An internationally recognised centre for molecular plant science.
Plants form the basis of life on Earth providing food, fuel and even the oxygen we breathe. Research in plant science is central to facing global challenges of food security, renewable energy, conservation and climate change. The Division of Plant Sciences was established in 2007, creating an internationally recognised centre for molecular plant science addressing these themes by increasing understanding of genes and processes underpinning important plant traits (yield, disease resistance, stress tolerance, developmental characteristics, end-use quality).
Plant Sciences currently has eleven PIs and is supported by external funding from BBSRC, EU, industry and others. We are located at the James Hutton Institute on the outskirts of Dundee with whom we have a long-standing strategic partnership supported by five joint appointments, substantial collaborative external funding and PhD studentships.
The partnership brings together our discovery-based molecular plant science investigating fundamental questions of plant biology, with scientists with knowledge of applied research in crop species including front-line crop and pathogen genomics, genetics and cultivar production.
This vibrant centre for plant science provides opportunities for excellent scientists with research ideas relevant to funding priorities interested in developing new collaborations and translational opportunities.
We are passionate about engaging the public about our science and the critical importance of plants in all of our lives.
Head of Division
Deputy Head of Division
We have a bumper crop of promotions this year as part of the 2022 Annual Review process for academic staff.
The latest research led by Sarah McKim and her team solved a mystery that has puzzled barley scientists for over 50 years. This work is just published in Nature Communications.
The thin layer of soil surrounding plant roots, an interface that scientists define as the rhizosphere, is a habitat for a multitude of microorganisms collectively referred to as the rhizosphere microbiota.
Martin Balcerowicz joined the School in January to establish his own laboratory in the Division of Plant Sciences.
A research team has discovered that blue light inhibits the immune response of potato plants to Phytophthora infestans, making them more susceptible to potato late blight.
An industry-wide consortium, led by producer organisation G’s Growers and supported by the James Hutton Institute, the University of Dundee and James Hutton Limited, has won a UKRI-BBSRC collaborative training partnership award.