Professor Jerry Roberts
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Professor Jerry Roberts

Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research and Enterprise

Office of Vice-Chancellor

Qualifications

Professor Jerry Roberts obtained a BA in Botany from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Plant Cell Biology from the University of Cambridge.

After completing his postgraduate studies he joined the University of Nottingham as a Lecturer and was awarded a personal Chair in Plant Biology in 2000. During his career at Nottingham he was Head of the School of Biosciences, Dean of the Graduate School, and Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research before joining the University of Plymouth as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise in February 2017.

Research interests

Jerry’s research focuses on plant cell and molecular biology and has been funded by grants from research councils, the EU, and industry. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and is the named inventor on a number of patents. He has acted as a consultant for businesses both in the UK and overseas and was a member of the BBSRC Bioscience Skills and Careers Strategy Advisory Panel.

Jerry is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Bennett E, Brignell C, Carion P, Cook S, Eastmond P, Teakle G, Hammond J, Love C, King G & Roberts J 2017 'Development of a Statistical Crop Model to Explain the Relationship between Seed Yield and Phenotypic Diversity within the Brassica napus Genepool' Agronomy 7, (2) 31-31 , DOI
Tranbarger TJ, Tucker ML, Roberts JA & Meir S 2017 'Editorial: Plant Organ Abscission: From Models to Crops' Frontiers in Plant Science 8, , DOI PEARL
Roberts JA 2017 'Root hydrotropism is controlled via a cortex-specific growth mechanism' Nature Plants , DOI
Hafizee MN 2016 'IMPACT OF PACLOBUTRAZOL ON THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF NURSERY GROWN CLONAL OIL PALM (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.)' Journal of Oil Palm Research 28, (4) 404-414 , DOI
Yu H, Murchie EH, González-Carranza ZH, Pyke KA & Roberts JA 2015 'Decreased photosynthesis in the erect panicle 3 (ep3) mutant of rice is associated with reduced stomatal conductance and attenuated guard cell development' Journal of Experimental Botany 66, (5) 1543-1552 , DOI
Tracy SR, Black CR, Roberts JA, Dodd IC & Mooney SJ 2015 'Using X-ray Computed Tomography to explore the role of abscisic acid in moderating the impact of soil compaction on root system architecture' Environmental and Experimental Botany 110, 11-18 , DOI
Bennett EJ, Roberts JA & Wagstaff C 2014 'Use of Mutants to Dissect the Role of Ethylene Signalling in Organ Senescence and the Regulation of Yield in Arabidopsis thaliana' Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 33, (1) 56-65 , DOI
Tracy SR, Black CR, Roberts JA & Mooney SJ 2013 'Exploring the interacting effect of soil texture and bulk density on root system development in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.)' Environmental and Experimental Botany 91, 38-47 , DOI
Basu MM, Gonzalez-Carranza ZH, Azam-Ali S, Tang S, Shahid AA & Roberts JA 2013 'The Manipulation of Auxin in the Abscission Zone Cells of Arabidopsis Flowers Reveals That Indoleacetic Acid Signaling Is a Prerequisite for Organ Shedding' PLANT PHYSIOLOGY 162, (1) 96-106 , DOI
Gonzalez-Carranza ZH, Shahid AA, Zhang L, Liu Y, Ninsuwan U & Roberts JA 2012 'A Novel Approach to Dissect the Abscission Process in Arabidopsis' PLANT PHYSIOLOGY 160, (3) 1342-1356 , DOI
Bennett E, Roberts JA & Wagstaff C 2012 'Manipulating resource allocation in plants' Journal of Experimental Botany 63, (9) 3391-3400 , DOI
Tracy SR, Black CR, Roberts JA, McNeill A, Davidson R, Tester M, Samec M, Korošak D, Sturrock C & Mooney SJ 2012 'Quantifying the effect of soil compaction on three varieties of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) using X-ray Micro Computed Tomography (CT)' Plant and Soil 353, (1-2) 195-208 , DOI
Tracy SR, Black CR, Roberts JA, Sturrock C, Mairhofer S, Craigon J & Mooney SJ 2012 'Quantifying the impact of soil compaction on root system architecture in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) by X-ray micro-computed tomography' Annals of Botany 110, (2) 511-519 , DOI
Mayes S, Massawe FJ, Alderson PG, Roberts JA, Azam-Ali SN & Hermann M 2012 'The potential for underutilized crops to improve security of food production' Journal of Experimental Botany 63, (3) 1075-1079 , DOI
Black VJ, Stewart CA, Roberts JA & Black CR 2012 'Timing of exposure to ozone affects reproductive sensitivity and compensatory ability in Brassica campestris' Environmental and Experimental Botany 75, 225-234 , DOI
Tracy SR, Black CR, Roberts JA & Mooney SJ 2011 'Soil compaction: a review of past and present techniques for investigating effects on root growth' Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 91, (9) 1528-1537 , DOI
Bennett EJ, Roberts JA & Wagstaff C 2011 'The role of the pod in seed development: strategies for manipulating yield' New Phytologist 190, (4) 838-853 , DOI
Black VJ, Stewart CA, Roberts JA & Black CR 2010 'Direct effects of ozone on reproductive development in Plantago major L. populations differing in sensitivity' Environmental and Experimental Botany 69, (2) 121-128 , DOI
Roberts J 2010 'JXB   celebrating our diamond anniversary' Journal of Experimental Botany 61, (1) iv-iv , DOI
Tracy SR, Roberts JA, Black CR, McNeill A, Davidson R & Mooney SJ 2010 'The X-factor: visualizing undisturbed root architecture in soils using X-ray computed tomography' Journal of Experimental Botany 61, (2) 311-313 , DOI
Wagstaff C, Yang TJW, Stead AD, Buchanan-Wollaston V & Roberts JA 2009 'A molecular and structural characterization of senescing Arabidopsis siliques and comparison of transcriptional profiles with senescing petals and leaves' The Plant Journal 57, (4) 690-705 , DOI
Roberts JA & Gonzalez-Carranza ZH 2009 'Pectinase functions in abscission' Stewart Postharvest Review 5, (1) 1-4 , DOI
Yang TF, Gonzalez-Carranza ZH, Maunders MJ & Roberts JA 2008 'Ethylene and the Regulation of Senescence Processes in Transgenic Nicotiana sylvestris Plants' Annals of Botany 101, (2) 301-310 , DOI
BASU S, ROBERTS JA, AZAM-ALI SN & MAYES S 2007 'Development of microsatellite markers for bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea L. Verdc.) — an underutilized African legume crop species' Molecular Ecology Notes 7, (6) 1326-1328 , DOI
González-Carranza ZH, Elliott KA & Roberts JA 2007 'Expression of polygalacturonases and evidence to support their role during cell separation processes in Arabidopsis thaliana' Journal of Experimental Botany 58, (13) 3719-3730 , DOI
Gonzalez-Carranza ZH, Rompa U, Peters JL, Bhatt AM, Wagstaff C, Stead AD & Roberts JA 2007 'HAWAIIAN SKIRT: An F-Box Gene That Regulates Organ Fusion and Growth in Arabidopsis' PLANT PHYSIOLOGY 144, (3) 1370-1382 , DOI
Basu S, Mayes S, Davey M, Roberts JA, Azam-Ali SN, Mithen R & Pasquet RS 2007 'Inheritance of ‘domestication’ traits in bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.)' Euphytica 157, (1-2) 59-68 , DOI
Black VJ, Stewart CA, Roberts JA & Black CR 2007 'Ozone affects gas exchange, growth and reproductive development in Brassica campestris (Wisconsin Fast Plants)' New Phytologist 176, (1) 150-163 , DOI
Roberts J 2006 'New Editor-in-Chief for JXB' Journal of Experimental Botany 58, (3) iv-iv , DOI
Gattolin S, Alandete-Saez M, Elliott K, Gonzalez-Carranza Z, Naomab E, Powell C & Roberts JA 2006 'Spatial and temporal expression of the response regulators ARR22 and ARR24 in Arabidopsis thaliana' Journal of Experimental Botany 57, (15) 4225-4233 , DOI
Massawe FJ, Mwale SS, Azam-Ali SN & Roberts JA 2005 'Breeding in bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.): strategic considerations' AFRICAN JOURNAL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY 4, (6) 463-471 Author Site
Belfield EJ 2005 'Changes in expansin activity and gene expression during ethylene-promoted leaflet abscission in Sambucus nigra' Journal of Experimental Botany 56, (413) 817-823 , DOI
Massawe FJ, Roberts JA, Azam-Ali SN & Davey MR 2003 'Genetic diversity in bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc) landraces assessed by Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers' GENETIC RESOURCES AND CROP EVOLUTION 50, (7) 737-741 Author Site , DOI
Massawe FJ, Azam-Ali SN & Roberts JA 2003 'The impact of temperature on leaf appearance in bambara groundnut landraces' CROP SCIENCE 43, (4) 1375-1379 Author Site
Massawe FJ, Azam-Ali SN & Roberts JA 2003 'The impact of temperature on seed germination in bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc) landraces' Seed Science and Technology 31, (2) 259-273 , DOI
Roberts JA, Elliott KA & Gonzalez-Carranza ZH 2002 'A BSCISSION , D EHISCENCE, AND O THER C ELL S EPARATION P ROCESSES' Annual Review of Plant Biology 53, (1) 131-158 , DOI
Whitelaw CA, Ruperti B & Roberts JA 2002 'Differential Display: Analysis of Gene Expression During Plant Cell Separation Processes' Molecular Biotechnology 21, (3) 251-258 , DOI
Massawe FJ, Dickinson M, Roberts JA & Azam-Ali SN 2002 'Genetic diversity in bambara groundnut ( Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc) landraces revealed by AFLP markers' Genome 45, (6) 1175-1180 , DOI
Gonzalez-Carranza ZH, Whitelaw CA, Swarup R & Roberts JA 2002 'Temporal and Spatial Expression of a Polygalacturonase during Leaf and Flower Abscission in Oilseed Rape and Arabidopsis' PLANT PHYSIOLOGY 128, (2) 534-543 , DOI
Gonzalez-Carranza ZH, Whitelaw CA, Swarup R & Roberts JA 2002 'Temporal and spatial expression of a polygalacturonase during leaf and flower abscission in oilseed rape and Arabidopsis' PLANT PHYSIOLOGY 128, (2) 534-543 Author Site , DOI
Roberts JA, Hussain A, Taylor IB & Black CR 2002 'Use of mutants to study long-distance signalling in response to compacted soil' JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY 53, (366) 45-50 Author Site , DOI
Roberts JA 2000 'Abscission and dehiscence' Symp Soc Exp Biol 52, 203-211 Author Site
Roberts J 2000 'Cell Separation Processes in Plants—Models, Mechanisms and Manipulation' Annals of Botany 86, (2) 223-235 , DOI
Whitelaw CA, Ruperti B & Roberts JA 2000 'Differential display. Analysis of gene expression during plant development' Methods Mol Biol 141, 19-32 Author Site , DOI
Hussain A, Black CR, Taylor IB & Roberts JA 2000 'Does an antagonistic relationship between ABA and ethylene mediate shoot growth when tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) plants encounter compacted soil?' Plant, Cell and Environment 23, (11) 1217-1226 , DOI
Black VJ, Black CR, Roberts JA & Stewart CA 2000 'Impact of ozone on the reproductive development of plants' NEW PHYTOLOGIST 147, (3) 421-447 Author Site , DOI
Bennett MJ, Roberts J & Palme K 2000 'Moving on up: auxin-induced K+ channel expression regulates gravitropism' Trends in Plant Science 5, (3) 85-86 , DOI
Whitelaw CA, Paul W, Jenkins ES, Taylor VM & Roberts JA 1999 'An mRNA encoding a response regulator protein from Brassica napus is up-regulated during pod development' Journal of Experimental Botany 50, (332) 335-341 , DOI
JENKINS ES, PAUL W, CRAZE M, WHITELAW CA, WEIGAND A & ROBERTS JA 1999 'Dehiscence-related expression of an Arabidopsis thaliana gene encoding a polygalacturonase in transgenic plants of Brassica napus' Plant, Cell and Environment 22, (2) 159-167 , DOI
Mulholland 1 BJ, Hussain A, Black CR, Taylor IB & Roberts JA 1999 'Does root-sourced ABA have a role in mediating growth and stomatal responses to soil compaction in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum)?' Physiologia Plantarum 107, (3) 267-276 , DOI
Massawe FJ, Collinson ST, Roberts JA & Azam-Ali SN 1999 'Effect of pre-sowing hydration on germination, emergence and early seedling growth of bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea L. Verdc)' SEED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 27, (3) 893-905 Author Site
Mulholland BJ, Black CR, Taylor IB & Roberts JA 1999 'Influence of Soil Compaction on Xylem Sap Composition in Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)' Journal of Plant Physiology 155, (4-5) 503-508 , DOI
Ruperti B, Whitelaw CA & Roberts JA 1999 'Isolation and expression of an allergen-like mRNA from ethylene-treated Sambucus nigra leaflet abscission zones' JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY 50, (334) 733-734 Author Site , DOI
Hussain A, Black CR, Taylor IB, Mulholland BJ & Roberts JA 1999 'Novel approaches for examining the effects of differential soil compaction on xylem sap abscisic acid concentration, stomatal conductance and growth in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)' Plant, Cell and Environment 22, (11) 1377-1388 , DOI
Hussain A, Black CR, Taylor IB & Roberts JA 1999 'Soil Compaction. A Role for Ethylene in Regulating Leaf Expansion and Shoot Growth in Tomato?' Plant Physiology 121, (4) 1227-1237 , DOI
Bosac C, Black VJ, Roberts JA & Black CR 1998 'Impact of ozone on seed yield and quality and seedling vigour in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.)' Journal of Plant Physiology 153, (1-2) 127-134 , DOI
González-Carranza ZH, Lozoya-Gloria E & Roberts JA 1998 'Recent developments in abscission: shedding light on the shedding process' Trends in Plant Science 3, (1) 10-14 , DOI
Harris N, Taylor JE & Roberts JA 1997 'Characterization and expression of an mRNA encoding a wound-induced (Win) protein from ethylene-treated tomato leaf abscission zone tissue' Journal of Experimental Botany 48, (6) 1223-1227 , DOI
HASHIM M, ROBERTS JA, ROSSALL S & DICKINSON MJ 1997 'Leaflet abscission and phytoalexin production during the response of two faba bean breeding lines to Botrytis infection' Plant Pathology 46, (06) 989-996 , DOI
COUPE SA, TAYLOR JE & ROBERTS JA 1997 'Temporal and spatial expression of mRNAs encoding pathogenesis-related proteins during ethylene-promoted leaflet abscission in Sambucus nigra*' Plant, Cell and Environment 20, (12) 1517-1524 , DOI
Bailey PC, Lycett GW & Roberts JA 1996 'A molecular study of dormancy breaking and germination in seeds of Trollius ledebouri' Plant Molecular Biology 32, (3) 559-564 , DOI
Jenkins ES, Paul W, Coupe SA, Bell SJ, Davies EC & Roberts JA 1996 'Characterization of an mRNA encoding a polygalacturonase expressed during pod development in oilseed rape ( Brassica napus L.)' Journal of Experimental Botany 47, (1) 111-115 , DOI
Mulholland BJ, Black CR, Taylor IB, Roberts JA & Lenton JR 1996 'Effect of soil compaction on barley (Hordeum vulgare L) growth .1. Possible role for ABA as a root-sourced chemical signal' JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY 47, (297) 539-549 Author Site , DOI
Mulholland BJ, Taylor IB, Black CR & Roberts JA 1996 'Effect of soil compaction on barley (Hordeum vulgare L) growth .2. Are increased xylem sap ABA concentrations involved in maintaining leaf expansion in compacted soils?' JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY 47, (297) 551-556 Author Site , DOI
Coupe S, Taylor J & Roberts J 1995 'Characterisation of an mRNA encoding a metallothionein-like protein that accumulates during ethylene-promoted abscission of Sambucus nigra L. leaflets' Planta 197, (3) , DOI
English PJ, Lycett GW, Roberts JA & Jackson MB 1995 'Increased 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-Carboxylic Acid Oxidase Activity in Shoots of Flooded Tomato Plants Raises Ethylene Production to Physiologically Active Levels' Plant Physiology 109, (4) 1435-1440 , DOI
Clifford SC, Black CR, Roberts JA, Stronach IM, Singleton-Jones PR, Mohamed AD & Azam-Ali SN 1995 'The effect of elevated atmospheric CO 2 and drought onstomatal frequency in groundnut ( Arachis hypogaea (L.))' Journal of Experimental Botany 46, (7) 847-852 , DOI
Taylor JE, Coupe SA, Picton S & Roberts JA 1994 'Characterization and accumulation pattern of an mRNA encoding an abscission-related ?-1,4-glucanase from leaflets of Sambucus nigra' Plant Molecular Biology 24, (6) 961-964 , DOI
Coupe SA, Taylor JE, Isaac PG & Roberts JA 1994 'Characterization of a mRNA that accumulates during development of oilseed rape pods' Plant Molecular Biology 24, (1) 223-227 , DOI
BOSAC C, ROBERTS JA, BLACK VJ & BLACK CR 1994 'IMPACT OF O-3 AND SO2 ON REPRODUCTIVE DEVELOPMENT IN OILSEED RAPE (BRASSICA-NAPUS L) .2. REPRODUCTIVE SITE LOSSES' NEW PHYTOLOGIST 126, (1) 71-79 Author Site , DOI
Harris N, Taylor JE & Roberts JA 1994 'Isolation of a mRNA encoding a nucleoside diphosphate kinase from tomato that is up-regulated by wounding' Plant Molecular Biology 25, (4) 739-742 , DOI
TAYLOR JE, WEBB STJ, COUPE SA, TUCKER GA & ROBERTS JA 1993 'Changes in Polygalacturonase Activity and Solubility of Polyuronides during Ethylene-stimulated Leaf Abscission in Sambucus nigra' Journal of Experimental Botany 44, (1) 93-98 , DOI
Coupe SA, Taylor JE, Isaac PG & Roberts JA 1993 'Identification and characterization of a proline-rich mRNA that accumulates during pod development in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.)' Plant Molecular Biology 23, (6) 1223-1232 , DOI
BOSAC C, BLACK VJ, BLACK CR, ROBERTS JA & LOCKWOOD F 1993 'Impact of O3 and SO2 on reproductive development in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.). I. Pollen germination and pollen tube growth' New Phytologist 124, (3) 439-446 , DOI
WEBB STJ, TAYLOR JE, COUPE SA, FERRARESE L & ROBERTS JA 1993 'Purification of beta1,4 glucanase from ethylene-treated leaflet abscission zones of Sambucus nigra' Plant, Cell and Environment 16, (3) 329-333 , DOI
MEAKIN PAULJ & ROBERTS JEREMYA 1991 'Anatomical and Biochemical Changes Associated with the Induction of Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus) Pod Dehiscence by Dasineura brassicae (Winn.)' Annals of Botany 67, (3) 193-197 , DOI
Taylor JE, Tucker GA, Lasslett Y, Smith CJS, Arnold CM, Watson CF, Schuch W, Grierson D & Roberts JA 1991 'Polygalacturonase expression during leaf abscission of normal and transgenic tomato plants' Planta 183, (1) , DOI
MEAKIN PJ & ROBERTS JA 1990 'DEHISCENCE OF FRUIT IN OILSEED RAPE (BRASSICA-NAPUS L) .1. ANATOMY OF POD DEHISCENCE' JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY 41, (229) 995-1002 Author Site , DOI
MEAKIN PJ & ROBERTS JA 1990 'DEHISCENCE OF FRUIT IN OILSEED RAPE (BRASSICA-NAPUS L) .2. THE ROLE OF CELL-WALL DEGRADING ENZYMES AND ETHYLENE' JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY 41, (229) 1003-1011 Author Site , DOI
Hepher A & Roberts JA 1985 'The control of seed germination in Trollius ledebouri A model of seed dormancy' Planta 166, (3) 321-328 , DOI
Hepher A & Roberts JA 1985 'The control of seed germination in Trollius ledebouri: The breaking of dormancy' Planta 166, (3) 314-320 , DOI
Woods SL, Roberts JA & Taylor IB 1984 'Ethylene-induced root coiling in tomato seedlings' Plant Growth Regulation 2, (3) 217-225 , DOI
Roberts JA, Schindler CB & Tucker GA 1984 'Ethylene-promoted tomato flower abscission and the possible involvement of an inhibitor' Planta 160, (2) 159-163 , DOI
Tucker GA, Schindler CB & Roberts JA 1984 'Flower abscission in mutant tomato plants' Planta 160, (2) 164-167 , DOI
ROBERTS JA 1984 'TROPIC RESPONSES OF HYPOCOTYLS FROM NORMAL TOMATO PLANTS AND THE GRAVITROPIC MUTANT LAZY-1' PLANT CELL AND ENVIRONMENT 7, (7) 515-520 Author Site , DOI
Sexton R & Roberts JA 1982 'Cell Biology of Abscission' Annual Review of Plant Physiology 33, (1) 133-162 , DOI
ROBERTS JEREMYA & OSBORNE DAPHNEJ 1981 'Auxin and the Control of Ethylene Production during the Development and Senescence of Leaves and Fruits' Journal of Experimental Botany 32, (5) 875-887 , DOI
Chapters
Gonzalez-Carranza ZH & Roberts JA 2012 'Ethylene and Cell Separation Processes' The Plant Hormone Ethylene 243-273 , DOI
Roberts JA & Gonzalez-Carranza Z 2007 'Cell Separation and Adhesion Processes in Plants' Plant Cell Separation and Adhesion 1-7 , DOI
Conference Papers
Mayes S, Basu S, Murchie E, Roberts JA, Azam-Ali SN, Stadler F, Mohler V, Wenzel G, Massawe F & Kilian A 2009 'BAMLINK - a Cross Disciplinary Programme to Enhance the Role of Bambara Groundnut (Vigna subterranea L. Verdc.) for Food Security in Africa and India' //0 //0 137-149
COUPE SA, TAYLOR JE & ROBERTS JA 1995 'CHARACTERIZATION OF MESSAGES WHICH ACCUMULATE DURING ETHYLENE-INDUCED LEAFLET ABSCISSION IN SAMBUCUS-NIGRA' //0 //0 132-132
MULHOLLAND BJ, ROBERTS JA, TAYLOR IB & BLACK CR 1994 'IS PLANT GROWTH IN COMPACTED SOIL REGULATED BY A ROOT-SOURCED CHEMICAL SIGNAL' //0 //0 433-435