Cambridge Crop Research

Martina Capozzi

Research interests

Nitrogen response in wheat and other crops; sustainable agricultural practises; arbuscular mycorrhizae.

Research projects

Wheat decision: to respond or not respond to available nitrogen; Duration: March 2022-2025; Partners:  NIAB (lead); Funding: BBSRC

Dr Graham Dow

Graham's research is focused on understanding mechanisms that facilitate plant-environment interactions and increase crop resilience to climate change. These topics are approached using a combination of genetic and physiological tools, with a main focus on stomatal traits. Stomata are key gatekeepers for plant-environment interactions because they control gas-exchange at the leaf surface. They strongly contribute to water-use efficiency, photosynthetic processes, temperature regulation, hydraulic integrity, and organismal plasticity.

Dr Agnieszka Alexander

Aga's role involves day-to-day project management for the Growing Kent & Medway and CTP in Sustainable Agricultural Innovation programmes at NIAB. She provides support to the programme leader and team members; liaising with consortium partners and funders on administrative, financial and contractual issues and organising workshops and events.

Growing Kent & Medway is supported by UKRI’s Strength in Places Fund and is establishing the Kent & Medway region as a world-leader in climate-smart, sustainable horticultural, food and drink production.

Dr Camila Zanella

Camila joined NIAB in 2016, working as a post-doc researcher across a range of ongoing research projects in the Cambridge Crop Research department. Her research focuses on the application of classical genetics studies, plant molecular genetics and genomics, including genetic mapping and genome wide association screens, to investigate the genetic control of disease resistance to stripe (yellow), leaf (brown) and stem (black) rust, yield, yield components, and quality traits in cereal crops, with particular focus on wheat and multi-founder advanced generation inter-cross (MAGIC) populations.

Andrea Vadillo Dieguez

Andrea is working on Bacterial canker disease on sweet cherry (Prunus avium, L.) caused by some pathovars in the Pseudomonas syringae species complex. Mainly, focusing on elucidating the importance of effector proteins and phytotoxins for Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae pathogenicity. She has a strong interest in molecular plant-pathogen interactions and how they evolve over time.

Dr Nichola Hawkins

Nichola’s research focuses on the evolutionary biology of plant pathogens, and how we can develop more durable crop disease control strategies against ever-evolving pathogen populations. This includes factors driving the evolution of fungicide resistance, and how these will apply to future crop protection measures, in pathogens including Zymoseptoria tritici which causes the major wheat disease Septoria leaf blotch.

Dr Kostya Kanyuka

Dr Kanyuka leads NIAB’s strategic and applied research on the biology, detection, surveillance, epidemiology and management of diseases and pests of field crops, working with a wide range of academic and commercial partners and customers.

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