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Category: 2013 Projects

Harnessing multiple benefits from novel crop rotations: increased yield, pest regulation and biodiversity

Crop diversification at the rotational scale can stabilize production overheads and provide system functional redundancy against introgression of unpredicted pests, diseases or weeds (Lin, 2011), or through unexpected climate variability … Continue reading

Impact of prolonged maternal milk exposure on gutmicrobiota, brain development and behaviour

This project is a continuation of a successful on-going collaboration between Surrey (Kitchen, Bailey; behavioural neuropharmacology) and Reading (Saddy, Swann; Gibson, Chakrabarti metabonomics, gut microbiology). Early life environmental influences, such … Continue reading

Epigenetic regulation of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid synthesis

The n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are essential for health, through their known effects on membrane biophysical properties, cell growth, differentiation and functional … Continue reading

Using chemical genetics as a tool to explore nitrogen regulatory pathways in wheat development

Experimental approaches: Work in BGF’s laboratory for 20 years has focussed on understanding how root development is regulated by the availability and distribution of nitrate and other forms of N … Continue reading

Benefits of controlled soil drying on crop yields: disentangling nutritional and phytohormonal effects

With limited available water resources for agriculture, determining how to achieve optimal productivity with water deficits (supplying less water than needed for full evapotranspiration) is necessary. Soil drying and re-wetting … Continue reading