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.


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    Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ




      • 2000
        Smith, F. W.,Rae, A. L.,Hawkesford, M. J.

        Molecular mechanisms of phosphate and sulphate transport in plants

        Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Biomembranes 1465 : pp.236-245
        doi: 10.1016/S0005-2736(00)00141-3

      • 2000
        Takahashi, H.,Watanabe-Takahashi, A.,Smith, F. W.,Blake-Kalff, M. M. A.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Saito, K.

        The roles of three functional sulphate transporters involved in uptake and translocation of sulphate in Arabidopsis thaliana

        Plant Journal 23 : pp.171-182

      • 2000
        Hawkesford, M. J.

        Plant responses to sulphur deficiency and the genetic manipulation of sulphate transporters to improve S-utilization efficiency

        Journal of Experimental Botany 51 : pp.131-138

      • 1999
        Zhao, F-J.,Hawkesford, M. J.,McGrath, S. P.

        Sulphur assimilation and effects on yield and quality of wheat

        Journal of Cereal Science 30 : pp.1-17

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

        Distribution of sulfur within oilseed rape leaves in response to sulfur deficiency during vegetative growth

        Plant Physiology 118 : pp.1337-1344

      • 1997
        Gilbert, S. M.,Clarkson, D. T.,Cambridge, M.,Lambers, H.,Hawkesford, M. J.

        SO42- Deprivation Has an Early Effect on the Content of Ribulose-1,5-Bisphosphate Carboxylase/Oxygenase and Photosynthesis in Young Leaves of Wheat

        Plant Physiology 115(3) : pp.1231-1239
        doi: 10.1104/pp.115.3.1231

      • 1996
        Zhao, F-J.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Warrilow, A. G. S.,McGrath, S. P.,Clarkson, D. T.

        Responses of two wheat varieties to sulphur addition and diagnosis of sulphur deficiency

        Plant and Soil 181 : pp.317-327

      • 1995
        Smith, F. W.,Ealing, P. M.,Hawkesford, M. J.,Clarkson, D. T.

        Plant members of a family of sulfate transporters reveal functional subtypes

        Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 92(20) : pp.9373-9377
        doi: 10.1073/pnas.92.20.9373


      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