School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Leo Rempelos

Researcher in Crop Science and Agronomy

Background

Qualifications:

PhD in Molecular Agriculture (2013)

MSc in Integrated Pest Management (2008)

BSc in Agriculture (Crop Production) (2005)

 


 

Research

Research interests:

‘’Modelling plant responses to environment’ while linking agronomy with crop genetics and plant physiology’'

Major Research Objectives:

  • Sustainable crop production in Organic, Low input and Conventional farming systems
  • Improvement of Nutrient Use Efficiency in major food crops
  • Crop genetic diversification and improvement of agronomic management in order to enhance stress response and increased crop quality
  • Identification of plant genes, gene products and secondary metabolites involved in multiple (abiotic-biotic) stress response and increased crop quality
Current research activities:

Developing, organising, supervising, delivering as well as implementing work for the following projects:

  • ECOBREED (EU H2020): The main aim of the project is to identify traits and combinations of traits suited to organic and low-input production environment including high nutrient use efficiency and weed competitiveness/allelopathy (http://ecobreed.eu/ )
  • Interfuture (EU Marie Curie Training Network): The main aim of the project is to identify the effects and interactions between crop genotypes, antagonistic root colonizing endophytes and arbuscular mychorrizal fungi on wheat agronomic performance, nutrient use efficiency and grain quality
  • Healthy Minor Cereals (EU FP7): The main aim of the project is to identify the effects and interactions between fertilisation regimes, crop protection, tillage and genotypic variation on agronomic performance and grain quality of minor cereals (http://www.healthyminorcereals.eu/)

Planning, management and implementation of work undertaken in the long term Nafferton Systems Comparison trials (http://www.nefg-organic.org/the-farm/)

Previous research activities:

AZOTIC (Industry funded): The main aim of the project was to identify the effects and interactions between fertilisation regimes and beneficial bacteria inoculation nitrogen-fixing technology on wheat agronomic performance

NUE CROPS project (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/nefg/nuecrops/page.php?page=1):

  • Understanding Nutrient Use Efficiency in potato using agronomic traits and gene expression to explore genetic variation
  • Linking gene, protein and metabolic expression to agronomic performance under different fertilizer regimes in multiple potato and wheat varieties
  • Understand the structure and activity of bacterial population in wheat rhizosphere in order to improve Nutrient Use Efficiency

IMPROVE P (EU funded): The main aim of the project was to quantify the performance of various potato and spring wheat genotypes with contrasting Phosphorus Use Efficiency in the background of different fertilization types and levels (https://improve-p.uni-hohenheim.de/)

Saponite (Industry funded): The main aim of the project was to identify the effects of soil clay amendments on agronomic performance, yield and quality of field and greenhouse grown vegetables.

 

 


Teaching

ACE8067: Sustainable Crop Production Systems


Publications