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Professor Gail Taylor

The research group of Professor Gail Taylor aims to understand the functioning of plants in relation to environment, particularly the changes in environment predicted for future decades. We work on trees, mostly the model tree genus, Populus (poplar), and on leafy salad crops, particularly lettuce and watercress, but also on some native herbs and plant communities.

Our research spans from the molecular, where currently we are utilising second generation sequencing to develop genomic resources in poplar and other non-model plants, through to the ecosystem, where we study the greenhouse gas balance and carbon footprint of bioenergy cropping systems, aiming to develop sustainable biofuel crops. Recent work including developing an ecosystem services approach to assess the global footprint of imported bioenergy feedstocks to the UK.

We are part of the Institute for Life Sciences, a multi-disciplinary research institute bringing together bioscientists with engineers and others, at The University of Southampton.   


The case for GM trees: Gail Taylor at TEDxSouthamptonUniversity



Professor Taylor presents 'The Promise of Bioenergy'

Professor Taylor presents 'Perspectives on Food Security'

Global Challenges UOSM2010 Gail Taylor Biofuels

University of Southampton - Professor Gail Taylor - Biology