Dr Mike Morris Ph.D University of East London. Thesis title: ‘The use of phospholipid fatty acid profiles to determine the diversity of soil microbial communities on managed woodland stands'. M.Sc. Analytical Biochemistry, University of Dundee. Thesis title: ‘Identi

Dr Mike Morris

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I received my PhD from the University of East London in 2000 with a thesis titled "The Use of Phospholipid Fatty Acid Profiles to Determine the Diversity of Soil Microbial Communities on Managed Woodland Stands" under the supervision of Jim Harris.
In February 2001 I started a 3 year Post-doc contract with Dr John Witty at IGER to design and build a portable "electronic nose" instrument to measure soil porosity and monitor efflux of anaerobic gases from soil cores as a way of determining soil quality.
Since early 2007 I have worked on the bioconversion of the high-sugar perennial rye-grasses (HSPRG) (Lolium perenne) that have been developed through conventional breeding over a 30 year period by the grass breeders at IBERS (previously IGER).
Since 2009 I have been the lead scientist on the Defra-LINK Grassohol project where we have been looking at the economic feasibility of a HSPRG based biorefinery. While this work has necessarily been directed toward production of ethanol I am particularly interested in developing a range of value products from this and other biomass feedstocks, these include novel polymerics, platform chemicals (lactic & succinic acid), native proteins, lipids/oils and bioactive compounds etc.

Teaching

Research

Biorefining: Since 2007 I have worked on the bioconversion of the high-sugar perennial rye-grasses (HSPRG) (Lolium perenne) that have been developed through conventional breeding over a 30 year period by the grass breeders at IBERS (previously IGER). Since 2009 I have been the lead scientist on the Defra-LINK Grassohol project investigating the economic feasibility of a HSPRG based biorefinery. This work has been directed toward production of ethanol but I am particularly interested in developing a range of value products from biomass feedstocks, including novel polymerics, platform chemicals (lactic & succinic acid), native proteins, lipids/oils & bioactive compounds etc. I am also responsible for the Biomass Processing KTC which provides larger scale capability of processing biomass, including densification by means of a 400kg/hr pellet press (for biomass & feed pelleting), 4 inch pilot screw press, 15kw hammer mill, drying ovens & the Sartoflow-alphaDL cross-flow filtration system.

I am interested in developing business contacts & R&D collaborations in the area of biorefining between Biorenewables at IBERS & both local, national & international SMEs' & organisations.

Project involvement

  • DEFRA RM LINK (2009-12) Conversion of High Sugar Grasses to alcohol based transport fuel (Grassohol)
  • WAG CIRP/A4B (2009-12) Use of high sugar grasses for the production of ethanol (Grassohol-WAG)
  • WAG CIRP/A4B (2009-11) Equipment grant for 'Biomass processing for high-value products' Knowledge Transfer Centre
  • WAG CIRP/A4B) (2010-12) Fibres to products using enzymes (Fibrzymes)
  • DTI (2007-2010) Succinic esters from renewable feedstocks (SERF)
  • PBL commercial (2008-11) Prebiotics from grasses
  • Applied Enzyme Technology collaboration (2009-11)
  • BEACON (2010-15) - responsible for designing the new biorefining pilot facility building. Specification & purchase of the larger scale processing equipment for the BEACON facility

Publications

2014

Hauck, B., Gallagher, J., Morris, S.M., Leemans, D.K., Winters, A. 2014. Soluble Phenolic Compounds in Fresh and Ensiled Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata L.), a Common Species in Permanent Pastures with Potential as a Biomass Feedstock. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 62 (2) pp. 468-475. 10.1021/jf4040749 Cadair

2013

Bryant, D.N., Firth, E., Kaderbhai, N.N., Taylor, S., Morris, S.M., Logan, D., Garcia, N., Ellis, A., Martin, S.M., Gallagher, J.A. 2013. Monitoring real-time enzymatic hydrolysis of Distillers Dried Grains with Soluble (DDGS) by dielectric spectroscopy following hydrothermal pre-treatment by steam explosion. Bioresource Technology 128 pp. 765-768. 10.1016/j.biortech.2012.09.021 Cadair

2011

Bryant, D.N., Morris, S.M., Leemans, D.K., Fish, S.A., Taylor, S., Carvell, J., Todd, R.W., Logan, D., Lee, M., Garcia, N., Ellis, A., Gallagher, J. 2011. Modelling real-time simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of lignocellulosic biomass and organic acid accumulation using dielectric spectroscopy. Bioresource Technology 102 (20) pp. 9675-9682. 10.1016/j.biortech.2011.07.084 Cadair

Winters, A.L., Leemans, D., Morris, S.M., Pippel, J., Lovatt, A., Charlton, A., Gallagher, J.Smith, L., Stafford, A., Weightman, R. 2011. High-sugar perennial ryegrass as a feed-stock for bioconversion to platform chemicals. Aspects of Applied Biology pp. 79-86. Cadair Other

Martel, C.M., Parker, J.E., Jackson, C.J., Warrilow, A.G.S., Rolley, N., Greig, C., Morris, S.M., Donnison, I.S., Kelly, D.E., Kelly, S.L. 2011. Expression of bacterial levanase in yeast enables simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of grass juice to bioethanol. Bioresource Technology 102 (2) pp. 1503-1508. 10.1016/j.biortech.2010.07.099 Cadair

2010

Webb, K.J., Jensen, E.F., Heywood, S., Morris, S.M., Linton, P.E., Hooker, J.E. 2010. Gene expression and nitrogen loss in senescing root systems of red clover (Trifolium pratense). Journal of Agricultural Science 148 (5) pp. 579-591. 10.1017/S0021859610000420 Cadair Other

Martel, C.M., Warrilow, A.G.S., Jackson, C.J., Mullins, J.G.L., Togawa, R.C., Parker, J.E., Morris, S.M., Donnison, I.S., Kelly, D.E., Kelly, S.L. 2010. Expression, purification and use of the soluble domain of Lactobacillus paracasei β-fructosidase to optimise production of bioethanol from grass fructans. Bioresource Technology 101 (12) pp. 4395-4402. 10.1016/j.biortech.2010.01.084 Cadair

2009

Fraser, M.D., Theobald, V.J., Griffiths, J.B., Morris, S.M., Moorby, J.M. 2009. Comparative diet selection by cattle and sheep grazing two contrasting heathland communities. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 129 (1-3) pp. 182-192. 10.1016/j.agee.2008.08.013 Cadair

2008

Parveen, I., Moorby, J.M., Hirst, W.M., Morris, S.M., Fraser, M.D. 2008. Profiling of plasma and faeces by FT-IR to differentiate between heathland plant diets offered to zero-grazed sheep. Animal Feed Science and Technology 144 (1-2) pp. 65-81. 10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2007.10.002 Cadair

Fraser, M.D., Theobald, V.J., Morris, S.M., Moorby, J.M. 2008. Diet selection and herbage intake by cattle and sheep grazing two contrasting heathland communities. In A. Hopkins. (ed) Proceedings of the 22nd General meeting of the European Grassland Federation, 'Biodiversity and animal feed - future challenges for grassland production', Uppsala, Sweden, 9-12 June, 2008. 22nd General meeting of the European Grassland Federation, 'Biodiversity and animal feed - future challenges for grassland production'. European Grassland Federation pp. 105-107. Cadair

Morris, S.M., Jackson, C.J., Gallagher, J.A., Kelly, R.O., Donnison, I.S. 2008. High-sugar perennial ryegrass as a bioethanol feedstock. An alternative use for forage grasses. Proceedings of the 16th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. Proceedings of 16th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition. ETA-Florence Renewable Energies pp. 60-66. Cadair Other

2007

Donnison, I.S., Gallagher, J.A., Farrar, K., Thain, S.C., Allison, G.G., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Hodgson, E., Morris, C., Turner, L.B., Morris, S.M., Humphreys, M.O., Morris, P.Lubberstedt, T. 2007. Quality traits for bioenergy in grasses. Proceedings, 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. pp. 46. Cadair

2006

Parveen, I., Moorby, J.M., Hirst, W.M., Morris, S.M., Fraser, M.D. 2006. Profiling of plasma and faeces by FT-IR to differentiate between heathland plant diets offered to zero-grazed sheep. 8th British Grassland Society Research Conference, 'Grassland as a Multifunctional Resource. 8th British Grassland Society Research Conference. British Grassland Society pp. 101-102. Cadair