Head of Plant Sciences; Designing Future Wheat (ISP) Leader

Plant Sciences


Malcolm is Head of Plant Sciences and leads the Institute Strategic Programme, Designing Future Wheat. He has published widely on the biochemistry and molecular biology of plant nutrition and is internationally recognised for contributions in the field of plant nutrition, particularly with regard to nitrogen and sulphur. He also leads the field phenotyping project at Rothamsted Research.


+44 (0) 1582 938 597


    Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ




      • 2017
        Winfield, M.,Allen, S.,Cartlidge, L.,Sparks, C. A.,Jones, H.,Huttly, A. K.,Martignago, D.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Edwards, K.

        Use of a modified CRISPR/Cas9 construct to simultaneously mutagenize multiple genes in hexaploid wheat

        In: MonoGram 2017, 4-6 April, University of Bristol

      • 2012
        Cabannes, E.,Buchner, P. H.

        Identification and sequence analysis of sulfate/selenate transporters in selenium hyper- and non-accumulating Astragalus plant species

        In Sulfur metabolism in plants. Proceedings of the International Plant Sulfur Workshop 1 : 155-162

        Edited by: Hawkesford, M. J.,Tabe, L.,Schnug, E.,Saito, K.,Rennenberg, H.,Norton, R. M.,Mcmanus, M. T.,Hoefgen, R.,Tausz, M.,Dekok, L. J.

        doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-4450-9_20
      • 2005
        Buchner, P. H.,Hawkesford, M. J.

        Root sulphate uptake and distribution is mediated by multiple sulphate transporter isoforms

        In Roots and the Soil Environment II. Aspects of Applied Biology 73 : 119-131

      • 2003
        Buchner, P. H.,Hopkins, L.,Howarth, J. R.

        The plant sulfate transporter family: specialized functions and integration with whole plant nutrition

        In Sulfur transport and assimilation in plants : 1-10

        Edited by: Hawkesford, M. J.,Rennenberg, H.,Schnug, E.,Grill, D.,Stulen, I.,Dekok, L. J.,Davidian, J-C.

      • 2003
        Howarth, J. R.,Williams, J. S.,Cooper, R. M.

        The role of elemental sulfur in tomato as a phytoalexin response to Verticillium infection

        In Sulfur transport and assimilation in plants : 235-237

        Edited by: Hawkesford, M. J.,Rennenberg, H.,Schnug, E.,Grill, D.,Stulen, I.,Dekok, L. J.,Davidian, J-C.

      • 2003
        Hopkins, L.

        Tissue and cell specific localisation of a sulfate transporter in maize

        In Sulfur transport and assimilation in plants : 231-233

        Edited by: Hawkesford, M. J.,Rennenberg, H.,Schnug, E.,Grill, D.,Stulen, I.,Dekok, L. J.,Davidian, J-C.

      • 1999
        Zhao, F-J.,Blake-Kalff, M. M. A.,Riley, N.,Hawkesford, M. J.,McGrath, S. P.

        Sulphur utilisation efficiency in oilseed rape

        In Proceedings 10th International Rapeseed Congress: New Horizons for an Old Crop, Canberra, September 1999 : 1-6

        Edited by: Wratten, N.,Salisbury, P. A.

      • 1997
        Zhao, F-J.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Warrilow, A. G. S.,McGrath, S. P.,Clarkson, D. T.

        Diagnosis of sulphur deficiency in wheat

        In Sulphur metabolism in higher plants: molecular, ecophysiological and nutritional aspects : 349-351

        Edited by: Cram, W. J.,Dekok, L. J.

      Strategic programme

      • Designing Future Wheat (DFW)

      Science project

      • Wheat Improvement Strategic Programme (WISP) Prebreeding extension
      • Wheat Genetic Improvement Network (WGIN)
      • IWYP Realising increased photosynthetic efficiency to increase wheat yields
      • CP 3.1 – Phenotyping and genotyping photosynthetic traits of the Hereford x Player mapping population
      • NUCLEUS: a virtual joint centre to deliver enhanced Nitrogen Use effiCiency via an integrated soiL-plant systEms approach for the Uk & BraSil (NEWTON FUND)
      • Indo-UK Centre for the improvement of Nitrogen use Efficiency in Wheat (NEWTON FUND)

      PhD project

      • The relationships between genotype, yield and environmental factors on protein distribution in the wheat endosperm


      • 1979 - BSc (Hons) University of Liverpool, UK
      • 1982 - PhD in Science, Dundee University, UK


      • International committee member for Plant Sulfur workshop series
      • Chair of Wheat initiative EWG-NUE
      • Editorial board Plant Biology Journal and BMC Plant Biology
      • Advisory board Journal Experimental Botany, member of DFG (Germany) grants panel on nutrient ecophysiology