Plants

Professor Kathy Willis, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship and Associate Director of the Biodiversity Institute, will explore the history of botany in a major new series starting next week on BBC Radio 4.

In her capacity as the Director of Science at Kew Gardens, Professor Willis will present Plants: From Roots to Riches, looking at our changing relationship with plants, from the birth of modern botany right through to the modern day. The 25-part series will feature unprecedented access to the rich heritage and ongoing work of scientists at one of the world’s oldest botanical institutions.

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People » Andrew Smith

Professor of Plant Sciences & Tutorial Fellow, Magdalen College

Andrew Smith’s research is focused on the investigation of the molecular basis of plant adaptations to drought, salinity and metals.

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People » Gail Preston

Departmental Lecturer; Life Science Interface DTC Programme Director & Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP Programme Director

Gail’s research focuses on the plant disease-causing bacteria belonging to the genus Pseudomonas.

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People » Nicholas Harberd

Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Sciences

Nick Harberd’s research group investigates the ways in which environment changes plant biology over a wide range of timescales.

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People » Peter Darrah

University Lecturer in Plant Sciences & Tutorial Fellow of Worcester College

Peter’s research focuses on the microbial ecology of the rhizosphere.

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People » Lee Sweetlove

Reader in Plant Biochemistry

Lee’s research aims to increase our understanding of regulation of flux through plant metabolic networks and to exploit this knowledge for engineering increased yield and quality of crops and for increased production of useful metabolic end-products.

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People » Liam Dolan

Sherardian Professor of Botany, Head of Department

Liam Dolan’s research interests are in cellular development and evolution in land plants, using specialized rooting cells and root hairs as models.

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