Prof Howard Thomas
Investigation and modification of cellular and biochemical mechanisms of plant senescence and death, with special emphasis on pigment and protein metabolism.
Cloning, mapping and exploiting genes determining senescence, late-season and post-harvest deterioration, food, feed and bioprocessing quality and consumer perception in a range of crop and amenity species.
Use of imaging and machine-learning methods for non-destructive analysis of plant development and remote field to landscape-level monitoring of crops and ecosystems.
Cultural significance of scientific research and promotion of links between science and the arts.
The Millers' Tales: Sustainability, the Arts and the Watermill. In (eds) Literature and Sustainability : Concept, Text and Culture. Manchester University Press, Manchester pp. 13. Cadair2017.
Senescence and crop performance. In (eds) Crop Physiology: Application for Genetic Improvement and Agronomy. Academic International Press pp. 223-250. Cadair2017.
Introduction to a Virtual Issue on plant senescence. New Phytologist 212 (3) pp. 531-536. Cadair2016.
Remembering Darnel, a Forgotten Plant of Literary, Religious, and Evolutionary Significance. Journal of Ethnobiology 36 (1) pp. 29-44. Cadair2016.
Senescence and programmed cell death. In (eds) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants. Wiley pp. 925-982. Cadair2015.
Reading shakespeare with the grain: Sustainability and the hunger business. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 19 (1) pp. 8-20. Cadair2015.
Soper at oure aller cost: The Politics of Food Supply in the Canterbury Tales. The Chaucer Review 50 (1 & 2) pp. 1-29. Cadair2015.
Moving accidents by flood and field: The Arable and Tidal Worlds of George Eliot's. ELH: English Literary History 82 (2) pp. 701-728. Cadair2015.
Food and the Literary Imagination. Springer Nature, Basingstoke Cadair2014.
Multiscale digital Arabidopsis predicts individual organ and whole-organism growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (39) pp. E4127-E4136. Cadair2014.
The stay-green trait. Journal of Experimental Botany 65 pp. 3889-3900. Cadair2014.
Reading with the Grain: Sustainability and the Literary Imagination. 2013 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability. 2013 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability. Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant, Lampeter Cadair2013.
The Autumn King: Remembering the Land in King Lear. Shakespeare Quarterly 63 (4) pp. 518-543. Cadair2012.
Evolution, Physiology and Phytochemistry of the Psychotoxic Arable Mimic Weed Darnel (Lolium temulentum L.). In (eds) Progress in Botany. Springer Nature pp. 73-104.2011.
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. 819-829.2011.
Grasses. Current Biology 20 (19) pp. R837-R839.2010.
Accumulation of chlorophyll catabolites photosensitizes the hypersensitive response elicited by Pseudomonas syringae in Arabidopsis. New Phytologist 188 (1) pp. 161-174. Cadair2010.
PlasMo: Making existing plant and crop mathematical models available to plant systems biologist. Aspects 93: Integrated Agricultural Systems. Association of Applied Biologists Conference on Integrated Agricultural Systems: Methodologies, Modelling and Measuring. pp. S225-S226. Cadair2009.
PlaSMo: Making existing plant and crop mathematical models available to plant systems biologists. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology pp. 225-.2009.
Response to Sinkkonen: Ultraviolet reflectance in autumn leaves and the un-naming of colours. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24 (5) pp. 237-238.2009.
Faecal Markers - Markers developed to optimise visualisation of faecal contamination on animal carcasses in the abattoir. Cadair2009.
Unravelling the evolution of autumn colours: an interdisciplinary approach. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24 (3) pp. 166-173.2009.
Making crop and plant mathematical models easily accessible to the plant science and systems biology communities. Cadair2009.
Genome restructuring in hybrids: marriages of inconvenience. Cadair2009.
Markers and mapping revisited: finding your gene. New Phytologist 183 (4) pp. 935-966.2009.
Evolution of plant senescence. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9 (163) 1632009.
The control of chlorophyll catabolism and the status of yellowing as a biomarker of leaf senescence. Plant Biology 10 (S1) pp. 4-14.2008.
Does fructan have a functional role in physiological traits? Investigation by quantative trait locus mapping. New Phytologist 179 (3) pp. 765-775.2008.
Senescence: developmental program or timetable? New Phytologist 179 (3) pp. 575-579.2008.
Systems biology and the biology of systems: how, if at all, are they related? New Phytologist 177 (1) pp. 11-15.2008.
Nondestructive analysis of senescence in mesophyll cells by spectral resolution of protein synthesis-dependent pigment metabolism. New Phytologist 179 (3) pp. 663-674.2008.
The adaptive value of leaf colour. New Phytologist 179 pp. 9-13.2008.
Rice pseudomolecule-anchored cross-species DNA sequence alignments indicate regional genomic variation in expressed sequence conservation. BMC Genomics 8 (283) 162007.
Throwing new light on the hypersensitive response. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology 146 (4) C2.9 Abstracts of the Annual Main Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology. Cadair2007.
The genetic control of senescence revealed by mapping quantitative trait loci. In (ed) Annual Plant Reviews: Senescence Processes in Plants. Wiley pp. 171-201.2007.
Modification of nitrogen remobilisation, grain fill and leaf senescence in maize (Zea mays L.) by transposon insertional mutagenensis in a protease gene. New Phytologist 173 (3) pp. 481-494.2007.
Cross-species identification of Mendel's/locus. Science 315 (5808) pp. 73.2007.
From crop to model to crop: identifying the genetic basis of the staygreen mutation in the Lolium/Festuca forage and amenity grasses. New Phytologist 172 (4) pp. 592-597.2006.
Molecular tagging of a senescence gene by introgression mapping of a stay-green mutation from Festuca pratensis. New Phytologist 165 (3) pp. 801-806.2005.
Bringing medicinal plants into cultivation: opportunities and challenges for biotechnology. Trends in Biotechnology 23 (4) pp. 180-185.2005.
The colour of autumn leaves as symptoms of cellular recycling and defences against environmental stresses. Current Topics in Developmental Biology 66 pp. 135-160.2005.
Construction of a Festuca pratensis BAC library for map-based cloning in IFestulolium substitution lines. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 110 (5) pp. 846-851.2005.
Evidence in support of a role for plant-mediated proteolysis in the rumens of grazing animals. British Journal of Nutrition pp. 73-79.2005.
Introgression mapping in the grasses. The 4th international symposium on the molecular breeding of forage and turf, a satellite workshop of the XXth International Grassland Congress.2005.
Discriminating stay-green grasses using hyperspectral imaging and chemometrics. In (ed) Molecular breeding for the genetic improvement of forage crops and turf. Wageningen Academic Publishers pp. 120.2005.
Modification of senescence in ryegrass transformed with IPT under the control of a monocot senescence-enhanced promoter. Plant Cell Reports 22 (11) pp. 816-821.2004.
Analysis of the chlorophyll catabolism pathway in leaves of an introgression senescence mutant of Lolium temulentum. Phytochemistry 65 (9) pp. 1231-1238.2004.
Leaf senescence is delayed in maize expressing the Agrobacterium IPT gene under the control of a novel maize senescence-enhanced promoter. Plant Biotechnology Journal 2 (2) pp. 101-112.2004.
Chlorophylls and their breakdown in green plant tissues: genetic and environmental control.2004.
Identification of molecular markers for crown rust (Puccinia coronata) resistance in a Lolium/Festuca introgression population using syntenic relationships with rice. Plant Genomics European Meeting. Cadair2004.
Photoinhibition and resistance to winter damage in stay-green amenity grasses. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A. Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) Meeting. Cadair2004.
Defining senescence and death. Journal of Experimental Botany 54 (385) pp. 1127-1132.2003.
Do green plants age and, if so, how? Topics in Current Genetics. Springer Nature pp. 145-171.2003.
Hyperspectral imaging and machine learning as a no-invasive screening tool to determine crop maturity, nutritional status and stress. DEFRA Arable Crop Physiology and Technology Workshop. Cadair2003.
Hyperspectral imaging and machine learning as a non-invasive screening tool to determine crop maturity, nutritional status and stress. DEFRA Arable Crop Physiology and Technology Workshop. Cadair2003.
Hyperspectral imaging as a non-invasive tool to determine crop maturity, nutritional status and stress. 2002 Conference on Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture. Cadair2002.
Effects of a stay-green mutation on plant nitrogen relations in Lolium perenne during N starvation and after defoliation. Annals of Botany pp. 11-21.2002.
Ageing in plants. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 123 (7) British Society for Research on Ageing / Institute of Biologists Meeting. pp. 747–753.2002.
What stay-green mutants tell us about nitrogen remobilization in leaf senescence. Journal of Experimental Botany pp. 801-808.2002.
Developing a chromosome substitution series in Lolium/Festuca. 2002 Plant Science Wales. Cadair2002.
Introgression mapping - the route to designer breeding in grasses. Proceedings of the XVIth EUCARPIA Congress. XVIth EUCARPIA Congress. , Edinburgh, Scotland pp. 139-145. Cadair2001.
Programmed cell death assays for plants. In (eds) Apoptosis: Cell Death. Methods in Cell Biology Elsevier pp. 437-451.2001.
Recent advances in the cell biology of chlorophyll catabolism. Advances in Botanical Research 35 pp. 1-52.2001.
The capture and gratuitous disposal of resources by plants. Functional Ecology pp. 3-12.2001.
Introgression mapping reveals a 1:1 correspondence between chiasma frequency and genetic distance. 9th International Plant and Animal Genome Meeting. Cadair2001.
Retrotransposon Evolution in Diverse Plant Genomes. Genetics 156 (1) pp. 313-325. Cadair2000.
De Novo Evolution of Satellite DNA on the Rye B Chromosome. Genetics 154 (2) pp. 869-884. Cadair2000.
Chlorophyll breakdown in Chlorella protothecoides: characterization of degreening and cloning of degreening-related genes. Plant Molecular Biology 42 (3) pp. 439-450. Cadair2000.
Species relationships, introgression and physical mapping in Lolium perenne x Festuca pratensis hybrids. In (eds) Chromosomes Today: Proceedings 13th International Chromosome Conference. Proceedings 13th International Chromosome Conference. Springer Nature pp. 277-286. Cadair2000.
Evidence for root contraction in white clover (Trifolium repens L.). Annals of Botany 84 (3) pp. 359-369. Cadair1999.
Introgression mapping in the grasses. I. Introgression of Festuca pratensis chromosomes and chromosome segments into Lolium perenne. Heredity 81 (4) pp. 462-467. Cadair1998.
Physically mapping quantitative traits for stress resistance in the forage grasses. Journal of Experimental Botany 49 (327) pp. 1611-1618. Cadair1998.
Chlorophyll a fluorescence and antioxidant analyses provide evidence for the operation of alternative electron sinks during leaf senescence in a stay-green mutant of Festuca pratensis. Plant, Cell and Environment 20 (11) pp. 1323. Cadair1997.
Leaf senescence in a non-yellowing mutant of Festuca pratensis: implications of the stay-green mutation for photosynthesis, growth and nutrition . Plant, Cell and Environment 20 (8) pp. 1007-1018. Cadair1997.
Introgression, tagging and expression of a leaf senescence gene in Festulolium. New Phytologist 137 (1) pp. 29-34. Cadair1997.
Leaf development in Lolium temulentum: photosynthesis in relation to growth and senescence. New Phytologist 160 (2) pp. 159-168. Cadair1995.
Photosynthesis and light energy dissipation in senescing leaves of grass mutants blocked in chlorophyll degradation. In (ed) Photosynthesis: From Light to Biosphere. Springer Nature pp. 953-956. Cadair1995.
Intergenomic translocations and the genomic composition of Avena maroccana Gdgr. revealed by FISH. Chromosome Research 2 (2) pp. 163-164. Cadair1994.
Effect of light intensity during senescence on photosynthesis and photosynthetic proteins of Lolium temulentum. In (eds) Crop Adaptation to Cool, Wet Climates. EC COST 814 Workshop. pp. 159-166. Cadair1993.