Dr Elaine Jensen

Dr Elaine Jensen

Molecular Geneticist

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Please note: The Welsh version of this profile contains additional or more detailed information.

Profile

My enthusiasm for plant biology is inspired by environmental issues and a desire to understand and contribute towards sustainability, both within agriculture and life in general. In my final year BSc project I explored the important legume-rhizobia relationship, which provides an environmentally friendly source of nitrogen to plants. I continued this investigation into my PhD, looking at the genetic mechanisms underlying the interaction between the plant and bacteria. Since 2007 I have been part of the large biorenewables programme in IBERS, developing our scientific knowledge of energy crops such as Miscanthus. From 2007 to 2012 I investigated the impact of flowering time on yield and quality traits in Miscanthus, as well as the factors promoting flowering, such as photoperiod and temperature (BBSRC responsive-mode grant). More recently I have received NRN-LCEE funding to develop a network around the phytoremediation of contaminated mine spoil in Wales, using energy crops.

Research

• Phytoremediation (restoration of contaminated land) using energy crops such as Miscanthus and reed canary grass (Phalaris), and the subsequent utility of these crops in sustainable energy provision. • Exploring the qualitative aspects of bioenergy for combustion – determining what is important in feedstock quality to facilitate sustainable energy provision for domestic and commercial power, how feedstock vary in quality and how they can be improved. • Improving/promoting sustainability, including the social science side of our response to sustainability issues • Plants for power, liquid fuels, and as fossil fuel replacements for platform chemicals, including laboratory plastics.

Publications

Reed canary grass: from production to end useJensen, E., Casler, M., Valentine, J., Lord, R., Finnan, J., Palmborg, C. & Donnison, I. 2018 Perennial Grasses for Bioenergy and Bioproducts: Production, Uses, Sustainability and Markets for Giant Reed, Miscanthus, Switchgrass, Reed Canary Grass and Bamboo. Alexopoulou, E. (ed.). Academic International Press, p. 153-174
Towards Miscanthus combustion quality improvement: the role of flowering and senescenceJensen, E., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Thomas Jones, S., Clifton-Brown, J., Payne, R. & Donnison, I. 2017 In : GCB Bioenergy.9, 5, p. 891-908
Selection and Genome-Wide Prediction of Phenology and Biomass Yield in MiscanthusDavey, C., Nipper, R., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J., Jensen, E., Donnison, I. & Slavov, G. 2016 1 p.
Genome-wide association studies and prediction of 17 traits related to phenology, biomass and cell wall composition in the energy grass Miscanthus sinensisSlavov, G. T., Nipper, R., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Allison, G. G., Bosch, M., Clifton-Brown, J. C., Donnison, I. S. & Jensen, E. 2014 In : New Phytologist.201, 4, p. 1227-123913 p.
Genome-wide association studies and prediction of traits related to phenology, biomass and cell wall composition in Miscanthus sinensis.Slavov, G. T., Nipper, R., Robson, P. R., Farrar, K., Allison, G. G., Bosch, M., Clifton-Brown, J. C., Donnison, I. S. & Jensen, E. F. 2014 p. W422
Public Perception of BiofuelsJensen, E., Williams, T. & Whitmarsh, L. 2014
Recent advances in Miscanthus science and breedingClifton-Brown, J. C., Purdy, S. J., Hayes, C. M., Ashman, C. R., Jones, L. E., Farrar, K., Huang, L. S-F., Gallagher, J. A., Glover, C. M., Hinton Jones, M. E., Jensen, E. F., Loosley, R. M., Maddison, A. L., McCalmont, J. P., Nunn, C., Robson, P. R., Slavov, G. T., Warren, R. D., Webster, R. J., Youell, S. J., Donnison, I. S., Davey, C. L., Jones, C. M., Barraclough, T., Castle, M., Cunniff, J., Cracroft-Eley, W., Greef, J. M., Hastings, A., Harding, G., Lewandowski, I., Meyer, H., Mos, M., Nelson, W., Richter, G., Rodgers, C., Schwarze, K-U., Squance, M., Swaller, T., Shield, I., Xi, Q., Karp, A. & Flavell, R. 2014
Contrasting geographic patterns of genetic variation for molecular markers vs. phenotypic traits in the energy grass Miscanthus sinensisSlavov, G., Robson, P., Jensen, E., Hodgson, E., Farrar, K., Allison, G., Hawkins, S., Thomas-Jones, S., Ma, X-F., Huang, L., Swaller, T., Flavell, R., Clifton-Brown, J. & Donnison, I. 2013 In : GCB Bioenergy.5, 5, p. 562-571
Breeding Miscanthus for bioenergyClifton-Brown, J. C., Robson, P. R., Davey, C. L., Farrar, K., Hayes, C. M., Huang, L. S-F., Jensen, E. F., Jones, L. E., Hinton Jones, M. E., Maddison, A. L., Meyer, H., Norris, J. A., Purdy, S. J., Rodgers, C., Schwarz, K-U., Salvatore, C., Slavov, G. T., Valentine, J., Webster, R. J., Youell, S. J. & Donnison, I. S. 2013 Biomass Crops: Breeding and Genetics. Saha, M. C., Bhandari, H. S. & Bouton, J. H. (eds.). Wiley
Flowering TimeBentley, A. R., Jensen, E. F., Mackay, I., Honicka, H., Fladung, M., Hori, K., Yano, M., Mullet, J. E., Armstead, I. P., Hayes, C. M., Thorogood, D., Lovatt, J. A., Morris, R., Pullen, N., Mutasa-Gottgens, E. & Cockram, J. 2013 Genomics and Breeding for Climate-Resilient Crops: Target Traits. Kole, C. (ed.). Springer Nature, Vol. 2, p. 1-66
A population genomics approach to accelerating the domestication of the energy grass Miscanthus.Slavov, G. T., Robson, P. R., Jensen, E. F., Farrar, K., Ma, X-F., Swaller, T., Flavell, R., Clifton-Brown, J. C. & Donnison, I. S. 2013 p. W088
Flowering induction in the bioenergy grass Miscanthus sacchariflorus is a quantitative short-day response, whilst delayed flowering under long days increases biomass accumulationJensen, E., Robson, P., Norris, J., Cookson, A., Farrar, K., Donnison, I. & Clifton-Brown, J. 2013 In : Journal of Experimental Biology.64, 2, p. 541-552
Variation in canopy duration in the perennial biofuel crop Miscanthus reveals complex associations with yield: Canopy duration and yield in MiscanthusRobson, P. R. H., Farrar, K., Gay, A. P., Jensen, E. F., Clifton-Brown, J. C. & Donnison, I. S. 2013 In : Journal of Experimental Biology.64, 8, p. 2373-2383
Accelerating the domestication of a bioenergy crop: identifying and modelling morphological targets for sustainable yield increase in MiscanthusRobson, P., Jensen, E., Hawkins, S., White, S. R., Kenobi, K., Clifton-Brown, J., Donnison, I. & Farrar, K. 2013 In : Journal of Experimental Botany.64, 14, p. 4143-4155
High resolution genetic mapping by genome sequencing reveals genome duplication and tetraploid genetic structure of the diploid Miscanthus sinensisMa, X., Jensen, E., Alexandrov, N., Troukhan, M., Zhang, L., Thomas-Jones, S., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J., Donnison, I., Swaller, T. & Flavell, R. 2012 In : PLoS One.7, 3, e33821
The Butterfly ManDowning, R. D., Donnison, I. S., Jensen, E., Durran, M. & Lewis, J. 2012
Grassohol - use of high sugar ryegrass for the production of liquid biofuelsMorris, S. M., Bryant, D., Jensen, E., Thomas, D. S., Fish, S. & Gallagher, J. 2012 p. 0022
Beacon: biorefining in WalesMorris, S. M., Gallagher, J., Jensen, E., Charlton, A. & Fish, S. 2012 p. 0015
Impact of photoperiod and ambient temperature on days to flowering in Miscanthus speciesJensen, E. F., Loosley, M., Farrar, K., Robson, P. R., Norris, J., Clifton-Brown, J. C. & Donnison, I. S. 2011 p. P3.3
A flexible quantitative methodology for the analysis of gene-flow between conventionally bred maize populations using microsatellite markersRobson, P. R. H., Kelly, R., Jensen, E. F., Giddings, G. D., Leitch, M., Davey, C., Gay, A. P., Jenkins, G., Thomas, H. & Donnison, I. S. 2011 In : Theoretical and Applied Genetics.122, 4, p. 819-82911 p.
Flowering time in MiscanthusJensen, E. F., Jones, S. T., Farrar, K., Robson, P. R., Clifton-Brown, J. C. & Donnison, I. S. 2011
Factors affecting rates of cross-pollination in maize growing under typical UK conditions RG0124Robson, P. R., Kelly, R., Jensen, E. F., Davey, C., Gay, A. P., Thomas, H., Donnison, I. S., Leitch, M., Warren, J. M., Giddings, G. D. & Jenkins, G. 2011 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (DEFRA Report 2011)
Harnessing natural variation in phenotypic and chemotypic traits in Miscanthus for breeding improved bioenergy crops: A review of long term results from perennial energy cropping work at IBERSRobson, P., Jensen, E., Hodgson, E., Farrar, K., Slavov, G., Allison, G., Hawkins, S., Jones, S., Valentine, J., Clifton-Brown, J. & Donnison, I. 2011 In : Aspects of Applied Biology.112
Understanding the value of hydrothermal time on flowering in Miscanthus speciesJensen, E., Squance, M., Hastings, A., Thomas-Jones, S., Farrar, K., Huang, L., King, R., Clifton-Brown, J. & Donnison, I. 2011 In : Aspects of Applied Biology.112, p. 181-1899 p.
Characterization of flowering time diversity in Miscanthus speciesJensen, E. F., Farrar, K., Jones, S. T., Hastings, A., Donnison, I. S. & Clifton-Brown, J. C. 2011 In : GCB Bioenergy.3, 5, p. 387-40014 p.
Miscanthus - A bioenergy crop for all seasonsJensen, E. F. 2011
Gene expression and nitrogen loss in senescing root systems of red clover (Trifolium pratense)Webb, K. J., Jensen, E. F., Heywood, S., Morris, S. M., Linton, P. E. & Hooker, J. E. 2010 In : Journal of Agricultural Science.148, 5, p. 579-59113 p.
Manipulation of plant architecture to optimise biomass yield in MiscanthusFarrar, K., Robson, P. R., Jensen, E. F., Hawkins, S., Clifton-Brown, J. C. & Donnison, I. S. 2010
Aligning the chemical composition of new Miscanthus varieties to the requirements of conversion processesAllison, G., Morris, C., Gill, S., Lister, S., Clifton-Brown, J., Jensen, E., Robson, P., Adams, J., Gallagher, J. & Donnison, I. 2010
Exploiting model species to increase biomass yield in energy cropsFarrar, K., Hawkins, S., Jensen, E., Robson, P., Sanderson, R., Clifton-Brown, J. & Donnison, I. 2009
Unravelling the genetic control of flowering time in the bioenergy grass MiscanthusJensen, E. F., Jones, S. T., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J. C. & Donnison, I. S. 2008 In : Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology.150, 3, p. S180-S185
Optimising flowering time in Miscanthus for improved biomass yield and qualityJensen, E. F., Jones, S. T., Farrar, K., Robson, P. R. H., Clifton-Brown, J. C. & Donnison, I. S. 2008 p. L24
Identification of genes controlling flowering time in the bioenergy grass MiscanthusJensen, E. F., Clifton-Brown, J. C. & Donnison, I. S. 2008
Miscanthus: breeding our way to a better futureClifton-Brown, J. C., Robson, P. R., Allison, G. G., Lister, S. J., Sanderson, R., Morris, C., Hodgson, E., Farrar, K., Hawkins, S., Jensen, E. F., Jones, S. T., Huang, L., Roberts, P. C., Youell, S. J., Jones, B. R., Wright, A., Valentine, J., Donnison, I. S., Booth, E. (ed.), Green, M. (ed.), Karp, A. (ed.), Shield, I. (ed.), Stock, D. (ed.) & Turley, D. (ed.) 2008 In : Aspects of Applied Biology.90, p. 199-2068 p.
Flowering time diversity in Miscanthus: A tool for the optimisation of biomassJensen, E. F. 2007 In : Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology.153, 2 Supplement, p. S197