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    Dr Alexander Watson-Lazowski

    BSc (Hons) PhD

    Senior Lecturer in Crop Production

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    Dr Alexander Watson-Lazowski is a Senior Lecturer in Crop Production, whose research expertise lies in topics related to plant metabolism. In particular, Dr Watson-Lazowski is interested in the dynamics of transient carbohydrate metabolism, and how this can be related back to beneficial agronomical traits (such as abiotic and biotic stress resistance). In addition, research related to the application of plant biostimulants is on-going within the Watson-Lazowski lab. Research within the Watson-Lazowski lab is largely carried out on UK crop species, but there is also parallel work utilising wild grass species to mine for beneficial natural diversity.

    Teaching

    Module Leader - Bioscience for Agriculture (C4011C17)

    Tutor - Skills for the Agricultural Professional (C4001C17)

    Publications

    • Collin W Ahrens, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Guomin Huang, David T Tissue, Paul D Rymer (2023) The roles of divergent and parallel molecular evolution contributing to thermal adaptive strategies in trees Plant, Cell & Environment 45
    • Jiawen Chen, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Nitin Uttam Kamble, Martin Vickers, David Seung (2023) Gene expression profile of the developing endosperm in durum wheat provides insight into starch biosynthesis BMC Plant Biology 23
    • Walter Krystler Israel, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Zhong-Hua Chen, Oula Ghannoum (2022) High intrinsic water use efficiency is underpinned by high stomatal aperture and guard cell potassium flux in C3 and C4 grasses grown at glacial CO2 and low light Journal of Experimental Botany 73
    • Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Emma Raven, Doreen Feike, Lionel Hill, J Elaine Barclay, Alison M Smith, David Seung (2022) Loss of PROTEIN TARGETING TO STARCH 2 has variable effects on starch synthesis across organs and species Journal of Experimental Botany 73
    • Erica Hawkins, Jiawen Chen, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Jennifer Ahn-Jarvis, J Elaine Barclay, Brendan Fahy, Matthew Hartley, Frederick J Warren, David Seung (2021) STARCH SYNTHASE 4 is required for normal starch granule initiation in amyloplasts of wheat endosperm New Phytologist 230
    • Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Oula Ghannoum (2021) Chapter 9 The Outlook for C4 Crops in Future Climate Scenarios Photosynthesis, respiration, and climate change 251
    • Clémence Henry, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Maria Oszvald, Cara Griffiths, Matthew J Paul, Robert T Furbank, Oula Ghannoum (2020) Sugar sensing responses to low and high light in leaves of the C4 model grass Setaria viridis Journal of Experimental Botany 71
    • Jasmine M Saban, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Mark A Chapman, Gail Taylor (2020) The methylome is altered for plants in a high CO2 world: insights into the response of a wild plant population to multigenerational exposure to elevated atmospheric [CO2] Global Change Biology 26
    • Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Alexie Papanicolaou, Fiona Koller, Oula Ghannoum (2020) The transcriptomic responses of C4 grasses to subambient CO2 and low light are largely species specific and only refined by photosynthetic subtype The Plant Journal 101
    • Annamaria De Rosa, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, John R Evans, Michael Groszmann (2020) Genome-wide identification and characterisation of Aquaporins in Nicotiana tabacum and their relationships with other Solanaceae species BMC Plant Biology 20
    • Miguel A Hernández-Prieto, Christie Foster, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Oula Ghannoum, Min Chen (2019) Comparative analysis of thylakoid protein complexes in the mesophyll and bundle sheath cells from C3, C4 and C3–C4 Paniceae grasses Physiologia plantarum 166
    • Mikael Kim, Mathieu Pernice, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Paul Guagliardo, Matt R Kilburn, Anthony WD Larkum, John A Raven, Peter J Ralph (2019) Effect of reduced irradiance on 13C uptake, gene expression and protein activity of the seagrass Zostera muelleri Marine environmental research 149
    • Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Alexie Papanicolaou, Robert Sharwood, Oula Ghannoum (2018) Investigating the NAD-ME biochemical pathway within C4 grasses using transcript and amino acid variation in C4 photosynthetic genes Photosynthesis research 138
    • Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Yunan Lin, Franco Miglietta, Richard J Edwards, Mark A Chapman, Gail Taylor (2016) Plant adaptation or acclimation to rising CO2? Insight from first multigenerational RNA?Seq transcriptome Global Change Biology 22

    Academic Department: Agriculture and Environment

    Office: F44 Jubilee Adams, Tudor Lodge and NW Building

    Research profile: ORCID

    Publications

    Other publications

    • Collin W Ahrens, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Guomin Huang, David T Tissue, Paul D Rymer (2023) The roles of divergent and parallel molecular evolution contributing to thermal adaptive strategies in trees Plant, Cell & Environment 45
    • Jiawen Chen, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Nitin Uttam Kamble, Martin Vickers, David Seung (2023) Gene expression profile of the developing endosperm in durum wheat provides insight into starch biosynthesis BMC Plant Biology 23
    • Walter Krystler Israel, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Zhong-Hua Chen, Oula Ghannoum (2022) High intrinsic water use efficiency is underpinned by high stomatal aperture and guard cell potassium flux in C3 and C4 grasses grown at glacial CO2 and low light Journal of Experimental Botany 73
    • Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Emma Raven, Doreen Feike, Lionel Hill, J Elaine Barclay, Alison M Smith, David Seung (2022) Loss of PROTEIN TARGETING TO STARCH 2 has variable effects on starch synthesis across organs and species Journal of Experimental Botany 73
    • Erica Hawkins, Jiawen Chen, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Jennifer Ahn-Jarvis, J Elaine Barclay, Brendan Fahy, Matthew Hartley, Frederick J Warren, David Seung (2021) STARCH SYNTHASE 4 is required for normal starch granule initiation in amyloplasts of wheat endosperm New Phytologist 230
    • Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Oula Ghannoum (2021) Chapter 9 The Outlook for C4 Crops in Future Climate Scenarios Photosynthesis, respiration, and climate change 251
    • Clémence Henry, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Maria Oszvald, Cara Griffiths, Matthew J Paul, Robert T Furbank, Oula Ghannoum (2020) Sugar sensing responses to low and high light in leaves of the C4 model grass Setaria viridis Journal of Experimental Botany 71
    • Jasmine M Saban, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Mark A Chapman, Gail Taylor (2020) The methylome is altered for plants in a high CO2 world: insights into the response of a wild plant population to multigenerational exposure to elevated atmospheric [CO2] Global Change Biology 26
    • Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Alexie Papanicolaou, Fiona Koller, Oula Ghannoum (2020) The transcriptomic responses of C4 grasses to subambient CO2 and low light are largely species specific and only refined by photosynthetic subtype The Plant Journal 101
    • Annamaria De Rosa, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, John R Evans, Michael Groszmann (2020) Genome-wide identification and characterisation of Aquaporins in Nicotiana tabacum and their relationships with other Solanaceae species BMC Plant Biology 20
    • Miguel A Hernández-Prieto, Christie Foster, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Oula Ghannoum, Min Chen (2019) Comparative analysis of thylakoid protein complexes in the mesophyll and bundle sheath cells from C3, C4 and C3–C4 Paniceae grasses Physiologia plantarum 166
    • Mikael Kim, Mathieu Pernice, Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Paul Guagliardo, Matt R Kilburn, Anthony WD Larkum, John A Raven, Peter J Ralph (2019) Effect of reduced irradiance on 13C uptake, gene expression and protein activity of the seagrass Zostera muelleri Marine environmental research 149
    • Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Alexie Papanicolaou, Robert Sharwood, Oula Ghannoum (2018) Investigating the NAD-ME biochemical pathway within C4 grasses using transcript and amino acid variation in C4 photosynthetic genes Photosynthesis research 138
    • Alexander Watson-Lazowski, Yunan Lin, Franco Miglietta, Richard J Edwards, Mark A Chapman, Gail Taylor (2016) Plant adaptation or acclimation to rising CO2? Insight from first multigenerational RNA?Seq transcriptome Global Change Biology 22

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