Crops

Efforts to increase crop yields are critical to meeting growing demands for food from a larger, wealthier population.

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 » Phil Poole

Professor of Plant Microbiology

Phil’s research focusses on interactions between plant roots and microbes in the rhizosphere. He has a particular interest in symbiotic nitrogen fixation.

His group studies the physiology of bacterial growth and survival in the rhizosphere, colonisation of roots and how bacteria establish symbiotic interactions with plants. A further focus of his research is the physiology and biochemistry of nitrogen fixation in legume nodules. Recently he has developed new methods to study how plants control the plant root microbiome.

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People » Prof Benjamin G. Davis

Professor of Chemistry

Ben Davis got his B.A. (1993) and D.Phil. (1996) from the University of Oxford. During this time he learnt the beauty of carbohydrate chemistry under the supervision of Professor George Fleet. He then spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Bryan Jones at the University of Toronto, exploring protein chemistry and biocatalysis.

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People » Robert Scotland

Reader in Systematic Botany

Robert has research activities in monographing Ipomoea, the genus which includes sweet potato, and specifically identifying Crop Wild Relatives of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas).

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People » Russell Layberry

Senior Researcher in Energy Modelling

Russell is interested in the energy and carbon implications of farming.

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People » Steve Kelly

Systems Biology Research Fellow & Browne Research Fellow, The Queen's College

Steve Kelly's research is focussed on addressing this knowledge gap employing innovative high-throughput experimental and computational strategies.

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People » Tonya Lander

Research Fellow, Pembroke College

Tonya Lander's lab uses cutting edge tracking technology to study the impact of land-use type and land-use change on pollinator behaviour and pollination service provision.

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People » Zhe Ji (Luke)

DPhil candidate, Plant Sciences Department

Luke is interested in plant genetics, mineral nutrient uptake/assimilation, and their relevance to food security.

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Professor Charles Godfray’s group, co-lead with Dr Ailsa McLean, uses the pea aphid, an important insect pest, as a model system to investigate questions in evolution and ecology.

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This project addresses two key elements of the food security debate: the role of environmental change, climate and insects, and the structure of the farming population, age and gender.

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