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




      • 2015
        De Kok, L. J.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Rennenberg, H.,Saito, K.,Schnug, E.

        Molecular physiology and ecophysiology of sulfur

        9th Proceedings of the International Plant Sulfur Workshop, Freiburg-Muzigen, Germany, 14-17 April, 2015
        Springer, Switzerland : 265pp
      • 2014
        Hawkesford, M. J.,Kopriva, S.,De Kok, L. J.

        Nutrient use efficiency in plants: concepts and approaches

        Springer, Cham : 279pp
        ISBN: 9783319106342

      • 2012
        De Kok, L. J.,Tuasz, M.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Hoefgen, R.,Mcmanus, M. T.,Norton, R. M.,Rennenberg, H.,Saito, K.,Schnug, E.,Tabe, L.

        Sulfur metabolism in plants

        Springer, Dordrecht : 284pp
        doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-4450-9

      • 2011
        Hawkesford, M. J.,Barraclough, P. B.

        Molecular and physiological basis of nutrient use efficiency in crops

        John Wiley & Sons, Chichester : 512pp

      • 2005
        Saito, K.,De Kok, L. J.,Stulen, I.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Schnug, E.,Sirko, A.,Rennenberg, H. (Eds)

        Sulfur transport and assimilation in plants in the postgenomic era

        Backhuys, Leiden : 280pp

      • 2003
        Davidian, J-C.,Grill, D.,De Kok, L. J.,Stulen, I.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Schnug, E.,Rennenberg, H. (Eds)

        Sufur transport and assimilation in plants: regulation, interaction and signaling

        Backhuys Publishers, Leiden : 393pp

      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