Dr Ian Scott


Dr Ian Scott

Senior Lecturer

Lifelong Learning Moderator - Sciences

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Graduate of the Natural Sciences Tripos of Cambridge University and member of Clare College. Doctoral research at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. Postdoctoral periods at the University of California, Davis and the State University of New York in Syracuse, as well as the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Appointed to academic staff of Aberystwyth University in 1983. Over 80 scientific articles published. Fellow of Higher Education Academy.



In recent years I have been primarily engaged in metabolomics and development of chemometric methods to extract information from analytical data on animal, plant and food materials. This research has been funded by industrial partners and by the BBSRC.


Pierre, S, Griffith, G, Morphew, R, Mur, L & Scott, I 2017, 'Saprotrophic proteomes of biotypes of the witches’ broom pathogen Moniliophthora perniciosa' Fungal Biology, vol 121, no. 9, pp. 743-753. DOI: 10.1016/j.funbio.2017.05.004
Maddison, A, Camargo-Rodriguez, A, Scott, I, Jones, C, Elias, D, Hawkins, S, Massey, A, Clifton-Brown, J, McNamarra, N, Donnison, I & Purdy, S 2017, 'Predicting future biomass yield in Miscanthus using the carbohydrate metabolic profile as a biomarker' GCB Bioenergy, vol 9, no. 7, pp. 1264-1278. DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12418
Scott, IM, Ward, JL, Miller, SJ & Beale, MH 2014, 'Opposite variations in fumarate and malate dominate metabolic phenotypes of Arabidopsis salicylate mutants with abnormal biomass under chilling' Physiologia Plantarum, vol 152, no. 4, 12210, pp. 660-674. DOI: 10.1111/ppl.12210
Scott, IM, Lin, W, Liakata, M, Wood, JE, Vermeer, CP, Allaway, D, Ward, JL, Draper, J, Beale, MH, Corol, DI, Baker, JM & King, RD 2013, 'Merits of random forests emerge in evaluation of chemometric classifiers by external validation' Analytica Chimica Acta, vol 801, ACA232839, pp. 22-33. DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2013.09.027
Mora-Herrera, ME, Lopez-Delgado, H, Valadez-Moctezuma, E & Scott, IM 2012, Changes in hydrogen peroxide levels and catalase isoforms expression are induced with freezing tolerance by abscisic acid in potato microplants. in I Volodymyr & I Lushchak (eds), Agricultural and Biological Sciences: Oxidative Stress - Environmental Induction and Dietary Antioxidants. InTechOpen, pp. 99-110. DOI: 10.5772/33155
Scott, IM, Vermeer, CP, Liakata, M, Corol, DI, Ward, JL, Lin, W, Johnson, HE, Whitehead, L, Kular, B, Baker, JM, Walsh, S, Dave, A, Larson, TR, Graham, IA, Wang, TL, King, RD, Draper, J & Beale, MH 2010, 'Enhancement of plant metabolite fingerprinting by machine learning' Plant Physiology, vol 153, no. 4, pp. 1506-1520. DOI: 10.1104/pp.109.150524
Wood, JE, Allaway, D, Boult, E & Scott, IM 2010, 'Operationally realistic validation for prediction of cocoa sensory qualities by high-throughput mass spectrometry' Analytical Chemistry, vol 82, no. 14, pp. 6048-6055. DOI: 10.1021/ac1006393
Beckmann, M, Enot, DPL, Overy, DP, Scott, IM, Jones, PG, Allaway, D & Draper, J 2010, 'Metabolite fingerprinting of urine suggests breed-specific dietary metabolism differences in domestic dogs' British Journal of Nutrition, vol 103, no. 8, pp. 1127-1138. DOI: 10.1017/S000711450999300X
Pierre, S, Mur, LAJ, Morphew, R, Hamilton, J, Scott, IM & Griffith, GW 2009, 'Proteomic analysis of the cacao pathogen Moniliophthora perniciosa' 16th International Cocoa Research Conference, Bali, Indonesia, 2009 - 2009, .
Scott, IM, Ward, J, Miller, S & Beale, M 2009, 'Metabolomics of Arabidopsis salicylate mutants with abnormal biomass at chilling temperature' Plant Temperature Response Network, Durham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2009 - 2009, .
Weeks, KE, Chuzhanova, NA, Donnison, IS & Scott, IM 2007, 'Evolutionary hierarchies of conserved blocks in 5 '-noncoding sequences of dicot rbcS genes' BMC Evolutionary Biology, no. 51, 7. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-7-51
López-Delgado, H, Zavaleta-Mancera, HA, Mora-Herrera, ME, Vázquez-Rivera , M, Flores-Gutiérrez, FX & Scott, IM 2005, 'Hydrogen peroxide increases potato tuber and stem starch content, stem diameter, and stem lignin content' American Journal of Potato Research, vol 82, no. 4, pp. 279-285. DOI: 10.1007/BF02871957
Scott, IM, Clarke, SM, Wood, JE & Mur, LAJ 2004, 'Salicylate accumulation inhibits growth at chilling temperature in Arabidopsis' Plant Physiology, vol 135, no. 2, pp. 1040-1049. DOI: 10.1104/pp.104.041293
Li, Q, Robson, PRH, Bettany, AJE, Donnison, IS, Thomas, H & Scott, IM 2004, 'Modification of senescence in ryegrass transformed with IPT under the control of a monocot senescence-enhanced promoter' Plant Cell Reports, vol 22, no. 11, pp. 816-821. DOI: 10.1007/s00299-004-0762-6
López-Delgado, H, Mora-Herrera, ME, Zavaleta-Mancera, HA, Cadena-Hinojosa, M & Scott, IM 2004, 'Salicylic acid enhances heat tolerance and potato virus X (PVX) elimination during thermotherapy of potato microplants' American Journal of Potato Research, vol 81, no. 3, pp. 171-176. DOI: 10.1007/BF02871746
Clarke, SM, Mur, LAJ, Wood, JE & Scott, IM 2004, 'Salicylic acid dependent signaling promotes basal thermotolerance but is not essential for acquired thermotolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana' Plant Journal, vol 38, no. 3, pp. 432-447. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2004.02054.x
Vines, JRL, Jenkins, PD, Foyer, CH, French, MS & Scott, IM 2003, 'Physiological effects of peracetic acid on hydroponic tomato plants' Annals of Applied Biology, vol 143, no. 2, pp. 153-159. DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7348.2003.tb00281.x
Goodacre, R, York, EV, Heald, JK & Scott, IM 2003, 'Chemometric discrimination of unfractionated plant extracts analyzed by electrospray mass spectrometry' Phytochemistry, vol 62, no. 6, pp. 859-863. DOI: 10.1016/S0031-9422(02)00718-5
Fakae, BB, Campbell, AM, Barrett, J, Scott, I, Teesdale-Spittle, PH, Liebau, E & Brophy, P 2000, 'Inhibition of glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) from parasitic nematodes by extracts from traditional Nigerian medicinal plants' Phytotherapy Research, vol 630-634, no. 5, pp. 630-634. DOI: 10.1002/1099-1573(200012)14:8<630::AID-PTR773>3.0.CO;2-5
Dat, JF, López-Delgado, H, Foyer, CH & Scott, I 2000, 'Effects of Salicylic Acid on Oxidative Stress and Thermotolerance in Tobacco' Journal of Plant Physiology, vol 156, no. 5-6, pp. 659-665. DOI: 10.1016/S0176-1617(00)80228-X