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Dr Thomas Wood

Senior Molecular PathologistDr Tom Wood

DD: 01223 342204
Email: Tom Wood

Tom works as part of the pathology group in the Crops and Agronomy Division at NIAB. He studied for his BSc in Biological Sciences at Bangor University in Wales, before completing his MSc in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology at the John Innes Centre/University of East Anglia in Norwich. Tom also completed his PhD in the Crop Genetics department at the John Innes Centre, investigating genetic approaches to modulating pre-harvest pod shatter in oilseed rape (Brassica napus). Following a brief post-doctoral position he moved to NIAB in 2012 to take a position as a molecular plant pathologist. Since then Tom has been involved in managing a range of research activities and commercial trials. Tom has a broad interest in plant pathology, crop improvement and developing DNA based diagnostic strategies for plant pathogen detection. His current work focuses on pathogens affecting oilseed rape, especially Verticillium longisporum, and also the genetic improvement of faba bean (Vicia faba).

Current research projects:

  • TSB StemNem
  • TSB Optibean
  • Marie Curie, Legume Plus ITN PhD studentship
  • Marie Curie MaxCrop ESR PhD studentship
  • Developing seed/soil diagnostics for Verticillium longisporum (Funded by Syngenta)


Current Students:

  • Marina Mora-Ortiz (Marie Curie, Legume Plus ITN)
  • Jasper Depotter (Marie Curie, MaxCrop ESR)


Recent publications:

Thomas, J. E. and Wood, T. A. In press. Verticillium wilt in winter oilseed rape – diagnosis and cultivar susceptibility. Annals of Applied Biology

Wood, T. A., Chapman, S. J., Lee, D. and Thomas, J. E. 2014. Verticillium longisporum: Pathogen detection, diagnosis and cultivar resistance in UK oilseed rape (Brassica napus). Integrated Control in Oilseed Crops IOBC-WPRS Bulletin 104:149-156

Wood, T, Teakle, G, and Mackay, I. 2013. An introduction to the contemporary breeding of oil seed rape. (2013). Lipid Technology

Wood T, Stephenson, P, and Østergaard, L .2011. “Resources for Reverse Genetic Approaches in Brassica Species” in Genetics and Genomics of Brassicaceae. I Bancroft and R Schmidt, eds. Springer Publications

Girin T, Paicu T, Stephenson, P, Fuentes, S, Körner, E, O'Brien, M, Sorefan, K, Wood, TA, Balanzá, V, Ferrándiz, C, Smyth, DR, Østergaard, L.2011. INDEHISCENT and SPATULA interact to specify carpel and valve margin tissue and thus promote seed dispersal in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell. 23(10):3641-53.

Arnaud, N, Girin, T, Sorefan, K, Fuentes, S, Wood, TA, Lawrenson, T, Sablowski, R, Østergaard, L. 2010. Gibberellins control fruit patterning in Arabidopsis thaliana. Genes Dev. 24(19):2127-32.

Girin, T, Stephenson, P, Goldsack, CM, Kempin, SA, Perez, A, Pires, N, Sparrow, PA, Wood, TA, Yanofsky, MF, Østergaard, L. 2010. Brassicaceae INDEHISCENT genes specify valve margin cell fate and repress replum formation. Plant J. 63(2):329-38.