Dr Lesley Turner

Dr Lesley Turner

Research Associate in Biorefining

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Research

  • Genetic control of ryegrass traits for sustainable agriculture
  • Nutritional value and nitrogen use efficiency
  • Stress physiology
  • Root traits
  • Biorefining macroalge

Publications

2017

Gallagher, J., Turner, L., Adams, J.M.M., Dyer, P.W., Theodorou, M.K. 2017. Dewatering treatments to increase dry matter content of the brown seaweed, kelp (Laminaria digitata ((Hudson) JV Lamouroux)). Bioresource Technology 224 pp. 662-669. 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.11.091 Cadair

2015

Gallagher, J.A., Cairns, A.J., Thomas, D., Timms-taravella, E., Skot, K., Charlton, A., Williams, P., Turner, L.B. 2015. Fructan synthesis, accumulation and polymer traits. II. Fructan pools in populations of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) with variation for water-soluble carbohydrate and candidate genes were not correlated with biosynthetic activity and demonstrated constraints to polymer chain extension. Frontiers in Plant Science 6 864 10.3389/fpls.2015.00864 Cadair

Barre, P., Turner, L., Escobar-Gutiérrez, A. 2015. Leaf Length Variation in Perennial Forage Grasses. Agriculture 5 (3) pp. 682-696. 10.3390/agriculture5030682 Cadair

Gallagher, J.A., Cairns, A.J., Thomas, D., Charlton, A., Williams, P., Turner, L.B. 2015. Fructan synthesis, accumulation, and polymer traits. I. Festulolium chromosome substitution lines. Frontiers in Plant Science 6 486 10.3389/fpls.2015.00486 Other Cadair

Gallagher, J.A., Turner, L.B., Cairns, A.J., Farrell, M.S., Lovatt, J.A., Skøt, K.P., Armstead, I.P., Humphreys, M.O., Roldan_Ruiz, I. 2015. Genetic Differentiation in Response to Selection for Water-Soluble Carbohydrate Content in Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). Bioenergy Research 8 (1) pp. 77-90. 10.1007/s12155-014-9491-z Cadair

2013

Macleod, C.(.J.A., Humphreys, M.W., Whalley, W.R., Turner, L., Binley, A., Watts, C.W., Skøt, L., Joynes, A., Hawkins, S., King, I.P., O'Donovan, S., Haygarth, P.M. 2013. A novel grass hybrid to reduce flood generation in temperate regions. Scientific Reports 3 1683 10.1038/srep01683 Cadair

2012

Humphreys, M.W., Macleod, C.J.A., Whalley, W.R., Turner, L.B., Farrell, M.S., Ghesquiere, M., Haygarth, P.M. 2012. Designing grass cuiltivars for droughts and floods. In S. Barth., D. Milbourne. (eds) Breeding Strategies for Sustainable Forage and Turf Grass Improvement. Eucarpia Fodder Crops and Amenity Section Meeting. 2013th edn, Springer Nature pp. 171-180. Cadair

Farrar, K., Bryant, D.N., Turner, L.B., Gallagher, J.A., Thomas, A.M., Farrell, M.S., Humphreys, M.O., Donnison, I.S. 2012. Breeding for Bio-ethanol Production in Lolium perenne L.: Association of Allelic Variation with High Water-Soluble Carbohydrate Content. Bioenergy Research 5 (1) pp. 149-157. 10.1007/s12155-011-9156-0 Cadair

2010

Turner, L.B., Macleod, C.J.A., Watts, C., Whalley, W.R., Binley, A., Papadopoulos, T., O'Donovan, S., Haygarth, P.M., King, J., Humphreys, M.W. 2010. Dissecting Festulolium chromosome 3 to locate rooting and drought resistance traits. In C. Huyghe. (ed) Sustainable use of Genetic Diversity in Forage and Turf Breeding. 1st Editionth edn, Springer Nature pp. 471-477. 10.1007/978-90-481-8706-5_70 Cadair Other

Turner, L.B., Farrell, M.S., Humphreys, M.O., Dolstra, O. 2010. Testing water-soluble carbohydrate QTL effects in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) by marker selection. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 121 (8) pp. 1405-1417. 10.1007/s00122-010-1397-3 Cadair

Farrell, M.S., Turner, L.B., Cairns, A.J., Humphreys, M.O. 2010. Testing a QTL index for marker selection of water-soluble carbohydrate content in perennial ryegrass. In C. Huyghe. (ed) Sustainable use of Genetic Diversity in Forage and Turf Breeding. Springer Nature pp. 465-469. 10.1007/978-90-481-8706-5_69 Cadair

Gregory, A.S., Webster, C.P., Watts, C.W., Whalley, W.R., Macleod, C.J.A., Joynes, A., Papadopoulos, A., Haygarth, P.M., Binley, A., Humphreys, M.W., Turner, L.B., Skøt, L., Matthews, G.P. 2010. Soil management and grass species effects on the hydraulic properties of shrinking soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal 74 (3) pp. 753-761. 10.2136/sssaj2009.0284 Cadair

Humphreys, M.W., Turner, L.B., O'Donovan, S.A., Macleod, C.J.A., King, I.P., Whalley, W.R., Haygarth, P.M. 2010. Grass root turn-over for improved soil hydrology to combat flooding. Grassland in a changing world. Proceedings of the 23rd General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation. Cadair

2009

Turner, L., Macleod, C.J.A., Watts, C., Clark, L., Whalley, R., Binley, A., Papadopoulos, A., Farrell, M., O'Donovan, S., Hawkins, S., Skot, L., Haygarth, P.M., King, I., Humphreys, M. 2009. Lolium perenne partial rs1 gene for a putative salt-stress root protein, exons 1-4, strain LTS18. Cadair

Julier, B., Turner, L.B., Gastal, F., Moreau, L., Ghesquiere, M., Mi, F., Barre, P. 2009. Quantitative trait loci for leaf length in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). Grass and Forage Science 64 (3) pp. 310-321. 10.1111/j.1365-2494.2009.00696.x Cadair

Humphreys, M.W., Turner, L.B., Yadav, R.S., King, J., Skot, L. 2009. Mapping plant stress tolerance. International Conference on Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance. Other Cadair

Farrar, K., Thomas, A.M., Gallagher, J.A., Turner, L.B., Armstead, I.P., Humphreys, M.W., Donnison, I.S. 2009. Identification of SNP markers for molecular breeding in Lolium perenne and other energy grasses. Plant and Animal Genome XVII Conference. Other Cadair

Humphreys, M.W., Turner, L.B., King, I.P. 2009. Using introgression mapping to dissect and manipulate the complex gene interactions involved in resistance to abiotic stresses. Plant and Animal Genome XVII Conference. Other Cadair

Turner, L.B., Cairns, A.J., Farrell, M., Humphreys, M.O. 2009. Testing a QTL index for marker selection of water-soluble carbohydrate content in perennial ryegrass. Other Cadair

Armstead, I.P., Barth, S., Yang, B., Thorogood, D., Humphreys, M.O., King, I.P., Marshall, A.H., Turner, L.B., Skøt, L.Yamada, T., Spangenberg, G. 2009. Understanding the genetic basis of flowering and fertility in the ryegrasses (Lolium spp.). In T. Yamada., G. Spangenberg. (eds) Molecular Breeding of Forage and Turf. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on the Molecular Breeding of Forage and Turf 2007 (MBFT 2007), Sapporo Convention Center. Springer Nature pp. 185-192. Cadair Other

2008

Cairns, A.J., Turner, L.B., Gallagher, J.A. 2008. Ryegrass leaf fructan synthesis is oxygen dependent and abolished by endomembrane inhibitors. New Phytologist 180 (4) pp. 832-840. 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02616.x Cadair

Turner, L.B., Cairns, A.J., Armstead, I.P., Thomas, H., Humphreys, M.W., Humphreys, M.O. 2008. Does fructan have a functional role in physiological traits? Investigation by quantative trait locus mapping. New Phytologist 179 (3) pp. 765-775. 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02495.x Cadair Other

Studer, B., Asp, T., Frei, U., Hentrup, S., Meally, H., Guillard, A., Barth, S., Muylle, H., Roldan-Ruiz, I., Barre, P., Koning-Boucoiran, C., Uuenk-Stunnenberg, G., Dolstra, O., Skot, L., Skot, K.P., Turner, L.B., Humphreys, M.O., Kolliker, R., Roulund, N., Nielsen, K.K., Lübberstedt, T. 2008. Expressed sequence tag-derived microsatellite markers of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). Molecular Breeding 21 (4) pp. 533-548. 10.1007/s11032-007-9148-0 Cadair Other

Armstead, I.P., Turner, L.B., Marshall, A.H., Humphreys, M.O., King, I.P., Thorogood, D. 2008. Identifying genetic components controlling fertility in the outcrossing grass species perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) by quantitative trait loci analysis and comparative genetics. New Phytologist 178 (3) pp. 559-571. 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02413.x Cadair

Roldan-Ruiz, I., Barre, P., Brazauskas, G., Dolstra, O., Humphreys, M.O., Lenk, I., Lubberstadt, T., Pasakinskiene, I.S., Posselt, U.K., Rongli, O.-.A., Roulund, N., Rudi, H., Turner, L.B., Van Daele, I.Lubberstedt, T. 2008. GRASP: SNP validation by association studies. 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. Cadair

Macleod, C.J.A., Binley, A., Haygarth, P.M., Humphreys, M.W., Joynes, A., Papodopoulas, A., Skot, L., Turner, L.B., Watts, C. 2008. Genetically modified hydrographs: integrating grass genetics and soil science. British Society of Soil Science meeting. Cadair

Skot, L., Thorogood, D., Armstead, I.P., Humphreys, J., Sanderson, R., Thomas, I.D., Gallagher, J.A., Turner, L.B., Humphreys, M.W., Humphreys, M.O. 2008. Association and introgression mapping of quantitative traits in Lolium perenne: flowering time, forage quality and abiotic stress tolerance. Plant and Animal Genomics Conference XVI. Other Cadair

Armstead, I.P., Turner, L.B., Humphreys, M.O., Farrell, M.S., Cairns, A.J., Skøt, K.P., Farrar, K., Donnison, I.S.Lubberstedt, T. 2008. Changes in SSR allele frequencies during phenotypic selection for water-soluble carbohydrate (WSC) in an experimental population of perennial ryegrass. 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. pp. 19-23. Cadair

Hawkins, S.L., Turner, L.B., Humphreys, M.W. 2008. Selecting genes in Lolium x Festuca hybrids for root growth to improve soil hydrology. XXVIIth Eucarpia Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. EUCARPIA pp. Abstract No P17. Other Cadair

Studer, B., Asp, T., Frei, U., Hentrup, S., Meally, H., Guillard, A., Barth, S., Muylle, H., Roldan-Ruiz, I., Barre, P., Koning-Boucoiran, C., Uuenk-Stunnenberg, G., Dolstra, O., Skot, L., Skot, K.P., Turner, L.B., Humphreys, M.O., Kolliker, R., Roulund, N., Nielsen, K.K., Lubberstedt, T. 2008. Expressed sequence tag-derived microsatellite markers of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). The XXVII Eucarpia Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. pp. 86. Cadair Other

2007

Macleod, C.J.A., Binley, A., Hawkins, S.L., Humphreys, M.W., Turner, L.B., Whalley, W.R., Haygarth, P.M. 2007. Genetically modified hydrographs: what can grass genetics do for temperate catchment hydrology? Hydrological Processes 21 (16) pp. 2217-2221. 10.1002/hyp.6780 Cadair

Donnison, I.S., Gallagher, J.A., Farrar, K., Thain, S.C., Allison, G.G., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Hodgson, E., Morris, C., Turner, L.B., Morris, S.M., Humphreys, M.O., Morris, P.Lubberstedt, T. 2007. Quality traits for bioenergy in grasses. Proceedings, 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. pp. 46. Cadair

Gallagher, J., Cairns, A.J., Turner, L. 2007. Fructan in temperate forage grasses; agronomy, physiology, and molecular biology. In S. Norio., B. Noureddine., O. Shuichi. (eds) Recent advances in fructooligosaccharides research. Research Signpost pp. 15-46. Cadair

Donnison, I., Thain, S.C., Hodgson, E., Morris, C., Clifton-Brown, J., Turner, L., Gallagher, J., Humphreys, M.O., Farrar, K., Morris, P. 2007. Phenotyping and mapping quality traits for bioenergy in grasses. Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference. Cadair

Farrar, K., Thomas, A.M., Gallagher, J.A., Armstead, I., Turner, L., Humphreys, M.O., Donnison, I. 2007. Identification of SNps for molecular breeding in Lolium perenne. Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference. Cadair

2006

Farrar, K., Thomas, A., Armstead, I., Turner, L., Humphreys, M.O., Donnison, I.S. 2006. Identification of SNPs for molecular breeding in Lolium perenne. Plant Genomics European Meeting. Cadair

Armstead, I.P., Harper, J.A., Turner, L.B., Skøt, L., King, I.P., Humphreys, M.O., Morgan, W.G., Thomas, H.M., Roderick, H.W. 2006. Introgression of crown rust (Puccinia coronata) resistance from meadow fescue (Festuca pratensis) into Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum): Genetic mapping and identification of associated molecular markers. Plant Pathology 55 (1) pp. 62-67. 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2005.01308.x Cadair

Turner, L.B., Cairns, A.J., Armstead, I.P., Ashton, J., Skøt, K.P., Whittaker, D., Humphreys, M.O. 2006. Dissecting the regulation of fructan metabolism in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) with quantitative trait locus mapping. New Phytologist 169 (1) pp. 45-58. 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2005.01575.x Cadair

Humphreys, M.W., Yadav, R.S., Cairns, A.J., Turner, L.B., Humphreys, J., Skøt, L. 2006. A changing climate for grassland research. New Phytologist 169 (1) pp. 9-26. 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2005.01549.x Cadair Other

Barre, P., Turner, L.B., Brazauskas, G., Posselt, U.K. 2006. Comparative analysis of genetic similarity between perennial ryegrass genotypes investigated with AFLPs, ISSRs, RAPDs and SSRs. Czech Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding pp. 87-94. Cadair Other

Donnison, I.S., Thain, S.C., Skøt, L., Taylor, J., Turner, L.B., Armstead, I.P., Roderick, H.W., King, I.P., Humphreys, M.O., Humphreys, M.W. 2006. New developments in genotyping and phenotyping for breeding improved sustainability in temperate forage grasses. Cadair Cadair

2005

Armstead, I.P., Skøt, L., Donnison, I.S., Skøt, K.P., King, I.P., Turner, L.B., Humphreys, M.O. 2005. Identification of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne (L.)) and meadow fescue (Festuca pratensis (Huds.)) candidate orthologous sequences to the rice Hd1(Se1) and barley HvCO1 CONSTANS-like genes through comparative mapping and microsynteny. New Phytologist pp. 239-247. 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2005.01392.x Cadair

Turner, L.B., King, I.P., Skøt, L., Donnison, I.S., Humphreys, M.O., Armstead, I.P.Humphreys, M.O. 2005. The identification of genetic synteny between Lolium perenne chromosome 7 and rice chromosome 6 genomic regions that have major effects on heading-date. Cadair Other

Gallagher, J., Humphreys, M.O., Cairns, A.J., Turner, L.B., Armstead, I.P. 2005. Mapping water-soluble carbohydrate content in perennial ryegrass. In M. O. Humphreys. (ed) Molecular Breeding for the Genetic Improvement of Forage Crops and Turf. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on the Molecular Breeding of Forage and Turf. XXth International Grassland Congress. Wageningen Academic Publishers Cadair Other

Humphreys, M.W., Turner, L.B., Skøt, L.Zwierzykowski, Z., Kosmala, A. 2005. Developing technologies for precision breeding. In Z. Zwierzykowski., A. Kosmala. (eds) Recent Advances in Genetics and Breeding of the Grasses. Polish Academy of Sciences pp. 9-22. Cadair

Humphreys, M.O., Turner, L.B. 2005. QTL analysis of nutritive quality traits in ryegrass - validation and function. Plant and Animal Genome XIII Conference. Cadair

2004

Thorogood, D., Armstead, I.P., Turner, L.B., Humphreys, M.O., Hayward, M.D. 2004. Identification and mode of action of self-compatibility loci in Lolium perenne L. Heredity 94 pp. 356-363. 10.1038/sj.hdy.6800582 Cadair

Armstead, I.P., Turner, L.B., Farrell, M.S., Skøt, L., Gomez, P., Montoya, T., Donnison, I.S., King, I.P., Humphreys, M.O. 2004. Synteny between a major heading-date QTL in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) and the Hd3 heading-date locus in rice. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 108 (5) pp. 822-828. 10.1007/s00122-003-1495-6 Cadair

2003

Humphreys, M.O., Turner, L.B. 2003. Nutritive quality QTL and marker assisted selection in ryegrass. Cadair Other

Turner, L.B., Armstead, I.P., Cairns, A.J., Humphreys, M.O. 2003. Selecting for increased starch content in the vegetative tissues of perennial ryegrass. Proceedings 25th EUCARPIA Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section Meeting. Cadair Other

Humphreys, M.O., Turner, L.B., Skot, L., Humphreys, M.W., King, I.P., Armstead, I.P., Wilkins, P.W. 2003. The use of genetic markers in grass breeding. Proceedings 25th EUCARPIA Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section Meeting. Czech Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, vol. 39 Proceedings 25th EUCARPIA Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section Meeting. , Switzerland pp. 112-119. Cadair

Roderick, H.W., Humphreys, M.O., Turner, L., Armstead, I., Thorogood, D. 2003. Isolate specific trait loci for resistance to crown rust in perennial ryegrass. In U. K. Posselt., J. M. Greef. (eds) Proceedings International Symposium on Grass Breeding: 24th EUCARPIA fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. Vortrage fur Pflanzenzuchtug 24th EUCARPIA Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section. pp. 244-247. Cadair

Winz, R., Wilcox, P.L., Echt, C.E., Armstead, I., Turner, L., Humphreys, M.O. 2003. A Lolium perenne framework map based on microsatellite marker loci - joint commercialization by IGER, UK and ViaLactia, NZ. Molecular Breeding of Forage and Turf. Cadair

Humphreys, M.O., Turner, L., Armstead, I. 2003. QTL mapping in Lolium perenne. Plant & Animal Genomes XI Conference. Cadair

2002

Armstead, I.P., Humphreys, M.O., Cairns, A.J., King, I.P., Turner, L.B. 2002. Comparison and integration of genetic maps generated from F2 and BC1-type mapping populations in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). Plant Breeding Zeitschrift für Pflanzenzüchtung 121 (6) pp. 501-507. 10.1046/j.1439-0523.2002.00742.x Cadair

Pollock, C., Cairns, A.J., Humphreys, M.O., Turner, L.B. 2002. Carbon assimilation and partitioning into non-structural carbohydrate in contrasting varieties of Lolium perenne. Journal of Plant Physiology Biochemie und Physiologie der Pflanzen Zeitschrift für Pflanzenphysiologie 159 (3) pp. 257-263. 10.1078/0176-1617-00656 Cadair

Turner, L.B., Armstead, I.P., Cairns, A.J., Humphreys, M.O., Pollock, C. 2002. Selecting for increased starch content in the vegetative tissues of Lolium perenne. Cadair Other

Cairns, A.J., Cookson, A., Thomas, B.J., Turner, L.B. 2002. Starch metabolism in the fructan-grasses: Patterns of starch accumulation in excised leaves of Lolium temulentum L. Journal of Plant Physiology Biochemie und Physiologie der Pflanzen Zeitschrift für Pflanzenphysiologie 159 (3) pp. 293-305. 10.1078/0176-1617-00644 Cadair

Humphreys, M.O., Turner, L., Armstead, I. 2002. QTL identification and marker assisted selection for feeding value in ryegrass. Genotype - Phenotype: Narrowing the Gaps Conference. Cadair

2001

Pollock, C., Turner, L.B., Cairns, A.J., Humphreys, M.O. 2001. Comparison of growth and carbohydrate accumulation in seedlings of two varieties of Lolium perenne. Journal of Plant Physiology Biochemie und Physiologie der Pflanzen Zeitschrift für Pflanzenphysiologie 158 (7) pp. 891-897. 10.1078/0176-1617-00320 Cadair

Paget, M.F., Armstead, I.P., Humphreys, M.O., Thorogood, D., Turner, L.B., Roderick, H.W. 2001. QTL analysis of crown rust resistance in perennial ryegrass - implications for breeding. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 9 pp. 218-223. Cadair

Humphreys, M.O., Cook, R., Abberton, M.T., Turner, L.B., Thorogood, D., Roderick, H.W.Paul, V.H. 2001. Molecular breeding in pasture species and its application to improving pest and disease resistance. Cadair Other

Cairns, A.J., Pollock, C., Humphreys, M.O., Armstead, I.P., Turner, L.B. 2001. A physiological and biochemical analysis of the genetic basis of soluble carbohydrate storage in temperate grasses. Abstracts Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting. pp. 2-6. Cadair

1997

Gallagher, J.A., Volenec, J.J., Turner, L., Pollock, C. 1997. Starch Hydrolytic Enzyme Activities Following Defoliation of White Clover. Crop Science 37 (6) pp. 1812-1818. 10.2135/cropsci1997.0011183X003700060025x Cadair

1996

Lewis, C.E., Gay, A., Turner, L., Foyer, C.H., Causton, D.R. 1996. The effect of elevated CO2 on the relationship between photosynthetic gas exchange, associated enzymes and growth of Lolium temulentum at various light levels. Caper Meeting. Cadair