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Plant interactions

As a research group, our aim is to understand how plants interact with other organisms, both above and below ground. Our core focus is trying to understand how parasites find, invade and manipulate crop plant hosts, however are also interested in how plants interact with microbes in the soil. Through a better understanding of the biology underpinning these events, we hope to develop new approaches promote crop plant health, and support the sustainable intensification of agriculture. We use a variety of research tools and approaches to achieve this, including transcriptomics, bioinformatics, reverse genetics, plant transformation, behavioural assays, and a variety of other molecular biology techniques.

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Open to PhD applications from those having at least a 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in a life science, who are interested in exploring molecular aspects of plants and their parasites.

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  • Invent 2014 & Invent 2015 Agri-Food category winner



Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

Research Students

Phd Title: Understanding neuropeptide biology in plant parasitic nematodes

Name: Matthew Sturrock

Year of study: 3

Country: UK


Phd Title: Exploring the biology and sensory perception of entomopathogenic nematodes

Name: Robert Morris

Year of study: 3

Country: UK


Phd Title: Understanding plant-parasite interactions ex planta

Name: Steven Dyer

Year of study: 3

Country: UK

Phd Title: Probing the basis of parasite plasticity and pathogenicity

Name: Brian Reilly

Year of study: 2

Country: UK

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Leonie Wilson

PhD title: Understanding and exploiting parasite neurobiology

Country: UK

Current position: postdoctoral researcher, Oxford Expression Technologies.

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