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Lancaster University (ULANC)

The Lancaster Environment Centre at the University of Lancaster forms one of the largest groups of environmental researchers in Europe, allowing integrative studies of terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems from molecular to global scales. This ‘environmental campus’ provides extensive, state-of-the-art research laboratories (including excellent facilities for chemical, biochemical and biological analysis), 15 glasshouses and 10 walk-in controlled environment rooms, including high-grade containment facilities for research with GM organisms. WATBIO also benefits from LEC’s water use phenotyping platform, and a 400 m2 field site.

ULANC leads WP6 providing expertise in crop physiology and plant responses to drought. In addition they contribute to the fundamental work on plant hormone signalling in WP1 and the phenotyping work in WP2, given their expertise in drought signalling.  The work is led by Professor William J Davies CBE. The Davies lab has won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education (2010) and a Times Higher Educational award (2009) for the development of water saving techniques for agriculture which have helped farmers in some of the driest regions of the world.  Dr Ian Dodd, reader in sustainable agriculture is an expert in identifying root-to-shoot signals, evaluating their role in planta and their manipulation via different genetic and crop management approaches.  Dr Sally Wilkinson is a plant physiologist with expertise in plant signalling research in response to stress.

A video about sustainable development and WATBIO at Lancaster University is available here.