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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.

Take-all root disease

The aim of our work is to identify and characterise genetic solutions for the control of take-all disease in wheat. Take-all is a serious root disease of wheat which is a major constraint during consecutive wheat cropping. The disease is caused by the soil dwelling ascomycete fungus Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici (Ggt) (Freeman & Ward, 2004). The fungus causes black necrotic lesions in the root tissue which restrict the uptake of water and nutrients from the soil (Figure 1).

Science Team

Head of Department
Dr Malcolm J Hawkesford

Deputy Head of Department
Dr Peter Eastmond

Departmental Secretary
Susan Steele

Departmental Administrator
Helen Jenkins

Project leads
Cell Walls: Rowan Mitchell, Till Pellny
Photosynthesis and Water Use Efficiency: 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
Oil Quality: Peter Eastmond, Smita Kurup, Alison Huttly
Wheat Transformation: Alison Huttly
Signalling: Nigel Halford
Metabolomics: Mike Beale, Jane Ward
Bioimaging: Smita Kurup
Sugar Beet: Belinda Townsend
 

Department Press Releases

The world’s first Field Scanalyzer is up and running at Rothamsted Research

A world first for automated measuring of crop growth and health in the field was installed for Rothamsted Research in 2015 by LemnaTec GmbH. This is the world’s largest and most sophisticated facility built today and will revolutionise the way that crop health and growth are monitored in the field. The development of the facility has been supported by Rothamsted Research and the BBSRC.

Scientists disappointed at results from GM wheat field trial

The results of the GM wheat field trial held by Rothamsted Research in 2012-2013 are published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports today. The data show that the GM wheat did not repel aphid pests in the field as was hypothesised and was initially seen in laboratory experiments conducted by scientists at the Institute.

Potato Blight Alert Aims to Provide Early Warning to Growers for Smart Spray Management

Rothamsted Research, The James Hutton Institute and a consortium of six partners led by Crop Performance Ltd., and including Spearhead Marketing Ltd., G’s Fresh, Velcourt Group Ltd, Frontier Agriculture Ltd., Burkard Manufacturing, and James Hutton Limited (formerly MRS Ltd.) have been awarded funding from Innovate UK with co-funding from AHDB Potatoes

A balancing act: fine tuning the production of plant cell membranes

Scientists from Rothamsted Research , who are strategically funded by the BBSRC, have discovered a mechanism that allows plant cells to regulate the rate at which they produce membranes. The work is published in the journal The Plant Cell.

A new and unexpected metabolic pathway that underpins seedling establishment

Collaborative research between scientists at Rothamsted Research, the University of Cambridge, and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology has led to the discovery of a new and unexpected metabolic pathway that helps seeds to maximise the use of their seed storage reserves during seedling establishment.

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Department People

title First Name Last Name Department Location
View Miss Mihaela Agova Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr John Andralojc Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Matt Audley Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Laura Baggaley Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Dr Caihong Bai Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Carlos Bayon Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Prof Michael Beale Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Alice Bellisai Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Nicholas Black Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Mr Jeevan Bola Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Mr John Booth Plant Biology and Crop Science Brooms Barn
View Mr Clement Bouton Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Dr Neil Brown Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Dr Peter Buchner Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Francesco Camerlengo Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Mrs Gail Canning Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Elizabete Carmo-Silva Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr March Castle Agroecology, Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Brendan Cawley Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Hongxin Chen Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Mr Nick Chichester-Miles Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Harry Child Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Mr Robert Clarke Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Delia Corol Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Tanya Curtis Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Alayne Cuzick Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Mr Matt Dale Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mrs Clare Dale Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Mrs Shaoli Das Gupta Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Tess Dilks Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Angela Doherty Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mrs Imogen Durenkamp Plant Biology and Crop Science, Agroecology Harpenden
View Dr Peter Eastmond Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Bethany Ellis Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Nick Evens Plant Biology and Crop Science, Agroecology Harpenden
View Miss Michelle Farnham Plant Biology and Crop Science, Sustainable Soil and Grassland Systems
View Dr Gilvan Ferreira Da Silva Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Miss Leanne Freeman Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection, Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Jacqueline Freeman Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Martin Gardner Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Mark Gardner Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Yaoxiang Ge Plant Biology and Crop Science, Sustainable Soil and Grassland Systems
View Mr Lucas Gent Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Dr Irene Gonzalez-Thuillier Plant Biology and Crop Science, Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Stephen Goward Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Philip Griffiths Business Information Services, Plant Biology and Crop Science North Wyke
View Dr Cara Griffiths Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Rui Guan Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Dr Nigel Halford Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Georgina Halford Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Mike Hall Agroecology, Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Timothy Hall Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Kirstie Halsey Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Michael Hammond-Kosack Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Prof Kim Hammond-Kosack Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Jillian Handley Business Information Services, Plant Biology and Crop Science North Wyke
View Dr Claudia Harflett Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Suzanne Harris Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Jamie Hawkesford Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Malcolm Hawkesford Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Prof Peter Hedden Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Prof Sigrid Heuer Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Rebecca Holmes Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Miss Lucy Hunt Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Abrar Hussain Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Dr Alison Huttly Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Lucy Hyde Plant Biology and Crop Science, Directorate Harpenden
View Ms Helen Jenkins Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Prof Huw Jones Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Agata Kaczmarek Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Dr Kostya Kanyuka Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Graeme Kettles Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Ondrej Kosik Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mrs Tracey Kruger Plant Biology and Crop Science, Agroecology Harpenden
View Dr Smita Kurup Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Ms Mollie Langdon Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Rebecca Lauder Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Prof Peter Lea Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Frederick Ledbury Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Sam Lee Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Charlotte Lomax Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Alison Lovegrove Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Peng-Fei Lu Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Mr George Lund Plant Biology and Crop Science, Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Ms Yan Ma Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Miss Ana Machado Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Chris Mackay Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Damiano Martignago Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr George McCluskey Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Vanessa McMillan Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Guillaume Menard Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Byoung Min Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Rowan Mitchell Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Andrew Moss Computational & Systems Biology, Plant Biology and Crop Science, Agroecology, Business Information Services, Sustainable Soil and Grassland Systems, Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Mr Joseph Moughan Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Laurie Neal Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Dr Vladimir Nekrasov Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Rachel O'Neill Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Sarah-Jane Osborne Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Maria Oszvald Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection, Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Tim Parfitt Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mrs Saroj Parmar Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Prof Martin Parry Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Alexandra Paul Plant Biology and Crop Science, Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Matthew Paul Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Beth Paul Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Mr Till Pellny Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Joao Pennacchi Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Alejandro Perdomo Lopez Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Sarah Perryman Computational & Systems Biology, Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Michael Phillips Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Andy Phillips Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr David Phillips Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Miss Amy Plummer Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Dr Lucia Primavesi Plant Biology and Crop Science, Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Miss Sarah Raffan Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Andrew Riche Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Ms Anne Rossmann Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Dr Jason Rudd Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Gianluca Ruvo Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Pouria Sadeghi-Tehran Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Mr George Savill Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Dr Xiaohui Shan Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Prof Peter Shewry Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Zhiqiang Shi Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Mr Ben Sibbett Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Miss Caroline Sparks Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mrs Melloney St. Leger Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr David Steele Plant Biology and Crop Science, Sustainable Soil and Grassland Systems, Agroecology Harpenden
View Miss Sue Steele Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Olivia Tasker Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Ahmed Tawfike Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Ms Marie Tewkesbury Business Information Services, Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Dr Stephen Thomas Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Belinda Townsend Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Martin Urban Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Harrie Van-Erp Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Nicolas Virlet Plant Biology and Crop Science
View Miss Catherine Walker Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Hannah Walpole Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Yongfang Wan Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mrs Aakriti Wanchoo-Kohli Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Jane Ward Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr Richard Washbrooke Plant Biology and Crop Science, Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Prof Jon West Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Mark Wilkinson Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Mr George Williams-Gunn Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Abby Wood Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Ms Iris Zahn Plant Biology and Crop Science