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Plant Science

We seek to understand the biochemistry and regulation of photosynthesis, seed development and cell wall biosynthesis. We tackle global challenges around crop protection and crop productivity in the face of rising biotic and abiotic challenges.

Our work within this area is rooted in molecular biology and biochemical studies of plants from terrestrial and marine habitats. Our researchers study how plants, and macro- and micro-algae grow and develop, and how they respond to the world around them. Knowledge of these mechanisms is used to identify novel ways to improve plant and algal productivity in the face of abiotic and biotic stresses.

Our researchers also study interactions that reach across biological kingdoms. Alongside MBB microbiologists and invertebrate biologists, staff examine the molecular basis of plant and microbial interactions, plant and insect interactions, and plant-insect-microbe interactions. This research informs efforts to improve crop productivity and crop resilience to pests and pathogens.

Academic staff contributing to this theme can be viewed below.

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