Our researchers are using cutting-edge technologies in plant science to address some of the most important global challenges of the 21st century.
We are exploring mechanisms of disease resistance, developing strategies to protect plants against pests and pathogens, improving nutritional content and agronomic traits of crops. We are also developing novel crops for industrial and environmental applications.
Ash dieback disease
We are mapping inheritance of reduced susceptibility to ash dieback disease and emerald ash borer.
Phytoremediation of explosives
We are engineering transgenic plants able to remediate explosives contaminated land.
Improved amaranth varieties
We are developing new Amaranth varieties with improved nutritional content and agronomic traits, such as yield and water use efficiency.
Phytoremediation of metals
We are using biology to understand the mechanisms behind metal uptake and storage to treat contaminated land.
Efficient and resilient wheat
We are looking for novel sources of abiotic stress tolerance in landrace wheat varieties.
Phages to combat wilt disease
We are investigating how phages (plant-specific viruses) can be used to combat wilt disease caused by infection with Ralstonia solanacearum bacteria.
Improved plant immunity
We are using an RNAi gene silencing system in leafy vegetables to test the function of diverse pathogen genes in infection and identify potential targets for biocontrol.
We are identifying candidate genes and genetic markers associated with resistance to fungal pathogens in lettuce.
Genomics for sustainable rapeseed production
We use state-of-the-art genomics to explore the molecular basis of both natural and induced genetic variation in rapeseed.
We developed more resilient commercial varieties of rice carrying different segments of DNA from wild ancestors.