Prof Howard Thomas
Investigation and modification of cellular and biochemical mechanisms of plant senescence and death, with special emphasis on pigment and protein metabolism.
Cloning, mapping and exploiting genes determining senescence, late-season and post-harvest deterioration, food, feed and bioprocessing quality and consumer perception in a range of crop and amenity species.
Use of imaging and machine-learning methods for non-destructive analysis of plant development and remote field to landscape-level monitoring of crops and ecosystems.
Cultural significance of scientific research and promotion of links between science and the arts.
Senescence and crop performance. In (eds) Crop Physiology: Application for Genetic Improvement and Agronomy. Academic International Press pp. 223-250.2017. (In press)
Senescence and programmed cell death. In (eds) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants. Wiley pp. 925-982.2015.
Soper at oure aller cost: The Politics of Food Supply in the Canterbury Tales. The Chaucer Review 50 (1 & 2) pp. 1-29. Cadair2015.
Food and the Literary Imagination. Springer Nature, Basingstoke2014.
Multiscale digital Arabidopsis predicts individual organ and whole-organism growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (39) pp. E4127-E4136. Cadair2014.
The stay-green trait. Journal of Experimental Botany 65 pp. 3889-3900. Cadair2014.
Reading with the Grain: Sustainability and the Literary Imagination. 2013 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability. 2013 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability, Lampeter, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 23/05/2013. Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant, Lampeter Other2013.
Keats's Prospects. Times Literary Supplement pp. 14-15.2012.
On St Giles Hill- Keats’s Ode “To Autumn’ in the Market. Times Literary Supplement pp. 14-15.2012.
The Autumn King: Remembering the Land in King Lear. Shakespeare Quarterly 63 (4) pp. 518-543. Cadair2012.
A flexible quantitative methodology for the analysis of gene-flow between conventionally bred maize populations using microsatellite markers. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 122 (4) pp. 819-829. Cadair2011.
Evolution, Physiology and Phytochemistry of the Psychotoxic Arable Mimic Weed Darnel (Lolium temulentum L.). In (eds) Progress in Botany. Springer Nature pp. 73-104. Cadair2011.
A Tragedy of Idle Weeds: Why Grigori Kozintsev's Lear is more faithful to Shakespeare's 'arable play' than most modest stagings. Times Literary Supplement pp. 14-15.2010.
Grasses. Current Biology 20 (19) pp. R837-R839. Cadair2010.
Evolution of plant senescence. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9 (163) 163 Cadair2009.
2009. Faecal Markers - Markers developed to optimise visualisation of faecal contamination on animal carcasses in the abattoir.
Genome restructuring in hybrids: marriages of inconvenience. pp. pp11-28. Other2009.
Making crop and plant mathematical models easily accessible to the plant science and systems biology communities.2009.
Markers and mapping revisited: finding your gene. New Phytologist 183 (4) pp. 935-966. Cadair2009.
PlaSMo: Making existing plant and crop mathematical models available to plant systems biologists. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology pp. 225-. Cadair2009.
PlasMo: Making existing plant and crop mathematical models available to plant systems biologist. Aspects 93: Integrated Agricultural Systems. Association of Applied Biologists Conference on Integrated Agricultural Systems: Methodologies, Modelling and Measuring, Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 02/06/2009 - 04/06/2009. pp. S225-S226.2009.
Response to Sinkkonen: Ultraviolet reflectance in autumn leaves and the un-naming of colours. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24 (5) pp. 237-238. Cadair2009.
Unravelling the evolution of autumn colours: an interdisciplinary approach. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24 (3) pp. 166-173. Cadair2009.
Senescence: developmental program or timetable? New Phytologist 179 (3) pp. 575-579. Cadair2008.
Systems biology and the biology of systems: how, if at all, are they related? New Phytologist 177 (1) pp. 11-15. Cadair2008.
Modification of nitrogen remobilisation, grain fill and leaf senescence in maize (Zea mays L.) by transposon insertional mutagenensis in a protease gene. New Phytologist 173 (3) pp. 481-494. Other Cadair2007.
Rice pseudomolecule-anchored cross-species DNA sequence alignments indicate regional genomic variation in expressed sequence conservation. BMC Genomics 8 (283) 16 Cadair2007.
Throwing new light on the hypersensitive response. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology 146 (4) C2.9 Abstracts of the Annual Main Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology, Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 31/03/2007 - 04/04/2007.2007.
From crop to model to crop: identifying the genetic basis of the staygreen mutation in the Lolium/Festuca forage and amenity grasses. New Phytologist 172 (4) pp. 592-597. Cadair2006.
Bringing medicinal plants into cultivation: opportunities and challenges for biotechnology. Trends in Biotechnology 23 (4) pp. 180-185. Cadair2005.
Discriminating stay-green grasses using hyperspectral imaging and chemometrics. In (ed) Molecular breeding for the genetic improvement of forage crops and turf. Wageningen Academic Publishers pp. 120. Cadair Other Other2005.
Introgression mapping in the grasses. The 4th international symposium on the molecular breeding of forage and turf, a satellite workshop of the XXth International Grassland Congress, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 26/06/2005 - 02/07/2005. pp. 31-41. Cadair2005.
The colour of autumn leaves as symptoms of cellular recycling and defences against environmental stresses. Current Topics in Developmental Biology 66 pp. 135-160. Cadair2005.
Analysis of the chlorophyll catabolism pathway in leaves of an introgression senescence mutant of Lolium temulentum. Phytochemistry pp. 1231-1238. Cadair2004.
Identification of molecular markers for crown rust (Puccinia coronata) resistance in a Lolium/Festuca introgression population using syntenic relationships with rice. Plant Genomics European Meeting, Lyon, France, 22/09/2004 - 25/09/2004.2004.
Leaf senescence is delayed in maize expressing the Agrobacterium IPT gene under the control of a novel maize senescence-enhanced promoter. Plant Biotechnology Journal 2 (2) pp. 101-112. Cadair2004.
Modification of senescence in ryegrass transformed with IPT under the control of a monocot senescence-enhanced promoter. Plant Cell Reports 22 (11) pp. 816-821. Cadair2004.
Photoinhibition and resistance to winter damage in stay-green amenity grasses. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A. Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) Meeting, Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 29/03/2004 - 02/04/2004.2004.
Hyperspectral imaging and machine learning as a no-invasive screening tool to determine crop maturity, nutritional status and stress. DEFRA Arable Crop Physiology and Technology Workshop, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 14/10/2003 - 15/10/2003. pp. AR09.2003.
Hyperspectral imaging and machine learning as a non-invasive screening tool to determine crop maturity, nutritional status and stress. DEFRA Arable Crop Physiology and Technology Workshop, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 14/10/2003 - 15/10/2003.2003.
Ageing in plants. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 123 (7) British Society for Research on Ageing / Institute of Biologists Meeting, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 25/03/2002 - 26/03/2002. pp. 747–753. Cadair2002.
Developing a chromosome substitution series in Lolium/Festuca. 2002 Plant Science Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 07/01/2002 - 08/01/2002.2002.
Hyperspectral imaging as a non-invasive tool to determine crop maturity, nutritional status and stress. 2002 Conference on Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 15/01/2002 - 16/01/2002.2002.
Introgression mapping - the route to designer breeding in grasses. Proceedings of the XVIth EUCARPIA Congress. XVIth EUCARPIA Congress, Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 10/09/2001 - 14/09/2001. , Edinburgh, Scotland pp. 139-145.2001.
Introgression mapping reveals a 1:1 correspondence between chiasma frequency and genetic distance. 9th International Plant and Animal Genome Meeting, California, United States of America, 13/01/2001 - 17/01/2001. pp. 134.2001.
Programmed cell death assays for plants. In (eds) Apoptosis: Cell Death. Methods in Cell Biology Elsevier pp. 437-451. Cadair2001.
Recent advances in the cell biology of chlorophyll catabolism. Advances in Botanical Research 35 pp. 1-52. Cadair2001.
The capture and gratuitous disposal of resources by plants. Functional Ecology pp. 3-12. Cadair2001.
De Novo Evolution of Satellite DNA on the Rye B Chromosome. Genetics 154 (2) pp. 869-884. Other2000.
Retrotransposon Evolution in Diverse Plant Genomes. Genetics 156 (1) pp. 313-325. Other2000.
Species relationships, introgression and physical mapping in Lolium perenne x Festuca pratensis hybrids. In (eds) Chromosomes Today: Proceedings 13th International Chromosome Conference. Proceedings 13th International Chromosome Conference, Ancona, Italy, 08/09/1998 - 12/09/1998. Springer Nature pp. 277-286.2000.
Chlorophyll a fluorescence and antioxidant analyses provide evidence for the operation of alternative electron sinks during leaf senescence in a stay-green mutant of Festuca pratensis. Plant, Cell and Environment 20 (11) pp. 1323.1997.
Photosynthesis and light energy dissipation in senescing leaves of grass mutants blocked in chlorophyll degradation. In (ed) Photosynthesis: From Light to Biosphere. Springer Nature pp. 953-956.1995.
Effect of light intensity during senescence on photosynthesis and photosynthetic proteins of Lolium temulentum. In (eds) Crop Adaptation to Cool, Wet Climates. EC COST 814 Workshop, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 23/03/1993 - 24/03/1993. pp. 159-166.1993.
Leaf Development in Lolium temulentum: Photosynthesis and Photosynthetic Proteins in Leaves Senescing under Different Irradiances. Plant and Cell Physiology pp. 391-399.1993.