University of Southampton (SOTON)

Location : Southampton / United Kingdom
Leader : Gail TAYLOR
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The University of Southampton is ranked in the top ten UK universities. Bioenergy research is undertaken in Schools of Civil Engineering and Environment as well as School of Biological Sciences and a new cross disciplinary group is being developed in this area. The School of Biological Sciences scored 5 (highest score) in the most recent research assessment exercise in the UK, and has a large range of relevant facilities. Gail Taylor is an expert in all issues related to research, development and deployment of bioenergy. She is a member of the UK Energy Research Centre (HYPERLINK "" and recently wrote the UK Bioenergy Research Landscape ( and is leading the UK Bioenergy Road Mapping exercise. She has a primary research interest in poplar as a bioenergy crop. The expertise of the group include transcriptomic profiling, QTL mapping of traits for yield and most recently woody quality chemical and physical traits (as yet unpublished), study of trait analysis and association mapping of traits for yield and wood quality using the wide association population of P. nigra, access to a closed field site for field testing of GM trees.


WP2 leader and contribution to other workpackages in particular workpackages 1, 3 and 4.

Staff members’ profile:

Professor Gail Taylor is leader of the ‘Plants and Environment’ laboratory. She has participated in several EU projects working on poplar including EUROFACE (, POPFACE, POPYOMICS ( and EVOLTREE ( Nationally she is a partner in BEGIN (, using functional genomics to improve the yield of bioenergy trees, in TSEC-BIOSYS ( and is also part of a USA Department of Energy project POPGENICS.

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Dr Alan Marchant is a lecturer in Biological Sciences. He has valuable expertise in poplar cell wall biosynthesis genes and in reverse genetic approaches to test candidate genes relevant to woody quality changes.


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