Dr Mike Roberts

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

Research in my group focuses on the biology of plant stress responses. Using tomato and Arabidopsis as our main models, we study the regulation of responses to plant-insect and plant-pathogen interactions, as well as some aspects of abiotic stress. Our main current focus is on priming; the long-term 'memory' of plant stress and its impacts on future defence responses both within and between generations.

More information is available from my lab web pages.

Administration

Mike's main administrative role in LEC is as Programme Director for LEC's portfolio of biology degree schemes

Teaching

Mike’s main teaching includes:

  • a first year undergraduate module in Developmental Biology as part of the LEC BSc degree schemes in Biology
  • a second year undergraduate module in Environmental Physiology as part of the LEC BSc degree schemes in Biology and Ecology & Conservation
  • a third year undergraduate module in Host-Parasite Interactions as part of the LEC BSc degree schemes in Biology and Ecology & Conservation
  • a distance learning module on Crop Biotechnology as part of our Food Challenges for the 21st Century postgraduate programme.

Selected Publications Show all 68 publications

Jasmonic acid-dependent regulation of seed dormancy following maternal herbivory in Arabidopsis
Singh, P., Dave, A., Vaistij, F., Worrall, D., Holroyd, G.H., Wells, J., Kaminski, F., Graham, I., Roberts, M.R. 06/2017 In: New Phytologist. 214, 4, p. 1702-1711. 10 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

Next generation systemic acquired resistance
Luna, E., Bruce, T., Roberts, M., Flors, V., Ton, J. 02/2012 In: Plant Physiology. 158, 2, p. 844-853. 10 p.
Journal article

VISCEA Plant Biotic Stresses & Resistance Mechanisms III, Vienna, Austria
Participation in conference

ISMPP International Conference on Plant Health for Human Welfare
Participation in conference

N8 AgriFood 2017 International Sustainable Food Production Conference
Participation in conference

N8 Crop Innovation Pipeline Workshop
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Raul Alvarez-Venegas Sabbatical
Types of External academic engagement - Hosting an academic visitor

GARNet 2016
Participation in conference

Association of Applied Biologists Knowledge Exchange Meeting
Participation in conference

XVI Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
Participation in conference

BBSRC (External organisation)
Membership of committee

SEB Annual Main Meeting
Participation in conference

Monsanto Global Seed Technology Symposium
Participation in conference

Visiting Research Associate
Types of External academic engagement - Hosting an academic visitor

3rd International Workshop on the Molecular Aspects of Seed Dormancy and Germination
Participation in conference

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (External organisation)
Membership of committee

European Union (External organisation)
Membership of committee

International Symposium on Microbial Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture
Participation in conference

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Society for Experimental Biology (External organisation)
Membership of committee

SEB Annual Main Meeting
Participation in conference

Society for Experimental Biology (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Plant Methods (Journal)
Editorial activity

Visiting research fellowship
Types of Business and Community - Hosting of external, non-academic visitor

SEB Plant Development Group meeting, “Protein-protein interactions in plant development.”
Participation in conference

Staff Prize for Commercialisation
Prize (including medals and awards)

University Research Fellowship
Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Improving global stewardship
  • Innovation for a better environment
  • Plant and Crop Science