Prof Alison Smith
Programme Leader (Molecules from Nature)
Alison’s research is on starch and sucrose metabolism in the model plant Arabidopsis and in crops including cereals and potatoes.
Alison investigates the genetic and molecular control of starch degradation in leaves and storage organs, and how this is coordinated with plant growth over the day-night cycle and with germination and sprouting.
Her research also explores how starch granules are formed, and factors that determine the rate and amount of starch accumulation in cereal grains.
- Starch synthesis and degradation in cereal seeds
- Control of starch turnover in leaves
- Relationship between starch turnover and the rate of plant growth
The expertise of the Smith lab is in primary metabolism in plants, particularly the metabolism of sucrose and starch. We aim to discover how plant growth and yield in different environments is coordinated with the assimilation and storage of carbon.
They use biochemical, genetic and molecular biological techniques to study this question in Arabidopsis and in cereals.
Professor Alison Smith elected as a Fellow of the Royal Societyread more
Giles Oldroyd and Alison Smith named in 2015 list of the most highly cited scientists worldwideread more
Plant Physiology 174 p2199-2212
Publisher’s version: 10.1104/pp.17.00601
Rubisco small subunits from the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas complement Rubisco-deficient mutants of Arabidopsis
New Phytologist 214(2) p655-667
Publisher’s version: 10.1111/nph.14414
Scientific reports 6 p33215
Publisher’s version: 10.1038/srep33215
The starch granule-associated protein EARLY STARVATION1 (ESV1) is required for the control of starch degradation in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves
Plant Cell 28 p1472-1489
Publisher’s version: doi:10.1105/tpc.16.00011
PLoS ONE 11 pe0151642
Publisher’s version: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151642
- Appointed Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to plant biochemistry, 2006
- Thomson Reuters Top 1% Highly Cited Researcher, 2014
- Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), 2016
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