Ecological Genomics

An exploration of how plant genome size and polyploidy impacts ecology

bluebells copyThe focus of this research is to study the fundamental role that genome size and polyploidy plays as a sink for both N and P, and in influencing photosynthesis efficiency, both influencing plant competitivity. We also study how genome size and polyploidy have cascading effects at multiple levels of biodiversity, from the genome to the ecosystem. Of particular importance to this study is how the huge 2,400-fold range in angiosperm genome sizes influences ecology and shapes the distribution and persistence of biodiversity, particularly in environments with limiting N and P. The findings from the proposed research will be fundamental, and aims to add new dimensions to our understanding of ecology. We explore the consequences of polyploidy and genome size on plant ecology.

We are interested in research projects in four central areas that study genome size and polyploidy in relation to: [1] Nitrogen and phosphorus use efficiency. [2] photosynthesis efficiency. [3] Population genetics and [4] Plant competitivity. If you are interested in research into these areas please contact me.