Photograph of Dr Elaine Jensen.Dr Elaine Jensen

BEACON Scientist
PhD

Contact

Email: fft@aber.ac.uk
Office: Gogerddan
Phone: 01970 823136

Research

  • 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.

BEACON Activities

  • 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.

Future Aim

To deepen my own understanding, awareness, and knowledge of issues surrounding sustainability in order to contribute to the promotion of sustainable living.

Biography

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.

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Office Hours

8am - 1pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Publications

2016

Davey, C., Nipper, R., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J., Jensen, E., Donnison, I., Slavov, G. 2016. 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.

Jensen, E., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Thomas Jones, S., Clifton-Brown, J., Payne, R., Donnison, I. 2016. (In press) Towards Miscanthus combustion quality improvement: the role of flowering and senescence. GCB Bioenergy 10.1111/gcbb.12391

2014

Slavov, G.T., Nipper, R., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Allison, G.G., Bosch, M., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S., Jensen, E. 2014. 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.12621

Slavov, G.T., Nipper, R., Robson, P.R., Farrar, K., Allison, G.G., Bosch, M., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S., Jensen, E.F. 2014. 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. Other

Jensen, E., Williams, T., Whitmarsh, L. 2014. Public Perception of Biofuels.

Clifton-Brown, J.C., Purdy, S.J., Hayes, C.M., Ashman, C.R., Jones, L.E., Farrar, K., Huang, L.S., Gallagher, J.A., Glover, C.M., Hinton Jones, M.E., Jensen, E.F., Loosley, R.M., Maddison, A.L., McCalmont, J.P., Nunn, C., Robson, P.R., Slavov, G.T., Warren, R.D., Webster, R.J., Youell, S.J., Donnison, I.S., Davey, C.L., Jones, C.M., Barraclough, T., Castle, M., Cunniff, J., Cracroft-Eley, W., Greef, J.M., Hastings, A., Harding, G., Lewandowski, I., Meyer, H., Mos, M., Nelson, W., Richter, G., Rodgers, C., Schwarze, K., Squance, M.G., Swaller, T., Shield, I., Xi, Q., Karp, A., Flavell, R. 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.

2013

Slavov, G.T., Robson, P.R., Jensen, E.F., Farrar, K., Ma, X., Swaller, T., Flavell, R., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S. 2013. 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. Other

Robson, P., Jensen, E., Hawkins, S., White, S.R., Kenobi, K., Clifton-Brown, J., Donnison, I., Farrar, K. 2013. 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/ert225

Clifton-Brown, J.C., Robson, P.R., Davey, C.L., Farrar, K., Hayes, C.M., Huang, L.S., Jensen, E.F., Jones, L.E., Hinton Jones, M.E., Maddison, A.L., Meyer, H., Norris, J.A., Purdy, S.J., Rodgers, C., Schwarz, K., Salvatore, C., Slavov, G.T., Valentine, J., Webster, R.J., Youell, S.J., Donnison, I.S. 2013. Breeding Miscanthus for bioenergy. In M. Saha, H. Bhandari, J. Bouton (eds), Biomass Crops: Breeding and Genetics. Wiley 10.1002/9781118609477.ch5

Slavov, G., Robson, P., Jensen, E., Hodgson, E., Farrar, K., Allison, G., Hawkins, S., Thomas-Jones, S.., Ma, X., Huang, L., Swaller, T., Flavell, R., Clifton-Brown, J., Donnison, I. 2013. 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.12025

Bentley, A., Jensen, E.F., Mackay, I., Honicka, H., Fladung, M., Hori, K., Yano, M., Mullet, J., Armstead, I.P., Hayes, C.M., Thorogood, D., Lovatt, J.A., Morris, R., Pullen, N., Mutasa-Gottgens, E., Cockram, J. 2013. Flowering Time. In C. Kole (ed), Genomics and Breeding for Climate-Resilient Crops: Volume II Target traits. Springer

Jensen, E., Robson, P., Norris, J., Cookson, A., Farrar, K., Donnison, I., Clifton-Brown, J. 2013. 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/ers346

Robson, P.R.H., Farrar, K., Gay, A.P., Jensen, E.F., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S. 2013. 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/ert104

2012

Ma, X., Jensen, E., Alexandrov, N., Troukhan, M., Zhang, L., Thomas-Jones, S.., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J., Donnison, I., Swaller, T., Flavell, R. 2012. 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.0033821

Downing, R.D., Donnison, I.S., Jensen, E., Durran, M., Lewis, J. 2012. The Butterfly Man. The Butterfly Man, , 14/09/2012 - 24/09/2012.

2011

Robson, P.R.H., Kelly, R., Jensen, E.F., Giddings, G.D., Leitch, M., Davey, C., Gay, A.P., Jenkins, G., Thomas, H., Donnison, I.S. 2011. A flexible quantitative methodology for the analysis of gene-flow between conventionally bred maize populations using microsatellite markers. TAG Theoretical and Applied Genetics 122 (4) pp. 819-829. 10.1007/s00122-010-1489-0 Cadair

Jensen, E.F., Farrar, K., Jones, S.T., Hastings, A., Donnison, I.S., Clifton-Brown, J.C. 2011. Characterization of flowering time diversity in Miscanthus species. GCB Bioenergy 3 (5) pp. 387-400. 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2011.01097.x Cadair

Robson, P.R., Kelly, R., Jensen, E.F., Davey, C., Gay, A.P., Thomas, H., Donnison, I.S., Leitch, M., Warren, J.M., Giddings, G.D., Jenkins, G. 2011. Factors affecting rates of cross-pollination in maize growing under typical UK conditions RG0124. DEFRA Report 2011 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Jensen, E.F., Jones, S.T., Farrar, K., Robson, P.R., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S. 2011. Flowering time in Miscanthus. Plant and Animal Genome XIX Conference , San Diego, United States of America, 09/01/2011 - 13/01/2011. Other

Jensen, E.F. 2011. Grass - a great source of energy as we look to cut our carbon footprint. Western Mail Other

Robson, P., Jensen, E., Hodgson, E., Farrar, K., Slavov, G., Allison, G., Hawkins, S., Jones, S., Valentine, J., Clifton-Brown, J., Donnison, I. 2011. 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 112

Jensen, E.F., Loosley, M., Farrar, K., Robson, P.R., Norris, J., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S. 2011. 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. Cadair

Jensen, E.F. 2011. Miscanthus - A bioenergy crop for all seasons. Other

Jensen, E., Squance, M., Hastings, A., Thomas-Jones, S.., Farrar, K., Huang, L., King, R., Clifton-Brown, J., Donnison, I. 2011. Understanding the value of hydrothermal time on flowering in Miscanthus species. Aspects of Applied Biology 112 pp. 181-189.

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

Farrar, K., Robson, P.R., Jensen, E.F., Hawkins, S., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S. 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.

2008

Jensen, E.F., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S. 2008. 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.

Clifton-Brown, J.C., Robson, P.R., Allison, G.G., Lister, S.J., Sanderson, R., Morris, C., Hodgson, E., Farrar, K., Hawkins, S., Jensen, E.F., Jones, S.T., Huang, L., Roberts, P.C., Youell, S.J., Jones, B.R., Wright, A., Valentine, J., Donnison, I.S., 2008. Miscanthus: breeding our way to a better future. Aspects of Applied Biology 90 pp. 199-206. Cadair Other

Jensen, E.F., Jones, S.T., Farrar, K., Robson, P.R.H., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S. 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.

Jensen, E.F., Jones, S.T., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S. 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 Cadair

2007

Jensen, E.F. 2007. 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 Cadair