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The Plant Sciences Theme has broad interests, which address many aspects of Plant Biology and includes groups in The Sainsbury Laboratory.
Research in the theme includes looking at plant resistance to parasites and pathogens, studying molecular and physiological adaptations to biotic and abiotic stress, identifying signalling mechanisms in plant responses to disease and using RNA silencing as an antiviral mechanism.
The theme has many close assoications with the John Innes Centre and the NRP. Funding comes primarily from the BBSRC and the Gatsby Foundation.
We welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students, postdocs and fellows. We also run a successful MSc in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement.
Theme leader: Prof Tamas Dalmay
Studying ligation bias during small RNA library preparation for next generation sequencing
Investigating the function of short RNAs in tomato fruit
Dr Charles Brearley
Inositol hexakisphosphate biosynthesis and signalling
Inositol and calcium signalling in Medicago truncatula
Metabolic biochemistry of disease resistance medicated by the genes RPW8. 1 & 2
Dr Mark Coleman
Plant disease resistance
Plant resistance to genotoxic stress
Professor Philip Gilmartin
Gene regulation and flower development
Plant reproductive development
Professor Colwyn Thomas
Resistance gene evolution