Plant & Crop Science

We work from the molecular to the crop scale with researchers and end-users of research, in both the natural (e.g. plant and soil ecology) and social sciences.

Our particular strength is applying our research to provide solutions to real-world problems, particularly in relation to Agri-Food Challenges.

Specific expertise exists in:

Plant-Environment Interactions

  • Plant responses to water availability ranging from stomatal physiology to long distance phytohormonal signalling, in aiming to improve “crop per drop”
  • Molecular and whole-plant responses to ozone
  • Plant nutrient acquisition including regulation of root architecture and spectroscopic monitoring of plant health
  • Field phenotyping and next-generation genetics to uncover markers, genes and the biology underlying yield and stress tolerance

Pest and disease control

  • Novel, non-invasive methods for diagnosis
  • Manipulating herbivore-natural enemy interactions for biological control
  • Exploiting plant-induced resistance by understanding plant “stress memories” and developing seed priming techniques
  • Plant volatile organic compounds as signalling molecules
  • Biopesticide production

Photosynthesis and Photobiology

  • Increased efficiency of photosynthesis by improving the biochemistry of C assimilation
  • Biotechnological approaches to introduce C-concentrating mechanisms from photosynthetic micro-organisms into crop plants
  • Mechanisms of visible and ultraviolet light sensing and signalling
  • Interactions between light and temperature signalling
  • Light spectral manipulation to enhance crop production

Plant communities and climate change

  • Nutrient capture and cycling (especially C, N and P)
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem service provision in agricultural settings
  • Remote sensing of above- and below-ground plant function

People

Group Leader

Professor Ian Dodd

Professor of Sustainable Agriculture

Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Improving global stewardship, Plant and Crop Science

+44 (0)1524 593809 A511a, A - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Plant and Crop Science

+44 (0)1524 594369 B502, B - Floor, LEC 1

Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Plant and Crop Science

+44 (0)1524 510203

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

+44 (0)7730 027303 B504, B - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Plant and Crop Science

+44 (0)1524 510553 B065, B - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Plant and Crop Science

+44 (0)1524 510208

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

+44 (0)1524 510210 B017, B - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

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

+44 (0)1524 593846

Plant and Crop Science

+44 (0)1524 595053

Publications

Projects

Bilateral NSF/BIO-BBSRC Synthesis of Microcompartments in plants for enhanced carbon fixation
01/12/2016 → 30/11/2020
Research

15-IWYP Wider and faster: high-throughout phenotypic exploration of novel genetic variation for breeding high biomass and yield in wheat
01/03/2016 → 30/09/2019
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15-IWYP Using Next Generation Genetic Approaches to Exploit Pheotypic Variation in Photosynthetic Efficiency to Increase Wheat Yield
01/02/2016 → 30/09/2019
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15-IWYP Realising increased photosynthetic efficiency to increase Wheat Yields
01/01/2016 → 30/09/2019
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Exploiting a Cyanobacterial CO2 concentrating Mechanism to increase Photosynthesis and Yield
01/01/2016 → 30/06/2019
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Understanding the environmental contexts for the commercialisation of a novel microbial pesticide
01/11/2015 → 30/04/2016
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Reducing pesticide inputs and improving crop production under environmental stress by using seed treatments to prime plant defences.
01/10/2015 → 30/09/2019
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Sensor-Based Pre-Symptomatic Detection of Pests and Pathogens for Precision Scheduling of Crop Protection Products
01/10/2015 → 30/09/2018
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Combining field phenotyping and next generation genetics to uncover markers, genes and biology underlying drought tolerance in wheat
16/09/2015 → …
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Realizing increased photosynthetic Efficiency for sustainable increases in Crop Yield
01/09/2015 → 31/10/2017
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Optimising Rubisco activation to improve photosynthesis in wheat
01/01/2015 → 31/12/2017
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The Microphenotron: Developing an Automated Microphenotyping Platform to Unlock the Potential of Chemical Biology in Plants
01/10/2014 → 30/03/2016
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Transgenerational immune priming in plants
01/09/2014 → 31/12/2017
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Field Evaluation of Rhizobacterial Inoculants for Enhancing Lettuce Production
01/08/2013 → 31/03/2014
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Priming of Indirect Defence in Plants
17/06/2013 → 16/03/2014
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Annexin1-mediated calcium signalling controls plant responses to ozone
01/04/2013 → 15/09/2016
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RCUK-SUP: Inspiring the Next Generation of Researchers
01/01/2013 → 31/12/2016
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FP7: WATBIO Development of improved perennial non food biomass and bioproduct crops for water stress
01/11/2012 → 31/10/2017
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Sub Project 2.3: Improving Spike Fertility and Plant Development by Modifying Its Sensitivity to Environmental Cues
01/11/2012 → 31/10/2013
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Exploiting Vertical Growing Strategies for Sustainable Crop Production
01/10/2012 → 30/04/2017
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Intensifying Cut Salad Production With A Novel Vertical Growing System (TSB)
01/04/2012 → 30/09/2012
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FP7: ROOTOPOWER: Empowering root targeted strategies to minimize abiotic stress impacts on horticultural crops
01/01/2012 → 31/12/2015
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CASE: On line detection and diagnosis of plant damage and stress by herbivores and pathogens
01/10/2011 → …
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CASE: Understanding pesticide photdegraduation and persistance in protected crop environments
01/10/2011 → …
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Detection and amelioration of rootzone ethylene production in protected crops
01/10/2011 → 31/12/2014
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ICA:Cement Kiln Dust
01/10/2010 → 30/06/2014
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Research Highlights

World's most influential researchers
Two Lancaster Environment Centre researchers have been listed in the 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list of scientists who have had a significant global impact.

The Northern bioeconomy powerhouse
The North of England’s bioeconomy generates £91 billion a year and employs more than 400,000 people, according to a new Government report.

Transforming agriculture
Research seeking ways to increase yields for farmers worldwide has received $45 million to build on pioneering work in plant science to help feed the world.

Photosynthesis breakthrough
Researchers have increased plant productivity by boosting levels of three proteins involved in photosynthesis, offering hope for improving food crops.

Sustainable water use in Africa
Lancaster University leads a ground-breaking project working with African researchers and entrepreneurs to address the urgent need for safe, sustainable water use in Africa.

Knowledge exchange with a difference
Two Lancaster University researchers are helping to change the way academics work with the food industry to help us feed a growing population sustainably.

Too many leaves
Increased foliage in soybean plants due to rising C02 levels takes an “unexpected” toll on crop productivity, new research finds.

Photosynthesis breakthrough
Researchers have increased plant productivity by boosting levels of three proteins involved in photosynthesis, offering hope for improving food crops.