Skills and principal approaches

Becher_cover_o_marsh copy 2My research has focused for over 20 years on the evolution of plant genomes, particularly in the context of polyploidy and giant genomes. In collaboration with Dr Ilia Leitch at Kew, we are using flow cytometry to characterize plant genome size diversity. We are using fluorescence in situ hybridisation, phylogenetics, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), and Irys™ technology to characterise genomes in our studies of plant chromosome evolution. We are using ecological approaches to study the consequence of plant genome diversity on plant competitively.