Dr Gordon Allison

Dr Gordon Allison

Analytical Biochemist


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I work across disciplines, interact with industry and provide underpinning in IBERS for chemical and data analysis.My interests centre on plant cell wall biochemistry, and how architecture and chemical composition affect the efficiency of the conversion of plant feedstocks by thermochemical processes, fermentation by ruminants and also by commercial industrial processing. I am expert in chromatographic/ mass spectrometry, vibrational spectroscopy and imaging, thermochemical analysis, and statistical and chemometric data mining/ modelling. I coordinate the MSc in Biotechnology and teach broadly at undergraduate and post graduate levels.


Research Groups

  • Crops for sustainable energy and materials


da Costa, R, Barrett, W, Carli, JM & Allison, G 2020, Analysis of Plant Cell Walls by Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier transform Infrared Spectroscopy: FTIR of Plant Cell Walls. in Z Popper (ed.), The Plant Cell Wall: Methods and Protocols. 2 edn, Methods in Molecular Biology, no. 2, vol. 2149, Springer Nature, pp. 297-313. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-0716-0621-6_16
Jones, GL, Scullion, J, Allison, G, Stott, H, Johnson, D, Owen, R, Williams, G & Gwynn-Jones, D 2019, 'Reduced soil respiration beneath invasive Rhododendron ponticum persists after cutting and is related to substrate quality rather than microbial community', Soil Biology and Biochemistry, vol. 138, 107577. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2019.107577
Bustamante, MA, Nogués, I, Jones, S & Allison, G 2019, 'The effect of anaerobic digestate derived composts on the metabolite composition and thermal behaviour of rosemary', Scientific Reports, vol. 9, 6489. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-42725-6
Elliott, C, Edwards, J, Wilkinson, T, Allison, G, McCaffrey, K, Scott, M, Rees Stevens, P, Kingston-Smith, A & Huws, S 2018, 'Using 'Omic Approaches to Compare Temporal Bacterial Colonization of Lolium perenne, Lotus corniculatus and Trifolium pratense in the Rumen', Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 9, 2184. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.02184
Konstantopoulou, M, Slator, P, Taylor, C, Wellington, E, Allison, G, Harper, A, Bancroft, I & Bugg, T 2018, 'Variation in susceptibility to microbial lignin oxidation in a set of wheat straw cultivars: influence of genetic, seasonal and environmental factors', Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 493-507. https://doi.org/10.3183/npprj-2017-32-04_p493-507_bugg
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