Professor Mick Fuller - ()
Head of Graduate School
Professor of Plant Physiology, School of Biological Sciences
Qualifications & background
BSc Biological Sciences - University of Leicester
PhD Agricultural Botany - University of Wales, Aberystwyth (Welsh Plant Breeding Station)
Professor of Plant Physiology - University of Plymouth
Executive Committee Member of UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE)
Trustee - Vegetable Research Fund
1980- Member, Association of Applied Biology
1989- Member, Horticultural Research Association.
1995- Member, International Association of Plant Tissue and Cell Culture
2000- Member of International Society for Horticultural Science
2002- Member of The Scientific Alliance
Roles on external bodies
1998-05 Committee Member, Horticultural Research International Association, Wellesbourne
1999-05 Trustee, Vegetable Research Trust.
2000- Member of ISHS Biotechnology Commisson
2000- Member of ISHS In-vitro culture Working Group
2000- Member of ISHS Brassica Working Group
1999- Member of ISHS Timing of field production of vegetables Working Group
2002-2010 Member of the Science Advisory Board
2003- Advisor to the Scientific Alliance
2005- Chair & Trustee, UK Controlled Environment Users Group
2006- Executive Committee Member, UK Council for Graduate Education
2006- Editorial Board, European Journal of Agronomy
2008- Honorary Secretary, UK Council for Graduate Education
2011- Chair, UK Council for Graduate Education
Sustainable crop production
Plant stress physiology
Staff serving as external examiners
Postgraduate research examination (since 2000)
2005-08 Writtle College/University of Essex - MSc Horticulture, MSc Postharvest Technology, MSc/MA International Horticulture.
Plant Stress Physiology - frost tolerance, ice nucleation, infrared thermal imaging, salt tolerance, drought tolerance
Plant Biotechnology - plant tissue culture, molecular biology
Crop Physiology and Agronomy - physiology of vegetable crops and cereals, climate change physiology, glasshouse crop physiology
UoP Research group membershipCentre for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability (CARS)
Food, Nutrition and Health
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Current Research Students
Ayman Almerei PhD (2010-2013) Genetic transformation of maize with anti-stress genes
Successful completions since 2000
Faiz Fahdel PhD 2014 The genetic and physiological basis of brown-heart syndrome in swede
Magda Al-Sharmi PhD 2014 Somatic embryogenesis and cryopreservation in cauliflower
Susan Wren PhD 2013 Socio-economic and livelihood impacts of environmentally supportive bio-enterprise development for agro-/pastoral communities in Samburu Heartland, Kenya.
Hail Rihan PhD 2013 Artificial seed production from microshoots of cauliflower and their preservation and conversion
Fadil Al-Swedi PhD 2013 Genetic transformation of cauliflower with anti-stress genes
Pankaj Kumar Banik ResM 2010 Future sustainability of organic vegetable production in the UK: Perception of the growers
Ahmed Abdullah PhD 2007 An evaluation of multivariate statistical techniques for the analysis of yield from barley breeding trials data
Ellis Luckhurst MPhil 2007 The effect of temperature on heading dates of winter cauliflower in west Cornwall.
Jihad Samaan PhD 2007 Characterisation of grain quality of Syrian durum wheat genotypes affecting milling performance and end-use quality.
Ehab Metwali PhD 2006 Improving abiotic resistance in cauliflower by mutagenesis and agrobacterium mediated transformation.
Gail Hastings MPhil 2004 An evaluation of the chemical composition of forage maize during vegetative development and grain fill.
Paul Challinor PhD 2003 An evaluation of pumice, unloaded clinoptilolite and nutrient-loaded clinoptilolite zeolites, as plant growth substrates in the intensive production of long season glasshouse crops.
Felisbertha Cunha PhD 2002 The infulence of extracts of Ascophyllum nodosum on plant and soil-borne pathogen interactions.
Manal Eed PhD 2001 The resistance to salt of Brassica sps. and improved resistance by direct selection and mutagenesis.
Stephen Burchett PhD 2000 The mechanism of action of liquid seaweed extracts in the manipulation of frost resistance in winter barley.
Grants & contracts
Grants in last 5 years
1998-01 Micropropagation of Agapanthus. £2,000.
1998-02 Climatic effects on the vernalization and curd growth of winter cauliflower and subsequent fluctuations in supply. MAFF HORT/LINK £358,000 (joint with HRI/Marshall Bros./Elsoms Seeds/OLGA).
2001-02 Knowledge transfer intitiative on impacts and adaptation to climate change in agriculture. MAFF Open Contract CTE0006, with IGER. £39,228.
2001-03 TCS PE Simmons Ltd. £79,000.
2003-05 KTP Shipton Mill Ltd. £81,500.
2002-06 Characterisation of grain quality of Syrian durum wheat genotypes affecting milling performance and pasta quality. (PhD programme). The Government of Syria £36,000.
2003-07 The effects of elevated CO2 and drought on the physiology and yield of Lentils. (PhD programme). The Government of Syria £36,000.
2003-07 Selection and genetic modification for improved stress resistance in cauliflower. (PhD programme). University of Plymouth Studentship.
2004-07 The suitability of multivariate analysis for the analysis of field crop data in Syria. (PhD programme). The Government of Syria £36,000.
2004 Personal Travel Award.The New Phytologist Trust £750.
2004 Ice nucleation, ice travel and frost damage in wheat at ear emergence. Seale-Hayne Education Trust. £2,500.
2006 The determination of Frost Tolerance of Miscanthus rhizomes. BiCal Ltd. £2,000
(2014) 'Influence of Different Concentrations of Salt Stress on In Vitro Multiplication of Some Fig (Ficus carcia L.) Cultivars' Life Science Journal 11(10), pp 386 - 397 Publisher Site PEARL
(2014) 'Postgraduate Funding - supplying the future generation of researchers and technicians' The Biochemist 36 (4), pp 8 - 11 Publisher Site PEARL
(2014) 'The effect of molybdenum on the molecular control of cold tolerance in cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) artificial seeds' Plant, Cell, Tissue, Organ Culture (PCTOC) Journal of Plant Biotechnology 118 (2) (2), pp 215 - 228 Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
(2013) 'Augmented phytoextraction of lead (Pb2+) polluted soils: A comparative study of the effectiveness of plant growth regulators, EDTA, and plant growth–promoting Rhizobacteria' Bioremediation , , DOI
(2013) 'Effect of osmotic potential of activator solution and temperature on viability and vigour of wheat seed' African Journal of Agricultural Research , , DOI PEARL
(2013) 'Evaluation and selection of barley genotypes for salt stress resistance using tissue culture techniques and SDS-PAGE gel electrophoresis' Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment 11 (3&4), Publisher Site PEARL
(2013) 'Exogenous application of molybdenum affects the expression of CBF14 and the development of frost tolerance in wheat' Plant Physiol Biochem 63, pp 77 - 81 , DOI PEARL
(2013) 'Frost hardiness expression and characterisation in wheat at ear emergence' Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science. 199 (1), pp 66 - 74 , DOI PEARL
(2013) 'In vitro propagation of cauliflower using curd microexplants' Methods Mol Biol 11013, pp 329 - 339 , DOI
(2013) 'Positive effects of elevated CO2 and its interaction with nitrogen on safflower physiology and growth' Agronomy for Sustainable Development , pp 497 - 505 , DOI
(2013) 'Resistance to Drought and Salt Stress after Regeneration and Micropropagation' American Journal of Plant Sciences , , DOI PEARL
(2012) 'Agrobacterium mediated transformation of anti-stress genes into cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis L.). 2. Transformation and confirmation of stress tolerance' Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences 6, pp 31 - 39 PEARL
(2012) 'An improved micro propagation system for successful transformation of cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis)' Acta Horticulturae 961, pp 167 - 174 PEARL
(2012) 'Artificial Seed Production from Encapsulated Microshoots of Cauliflower (Brassica oleraceae var botrytis)' Acta Horticulturae 961, pp 419 - 425 PEARL
(2012) 'Effect of nitrogen on safflower physiology and productivity' African Journal of Crop Science 20, pp 225 - 237 PEARL
(2012) 'Germination of primed seed under NaCl stress in wheat' ISRN Journal of Botany , pp 1 - 5 , DOI PEARL
(2012) 'Osmoregulators proline and glycine betaine counteract salinity stress in canola' AGRONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 32 (3), pp 747 - 754 , DOI PEARL
(2012) 'The effect of using PPM (plant preservative mixture) on the development of cauliflower microshoots and the quality of artificial seed produced' SCIENTIA HORTICULTURAE 141, pp 47 - 52 , DOI
(2012) 'The Production of Cauliflower Microshoots using Curd Meristematic Tissues and Hypocotyl–derived Callus' Acta Horticulturae 961, pp 427 - 434 PEARL
(2011) 'Encapsulation of cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var botrytis) microshoots as artificial seeds and their conversion and growth in commercial substrates' PLANT CELL TISSUE AND ORGAN CULTURE 107 (2), pp 243 - 250 , DOI PEARL
(2011) 'Identification and expression analysis of CBF/DREB1 and COR15 genes in mutants of Brassica oleracea var. botrytis with enhanced proline production and frost resistance' Plant Physiol Biochem 49 (11), pp 1323 - 1332 , DOI PEARL
(2009) 'Low-temperature Damage to Wheat in Head - Matching Perceptions with Reality' PLANT COLD HARDINESS: FROM THE LABORATORY TO THE FIELD , pp 12 - 18 , DOI
(2006) 'Genotype environment interaction in breeding lines of Syrian Barley' Bibliotheca Fragmenta Agronomica (11), pp 17 - 18
(2006) 'Optimization of a protocol of Agrobacterium mediated transformation of cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) and confirmation on itegration and expression of APX and SOD stress genes' Bibliotheca Fragmenta Agronomica (11), pp 173 - 174
(2006) 'The effect of elevated carbon dioxide and nitrogen levels on the growth and nodulation of lentils' Bibliotheca Fragmenta Agronomica (11), pp 183 - 184
'Using infrared thermology to investigate ice nucleation and freezing in plants' Bibliotheca Fragmenta Agronomica (11), pp 93 - 94
(2005) 'The role of grain tempering in optimising the milling performance of wheat blends. In, Using cereal science and technology for the benefit of consumers' in Cauvain SP; Salmon S; Young LS (ed.) Cambridge, UK: Woodhead Publishing Ltd pp 561 - 562
(2007) 'An introduction to the concepts of sustainability and the challenge to Controlled Environments' UK Controlled Environment User's Group. pp 2 - 5
(2005) 'The effect of elevated CO2 on the growth, physiology and nodulation of lentils'
(2005) 'The evaluation of stress mutant lines of cauliflower'
(2001) 'Extrinsic ice nucleation in plants: what are the factors involved and can they be manipulated' 6th International Plant Cold Hardiness Seminar. Helsinki, Finland 01/07/2001 - 05/07/2001 pp 8 - 9
(1999) 'Enhancing the effective utilisation of animal manures on farm through compost technology' SAC/SEPA, Edinburgh 31/03/1999 - 02/04/1999
(1996) 'An assessment of the agronomic value of co-composted MSW and sewage sludge' pp 1166 - 1169
(1996) 'An evaluation of soil nutrient status following the application of (i) co-composted MSW and sewage sludge and (ii) greenwaste, to maize' in de Bertoldi M; Sequi P; Lemmes B; Papi T (ed.) pp 469 - 476
(1996) 'Growth and development of sweet pepper plants on unloaded and nutrient-loaded clinoptilolite culture' Jersey pp 105 - 122
(1993) 'Ice nucleation and frost damage to cauliflower curd' Sixth International Conference on Biological Ice Nucleation. Laramie, Univ. Wyoming, USA pp 1 - 1
(1993) 'The effect of leaf surface water onthe supercooling ability of early sown Solanum tuberosum var. Jersey Royal' Sixth International Conference on Biological Ice Nucleation. University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA pp 2 - 2
(1992) 'Studies on frost tolerance and cold acclimation in cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis)' Irish Botanists Meeting. Queens University, Belfast, N Ireland 04/1992 pp 17 - 18
(1989) 'Petal culture of winter-heading cauliflower' In Vitro Culture and Micropropagation in Horticulture. Cesena, Italy 06/1989 pp 229 - 232
(1989) 'Frost Resistance Studies in Winter Cauliflower' Gottingen, West Germany pp 256 - 262
(1981) 'Variations in the cold-hardiness of Lolium perenne' In Plant Physiology and Herbage production. Nottingham 04/1981 pp 213 - 215
'Response of grass following the appliction of composted and untreated cattle manure' BGS Occasional Symposium. No 33 Malvern, UK 11/1999 pp 2 - 2
'The evaluation of the effect of Maxicrop Concentrate onthe frost resistance of crop plants' Second Maxicrop International Ltd Conference. The Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive, Scotland 09/1992 pp 24 - 29
'Evaluation of cold hardiness in forage grasses and legumes' Eucarpia, Aberystwyth 1982 pp 77 - 79
'Freezing damage to wheat at ear emergence'
(2006) The Determination of Frost Tolerance of Miscanthus Rhizomes. BiCal Ltd.
(2002) Climatic effects on the vernalization and curd growth of winter cauliflower and subsequent fluctuations in supply. Final report to DEFRA of HORTLINK Project 195.
(2002) Knowledge Transfer initiative on impacts and adaptations to climate change in agriculture. Final Report of DEFRA Project CCO365.
(2001) Nitrates and Phosphates in jersey Surface Waters: Sources and Land Management Strategies. Final Report to Jersey States Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
(2000) Enhancing the effective utilisation of animal manures on-farm through compost technology. MAFF Project Report WA0519.
(2000) The Frost Hardiness of Transgenic Arabidopsis Thaliana. Shell Forestry Ltd.
(1998) Development of a screening system to detect Xanthomonas campestris in seed and evaluation of pathogen resistance in seed parents of winter cauliflower. Project VF 186 Report to HDC.
(1997) Chlorthal dimethyl and other pesticides in surface water on Jersey. Jersey States of Agriculture and Fisheries.
(1997) Fast Tissue Culture, Workshop Guide. Science and Plants for Schools. University of Birmingham.
(1996) An investigation of the effects of Maxicrop products on the yield and quality of autumn heading cauliflower var Tucson in 1996. Maxicrop International Ltd.
(1996) Fast Tissue Culture: Student's Guide. Science and Plants for Schools. University of Reading.
(1996) Fast Tissue Culture: Teacher's Guide. Science and Plants for Schools. University of Reading.
(1995) Agronomic evaluation of recycling (i) co-composted domestic waste and sewage sludge and (ii)greenwaste to agricultural land: field trials to investigate the agronomic impact of compost applied to maize. Ecosci Ltd.
(1995) Agronomic evaluation of recycling co-composted domestic waste and sewage sludge to agicultural land: field trials to investigate the agronomic impact of compost applied to maize. DTI.
(1995) An evaluation of the effect of Maxicrop Concentrate and Symbiont-1 on the yield and quality of Cabbage. Maxicrop International Ltd.
(1995) Frost resistance assessment of ten varieties of cauliflower. Elsoms Seeds Ltd.
(1994) The effect of Maxicrop on the multiplication of plants in tissue culture. Maxicrop International Ltd.
(1993) Frost resistant assessment of two varieties of Cauliflower. Maxicrop International Ltd.
(1993) Recycling composted domestic waste and sewage sludge to agricultural land. Field trials to investigate the agronomic and environmental impact of compost applied to maize. P E N S Limited.
(1993) Report on the effect of Maxicrop Concentrate on ice nucleation and frost resistance of caluiflowers and tomatoes. Maxicrop International Ltd.
(1993) The effect of Maxicrop Concentrate on the frost resistance of cauliflower seedlings. Maxicrop International Ltd.
(1993) The effect of Maxicrop Concentrate on the frost resistance of Potato plants. Maxicrop International Ltd.
(1992) Report on the effect of Maxicrop Concentrate on ice nucleation and frost resistance of cauliflowers and tomatoes. Maxicrop International Ltd.
(1991) Anther culture of winter heading cauliflower. Codebric Ltd. Trinity Growers Ltd, Broccoli Seed Group Ltd, Jersey States of Agriculture.
(1991) Designer Vegetables - The cauliflower, a case history of research. The Darwin Lecture, British Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Conference, Plymouth August 1991.
(1991) Dossier de Recherche et Enterprise Apr-Sept 91. University of Angers.
(1990) A report of Maxicrop cauliflower trial at Seale-Hayne 1989/90. Maxicrop International Ltd.
(1990) A report of Maxicrop cereal trials at Seale-Hayne 1989/90. Maxicrop International Ltd.
(1990) An assessment of the frost resistance of calabrese and cauliflower. Gosberton Farm Produce Co Ltd.
(1990) An assessment of the frost resistance of varieties of over-wintered cauliflower. Elsoms Seeds Ltd.
(1990) Anther Culture of Winter-Heading Cauliflower 1986-89. Horticultural Development Council.
(1989) Anther Culture in Pinks. Whetman Ltd.
(1989) Anther Culture of Winter Heading Cauliflower. Codebric Ltd & Broccoli Seed Group Ltd.
(1989) Pinks Frost Test 1989. Whetman Ltd.
(1989) Report on cereal trials using Maxicrop. Maxicrop International Ltd.
(1989) Report on tissue culture of water lily. Water Lane Fish Farm.
(1989) Varieties, breeding and biotechnology for south-west vegetable crops. Vegetable and Pulse Conference, Plymouth Feb 89. M D Thomas Chemicals Ltd/Hoechst Ltd/Ciba-Geigy Ltd.
(1988) Assessment of a seedling screen for frost resistance in Pinks. Whetman Ltd.
(1988) Devon and Exeter Racecourse, Course Inspection Report. Devon and Exeter Racecourse.
(1988) Orchid micro-propogation - a literature survey and proposal. Burnham Nurseries.
(1988) Report for the construction and returfing of the New South Bend. Taunton Racecourse, March 1987 - March 1988.
(1988) Report on grass trial using Activate Gold. WBC Technology Ltd.
(1987) Anther Culture in Pinks. Whetman Ltd.
(1987) Taunton Racecourse, Course Inspection Report. Taunton Racecourse.
(1986) Frost resistance in winter harvested cauliflowers - a progress report. Trinity Growers, Kent.
(1981) Effects of artifical winter wear on turf grass swards of different age and composition. Department of Environment Project No. ITE 573.