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Plant Biology and Crop Science

To carry out world-class plant biology and crop science research that delivers new knowledge, innovation and practices that will increase crop productivity and quality and develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.

Research in PBCS contributes to our Institute themes:

  • 20:20 Wheat®: Increasing wheat productivity to yield 20 tonnes per hectare in 20 years.
  • Cropping Carbon: Optimising carbon capture by grasslands and perennial energy crops, such as Willow, to help underpin the UK's transition to a low carbon economy.
  • Designing Seeds: Harnessing our expertise in seed biology and biochemistry to deliver improved health and nutrition through seeds.
  • Sustainable Systems: Designing, modelling and assessing sustainable agricultural systems that increase productivity while minimising environmental impact.

Research Teams

PHI-base

PHI-base, the Pathogen-Host Interaction database is an open access internet resource which provides information on pathogenicity, virulence and effector genes from different pathogens, where the contribution of the genes to pathogenicity has been experimentally tested. In addition, at the request of the international community negative results obtained from well designed and executed experiments have been included. PHI-base also provides information on commercially used drug targets and variant pathogen gene sequences which lead to drug-resistance / drug insensitivity.

Science Team

Head of Department
Professor Martin AJ Parry

Deputy Head of Department
Dr Malcolm J Hawkesford

Departmental Secretary
Susan Steele

Departmental Administrator
Helen Jenkins

Project leads
Cell Walls: Rowan Mitchell, Till Pellny
Photosynthesis and Water Use Efficiency: Martin Parry, Eric Ober, John Andralojc
Plant Architecture: Andy Phillips, Peter Hedden, Stephen Thomas
Plant Nutrition: Malcolm Hawkesford, Peter Buchner
Plant Pathogens: Kim Hammond-Kosack, Kostya Kanyuka, Jon West
Wheat Quality: Peter Shewry, Paola Tosi
Oil Quality: Peter Eastmond, Smita Kurup, Alison Huttly
Wheat Transformation: Huw Jones, Alison Huttly
Signalling: Nigel Halford
Metabolomics: Mike Beale, Jane Ward
Bioimaging: Smita Kurup
Sugar Beet: Belinda Townsend
Farm: Stephen Goward

Department Press Releases

New discovery could stimulate plant growth and increase crop yields

A new natural mechanism in plants could stimulate their growth even under stress and potentially lead to better crop yields.

Aerial eyes on the crops

BBSRC is investing in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to monitor crops and crop experiments as part of several genetic improvement projects.

Disease found on common wild grass affects barley crops

Rothamsted Research scientists shed light on the role of wild grasses as a source of fungal pathogens able to initiate leaf blotch epidemics on barley crops.

Wheat defence against Septoria: two genes in the front line

Rothamsted researchers identify genes with the potential to prevent development of Septoria tritici blotch (STB) disease in wheat.

Rothamsted and Syngenta announce a multi-million pound scientific partnership to develop high yielding, environmentally sustainable wheat

The partnership aims to translate state-of-the-art scientific knowledge into technologies that will benefit farmers directly.

Trehalose - a sugar for all seasons

Rothamsted Research scientists discover the plant genes that may enables good crop yield in poor weather conditions

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Employment vacancies - Plant Biology and Crop Science

  • Research Assistant (Ref: 1328)

    Rothamsted Research, the largest agricultural research centre in the UK and the oldest agricultural research station in the world, is seeking a Research Assistant for 10 months to assist in the preparation of a report on targets for improving wheat grain quality for an international research agency.

    The person should have:

    • A good knowledge of wheat grain composition and quality, at the biochemical, chemical, genetic and molecular levels.

    • Good keyboard and computing skills including the use of excel.

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Studentships - Plant Biology and Crop Science

  • Combining physiology and genetics to dissect source-sink relationships in wheat

    Wheat is one of the major grain crops worldwide and provides approximately 20% of the calories and protein consumed globally. In the UK wheat is the major cultivated crop, occupying about 50% of the total arable land. The yield of grain crops such as wheat and rice needs to increase by about 50% if food supply is to meet the demands of the growing world population (www.fao.org).

    Department: PBCS

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