Dr Jane Taylor

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

Senior Lecturer

Jane is a plant biologist with a particular interest in cell signalling. Cell signalling is how plants translate the information they gain from the environment and turn it into a change in cellular processes and gene expression so that they can positively adapt to their environment. In an era of climate change and extreme weather events it has never been more important to understand how plants respond to and cope with such events if we are to secure plant and crop production to feed an ever-growing global population. Jane is particularly interested in how plants protect themselves against pests and diseases and how we can harness the knowledge of natural plant defence systems to develop novel ways to protect crop plants.

Published research

With a career spanning nearly three decades Jane has a diverse publication record that charts her changing scientific interests over that time frame. Subjects covered include: abscission, the process by which plants shed organs; cell signalling processes that underpin stomatal guard cell function; and more lately the role of the signalling compound, Jasmonic Acid, in the resistance by plants to pest attack.

Jane has received funding for her research from a range of funding bodies including:

  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Biological and Biotechnological Science Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Research Councils UK (RCUK)

Current Research

Jane’s is part of the Plant and Crop Science Research Group at the Lancaster Environment Centre. Her current research projects are focussed in two areas:

  • How plant produced volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) change in response to biotic and abiotic environmental stimuli and how these VOCs influence plant pest and predator behaviour (BBSRC-funded studentship)
  • A University wide RCUK-funded project that aims to develop a School-University Partnership (SUP) with schools in Cumbria to enthuse the next generation of researchers

Teaching

Jane delivers teaching both for the Lancaster Environment Centre and for the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences, in the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster. This includes lectures, workshops and practical teaching on:

Jane has contributed to a Massive Open Online Course in Food Security

Roles

Jane is currently a member of the

At Lancaster Jane is a member of University Council and within the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) she is Associate Director for Undergraduate Strategy and Admissions and is part of the Senior Management Group of the Department.

Exploiting plant induced resistance as a route to sustainable crop protection
Roberts, M., Taylor, J. expected in 2015 In: Biotechnology for plant disease control. Hoboken, USA : John Wiley and Sons
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Plant pest and disease diagnosis using electronic nose and support vector machine approach
Ghaffari, R., Laothawornkitkul, J., Iliescu, D., Hines, E., Leeson, M., Napier, R., Moore, J.P., Paul, N.D., Hewitt, N., Taylor, J.E. 12/2012 In: Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection. 119, 5-6, p. 200-207. 8 p.
Journal article

Plant pest and disease diagnosis using electronic nose and support vector machine
Ghaffari, R., Laothawornkitkul, J., Iliescu, D., Hines, E., Leeson, M., Napier, R., Moore, J., Paul, N., Hewitt, N., Taylor, J. 5/06/2012 In: Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection. 119, p. 200-207. 8 p.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

Plant sciences and the public good.
Stengel, K., Taylor, J.E., Waterton, C., Wynne, B. 05/2009 In: Science, Technology and Human Values. 34, 3, p. 289-312. 24 p.
Journal article

Biogenic volatile organic compounds in the Earth system
Laothawornkitkul, J., Taylor, J.E., Paul, N.D., Hewitt, C.N. 2009
Scientific review

The role of isoprene in insect herbivory.
Laothawornkitkul, J., Paul, N.D., Vickers, C.E., Possell, M., Mullineaux, P.M., Hewitt, C.N., Taylor, J.E. 12/2008 In: Plant Signaling & Behavior. 3, 12, p. 1141-1142. 2 p.
Journal article

Improvements In and Relating to Plant Protection (Patent for International Application Number: PCT/GB2007/002611, International Publication Number: WO 2008/007100(a2), Filing date : July 12, 2007)
Taylor, J. 17/01/2008
Patent

Discrimination of plant volatile signatures by an electronic nose: a potential technology for plant pest and disease monitoring
Laothawornkitkul, J., Moore, J.P., Taylor, J.E., Possell, M., Gibson, T.D., Hewitt, C.N., Paul, N.D. 2008 In: Environmental Science and Technology. 42, 22, p. 8433-8439. 7 p.
Journal article

Isoprene emissions influence herbivore feeding decisions
Laothawornkitkul, J., Paul, N.D., Vickers, C.E., Possell, M., Taylor, J.E., Mullineaux, P.M., Hewitt, C.N. 2008 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 31, 10, p. 1410-1415. 6 p.
Journal article

Signalling crosstalk in plants: emerging issues
Taylor, J., McAinsh, M. 01/2005 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 55, 395, p. 147-149. 3 p.
Journal article

Crosstalk between plant responses to pathogens and herbivores : a view from the outside in.
Taylor, J.E., Hatcher, P.E., Paul, N.D. 01/2004 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 55, 2, p. 159-168. 10 p.
Journal article

Phytohormones and plant-herbivore-pathogen tripartite interactions: integrating the molecular with the ecological.
Hatcher, P.E., Moore, J.P., Taylor, J., Tinney, G., Paul, N.D. 01/2004 In: Ecology. 85, 1, p. 59-69. 11 p.
Journal article

Exogenous jasmonic acid mimics herbivore induced systemic increase in cell wall bound peroxidase activity and reductions in leaf expansion.
Moore, J.P., Paul, N.D., Whittaker, J.B., Taylor, J.E. 08/2003 In: Functional Ecology. 17, 4, p. 549-554. 6 p.
Journal article

Thermotolerant Guard Cell Protoplasts of Tree Tobacco Do Not Require Exogenous Hormones to Survive in Culture and Are Blocked from Reentering the Cell Cycle at the G1-to-S Transition.
Gushwa, N.N., Hayashi, D., Kemper, A., Abram, B., Taylor, J.E., Upton, J., Tay, C.F., Fiedler, S., Pullen, S., Miller, L.P., Tallman, G. 08/2003 In: Plant Physiology. 132, 4, p. 1925-1940. 16 p.
Journal article

The use of clip cages to restrain insects reduces leaf expansion systemically in Rumex obtusifolius.
Moore, J.P., Taylor, J.E., Paul, N.D., Whittaker, J.B. 04/2003 In: Ecological Entomology. 28, 2, p. 239-242. 4 p.
Journal article

Reduced leaf expansion as a cost of systemic induced resistance to herbivory.
Moore, J.P., Taylor, J.E., Paul, N.D., Whittaker, J.B. 02/2003 In: Functional Ecology. 17, 1, p. 75-81. 7 p.
Journal article

Elimination of oxalate contamination in RNA isolation from Rumex obtusifolius.
Tinney, G.W., Pritchard, S.C., Gonzalez, R., Paul, N.D., Hatcher, P.E., Taylor, J.E. 09/2002 In: Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 20, 3, p. 309-310. 2 p.
Journal article

Signals in abscission.
Taylor, J.E., Whitelaw, C.A. 08/2001 In: New Phytologist. 151, 2, p. 323-339. 17 p.
Journal article

The role of calcium in ABA-induced gene expression and stomatal movements.
Webb, A.A.R., Larman, M.G., Montgomery, L.T., Taylor, J.E., Hetherington, A.M. 05/2001 In: Plant Journal. 26, 3, p. 351-362. 12 p.
Journal article

Coping with multiple enemies : an integration of molecular and ecological perspectives.
Paul, N.D., Taylor, J.E., Hatcher, P.E. 05/2000 In: Trends in Plant Science. 5, 5, p. 220-225. 6 p.
Journal article

Salt tolerance and stomatal function
Clarke, C., Taylor, J., Mansfield, T.A. 2000 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 51, Supp, p. 63.
Journal article

Screening for enhanced salt tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana
Clarke, C., Taylor, J., Mansfield, T.A. 1999 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 50, p. 45.
Journal article

Manipulation of growth of horticultural crops under environmental stress
Davies, B., Thompson, D., Taylor, J. 1998 In: Proceedings of the HRI Conference. p. 157-174. 18 p.
Conference contribution

Temporal and spatial expression of mRNAs encoding pathogenesis-related proteins during ethylene-promoted leaflet abscission in Sambucus nigra
Coupe, S.A., Taylor, J.E., Roberts, J.A. 12/1997 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 20, 12, p. 1517-1524. 8 p.
Journal article

Spatial and temporal expression of abscission-related genes during ethylene-promoted organ shedding
Roberts, J.A., Coupe, S.A., Whitelaw, C.A., Taylor, J. 1997 In: Biological and Biotechnological Applications of the Plant Hormone Ethylene. p. 185-190. 5 p.
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The use of DDPCR to identify gurad cell-specific genes using cultured guard cell protoplasts (GCP)
Abram, B., Taylor, J., Boorse, G., Tallman, G. 1997 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 48, Supp, p. 62-63.
Journal article

Calcium Ions as Intracellular Second Messengers in Higher Plants.
Webb, A.A.R., McAinsh, M.R., Taylor, J.E., Hetherington, A.M. 1996 In: Advances in Botanical Research. 22, p. 45-96. 52 p.
Journal article

Calcium as a second messenger in stomatal guard cells.
Taylor, J., Webb, A.A.R., Montgomery, L.T., Mansfield, T.A., McAinsh, M.R., Hetherington, A.M. 1996 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 47, Suppl, p. 2-2. 1 p.
Journal article

Characterisation of an mRNA encoding a metallothionein-like protein that accumulates during ethylene-promoted abscission of Sambucus nigra L. leaflets.
Coupe, S.A., Taylor, J.E., Roberts, J.A. 10/1995 In: Planta. 197, 3, p. 442-447. 6 p.
Journal article

Isolation and characterisation of a melon cDNA clone encoding phytoene synthase.
Karvouni, Z., John, I., Taylor, J.E., Watson, C.F., Turner, A.J., Grierson, D. 03/1995 In: Plant Molecular Biology. 27, 6, p. 1153-1162. 10 p.
Journal article

ABA-regulated promoter activity in stomatal guard cells.
Taylor, J.E., Renwick, K.F., Webb, A.A.R., McAinsh, M.R., Furini, A., Bartels, D., Quatrano, R.S., Marcotte, W.R., Hetherington, D.M. 1995 In: The Plant Journal. 7, 1, p. 129-134. 6 p.
Journal article

Stimulus-Induced Oscillations in Guard Cell Cytosolic Free Calcium.
McAinsh, M.R., Webb, A.A.R., Taylor, J.E., Hetherington, A.M. 1995 In: Plant Cell. 7, 8, p. 1207-1219. 13 p.
Journal article

Stimulus-induced oscillations in guard cell cytosolic free Ca2+
McAinsh, M.R., Webb, A.A.R., Staxen, I., Taylor, J., Hetherington, A.M. 1995 In: Plant Physiology. 108, Supp, p. 100.
Journal article

Isolation of a mRNA encoding a nucleoside diphosphate kinase from tomato that is up-regulated by wounding
Harris, N., Taylor, J.E., Roberts, J.A. 07/1994 In: Plant Molecular Biology. 25, 4, p. 739-742. 4 p.
Journal article

Characterisation and accumulation pattern of a mRNA encoding an abscission-related β-1, 4-glucanase from Sambucus nigra
Taylor, J.E., Coupe, S.A., Picton, S.J., Roberts, J.A. 03/1994 In: Plant Molecular Biology. 24, 6, p. 961-964. 4 p.
Journal article

Characterisation of a mRNA that accumulates during development of oilseed rape pods
Coupe, S.A., Taylor, J.E., Isaac, P.G., Roberts, J.A. 01/1994 In: Plant Molecular Biology. 24, 1, p. 223-227. 5 p.
Journal article

A molecular study of pod development in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.)
Coupe, S.A., Taylor, J.E., Roberts, J.A. 1994 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 44, Supp, p. 30.
Journal article

Modulation of stimulus-induced oscillations in guard cell cytosolic free CA2+.
McAinsh, M.R., Webb, A.A.R., Taylor, J.E., Hetherington, A.M. 1994 In: Plant Physiology. S105, p. 632-632. 1 p.
Journal article

Modulation of stimulus-induced oscillations in guard cell cytosolic free Ca2+
McAinsh, M.R., Webb, A.A.R., Taylor, J.E., Hetherington, A.M. 1994 In: Plant Physiology. 105, Supp, p. 118.
Journal article

Stimulus-induced oscillations in guard cell cytosolic free Ca2+
McAinsh, M., Webb, A.A.R., Taylor, J., Hetherington, A.M. 1994 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 45, Supp, p. 57.
Journal article

Stimulus-induced oscillations in guard cell cytosolic free calcium.
McAinsh, M.R., Webb, A.A.R., Taylor, J.E., Hetherington, A.M. 1994 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 45, Supple , p. 57 (P8.11). 1 p.
Journal article

The use of transgenesis to investigate signal transduction pathways.
Taylor, J.E., McAinsh, M.R., Montgomery, L., Renwick, K.F., Webb, A.A.R., Hetherington, A.M. 1994 In: Biochemical Society Transactions. 22, 4, p. 949-952. 4 p.
Journal article

Identification and characterization of a proline-rich mRNA that accumulates during pod development in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.)
Coupe, S.A., Taylor, J.E., Isaac, P.G., Roberts, J.A. 12/1993 In: Plant Molecular Biology. 23, 6, p. 1223-1232. 10 p.
Journal article

Purification of β-1, 4-glucanase from ethylene-treated abscission zones of Sambucus nigra
Webb, S.T., Taylor, J.E., Coupe, S.A., Tucker, G.A., Ferrarese, L., Roberts, J.A. 04/1993 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 16, 3, p. 329-333. 4 p.
Journal article

Changes in polygalacturonase activity and solubility of polyuronides during ethylene-stimulated leaf abscission in Sambucus nigra
Taylor, J.E., Webb, S.T., Coupe, S.A., Tucker, G.A., Roberts, J.A. 01/1993 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 44, 1, p. 93-98. 6 p.
Journal article

Biochemistry of fruit ripening
Seymour, G.I., Taylor, J., Tucker, G.A. 1993 Chapman & Hall. 453 p.
Anthology

Changes in gene expression during leaf abscission
Roberts, J.A., Taylor, J., Coupe, S.A., Harris, N., Webb, S.T. 1993 In: Cellular and Molecular Aspects of the Plant Hormone Ethylene. Kluwer Academic Publishers p. 272-277. 6 p. ISBN: 978-0792321699.
Chapter

Exotics
Taylor, J.E. 1993 In: Biochemistry of fruit ripening. London : Chapman & Hall p. 151-187. 37 p. ISBN: 0 412 40830 9.
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Changes in gene expression accompanying leaf abscission
Taylor, J., Harris, N., Webb, S.T., Turner, A.J., Tucker, G.A., Roberts, J.A. 1992 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 43, p. 53.
Journal article

Changes in gene expression during pod development in oilseed rape
Coupe, S.A., Taylor, J., Roberts, J.A. 1992 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 43, Supp, p. 53.
Journal article

Purification of elder abscission zone cellulase
Webb, S.T., Taylor, J., Roberts, J.A. 1992 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 43, p. 61.
Journal article

The molecular biology of tomato leaf abscission
Harris, N., Taylor, J., Tucker, G.A., Roberts, J.A. 1992 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 43, Supp, p. 61.
Journal article

Polygalacturonase expression during leaf abscission of normal and transgenic tomato plants
Taylor, J.E., Tucker, G.A., Lasslett, Y.V., Smith, C.J., Arnold, C.M., Watson, C.F., Schuch, W., Grierson, D., Roberts, J.A. 12/1990 In: Planta. 183, 1, p. 133-138. 5 p.
Journal article

Changes in gene expression during ethylene-induced leaf abscission
Roberts, J.A., Taylor, J., Lasslett, Y.V., Tucker, G.A. 14/11/1989 In: Cell Separation in Plants: Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Springer p. 61-68. 8 p. ISBN: 978-3540503835.
Chapter

The manipulation of abscission in agriculture
Taylor, J., Roberts, J.A. 1989 In: Proceedings of the Symposium on the Physiology of Fruit Drop, Ripening, Storage and Post-Hravest Processing of Fruits. p. 24-33. 10 p.
Conference contribution

Apical localization of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid and its conversion to ethylene in etiolated pea seedlings
Taylor, J.E., Grosskopf, D.A., McGaw, B.A., Horgan, R., Scott, I.A. 04/1988 In: Planta. 174, 1, p. 112-114. 3 p.
Journal article

Ethylene metabolism in Pisum sativum L. : Kinetic parameters, the effects of propylene, silver and carbon dioxide and comparison with other systems
Evans, D.E., Smith, A.R., Taylor, J., Halo, M.A. 09/1984 In: Plant Growth Regulation. 2, 3, p. 187-195. 9 p.
Journal article

Biosynthesis and metabolism of ethylene in higher plants
Nicol, F.B., Taylor, J., Smith, A.R., Hall, M.A. 1983 In: Proceedings of the III International Youth Symposium on Plant Metabolism Regulation. p. 91-100. 10 p.
Conference contribution

Binding sites for ethylene
Hall, M.A., Evans, D.E., Smith, P.G., Taylor, J., Thomas, C.J. 1982 In: Plant Growth Substances 1982. London : Academic Press p. 375-384. 10 p. ISBN: 0127353801 .
Conference contribution

Ethylene and senescence
Hall, M.A., Cairns, A.J., Evans, D.E., Smith, A.R., Taylor, J., Al-Mutawa, M. 1982 In: Growth Regulators in Plant Senescence. p. 103-111. 9 p.
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