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
        Hawkesford, M. J.

        Nutrient use efficiency in wheat and prospects for improvement

        In: Plant nutrition, growth and environment interactions III International conference, Vienna, Austria, 20-21 February, 2017

      • 2012
        Hawkesford, M. J.

        Diversity of nitrogen use efficiency, yield and quality in wheat germplasm

        In Plant Breeding for Future Generations: Proceedings 19th EUCARPIA General Congress, Budapest, 21-24 May 2012 : 422

        Edited by: Lang, L.,Bedo, Z.

      • 2011
        Hawkesford, M. J.,Santillano-Cazares, J.

        Nitrogen use efficiency and long and longer term experiments at Rothamsted

        In Abstracts XIV Congreso Internacional en Ciencias Agricolas, Mexicali, 27-28 October 2011 : 2-7

      • 2008
        Moore, K. L.,Grovenor, C. R. M.,Zhao, F-J.,McGrath, S. P.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Shewry, P. R.

        NanoSIMS analysis of trace elements in cereal grain

        In Abstracts COST 859 WG3 Meeting on Challenges on Improving Quality and Safety of Food Crops, Lillehammer, 1-4 September 2008

      • 2007
        Hawkesford, M. J.,Howarth, J. R.,Barraclough, P. B.

        Nitrogen use efficiency and resource allocation in wheat

        In Abstracts 4th UK Small Grain Cereals Genetic and Genomics Workshop: From Genes to Traits, Cambridge, 14-16 March 2007

      • 2006
        McGrath, S. P.,Plaza, S.,Tearall, K. L.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Zhao, F-J.

        Iron transporters may be involved in high Cd uptake by the hyperaccumulator species Thlaspi caerulescens

        In Abstracts 13th International Symposium on Iron Nutrition and Interactions in Plants, Montpellier, 3-7 July 2006 : 61

      • 2005
        Hawkesford, M. J.,Lu, C.,Howarth, J. R.,Barraclough, P. B.,Edwards, K. J.

        Microarray analysis of wheat grain transcriptome under nitrogen and sulphur deficiency

        In Plant Nutrition for Food Security, Human Health and Environmental Protection. Proceedings 15th International Plant Nutrition Colloquium, Beijing, 14-19 September 2005 : 80-81

        Edited by: Li, C. J.

      • 2003
        Lu, C.,Edwards, K. J.,Wilson, I.,Barker, G.,Coghill, J.,Hawkesford, M. J.

        Microarray analysis of wheat endosperm transcriptome - the effect of nitrogen supply

        : S212

      • 2001
        Tearall, K. L.,Howarth, J. R.,Zhao, F-J.,McGrath, S. P.,Hawkesford, M. J.

        Identification of genes involved in cadmium hyper-accumulation in a higher plant, Thlaspi caerulescens

        In Abstracts SEB Annual Meeting, Canterbury, 2-6 April 2001 : c1.120

      • 2001
        Palmer, R. V.,Zhao, F-J.,McGrath, S. P.,Hawkesford, M. J.

        Sulphur supply and the optimisation of the yield of wheat

        In Abstracts 14th International Plant Nutrition Colloquium, Hannover, 27 July-3 August 2001

      • 2000
        Blake-Kalff, M. M. A.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Zhao, F-J.,McGrath, S. P.

        Sulphur deficiency - advances in diagnosis

        In Abstracts SCI Meeting, London, October 2000

      • 2000
        Blake-Kalff, M. M. A.,Riley, N.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Zhao, F-J.,McGrath, S. P.

        Sulphur uptake and utilization by crops

        In Abstracts AAB Meeting on Resource Allocation in Crop Plants, Aberystwyth, 11-13 September 2000

      • 2000
        Hawkesford, M. J.,Buchner, P. H.,Hopkins, L.,Howarth, J.,Jacobs, N.,Palmer, R.,Parmar, S.,Prosser, I.

        The plant sulfate transporter family - an update

        In Abstracts Society for Experimental Biology Plant Transport Group Meeting, Hatfield, 6-9 September 2000

      • 2000
        Howarth, J. R.,Hawkesford, M. J.

        Cloning genes involved in sulfur uptake and metabolism using subtractive library and PCR-based techniques

        In Abstracts COST Action 829 Meeting, Graz, Austria, 1-3 September 2000

      • 2000
        Buchner, P. H.,Howarth, J.,Parmar, S.,Hawkesford, M. J.

        Comparative expression analysis of high affinity "root" group sulphate transporters in wheat, rape and tomato

        In Abstracts Society for Experimental Biology Plant Transport Group Meeting, Hatfield, 6-9 September 2000

      • 2000
        Hopkins, L.,Blaszczyk, A.,Hesse, H.,Hawkesford, M. J.

        Control of sulphate transporter expression in Solanum tuberosum L. cv Desiree overexpressing bacterial serine acetyltransferase

        In Abstracts Society for Experimental Biology Plant Transport Group Meeting, Hatfield, 6-9 September 2000

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

        Patterns of sulphur allocation in rape and wheat

        In Abstracts COST Workshop, Naples, 8-9 January 1999

      • 1999
        Buchner, P. H.,Prosser, I. M.,Hawkesford, M. J.

        Cloning and expression of sulfate transporters in wheat

        In Abstracts Society for Experimental Biology Plant Transport Group Meeting, Southampton, 8-10 September 1999

      • 1999
        Hawkesford, M. J.,Prosser, I. M.

        The plant sulfate transporter family

        In Abstracts Society for Experimental Biology Plant Transport Group Meeting, Southampton, 8-10 September 1999

      • 1998
        Blake-Kalff, M. M. A.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Zhao, F-J.,McGrath, S. P.

        Allocation of sulphur within oilseed rape leaves and the effect of sulphur deficiency

        In Abstracts Rank Prize Fund Conference, Grasmere, July 1998


      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