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 genetics 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

  • Superoxide as a metabolic signal in the plant circadian clock
  • The role of synaptotagmin in metabolic signalling in plant cells
  • Fine-tuning metabolic signalling in plants with kinase inhibitors
  • Using chemical biology to modify metabolic signalling and growth in crops and weeds

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