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Department of Plant Sciences

 

Headline research projects for this theme:

Two new 'dynamic, plastic' pathways associated with the circadian clock of plants include calcium oscillations and the molecular basis by which sugars regulate the period of the circadian oscillator. Lead: Alex Webb

Partitioning hydraulic limitation between xylem and mesophyll cells as a function of leaf traits, photosynthetic pathway and stomatal sensitivity defines habitat preference in epiphytes. Lead: Howard Griffiths

A change in conformation of xylan in the cell wall supports a new paradigm in cell wall assembly, facilitating strategies for processing of lignocellulose into fuels and renewable materials. Lead: Paul Dupree

Contributing research groups in the Department: 

Contributing research groups from associated institutions:

Some projects will be specifically targeted towards defined UKRI Research Council DTP schemes, as well as being open for applicants applying to the University's Postgraduate Funding Competition or other sources of funding.

Potential applicants should always approach the potential Supervisor/Group Leader in the first instance to discuss eligibility.

Key to funding opportunities below:

  • GFC = Postgraduate Funding Competition,
  • NERC = Cambridge NERC C-CLEAR DTP,
  • OTHER = Other sources of funding

 

Title Description
Brockington Group: Defining the Evolutionary Mechanisms Underlying a Novel Eukaryotic Gene Cluster

NERC / UF / OTHER

Brockington Group: Understanding the Rules of Convergent Evolution

NERC / UF / OTHER

Brockington Group: Why Do Plants Accumulate Animal-type Neurotransmitters?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Harris Group: Epigenome engineering: priming chromatin for pathogen resistance

UF / OTHER

Harris Group: Readers of the ‘histone code’: the missing link in triggering gene activity

UF / OTHER

Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Locke Group: Mechanisms underlying inter-individual variability in Arabidopsis thaliana

UF / OTHER

Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Robinson Group: Mechanical and hormonal regulation of plant development

UF / OTHER

Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Schornack Group: Contrasting functionality of a glycerol phosphate acyl transferase in roots and shoots (Rotation project)

UF / OTHER

Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Schornack Group: Transcription factor coordination of liverwort responses to oomycete infections

UF / OTHER

Webb Group: Dynamic plasticity of the circadian clock

UF / OTHER

Webb Group: Entrainment of the Circadian Oscillator by Sugars by bZIP transcription Factors

UF / OTHER

Webb Group: Mathematical Modelling of the Regulation of Circadian Period

UF / OTHER

Webb Group: Mechanism controlling the propagation of Ca2+ signals in plants

UF / OTHER

Webb Group: The circadian clock as a regulator of yield traits in wheat

UF / OTHER

Webb Group: The role of TOR kinase in regulating the circadian oscillator and metabolism

UF / OTHER