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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.
• 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.
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 Cadair2016.
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. Cadair2014.
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.
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. 541-552.2013.
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. 2373-2383.2013.
Beacon: biorefining in Wales. International conference of Agricultural Engineering, Valencia, Spain, 08/07/2012 - 12/07/2012. pp. 0015.2012.
Grassohol - use of high sugar ryegrass for the production of liquid biofuels. International conference of Agricultural Engineering, Valencia, Spain, 08/07/2012 - 12/07/2012. pp. 0022.2012.
High resolution genetic mapping by genome sequencing reveals genome duplication and tetraploid genetic structure of the diploid Miscanthus sinensis. PLoS One 7 (3) e33821 Cadair2012.
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 122 (4) pp. 819-829. Cadair2011.
Characterization of flowering time diversity in Miscanthus species. GCB Bioenergy 3 (5) pp. 387-400. 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. 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. Cadair2007.