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Dr Mike Roberts

Senior Lecturer

Mike Roberts

LEC Building

Lancaster University

Bailrigg

Lancaster LA1 4YQ

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 510210

Location: B17

Web: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/staff/robertmr/index.html

Research overview

Research in my group focuses on the biology of plant stress responses, with regulation and signalling being of particular interest. Using tomato and Arabidopsis as our main models, we study plant-insect and plant-pathogen interactions, as well as some aspects of abiotic stress. Our main current focus is on long-term 'memory' of plant stress and its impacts on future defence responses.

More information is available from my lab web pages.

 

Teaching

Mike’s teaching includes:

  • a first year undergraduate module in Protein Biochemistry as part of the LEC BSc degree schemes in Biological Sciences
  • a second year undergraduate module in Environmental Physiology as part of the LEC BSc degree schemes in Biological Sciences 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
  • a Masters module on Crop Protection as part of the LEC Masters programme on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security.

From January 2015, I will be Director of Studies for LEC's portfolio of biology degree schemes

PhD supervision

Transgenerational immune priming in plants.

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 climate change (elevated temperature and CO2 levels) on plant-insect interactions.
  • 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 with a US-based international company.
  • 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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