Prof Iain Donnison


Prof Iain Donnison


Academic Dept - Head of Department

Head of Department

Theme Leader: Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Head of Department - Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences

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Professor Iain Donnison leads the Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Theme in IBERS. He is a plant and environmental scientist with expertise in crop physiology, genetics and environmental impact of temperate and tropical grasses. His recent work focuses on environmental stress, and strategies for adaptation to, and mitigation of, climate change.

Professor Donnison is also committed to the translation of science and working with industry within the bioeconomy to achieve wider impact. For example, the BEACON Biorefining Centre which he leads was recognised as one of Europe's most innovative projects winning the European Commission’s RegioStars Award for Sustainable Growth.


Genomic index selection provides a pragmatic framework for setting and refining multi-objective breeding targets in MiscanthusSlavov, G., Davey, C., Bosch, M., Robson, P., Donnison, I. & Mackay, I., 2018 , In : Annals of Botany. mcy187.
Soil N2O emissions with different reduced tillage methods during the establishment of Miscanthus in temperate grasslandHolder, A. J., McCalmont, J., Rowe, R., McNamara, N., Elias, D. & Donnison, I., 2018 , In : GCB Bioenergy.
Breeding progress and preparedness for mass-scale deployment of perennial lignocellulosic biomass crops switchgrass, miscanthus, willow and poplarClifton-Brown, J., Harfouche, A., Casler, M., Jones, H., MacAlpine, W. J., Murphy-Bokern, D., Smart, L., Adler, A., Ashman, C. R., Awty-Carroll, D., Bastien, C., Bopper, S., Botnari, V., Brancourt-Hulmel, M., Chen, Z., Clark, L., Cosentino, S., Dalton, S., Davey, C., Dolstra, O., Donnison, I., Flavell, R., Greef, J. M., Hanley, S., Hastings, A., Hertzberg, M., Hsu, T. W., Huang, L., Iurato, A., Jensen, E., Jin, X., Jørgensen, U., Kiesel, A., Kim, D-S., Liu, J., McCalmont, J. P., McMahon, G. G., Mos, M., Robson, P., Sacks, E. J., Sandu, A., Scalici, G., Schwarz, K., Scordia, D., Shafiei, R., Shield, I. F., Slavov, G., Stanton, B., Swaminathan, K., Taylor, G., Torres, A. F., Trindade, L. M., Tschaplinski, T., Tuskan, J., Yamada, T., Yu, C. Y., Zalesny, R. -F., Zong, J. & Lewandowski, I., 2018 , (Accepted/In press) In : GCB Bioenergy.
Can the optimisation of pop-up agriculture in remote communities help feed the world?Jones, D., Dunne, H., Donnison, I., Robson, P., Sanfratello, G., Schlarb-Ridley, B., Hughes, K. & Convey, P., 2018 , In : Global Food Security.18, p. 35-439 p.
Soil nitrous oxide flux following land-use reversion from Miscanthus and SRC willow to perennial ryegrass: N2O in land-use reversion from energy cropsMcCalmont, J., Rowe, R., Elias, D., Jeanette, W., McNamara, N. & Donnison, I., 2018 , (Accepted/In press) In : GCB Bioenergy.
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