The integrated seed biology theme is a collaboration between several groups in the School of Biological Sciences & School of Land and Food. We conduct research in Arabidopsis, pea and barley to understand the biology of flowering, seed development, seed physiology and grain quality. We use genetic, biochemical and physiological approaches, with the aim of providing knowledge and genetic resources which can ultimately have applications in the production of seeds and grain for food and feed.
Steve is interested in understanding how plants grow at the molecular level. His research focuses on identifying signalling systems involving genes, proteins and hormones that control growth, development, and physiology, especially in seed biology.
John is interested in plant hormones and how they regulate seed development.
Jim's work aims to gain a molecular understanding of how plant architecture, flowering time and reproductive development are regulated by environmental factors, and applying this knowledge for improved yield. He is also interested in using genetics to investigate the role of flowering time and seed dormancy in crop domestication. He works mainly with legumes, including pea, lentil, chickpea and Medicago.
Youtube clip: Genetics, genomics and evolution of flowering time control in legumes - research by Dr Jim Weller (opens in external window)
Meixue is interested in identifying molecular markers associated with plant development, grain yield and quality in barley. His work focuses on improving cereal quality and understanding the physiological mechanisms and development of barley germplasm for stress tolerance.
Authorised by the Head of School, Biological Sciences
4 November, 2015