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.
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
Enzymology and structural biology of inositol phosphate transformations
Industrial application of phytases (inositol hexakisphosphate phosphatases)
Sustainable agriculture including soil phosphate transformations
Plant disease resistance
Plant resistance to genotoxic stress
Gene regulation and flower development
Plant reproductive development
Resistance gene evolution