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Professor Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston

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Life Sciences
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Research Interests

Plant senescence, including the functional analysis of regulatory genes that control leaf senescence in Arabidopsis and the molecular and biochemical analysis of post harvest senescence in green vegetables, particularly broccoli. Plant signalling networks using Systems Biology.


Plant Response to Environmental STress in Arabidopsis

Systems Biology of signalling networks in leaf senescence

Functional analysis of regulatory genes involved in Arabidopsis leaf senescence

Genetics and genomics of post harvest senescence in broccoli

Molecular analysis of petal senescence

Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN)


I did my PhD at the John Innes Institute, Norwich, UK on molecular genetics of Rhizobium leguminosarum , and then was a post doc for 3 years at the Unit of Nitrogen Fixation, Sussex working on molecular genetics of N fixation in Klebsiella pneumoniae . I then spent 7 years in the US working for BioTechnica International in Cambridge MA where I switched my attention to Agrobacterium and development of plant transformation systems. I then moved back to the UK and became a lecturer at Wye College, University of London where I started my research programme on plant senescence, initially in leaves of Brassica napus. In 1997 I moved to Horticulture Research International, which is now the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick. In 2006 I was appointed a Reader in Plant Science at the University of Warwick and an associate of the Warwick Systems Biology Centre. In June 2007 I was appointed Director of the Systems Biology Doctoral Training Centre.

Currently Chair of the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) Plant Section and sits on SEB Council.
Represents SEB on the Executive of the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF).
Eelected, in an international election, to the Executive Board of the Global Plant Council (GPC).

  • Walley, Peter Glen, Buchanan-Wollaston, Vicky, 2011. Brassicas. In Terry, L. (ed.), Health promoting properties of fruit and vegetables, Oxfordshire, UK, CABI, pp. 74-90
Title Funder Award start Award end
Extension to VeGIN: Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network for leafy and field vegetables CH0101 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Mar 2014 30 Sep 2014
Warwick Systems Biology Doctoral Training Centre EPSRC 01 Oct 2006 01 Oct 2013
Systems Approaches to Biological Research (SABR) Studentships BBSRC 01 Oct 2008 30 Sep 2013
Additional resource for maintenance of genetic resources Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 May 2013 31 Aug 2013
Elucidating Signalling Networks in Plant Stress Responses - SABR 1 BBSRC 07 Apr 2008 06 Apr 2013
Commonwealth Fellowship: Dr Prasajith Kapila Dissanayake Commonwealth Scholarship Commision in the UK 01 Oct 2011 31 Mar 2012
Dietary Activators of antioxidant response element-linked gene expression for good vascular health BBSRC 01 Oct 2008 30 Sep 2011
Industrial support for BBSRC Mapping and analysis of genetic loci controlling quality traits in broccoli (16796) RHRVB3004 Syngenta Ltd 01 Apr 2007 31 Mar 2011
Agronomics - Integrated Project EU 01 Apr 2007 31 Mar 2011
Mapping and Analysis on Genetic Loci Controlling Quality Traits in Broccoli. BBSRC 01 Jan 2007 31 Dec 2010
Scoping Study on maintaining the quality of fruit and veg in the supply chain (core grant) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Dec 2006 31 Mar 2007