Dr Fiona Corke


Dr Fiona Corke

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) - EPPN

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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


Novel digital features feature discriminate between drought resistant and drought sensitive rice under controlled and field conditionsDuan, L., Han, J., Guo, Z., Tu, H., Yang, P., Zhang, D., Fan, Y., Chen, G., Xiong, L., Dai, M., Williams, K., Corke, F., Doonan, J. & Yang, W. 2018 In : Frontiers in Plant Science.9, 492
Improving the nutrient use efficiency of perennial forage species to enhance the sustainability of grassland based agricultureMarshall, A., Collins, R., Williams, K. S., Han, J., Corke, F. & Doonan, J. 2017 In : Aspects of Applied Biology.136, p. 221-2287 p.
Non-destructive, high-content analysis of wheat grain traits using X-ray micro computed tomographyHughes, N., Askew, K. L., Scotson, C. P., Williams, K. S., Sauze, C., Corke, F., Doonan, J. & Nibau, C. 2017 In : Plant Methods.13, 76
Modulation of Brassica napus source-sink physiology through film antitranspirant induced drought tolerance amelioration that is dependent on the stress magnitudeFaralli, M., Grove, I. G., Hare, M. C., Alcalde Barrios, A., Williams, K. S., Corke, F. M. K. & Kettlewell, P. S. 2017 In : Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science.203, 5, p. 360-37213 p.
Natural Variation in Brachypodium Links Vernalization and Flowering Time Loci as Major Flowering DeterminantsBettgenhaeuser, J., Corke, F., Opanowicz, M., Green, P., Hernández-Pinzón, I., Doonan, J. & Moscou, M. J. 2017 In : Plant Physiology.173, 1, p. 256-268
Linking dynamic phenotyping with metabolite analysis to study natural variation in drought responses of Brachypodium distachyonFisher, L., Han, J., Corke, F., Akinyemi, A., Didion, T., Nielsen, K. K., Doonan, J., Mur, L. & Bosch, M. 2016 In : Frontiers in Plant Science.7, 1751
Determining phenological patterns associated with the onset of senescence in a wheat MAGIC mapping populationCamargo-Rodriguez, A., Mott, R., Kim, J. T., Bentley, A., Mackay, I. J., Gardner, K., Doonan, J. & Corke, F. 2016 In : Frontiers in Plant Science.7, 1540
eIF4A RNA Helicase Associates with Cyclin-Dependent Protein Kinase A in Proliferating Cells and is Modulated by PhosphorylationBush, M. S., Pierrat, O., Nibau, C., Mikitova, V., Zheng, T., Corke, F. M. K., Vlachonasios, K., Mayberry, L. K., Browning, K. S. & Doonan, J. 2016 In : Plant Physiology.172, 1, p. 128-14013 p.
Canopy application of film antitranspirants over the reproductive phase enhances yield and yield-related physiological traits of water-stressed oilseed rape (Brassica napus)Faralli, M., Grove, I. G., Hare, M. C., Boyle, R., Williams, K. S., Corke, F. & Kettlewell, P. S. 2016 In : Crop and Pasture Science.67, 7, p. 751-7655 p.
Automated estimation of tiller number in wheat by ribbon detectionBoyle, R. D., Corke, F. M. K. & Doonan, J. H. 2016 In : Machine Vision and Applications.27, 5, p. 637-64610 p.
Image-based phenotyping to measure plant diversity and performanceDoonan, J., Boyle, R., Han, J., Williams, K. S., Alcalde Barrios, A., Strange, H., Corke, F., Nibau, C., Scotson, C. P., Camargo-Rodriguez, A., Zwiggelaar, R., Sturrock, C. & Mooney, S. 2016
Estimation of Branch Angle from 3D Point Cloud of PlantsLou, L., Liu, Y., Shen, M., Han, J., Corke, F. & Doonan, J. H. 2015 2015 International Conference on 3D Vision (3DV). Brown, M., Kosecka, J. & Theobolt, C. (eds.). IEEE Press, p. 554-5618 p.
Image based estimation of oat panicle development using local patternsBoyle, R. D., Corke, F. & Howarth, C. J. 2014 In : Functional Plant Biology.42, 5, p. 433-443
The plant-specific G protein γ subunit AGG3 influences organ size and shape in Arabidopsis thalianaLi, S., Liu, Y., Zheng, L., Chen, L., Li, N., Corke, F., Lu, Y., Fu, X., Zhu, Z., Bevan, M. W. & Li, Y. 2012 In : New Phytologist.194, 3, p. 690-70314 p.
Control of final seed and organ size by the DA1 gene family in Arabidopsis thalianaLi, Y., Zheng, L., Corke, F., Smith, C. & Bevan, M. W. 2008 In : Genes and Development.22, 10, p. 1331-13366 p.