Professor Erik Murchie

Research Area: Plant and crop physiology

Institution: University of Nottingham


Summary of Research Area:

I am interested in understanding the ways in which crop plants, notably rice and wheat, convert resources such as light, CO2 and water into biomass and grain yield. In the coming years we will need to find ways of making our crops carry out such processes with higher efficiency and under increasingly stressful conditions. The research in my lab studies photosynthetic efficiency, photoprotection and the role of increasing night time and day time temperatures in limiting yield. The overall goal is to supply plant breeders with the means to improve and stabilise yield.