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Dr Andrew Taylor



Research Fellow


Life Sciences
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 7657 5030

Research Interests

My current reseach interests are mainly in the area of plant pathology. In November 2013 I started a 5 year HDC Fellowship under the mentorship of Dr John Clarkson. This Fellowship will allow me to be fully trained as a plant pathologist with particular emphasis on molecular plant pathology. I am mainly working on diseases of onion, carrot and parsnip but will also develop my knowledge into other crop diseases. Since April 2014 I have been working BBSRC HAPI project titled 'Exploiting next generation sequencing technologies to understand pathogenicity and resistance in Fusarium oxysporum'. This project will allow us to understand the genetic control of resistance to Fusarium basal rot in onion and pathogenicity in Fusarium oxysporum.


Having completed a BSc in Applied Biology and an MSc in Biosciences at Nottingham University, I obtained a PhD in Plant and Environmental Sciences at Warwick Crop Centre (formerly Warwick HRI). My project title was: Functional Genomics of Photoperiodic Bulb Initiation in Onion. This involved the isolation and characterisation of genes predicted to be involved in onion bulb initiation. Following this, I worked on the DEFRA funded project IF0158: Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN): Pre-breeding research to support sustainable farming of carrot and onion. During this project, I developed assays to screen for resistance to Fusarium basal rot (caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cepae, FOC) in onion and, using these assays, identified resistance in an onion diversity set. This work is being continued in a BBSRC HAPI project where we are using next generation sequencing to further our understanding of pathogenicity and resistance in FOC( The diversity set was also screened for growth and nutritional responses to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) as well as seed/seedling vigour. Lines which are highly vigorous and those which respond well to AMF have been identified. I have also been involved in work on Sclerotinia stem rot (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum) where we have identified resistance in Brassica napus.

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Research Themes:

Plant and Crop Science