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Plant and Microbial Biology

Plant and Microbial Biology

Our research centres on understanding cellular and molecular processes in plants and microbes. This helps us inform the redesign of biological/biochemical systems.

Our research

We gain new insights through projects involving:

  • genomics and bioinformatics
  • transcriptomics
  • proteomics
  • metabolomics
  • structural biology
  • biochemistry
  • glycobiology
  • metabolic and cellular networks
  • whole organism physiology

Our work informs the teaching we deliver to students in Biology.

Impact of our research

Our science has impact in three key areas:

  1. Enhancing resilience, productivity and quality of plants in natural and agricultural systems
  2. Biotechnological routes to novel materials and processes, and production of sustainable chemicals
  3. Systematics and evolution

Our researchers' work has featured in a variety of specialist publications.

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Our research themes help improve plant/crop yield and design new functional materials. They help us understand how plants and microbes evolve in changing environments.

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