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Dr Annette Ryan

Laboratory Manager, Senior Research Associate

Research overview

My research explores the efficiency with which cereal crops use water. Using a phenotyping platform, I measure the water use of different genotypes of maize to find varieties that maintain yield when water is limited. We hope to understand implications for crop productivity and food security under reduced water availably, and improve yields in regions that suffer from limited water resources. I also investigate whether improving plant responses to oxidative stress can influence water use efficiency.

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EU Drought Tolerant Yielding Plants: 



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Research Grants

2007 Successfully bid for student bursary to cover travel, accomodation and conference registration to attend the Gordon Research Conference "Biogenic Hydrocarbons and the Atmosphere" Ventura, CA

2008 Awarded student bursary (£531) to cover cost of conference registration and accomodation at the NCAS conference. 

2012 Successfully bid for financial support from the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University to purchase a portable photosynthesis system (LiCOR 6400XT). Awarded £30 K

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