Broad Interests across plant sciences Broad Interests across plant sciences

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.

Academic Staff

 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

 Enzymology and structural biology of inositol phosphate   transformations

 Industrial application of phytases (inositol hexakisphosphate   phosphatases)

 Sustainable agriculture including soil phosphate transformations  



 Dr Mark Coleman

 Plant disease 

 Plant disease resistance

 Plant resistance to genotoxic stress



 Professor Philip Gilmartin

 Gene regulation and flower development

 Plant reproductive development


 Professor Colwyn Thomas

 Plant-pathogen interactions

 Disease resistance

 Resistance gene evolution