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

Selected Publications

Costs and Benefits of Transgenerational Induced Resistance in Arabidopsis
Sánchez, A.L., Pascual-Pardo, D., Furci, L., Roberts, M.R., Ton, J. 26/02/2021 In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 12
Journal article

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

SUMO suppresses the activity of the jasmonic acid receptor CORONATINE INSENSITIVE 1
Srivastava, A., Orosa, B., Singh, P., Cummins, I., Walsh, C., Zhang, C., Grant, M., Roberts, M.R., Anand, G., Fitches, E., Sadanandom, A. 09/2018 In: Plant Cell. 30, p. 2099–2115.
Journal article

Can we reduce food waste in the supply chain from farm to fork?
01/10/2019 → 30/09/2023
Research

High throughput technologies for the efficient downstream processing of Recombinant proteins for production of low-cost rapid diagnostic kits
01/10/2019 → 30/09/2023
Research

High throughput technologies for the efficient downstream processing of Recombinant proteins for production of low-cost rapid diagnostic kits
01/10/2019 → 31/03/2023
Research

Impacts of seed priming on seed dormancy in temperate region tree species
01/10/2019 → 30/09/2020
Research

N8: Exploring DNA-Nanoparticle Conjugates for Convenient Point-of-Use Detection of Plant Fungal Pathogens
05/11/2018 → 04/11/2019
Research

Assessing the long-term impacts of plant activator compounds on disease resistance and crop productivity
01/10/2018 → 30/09/2022
Research

Maternal priming of seeds for enhanced pest and disease resistance
01/10/2018 → 30/09/2022
Research

Plant protection products from tomato waste
19/02/2018 → 18/08/2018
Research

Understanding the environmental contexts for the commercialisation of a novel microbial pesticide
01/11/2015 → 30/04/2016
Research

Reducing pesticide inputs and improving crop production under environmental stress by using seed treatments to prime plant defences.
01/10/2015 → 30/09/2019
Research

Transgenerational immune priming in plants
01/09/2014 → 31/12/2017
Research

Mechanisms of plant defence priming using seed treatments
01/12/2009 → 30/11/2012
Research

2001 BBSRC project grant Release of organic acid to the rhizosphere: a role for anion channels. £209, 216
01/01/1900 → …
Research

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
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

Mahjabeen Panhwar
Hosting a Student (PhD)

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

Society for Experimental Biology (External organisation)
Membership of committee

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (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

University Research Fellowship
Fellowship awarded competitively

Staff Prize for Commercialisation
Prize (including medals and awards)

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