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Department of Plant Sciences


Research group 


Research overview

Global food demand is expected to increase substantially over the coming decades, whereas productivity increases of the most important food crops through conventional breeding are slowing down. Global climate change is putting additional pressures on food production. Rain-fed crop yields are increasingly sensitive to water availability and atmospheric vapour pressure deficit, and irrigated crops are depleting global groundwater supplies at an alarming rate. All of this means that new crop improvement and crop husbandry strategies are needed urgently to improve crop productivity and water use efficiency. Since photosynthesis appears to be a major underutilized route to improve crop productivity, I'm studying the physiology of photosynthesis and its interactions with environmental drivers such as light, water, temperature and CO2 with the ultimate aim to improve crop productivity and water use efficiency.

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Current positions

2022-present Associate Professor in Plant Science, University of Cambridge
2018-present Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
2018-present Affiliated Faculty Position, Carl R Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois

Previous positions

2018-2022 University Lecturer in Plant Science, University of Cambridge


2006-2010 PhD in Plant Science, University of Cambridge
2004-2006 MSc Plant Sciences, Wageningen University
1999-2003 BSc Plant Sciences, Wageningen University

Key publications


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Head of Environmental Plant Physiology Group
Associate Professor
Biological Safety Officer
Dr Johannes Kromdijk

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
Downing Street,
01223 760980