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Dr Mike Roberts

Senior Lecturer

Mike Roberts

Lancaster University

LEC Building

LA1 4YQ

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 510210

Research overview

Research in my group focuses on the biology of plant stress responses. Using tomato and Arabidopsis as our main models, we study the regulation of responses to plant-insect and plant-pathogen interactions, as well as some aspects of abiotic stress. Our main current focus is on priming; the long-term 'memory' of plant stress and its impacts on future defence responses both within and between generations.

More information is available from my lab web pages.

 

Administration

Mike's main administrative role in LEC is as Programme Director for LEC's portfolio of biology degree schemes

Teaching

Mike’s main teaching includes:

  • a first year undergraduate module in Developmental Biology as part of the LEC BSc degree schemes in Biology
  • a second year undergraduate module in Environmental Physiology as part of the LEC BSc degree schemes in Biology and Ecology & Conservation
  • a third year undergraduate module in Host-Parasite Interactions as part of the LEC BSc degree schemes in Biological Sciences and Ecology & Conservation

 

PhD supervision

Transgenerational defence priming in plants. Crop protection methods based on defence priming. Effects of biotic interactions on seed dormancy.

Research Interests

Current research areas:

Long-term priming of plant defence responses

 

  • Mechanisms and applications of long-term priming of plant resistance to pests and diseases.
  • Trans-generational phenotypic plasticity.

Effects of the environment on plant stress responses

  • Interactions between light signalling and wound/herbivore responses in Arabidopsis.
  • Effects of the environment (temperature, CO2 levels) on stomatal behaviour in barley.

Sustainable approaches to improved plant biotic and abiotic stress resistance

  • Novel seed treatments which provide long-lasting increases in resistance against disease and insect pests in crop plants. This research has led to successful commercialisation.
  • The development of novel combinations of bioactive compounds to enhance plant abiotic stress resistance.

These projects have been supported by over £1.5 million external funding, including grants from BBSRC, Defra, NERC and industry.

I am Deputy Editor of the journal Plant Methods.

Professional Role

Deputy Editor of Plant Methods (www.plantmethods.com)

BBSRC Panel of Experts

Career Details

1988-1991: Department of Botany, University of Leicester.
SERC/CASE PhD studentship

1991-1994: Department of Botany, University of Leicester.
Post-doctoral Research Associate funded by an AFRC grant to Dr. R.J. Scott.

1994-1996: The Plant Laboratory, Department of Biology, University of York.
Research Associate funded by a BBSRC ROPA award to Prof. D.J. Bowles.

1996-2001: The Plant Laboratory, Department of Biology, University of York.
Royal Society University Research Fellowship.

2001-2004: Department of Biological Sciences, Lancaster University.
Royal Society University Research Fellowship.

2004-2008: Department of Biological Sciences, Lancaster University.
Lecturer in Plant Science.

2008-2012: Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University.
Lecturer in Plant Science.

2012-present: Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University.
Senior Lecturer in Plant Science.

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