. DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-4658.2007.05675.x
4. Dungait, J. A. J., Docherty, G., Straker, V. & Evershed, R. P. (2011a) Variation in bulk tissue, fatty acid and monosaccharide d13C values between autotrophic and heterotrophic plant organs. Phytochemistry 72, 2130-2138. DOI: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2011.07.010
5. Dungait, J. A. J., Kemmitt, S. J., Michallon, L., Guo, S., Wen, Q., Brookes, P.C. & Evershed, R. P. (2011b) Variable responses of the soil microbial biomass to trace concentrations of 13C-labelled glucose, using 13C-PLFA analysis. European Journal of Soil Science 62, 117-126. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2389.2010.01321.x
6. Karp, A. & Richter, G. M. (2011) Meeting the challenge of food and energy security. Journal of Experimental Botany 62, 3263-3271. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/err099
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