Shannon’s research focuses on understanding developmental transitions in Brassica oleracea working in both the Professor Richard Morris and Dr Judith Irwin labs.
Plants must transition through various developmental stages for successful growth.
Many B. oleracea have a juvenile-to-adult transition, which is a necessary prerequisite for the plant to undergo a vegetative-to-floral transition.
The juvenile-to-adult transition is defined by the plant being unable to respond to floral inductive cues.
Shannon hopes to understand the control logic behind these two transitions, knowledge which could be used in future breeding strategies to try and achieve the production of high quality vegetables with more synchronised heading dates.