I am interested in understanding how plants integrate and respond to different environmental conditions such as nutrient availability and the presence of neighbour (e.g. blackgrass). My research aims to provide useful information for the development of crop varieties that can produce high yield with lower herbicide and fertiliser inputs.
MillNETi: Millets and Nutritional Enhancement Traits for Iron bioavailability: Duration: April 2019- March 2021; Partners: University of Cambridge (Plant Sciences, Development Studies, Pathology, Politics and International studies), NIAB (Genetics & Breeding), MRC Unit The Gambia, Rothamsted Resarch; Funding: BBSRC (BB/S013954/1)
Swarbreck SM, Wang M, Wang Y, Kindred D, Sylvester-Bradley R, Shi Weiming, Varinderpal-Singh, Bentley AR, Griffiths H (2019). A roadmap for lowering crop nitrogen requirement. Accepted for publication Trends in Plant Science.
Swarbreck SM, Guerringue Y, Matthus E, Jamieson FJC, Davies JM (2019) Impairment in karrikin but not strigolactone sensing enhances root skewing in Arabidopsis thaliana. The Plant Journal.
Matthus E, Wilkins KA, Swarbreck SM, Doddrell NH, Doccula FG, Costa A, Davies JM (2019) Phosphate starvation alters abiotic stress-induced cytosolic free calcium increases in roots. Plant Physiology. 179:1754-1767
Finch JA, Guillaume G, French SA, Colaço RDDR, Davies JM, Swarbreck SM (2017) Wheat root length and not branching is altered in the presence of neighbours, including blackgrass. PLoS One 12: e0178176.