Prof Richard Morris
Programme Leader (BIO)
Computational and Systems Biology
Plants can undergo striking developmental changes in response to biotic stimuli. We are interested in how the signaling and information flow is established between plants and microbes and in particular how the subsequent mechanical and developmental changes are coordinated.
We employ mathematical and computational methods to help understand plant-microbe interactions.
Main themes include calcium oscillations (1) and plant biomechanics (2).
1) Legumes enter mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships with microbes to aid their nutritional demands. Calcium oscillations have been shown to be key for the activation of developmental changes associated with both bacteria and fungi. We wish to understand how these important signals and encoded and decoded.
2) Stomata are pores formed by specialised cells on the leaf epidermis through which plants acquire carbon dioxide, release oxygen and evaporate water. Plants close stomata in the presence of pathogens to prevent infection. We wish to understand how plants control this biomechanical closure.
Plant Cell 28 p610-5
Publisher’s version: 10.1105/tpc.15.00956
PLoS ONE 9 pe88419
Publisher’s version: 10.1371/journal.pone.0088419
Plant Cell 25 p820-33
Publisher’s version: 10.1105/tpc.113.109355
Plant Physiology 160 p2300-2310
Publisher’s version: 10.1104/pp.112.205682
Plant Cell 24 p192-201
Publisher’s version: 10.1105/tpc.111.093849
BMC Systems Biology 10 p55
Publisher’s version: 10.1186/s12918-016-0289-9
A ROS-Assisted Calcium Wave Dependent on the AtRBOHD NADPH Oxidase and TPC1 Cation Channel Propagates the Systemic Response to Salt Stress.
Plant Physiology 171 p1771-84
Publisher’s version: 10.1104/pp.16.00215
Science 352 p1102-5
Publisher’s version: 10.1126/science.aae0109
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 27 p3410-3424
Publisher’s version: 10.1105/tpc.15.00461
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112 p1339013395
Publisher’s version: 10.1073/pnas.1515426112
- Dr Jitender Cheema Senior Scientist
- Matthew Evans Postgraduate Student
- Marc Jones Postgraduate Student
- Dr Nick Pullen Postgraduate Student
- Dr Teresa Vaz Martins Postdoctoral Training Fellow
- Dr Hugh Woolfenden Postdoctoral Scientist
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