Dr Dawn Worrall

Research Technician

Research Overview

I have recently moved to work in the photosynthesis group with Elizabete Carmo-Silver and Martin Parry. We aim to further understand the process of photosynthesis so that we can increase efficiency of carbon dioxide assimilation and therefore improve plant yield.

I have worked in LEC for a number of years and past research has centred around plant biotic and abiotic stress responses with particular focus on regulation and signalling at the molecular level. I have been employed on DEFRA and BBSRC funded projects studying the efficacy and molecular and biochemical processes underpinning the phenomenon of seed priming. More recently I have been investigating plant responses to ozone and the role of the annexin1 protein in the calcium mediated signalling events.

Treating seeds with activators of plant defence generates long-lasting priming of resistance to pests and pathogens.
Worrall, D., Holroyd, G.H., Moore, J.P., Glowacz, M., Croft, P., Taylor, J.E., Paul, N.D., Roberts, M.R. 02/2012 In: New Phytologist. 193, 3, p. 770-778. 9 p.
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Involvement of sphingosine kinase in plant cell signalling
Worrall, D., Liang, Y., Alvarez, S., Holroyd, G.H., Spiegel, S., Panagopulos, M., Gray, J.E., Hetherington, A. 10/2008 In: The Plant Journal. 56, 1, p. 64-72. 9 p.
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Sphingolipids, new players in plant signalling.
Worrall, D., Ng, C.K., Hetherington, A.M. 07/2003 In: Trends in Plant Science. 8, 7, p. 317-320. 4 p.
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Evolution of substrate recognition across a multigene family of glycosyltransferases in Arabidopsis
Lim, E.K., Baldauf, S., Li, Y., Elias, L., Worrall, D., Spencer, S.P., Jackson, R.G., Taguchi, G., Ross, J., Bowles, D.J. 2002 In: Glycobiology. 13, 3, p. 139-145. 7 p.
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Phytochemistry - Heat-stable antifreeze protein from grass
Sidebottom, C., Buckley, S., Pudney, P., Twigg, S., Jarman, C., Holt, C., Telford, J., McArthur, A., Worrall, D., Hubbard, R., Lillford, P. 20/07/2000 In: Nature. 406, 6793, p. 256-256. 1 p.
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Isolation and characterization of a novel antifreeze protein from carrot (Daucus carota)
Smallwood, M., Worrall, D., Byass, L., Elias, L., Ashford, D., Doucet, C.J., Holt, C., Telford, J., Lillford, P., Bowles, D.J. 1/06/1999 In: Biochemical Journal. 340, 2, p. 385-391. 7 p.
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A carrot leucine-rich-repeat protein that inhibits ice recrystallization
Worrall, D., Elias, L., Ashford, D., Smallwood, M., Sidebottom, C., Lillford, P., Telford, J., Holt, C., Bowles, D. 2/10/1998 In: Science. 282, 5386, p. 115-117. 3 p.
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Premature dissolution of the microsporocyte callose wall causes male-sterility in transgenic tobacco
WORRALL, D., HIRD, D.L., HODGE, R., PAUL, W., DRAPER, J., SCOTT, R. 07/1992 In: Plant Cell. 4, 7, p. 759-771. 13 p.
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