Dr Laura Wilkinson

Postdoctoral Scientist Genes in the Environment

Laura’s research focuses on the relationship between the maternal plant and the developing seed, to understand how varying environmental conditions can affect dormancy.

Plants use seed dormancy to ensure that the timing of germination of the next generation is suited to the environment, based on the conditions experienced by the mother plant. Understanding the process by which plants interpret environmental and how it affects the seeds for the next generation provides us with avenues for improving crop resilience and yield.