Biological Chemistry & Crop Protection
Gareth graduated from the University of York in 2015 with a BSc in Biology (with a year in industry). During his year in industry, he worked in the Jodrell laboratory at Kew Gardens, investigating the natural product chemistry of plants. He developed an interest in chemical ecology, influencing his decision to investigate the role of archaea in the biogeochemical cycling of volatile compounds for his final year project. Involvement in other research groups includes Novozymes Biopharma and the British Geological Survey.
Gareth’s research will include using analytical techniques to identify secreted compounds, examining their role in biocontrol and Plant Growth Promotion (PGP) (Dr Mike Birkett, Rothamsted Research) and molecular techniques, microbiology and bioinformatics to investigate biocontrol and PGP of the Trichoderma fungus (Prof Murray Grant and Dr Chris Thornton, University of Exeter). This project is part of the South West Bio Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBIO DTP)