Dr Elaine Jensen

Dr Elaine Jensen

Molecular Geneticist

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Profile

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. 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. Since 2007 I have been part of the large biorenewables programme in IBERS, developing our scientific knowledge of energy crops such as Miscanthus. From 2007 to 2012 I investigated the impact of flowering time on yield and quality traits in Miscanthus, as well as the factors promoting flowering, such as photoperiod and temperature (BBSRC responsive-mode grant). More recently I have received NRN-LCEE funding to develop a network around the phytoremediation of contaminated mine spoil in Wales, using energy crops.

Research

• Phytoremediation (restoration of contaminated land) using energy crops such as Miscanthus and reed canary grass (Phalaris), and the subsequent utility of these crops in sustainable energy provision. • Exploring the qualitative aspects of bioenergy for combustion – determining 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. • 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, including laboratory plastics.

Publications

2017

Jensen, E., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Thomas Jones, S., Clifton-Brown, J., Payne, R., Donnison, I. 2017. Towards Miscanthus combustion quality improvement: the role of flowering and senescence. GCB Bioenergy 9 (5) pp. 891-908. 10.1111/gcbb.12391 Cadair

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. Cadair

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 Cadair

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. Other Cadair

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

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., Swaller, T., Shield, I., Xi, Q., Karp, A., Flavell, R. 2014. Recent advances in Miscanthus science and breeding. International Bioenergy Conference 2014. Cadair

2013

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 Cadair

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. C. Saha., H. S. Bhandari., J. H. Bouton. (eds) Biomass Crops: Breeding and Genetics. Wiley 10.1002/9781118609477.ch5 Cadair

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: Target Traits. Springer Nature pp. 1-66. 10.1007/978-3-642-37048-9_1 Cadair

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. Other Cadair

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 Cadair

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 Cadair

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 Cadair

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 Cadair

Downing, R.D., Donnison, I.S., Jensen, E., Durran, M., Lewis, J. 2012. The Butterfly Man. The Butterfly Man. Cadair

Morris, S.M., Bryant, D., Jensen, E., Thomas, D.S., Fish, S., Gallagher, J. 2012. Grassohol - use of high sugar ryegrass for the production of liquid biofuels. International conference of Agricultural Engineering. Cadair

Morris, S.M., Gallagher, J., Jensen, E., Charlton, A., Fish, S. 2012. Beacon: biorefining in Wales. International conference of Agricultural Engineering. Cadair

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. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 122 (4) pp. 819-829. 10.1007/s00122-010-1489-0 Cadair

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 . Other 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 Cadair

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 Cadair

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. 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

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

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. 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

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. Cadair

Allison, G., Morris, C., Gill, S., Lister, S., Clifton-Brown, J., Jensen, E., Robson, P., Adams, J., Gallagher, J., Donnison, I. 2010. Aligning the chemical composition of new Miscanthus varieties to the requirements of conversion processes. Sixth International Conference on Rnewable Resource and Biorefineries. Cadair

2009

Farrar, K., Hawkins, S., Jensen, E., Robson, P., Sanderson, R., Clifton-Brown, J., Donnison, I. 2009. Exploiting model species to increase biomass yield in energy crops. 20th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (IACR). Cadair

2008

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. pp. S180-S185. 10.1016/j.cbpa.2008.04.482 Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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.Booth, E., Green, M., Karp, A., Shield, I., Stock, D., Turley, D. 2008. Miscanthus: breeding our way to a better future. Aspects of Applied Biology 90 pp. 199-206. Cadair Other

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. pp. S197. 10.1016/j.cbpa.2009.04.443 Cadair