Dr Elaine Jensen
Phone: 01970 823136
- Improving/promoting sustainability, including the social science side of our response to sustainability issues
- Plants for power, liquid fuels, and as fossil fuel replacements for platform chemicals
- I'm interested in, but not currently working on, phytoremediation (using plants to restore contaminated land), particularly using energy crops.
I’m interested in hearing from anyone regarding the above areas.
- Investigating opportunities for novel energy crops, particularly from current ‘nuisance plants’ like Japanese Knot weed.
- Exploring the qualitative aspects of bioenergy for combustion – what is important in feedstock quality to facilitate sustainable energy provision for domestic and commercial power, how feedstock vary in quality and how they can be improved.
To deepen my own understanding, awareness, and knowledge of issues surrounding sustainability in order to contribute to the promotion of sustainable living.
My enthusiasm for plant biology is inspired by environmental issues and a desire to understand and contribute towards sustainability, both within agriculture and life in general (which is why I left my career in banking!). In my final year BSc project I explored the important legume-rhizobia relationship, which provides an environmentally friendly source of nitrogen to plants. I continued this investigation into my PhD, looking at the genetic mechanisms underlying the interaction between the plant and bacteria. Following my PhD I worked on several projects including Willow for Wales, gene flow in maize (DEFRA-funded) and an investigation into nitrate leaching from root nodule senescence. Until March 2012 I was leading a BBSRC responsive-mode grant into the impact of flowering in the giant bioenergy grass, Miscanthus. This project investigated the impact of flowering time on yield and quality traits in Miscanthus, as well as looking at the factors promoting flowering, such as photoperiod and temperature.
Links to externally provided information that may be of interest:
- 'Summary of evidence: Climate change (EIN005)', Natural England, Publications and Products, 10th March 2015
8am - 1pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Selection and Genome-Wide Prediction of Phenology and Biomass Yield in Miscanthus. Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXIV, San Diego, California, United States of America, 09/01/2016 - 13/01/2016.2016.
Towards Miscanthus combustion quality improvement: the role of flowering and senescence. GCB Bioenergy 10.1111/gcbb.123912016. (In press)
Genome-wide association studies and prediction of 17 traits related to phenology, biomass and cell wall composition in the energy grass Miscanthus sinensis. New Phytologist 201 (4) pp. 1227-1239. 10.1111/nph.126212014.
Genome-wide association studies and prediction of traits related to phenology, biomass and cell wall composition in Miscanthus sinensis. Plant & Animal Genome XXII Conference, San Diego, United States of America, 10/01/2014 - 15/01/2014. pp. W422. Other2014.
Public Perception of Biofuels.2014.
Recent advances in Miscanthus science and breeding. International Bioenergy Conference 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 11/03/2014 - 13/03/2014.2014.
A population genomics approach to accelerating the domestication of the energy grass Miscanthus. Plant & Animal XXI Conference, San Diego, United States of America, 11/01/2013 - 16/01/2013. pp. W088. Other2013.
Accelerating the domestication of a bioenergy crop: identifying and modelling morphological targets for sustainable yield increase in Miscanthus. Journal of Experimental Botany 64 (14) pp. 4143-4155. 10.1093/jxb/ert2252013.
Breeding Miscanthus for bioenergy. In M. Saha, H. Bhandari, J. Bouton (eds), Biomass Crops: Breeding and Genetics. Wiley 10.1002/9781118609477.ch52013.
Contrasting geographic patterns of genetic variation for molecular markers vs. phenotypic traits in the energy grass Miscanthus sinensis. GCB Bioenergy 5 (5) pp. 562-571. 10.1111/gcbb.120252013.
Flowering Time. In C. Kole (ed), Genomics and Breeding for Climate-Resilient Crops: Volume II Target traits. Springer2013.
Flowering induction in the bioenergy grass Miscanthus sacchariflorus is a quantitative short-day response, whilst delayed flowering under long days increases biomass accumulation. Journal of Experimental Biology 64 (2) pp. 541-552. 10.1093/jxb/ers3462013.
Variation in canopy duration in the perennial biofuel crop Miscanthus reveals complex associations with yield: Canopy duration and yield in Miscanthus. Journal of Experimental Biology 64 (8) pp. 2373-2383. 10.1093/jxb/ert1042013.
High resolution genetic mapping by genome sequencing reveals genome duplication and tetraploid genetic structure of the diploid Miscanthus sinensis. PLoS One 7 (3) e33821 10.1371/journal.pone.00338212012.
The Butterfly Man. The Butterfly Man, , 14/09/2012 - 24/09/2012.2012.
A flexible quantitative methodology for the analysis of gene-flow between conventionally bred maize populations using microsatellite markers. Theoretical And Applied Genetics TAG Theoretical and Applied Genetics 122 (4) pp. 819-829. 10.1007/s00122-010-1489-0 Cadair2011.
Factors affecting rates of cross-pollination in maize growing under typical UK conditions RG0124. DEFRA Report 2011 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2011.
Flowering time in Miscanthus. Plant and Animal Genome XIX Conference , San Diego, United States of America, 09/01/2011 - 13/01/2011. Other2011.
Grass - a great source of energy as we look to cut our carbon footprint. Western Mail Other2011.
Harnessing natural variation in phenotypic and chemotypic traits in Miscanthus for breeding improved bioenergy crops: A review of long term results from perennial energy cropping work at IBERS. Aspects of Applied Biology 1122011.
Impact of photoperiod and ambient temperature on days to flowering in Miscanthus species. 2010 Society of Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic, 30/06/2010 - 03/07/2010. pp. P3.3. Cadair2011.
Miscanthus - A bioenergy crop for all seasons. Other2011.
Understanding the value of hydrothermal time on flowering in Miscanthus species. Aspects of Applied Biology 112 pp. 181-189.2011.
Aligning the chemical composition of new Miscanthus varieties to the requirements of conversion processes. Sixth International Conference on Rnewable Resource and Biorefineries, Dusseldorf, Germany, 07/06/2010 - 09/06/2010.2010.
Manipulation of plant architecture to optimise biomass yield in Miscanthus. Plant and Animal Genome XVIII Conference, San Diego, United States of America, 09/01/2010 - 13/01/2010.2010.
Exploiting model species to increase biomass yield in energy crops. 20th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (IACR), Scotland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 30/06/2009 - 04/07/2009.2009.
Identification of genes controlling flowering time in the bioenergy grass Miscanthus. International Conference on Molecular Mapping and Marker Assisted Selection, Vienna, Austria, 03/02/2008 - 06/02/2008.2008.
Optimising flowering time in Miscanthus for improved biomass yield and quality. GARNet/SEB Joint Plant Symposium, Vet School, Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham, , 08/09/2008 - 10/09/2008. pp. L24.2008.
Unravelling the genetic control of flowering time in the bioenergy grass Miscanthus. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology 150 (3) 2008 Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Marseille, France, 06/07/2008 - 10/07/2008. pp. S180-S185. 10.1016/j.cbpa.2008.04.482 Cadair2008.
Flowering time diversity in Miscanthus: A tool for the optimisation of biomass. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology 153 (2 Supplement) 2009 Society of Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 28/06/2009 - 01/07/2009. pp. S197. 10.1016/j.cbpa.2009.04.443 Cadair2007.