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Brian Ford-Lloyd is part of the Molecular and Cell Biology research theme.
Patterns of natural variation in crop plants and their wild relatives are being studied using a range of molecular marker technologies including DNA sequence polymorphism and transcriptomics. Much can be achieved through comparative genomic approaches, that are currently being applied to the following crops and their wild relatives: rice, brassicas, Prunus, Trifolium and a range of vegetables. In my lab we are studying how specific genes and alleles vary naturally, and how variation in their expression can give rise to different phenotypes and altered adaptive capacity in an ecological and environmental sense. Most recently we have been examining whole genome expression patterns (transcriptomics) in rice in relation to brown planthopper resistance and salt stress.