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University of Southampton (SOTON)

 

The University of Southampton is one of the UK’s leading research universities.  The Life Sciences Institute is a new £46 million complex with state of the art facilities for plant growth, molecular sciences and wide-ranging bioscience infrastructure to foster interdisciplinary research.

University of Southampton is the project coordinating institution.  Professor Gail Taylor leads the research work and is the Watbio project coordinator.  She is supported by Gwen Isaacs and also the finance and project management team from the FP7 office of the University of Southampton.  SOTON scientists have worked intensively with Populus and are supplying plant material to the consortium and also contributing to phenotyping and genotyping. 

Genome Wide Association Genetics and Ecotilling require wide association populations and currently over 1000 unique genotypes are being grown in the UK and these supply DNA to the project.  In WP5, SOTON is analysing plants where candidate genes have been modified in expression using RNAi and OE approaches.  SOTON also has experience of assessing ecosystem services impacts of bioenergy/bioproduct crops and contributes these alongside expertise to the kick-off workshop and through training exchanges.

 

Recent Publications

TALLIS MJ, CASELLA E, HENSHALL PA, AYLOTT MJ, RANDLE TJ, MORISON JIL, TAYLOR G (2012). Development and evaluation of ForestGrowth-SRC a process-based model for short rotation coppice yield and spatial supply reveals poplar uses water more efficiently than willow. GCB Bioenergy,

ZHANG J, GAO G, CHEN J-J, TAYLOR G, CUI K-M, HE X-Q (2012). Molecular features of secondary vascular tissue regeneration after bark girdling in Populus. New Phytologist (early on-line August 25 2011).

OLIVER RJ, TAYLOR G, FINCH JW (2011). Assessing the impact of internal conductance to CO2 in a land-surface scheme: Measurement and modelling of photosynthesis in Populus nigra. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 152, 240-251

PATRICK G. STEPHENSON , NICOLE HARRIS , JOAN E. COTTRELL , STEVEN G. RALPH, JÖERG BOHLMANN & GAIL TAYLOR (2011).  A transcriptomic approach to identify genes associated with wood density in Picea sitchensis. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 26:S11, 82-96

ROWE R, WHITTAKER J, FREER-SMITH PH, CHAPMAN J, LUDLEY K, HOWARD D, TAYLOR G (2011). Counting the cost of carbon in bioenergy systems: sources of variation and hidden pitfalls in life cycle assessments. Biofuels, 2, 693-707.

ZHOU G, TAYLOR G, POLLE A (2011). FTIR-ATR-based prediction and modelling of lignin and energy contents reveals independent intra-specific variation of these traits in bioenergy poplar. Plant Methods, 7,  DOI: 10.1186/1746-4811-7-9.

ROWE R, HANLEY M, GOULSON D, CLARKE D, TAYLOR G  (2011). Potential benefits of commercial short rotation bioenergy willow for farm-scale plant and invertebrate communities in the agri-environment. Biomass and Bioenergy, 35, 325-336.

AYLOTT MJ, FARRALL K, CASELLA E  TAYLOR G (2010). Social and environmental constraints in the supply of biomass from short rotation coppice in England. Biofuels 1, 719-727.

MARRON N, RICCIOTTI L, BASTIEN C, BERITOGNOLO I, GAUDET M,  PAOLUCCI I, FABBRINI F, SALANI F, DILLEN SY, CEULEMANS RJ, PINEL M, TAYLOR G, SCARASCIA-MUGNOZZA GE, & SABATTI M (2010). Plasticity of growth and biomass production of an intraspecific Populus alba L. family grown at three sites across Europe during three growing seasons. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 42, 1897-1903.

BAUEN AW, DUNNETTAJ, RICHTER GM, DAILEY AG, AYLOTT M, CASELLAE &TAYLOR G  (2010). Modelling supply and demand of bioenergy from short rotation coppice and miscanthus in the UK. Bioresource Technology 101, 8132-8143.

AYLOTT MJ, FARRALL K, CASELLA E & TAYLOR G (2010). Estimating the supply of biomass from short-rotation coppice in England, given social, economic and environmental constraints to land availability. Biofuels 1, 719-727.

WHITTAKER J, LUDLEY K, ROWE RL, TAYLOR G & HOWARD D (2010).  Sources of variability for greenhouse gas and energy balance in biofuel production: A systematic review Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 2, 99-112.

CALFAPIETRA C, AINSWORTH EA, BEIER C, DE ANGELIS P,ELLSWORTH DS, GODBOLD DL, HENDREY GR, HICKLER T, HOOSBEEK MR, KARNOSKY DF, KING J, KRORNER C, LEAKEY AD, LEWIN KF, LIBERLOO M, LONG SP, LUKAC M, MATYSSEK R, MIGLIETTA F, NAGY J, NORBY RJ, OREN R, PERCY KE, ROGERS A, MUGNOZZA GS, STITT M, TAYLOR G, CEULEMANS R (2010). Challenges in elevated CO2 experiments on forests. Trends in Plant Science, 15: 155-10.

TALLIS MJ, LIN Y, ROGERS A, ZHANG J, STREET NR, KARNOSKY DF, MIGLIETTA F,  CALFAPIETRA C, DE ANGELIS P & TAYLOR  G (2010). The transcriptome of Populus in elevated CO2 during delayed autumnal senescence reveals up-regulation of the anthocyanin biosynthetic pathway, New Phytologist, Mar 12 2010 DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03227.x

HILLIER J, DAILEY G, AYLOTT MJ, WHITTAKER CJ, RICHTER G, RICHE A, MURPHY R, TAYLOR G,  SMITH P (2009). Integrating spatial estimates of yield with dynamic soil C modelling (RothC), to predict emissions from four bioenergy crops in England and Wales, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 1, 267-281.

ROWE R, STREET NR, TAYLOR G (2009). Identifying potential environmental impacts of large scale deployment of dedicated bioenergy crops in the UK. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 13: 271-290.

OLIVER R, FINCH J, TAYLOR G  (2009). Second generation bioenergy crops and climate change: Effects of elevated CO2 on water use and yield. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 1:97-114.

RAE AM, STREET NR, ROBINSON K, HARRIS N & TAYLOR G  (2009). Five QTL hotspots for yield in short rotation bioenergy poplar – The Poplar Biomass Loci. BMC Plant Biology, 9 article number 23.

TRICKER PJ, PECCHIARI M, BUNN SM, PERESSOTTI A, VACCARI F, MIGLIETTA F & TAYLOR G (2009).  Increased water use in bioenergy SRC poplar following exposure to elevated CO2Biomass and Bioenergy,36, 4406-4409.

TAYLOR G, TALLIS MJ, GIARDINA CP, KEVIN EP,  F MIGLIETTA, POOJA S. GUPTA, BENIAMINO GIOLI, CARLO CALFAPIETRA, BIRGIT GIELEN, MARK E. KUBISKE, GIUSEPPE E. SCARASCIA-MUGNOZZA, KATRE KETS, STEPHEN P. LONG &  DAVID F. KARNOSKY (2008).  Future atmospheric CO2 leads to delayed autumnal senescence Global Change Biology, 14, 264-275. Article featured in Nature Geoscience and widely in the media.

AYLOTT MJ, CASELLA, E, TUBBY I, STREET, NR, SMITH P & TAYLOR G (2008). Yield and spatial supply of bioenergy short rotation coppice and willow in the UK. New Phytologist, 178: 358-370.

ANNE M. RAE, MATTHIEU P. C. PINEL, CATHERINE BASTIEN, MAURIZIO SABATTI, NATHANIEL R. STREET, JAMES TUCKER, CAROLINE DIXON NICOLAS MARRON, SOPHIE Y. DILLEN & GAIL TAYLOR (2008).   qtl for yield in bioenergy Populus. Identifying G x E interactions influencing growth at three contrasting sites   Tree Genetics and Genomes, 4, 97-112.

TRICKER PJ, PECCHIARI MARCO, BUNN SM, VACCARI FRANCESCO P,  PERESSOTTI ALESSANDRO,  MIGLIETTA F,  TAYLOR GAIL (2007) Water use of a bioenergy plantation increases in a future high CO2 world. Biomass and bioenergy 33 (2009) 200-208

RAE, AM, TRICKER PJ, BUNN SM & TAYLOR G (2007).  Adaptation of tree growth to elevated CO2: QTL for biomass in Populus.New Phytologist, 175, 59-69.

STREET NR, SKOGSTROM O, SJODIN A, TUCKER J, RODRIGUEZ-ACOSTA M, NILSSON P, JANSSON S, TAYLOR G (2006).  The genetics and genomics of drought response in Populus.   Plant Journal,  48, 321-341.

SIMS REH, HASTINGS  SCHLAMADINGER AB, TAYLOR G & SMITH P  (2006).  Energy Crops: Current Status and Future Prospects Global Change Biology, 12, 2459-2471. Currently most read article in GCB.