Plant Biology

Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston

Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston

Chair of the Plant Biology Section

Vicky is Emeritus Professor at the University of Warwick and retired in September 2014. During her research career, her interests ranged from systems biology to crop genetics involving modelling leaf senescence and plant stress responses in Arabidopsis as well as analysis of brassica genomics, stress tolerance and post harvest quality in vegetable brassicas. Her research experiences spanned many disciplines, from the molecular genetics of nitrogen fixation in her PhD and postdoc at the John Innes Institute and the Unit of Nitrogen Fixation in Sussex, followed by development of plant transformation methods when working in Biotech in the USA. She then started a research programme on the molecular biology of leaf senescence at Wye College in Kent and in 1997 moved to Horticulture Research International, which is now part of the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick.

Future developments in plant science are of crucial importance. Expanding world populations, climate change and the desire for more sustainable agriculture mean that plant scientists are faced with incredible challenges for more efficient and effective agricultural production. Exploitation of new methodologies in plant and crop science will allow rapid and significant progress. The SEB plays a key role to motivate plant science in the UK and internationally and provides financial support to the UK Plant Science Federation and the Global Plant Council.

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