I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Fresh Produce Research Centre of the Crop and Environment Sciences Department with expertise in whole plant physiology, molecular biology and pathology.
My current research forms part of the Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN) project, a Defra-funded collaboration between Harper Adams and Warwick Universities. I am exploring whole plant stress physiology in Brassicas and lettuce, developing and using multiple stress protocols in order to analyse the response of Diversity Fixed Foundation Sets (DFFSs) to temperature and water availability fluctuations. This will allow the identification of stress-tolerant brassica and tipburn-tolerant lettuce lines. Such lines will be examined in further detail, such as the identification of stress tolerance-associated QTLs, and could provide useful genetic material for crop breeding programmes.
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