Mike Roberts mug shotWelcome to my web pages. In them, you can find out about me, my lab, and the research that we perform within the Lancaster Environment Centre.

The Group

sampleI am involved in the supervision of several funded research projects which include technical staff, post-doctoral research associates and PhD students.

Follow the 'People' menu for more information.

Our Research

sampleOur research is centred around understanding plant responses to stress. I have a strong interest in understanding the fundamental processes underlying plant resistance against environmental stress, but also in applying this knowledge to crop protection solutions.

Mike Roberts' Plant Stress Biology Group

leafWelcome to my new website, which has undergone a major upgrade for 2013/14. I thought it was about time that I replaced my old web pages, which were very out of date, with something that more accurately reflects the work we're doing now. Some of the old stuff - my now moth-balled work on 14-3-3 proteins - are still here in their original state. I won't be doing any updates on those, but the rest is all new, and I'll try and refresh content as and when needed.


NewsN8 Agri-Food Resilience programme. The N8 Research Partnership - which includes Lancaster University - has secured multi-million pound funding for a programme which is set to transform food security research in the UK. This multi-disciplinary initiative will address key global challenges in food security, including sustainable food production, resilient food supply chains, improved nutrition and consumer behaviours.

PhD Studentship for 2015: Jen Shemmings has just joined the group on a BBSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) PhD studentship. The project, conducted in collaboration with Arid Agritec, will examine how defence-priming seed treatments can improve integrated pest and disease management in commercial crop production systems.


The Roberts group contributes to the Plant and Crop Science research area within our home Department, the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC).

plant methods logoPlant MethodsMike is Deputy Editor for the Open Access journal, Plant Methods, which he helped to co-found along with Editor-in-Chief, Brian Forde. We publish a range of articles describing the development and application of new techniques for the plant sciences.