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Dr Mike Haydon

Research interests

Plant cell signalling

We study circadian rhythms in plants with a focus on metabolic signalling. We use genetics and molecular biology, chemical biology and biochemistry to understand how metabolic signalling pathways control gene expression and drive adaptation to the rhythmic environment. Projects in the lab explore the interactions between metabolic signals such as sugars, reactive oxygen species and ethylene within the circadian system and how they help plants adjust metabolism, growth and development throughout the day and across seasons. This knowledge could generate tools to grow crops that are better adapted to their environment.

Research projects

  • Plants on drugs: how do metabolic signals control circadian rhythms?
  • The time is ripe: how does the circadian clock influence leaf senescence and grain nutrition?

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