Research comprises two main areas: Plant Cell Walls and Self-Incompatibility (SI)
Plant Cell Wall research investigates the chemical, structural and biological features underpinning cell wall quality traits, including recalcitrance to sugar release, and the genes responsible for these traits in grasses. Another area of interest is elucidating how different environmental conditions affect cell wall related traits.
Self-Incompatibility research focusses on mechanistic studies of Papaver SI. SI in Papaver results in growth arrest of incompatible pollen and triggers a signalling network that includes changes in Ca2+, ROS, pH, and actin, ultimately leading to PCD. Research uses genetic, cell biology and biochemistry approaches to improve our understanding of key mechanisms involved in SI.
- Ludi Wang (email@example.com): BBSRC project: Elucidating the role of ROS in mediating self-incompatibility induced PCD
Current PhD students:
- Kritika Bhardwaj (firstname.lastname@example.org): The effect of environmental stress on biomass quality and productivity in the grasses
- Marina Muñoz Triviño (email@example.com): Self-incompatibility induced Programmed Cell Death in plants
- Felix Townsend (firstname.lastname@example.org): A receptor-ligand module that triggers cell death in plants: a killer in disguise
- Ali Raza (alr82): Elucidating the role of ROS in mediating self-incompatibility induced PCD
- Iain Place: Self-fertility modifier genes in grasses
Former PhD students:
I received my PhD at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 2002 on a thesis entitled A Functional Study of Pistil-Specific Proline-Rich Glycoproteins under supervision of Titti Mariani. For my first postdoctoral work I moved to the US to join the lab of Peter Hepler (University of Massachusetts, Amherst).
In Peter's lab I further developed my research interest in studying structural cell wall components and cell wall dynamics. My research focused on the regulation of cell wall pectin dynamics by the enzyme pectin methylesterase using pollen tubes as a model system.
In 2005 I joined the lab of Noni Franklin-Tong in Birmingham and studied the temporal and spatial activation of caspase-like activities essential for the execution of Programmed Cell Death induced in self incompatible Papaver pollen.
In April 2008 I moved to Aberystwyth to join IBERS at Aberystwyth University.