Research

CEPAMS will nurture excellent research and will focus on the improvement of food crops and the production of high-value, beneficial products from plants and microbes.

Collaborative research is funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Newton Fund.

Research projects include;

  • Development of production systems for bioactive natural products from Chinese medicinal plants
  • Sequencing the diploid oat (Avena strigosa) genome
  • Wheat association genetics
  • Discriminating between symbiosis and PAMP signalling in rice
  • Iron signalling in Arabidopsis
  • Mechanism and significance of Chromatic reconfiguration in plant germline
  • Nitrate transport targets of the wheat NAC2 transcription factors
  • Functional and population analysis of genomic islands of diversity in the Antirrhinum species group
  • Growth control and organ size
  • Geminiviral cell-to-cell trafficking: interaction of the geminiviral C4 protein and plant BAM1 receptor kinase
  • Editing long distance transport and storage to optimise the site of nitrogen assimilation in drought and salt-stress
  • Linking the dots of plant immune signalling through the identification of RLCK substrates
  • Coordinated regulation of plant height and branching
  • Understanding agronomic resilience; why is oat different?
  • A platform for alkaloid pathway discovery
  • Coupling of RNA processing and transcription
  • Identifying the role of Streptomyces coelicolor natural products in interspecies interactions
  • Functional characterisation of aphid cathepsin B effectors
  • Functional analysis of bi-directional nitrate transporters in rice and wheat
  • Structural analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis drug-resistance-related proteins
  • Revealing the RNA structural basis of sugar-dependent degradation of miRNA precursors during the juvenile to adult developmental phase transition in plants
  • Skullcap anticancer metabolites (SCAM)
  • Unravelling the role of TE RNA structure in TE function in Arabidopsis
  • Understanding the role of exopolysaccharide production in Pseudomonas syringae plant infection
  • Investigation of DNA gyrase-interacting proteins Mycobacterium tuberculosis and the implications for TB therapy
  • Novel gene targets for iron and zinc biofortification
  • Starvation-mediated resistance to F.graminearum
  • Enhancing legume crop yield and nitrogen inputs