A little about ourselves
Here, at the Plant Physiology lab, Essex, our research focuses on stomatal behaviour, photosynthesis and water use efficiency at the leaf and whole plant level. We are particularly interested in the impact the dynamic environment has on these processes. Recent work includes the development of lighting technologies that mimic the natural environment in order to assess the influence of diel irradiance regimes on stomatal and assimilation rate dynamics. We have also developed the first imaging system for screening plant water use efficiency (see McAusland et al. (2013).
We have expertise in Infra-red gas exchange analysis (for determining rates of photosynthesis and transpiration) and chlorophyll fluorescence techniques (for quantifying light use and photosynthetic efficiency). We also have a strong background in measuring stomatal conductance, water use efficiency and water potential in crops, as well as monitoring the effects of abiotic factors on stomatal physiology and impacts on photosynthesis. We are experts in monitoring plant responses to the natural environment using a range of laboratory and field techniques.