Dr Fiona Corke


Dr Fiona Corke

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) - EPPN

Contact Details


Prior to joining IBERS I had been at the John Innes Centre, Norwich for 26 years. My PhD thesis was on pea embryo development, but subsequently I have worked in several groups on a wide range of topics related to plant growth and development. I have been involved in the isolation and characterisation of many Arabidopsis mutants, including mutants with altered response to sugars, cell wall defects, and altered organ size. My areas of expertise include cell biology, molecular biology and plant transformation.

I am a STEM ambassador and have continued to undertake diverse outreach activities since joining IBERS, focusing particularly on work with young people. I have been part of a small team involved in preparing an exhibit for the BBSRC Great British Bioscience Festival, 2014, entitled 'Grasses for the future, food, energy and environment'.

I am a fully trained First Aider.My current role is Glasshouse Manager in Plant Phenomics Centre. This includes helping customers plan and schedule their experiments, coordinating plant growing, collection of manually collected data and monitoring glasshouse environment via specialist software,

Additional Information

From July 2013 I have taken over as BBSRC School Regional Champion, with specific outreach emphasis on Young Farmers Clubs and Welsh schools offering BTEC Agriculture courses.


Post-doctoral researcher in John Doonan's group


**My main role involves coordinating the growing of plants for NPPC.
** A wide range of plants are grown in NPPC and the robotic nature of the glasshouse requires a level of experimental design not usually necessary. I advise customers of the facility on the logistics of their plant material both in terms of plant growth and collection of ground truth data. Glasshouse control via Priva control software is also my responsibility. NPPC attracts many visitors from diverse backgrounds and I frequently lead tours for groups.

I have a particular interest in the genetic and cellular basis of variation in seed and grain size.
My initial project at IBERS involved characterising Natural Accessions and Recombination Inbred Line populations of Brachypodium for variation in traits such as overall plant growth, grain size and harvest index. This project is in collaboration with the Sainsbury Lab (Norwich) has allowed traits of interest to be scored against a genetic map for QTL analysis. Brachypodium was used for this study because of its relatedness to other agronomically important cereals, its small genome (now sequenced), compact size and rapid life cycle.

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • 8.30-18.00


Marshall, A, Collins, R, Williams, KS, Han, J, Corke, F & Doonan, J 2017, 'Improving the nutrient use efficiency of perennial forage species to enhance the sustainability of grassland based agriculture' Aspects of Applied Biology, vol 136, pp. 221-228.
Hughes, N, Askew, KL, Scotson, CP, Williams, KS, Sauze, C, Corke, F, Doonan, J & Nibau, C 2017, 'Non-destructive, high-content analysis of wheat grain traits using X-ray micro computed tomography' Plant Methods, vol 13, 76. DOI: 10.1186/s13007-017-0229-8
Faralli, M, Grove, IG, Hare, MC, Alcalde Barrios, A, Williams, KS, Corke, FMK & Kettlewell, PS 2017, 'Modulation of Brassica napus source-sink physiology through film antitranspirant induced drought tolerance amelioration that is dependent on the stress magnitude' Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, vol 203, no. 5, pp. 360-372. DOI: 10.1111/jac.12198
Bettgenhaeuser, J, Corke, F, Opanowicz, M, Green, P, Hernández-Pinzón, I, Doonan, J & Moscou, MJ 2017, 'Natural Variation in Brachypodium Links Vernalization and Flowering Time Loci as Major Flowering Determinants' Plant Physiology, vol 173, no. 1, pp. 256-268. DOI: 10.1104/pp.16.00813
Fisher, L, Han, J, Corke, F, Akinyemi, A, Didion, T, Nielsen, KK, Doonan, J, Mur, L & Bosch, M 2016, 'Linking dynamic phenotyping with metabolite analysis to study natural variation in drought responses of Brachypodium distachyon' Frontiers in Plant Science, vol 7, 1751. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01751
Camargo-Rodriguez, A, Mott, R, Kim, JT, Bentley, A, Mackay, IJ, Gardner, K, Doonan, J & Corke, F 2016, 'Determining phenological patterns associated with the onset of senescence in a wheat MAGIC mapping population' Frontiers in Plant Science, vol 7, 1540. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01540
Bush, MS, Pierrat, O, Nibau, C, Mikitova, V, Zheng, T, Corke, FMK, Vlachonasios, K, Mayberry, LK, Browning, KS & Doonan, J 2016, 'eIF4A RNA Helicase Associates with Cyclin-Dependent Protein Kinase A in Proliferating Cells and is Modulated by Phosphorylation' Plant Physiology, vol 172, no. 1, pp. 128-140. DOI: 10.1104/pp.16.00435
Faralli, M, Grove, IG, Hare, MC, Boyle, R, Williams, KS, Corke, F & Kettlewell, PS 2016, 'Canopy application of film antitranspirants over the reproductive phase enhances yield and yield-related physiological traits of water-stressed oilseed rape (Brassica napus)' Crop and Pasture Science, vol 67, no. 7, pp. 751-765. DOI: 10.1071/CP15421
Boyle, RD, Corke, FMK & Doonan, JH 2016, 'Automated estimation of tiller number in wheat by ribbon detection' Machine Vision and Applications, vol 27, no. 5, pp. 637-646. DOI: 10.1007/s00138-015-0719-5
Doonan, J, Boyle, R, Han, J, Williams, KS, Alcalde Barrios, A, Strange, H, Corke, F, Nibau, C, Scotson, CP, Camargo-Rodriguez, A, Zwiggelaar, R, Sturrock, C & Mooney, S 2016, 'Image-based phenotyping to measure plant diversity and performance' Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXIV, San Diego, California, United States of America, 2016 - 2016, .
Lou, L, Liu, Y, Shen, M, Han, J, Corke, F & Doonan, JH 2015, Estimation of Branch Angle from 3D Point Cloud of Plants. in M Brown, J Kosecka & C Theobolt (eds), 2015 International Conference on 3D Vision (3DV). IEEE Press, pp. 554-561, 2015 International Conference on 3D Vision (3DV), Lyon, France, 2015. DOI: 10.1109/3DV.2015.68
Boyle, RD, Corke, F & Howarth, CJ 2014, 'Image based estimation of oat panicle development using local patterns' Functional Plant Biology, vol 42, no. 5, pp. 433-443. DOI: 10.1071/FP14056
Li, S, Liu, Y, Zheng, L, Chen, L, Li, N, Corke, F, Lu, Y, Fu, X, Zhu, Z, Bevan, MW & Li, Y 2012, 'The plant-specific G protein γ subunit AGG3 influences organ size and shape in Arabidopsis thaliana' New Phytologist, vol 194, no. 3, pp. 690-703. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04083.x
Li, Y, Zheng, L, Corke, F, Smith, C & Bevan, MW 2008, 'Control of final seed and organ size by the DA1 gene family in Arabidopsis thaliana' Genes and Development, vol 22, no. 10, pp. 1331-1336. DOI: 10.1101/gad.463608