Plant Genetics and Cell Biology

Genetic and cellular control of plant growth

Brassica napus - Oilseed rape - photo by Rodents rule

Genetic and cellular control of plant growth

Plant epidermis - Plant Genetics and Cell Biology

Genetic and cellular control of plant growth

Plant Genetics and Cell Biology

Research in Plant Genetics and Cell Biology (PGCB) is focussed on the genetic and cellular control of plant growth and development in model species, crops and their wild relatives using genomics, proteomics, systems biology and advanced light microscopy.

Specific areas of interest and expertise include:

  • Food Security research at the University of Birmingham
  • Plant reproductive biology including chromosome dynamics and meiosis, cell- signalling during pollination and self-incompatibility (Franklin, Franklin-Tong, Armstrong, Sanchez-Moran)
  • The genetics and physiology of plant stress (Ford-Lloyd, Pritchard)
  • Quantitative genetics of complex genetic traits (Luo)
  • Evolution of cellular developmental  processes such as root architecture (Coates)
  • Biology and genomics of algae including their role in marine bioadhesion (Callow J., Callow M., Coates)
  • Plant genetic diversity and conservation (Maxted, Ford-Lloyd)