Professor Mick Fuller
Head of Graduate School
Graduate School (Research & Innovation)
Head of Graduate School
Professor of Plant Physiology, School of Biological Sciences
BSc Biological Sciences - University of Leicester
PhD Agricultural Botany - University of Wales, Aberystwyth (Welsh Plant Breeding Station)
Professor of Plant Physiology - University of Plymouth
Visiting Professor - University of Angers, France (1991)
Visiting Professor - University of Southern Queensland, Australia (2006)
Visiting Scientist - The Leslie Research Institute, Department for Primary Industries, Queensland, Australia (2006)
Executive Committee Member of UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE)
Trustee - UK Conbtrolled Environment Users Group
Trustee - Vegetable Research Fund
1979- Member, Society for Experimental Biology.
1980- Member, Association of Applied Biology
1989- Member, Horticultural Research Association.
1995- Member, International Association of Plant Tissue and Cell Culture
2000- Member of International Society for Horticultural Science
2002- Member of The Scientific Alliance
Roles on external bodies
1998-05 Committee Member, Horticultural Research International Association, Wellesbourne
1999-05 Trustee, Vegetable Research Trust.
2000- Member of ISHS Biotechnology Commisson
2000- Member of ISHS In-vitro culture Working Group
2000- Member of ISHS Brassica Working Group
1999- Member of ISHS Timing of field production of vegetables Working Group
2002-2010 Member of the Science Advisory Board
2003- Advisor to the Scientific Alliance
2005- Chair & Trustee, UK Controlled Environment Users Group
2006- Executive Committee Member, UK Council for Graduate Education
2006- Editorial Board, European Journal of Agronomy
2008- Honorary Secretary, UK Council for Graduate Education
2011- Chair, UK Council for Graduate Education
2012- Executive Secretary, Seale-Hayne Education Trust (SHET)
2012- Advisory Committee, HEA PTES
2012- Steering Committee, QAA Code for Higher Education
2013- Steering Committee, EUA-CDE (Council for Doctoral Education)
Sustainable crop production
Plant stress physiology
Plant Stress Physiology - frost tolerance, ice nucleation, infrared thermal imaging, salt tolerance, drought tolerance
Plant Biotechnology - plant tissue culture, molecular biology
Crop Physiology and Agronomy - physiology of vegetable crops and cereals, climate change physiology, glasshouse crop physiology
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Current Research Students
Ayman Almerei PhD (2010-2013) Genetic transformation of maize with anti-stress genes
Fakhriya Kareem MPhil/PhD (2013-2016) Exogenously applied anti-stress agents and the upregulation of drought response genes
Sherzad Hakim PhD (2010-2015) Health Policy and Planning: the role of health research in guiding health policy and practice in Iraqi Kurdistan (in partnership with Hawler Medical University, Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq)
Zana Kareem PhD (2013-2016) Production of some secondary metabolites from Datura innoxia Mill. and Salviaofficinalis L. using plant tissue culture techniques (in partnership with Suliamaini University, Suliamania, Kurdistan, Iraq)
Michelle Chappell ResM (2011-2014)(pt) Ovarian dominance in the mare: implications in the selection process of recipient mares within an embryo transfer programme.
Gillian Tabor ResM (2012-2015) (pt) The effect of dynamic mobilistation exercises on equine core stability
Keith Spurgin ResM (2012-2015) A study of closely related bramble forms to determine whether they can be reliably separated into species by comparing physical measurements
Poly Gilbert ResM (2012-2015) (pt)
Successful completions since 2000
Faiz Fahdel PhD 2014 The genetic and physiological basis of brown-heart syndrome in swede
Magda Al-Sharmi PhD 2014 Somatic embryogenesis and cryopreservation in cauliflower
Eleanor Boden (Duchy) ResM 2013 The use of rider specific fitness and Pilates to improve rider position.
Mohammed Al-Issawi PhD 2013 Frost tolerance expression of wheat during ear emergence and flowering
Susan Wren PhD 2013 Socio-economic and livelihood impacts of environmentally supportive bio-enterprise development for agro-/pastoral communities in Samburu Heartland, Kenya.
Hail Rihan PhD 2013 Artificial seed production from microshoots of cauliflower and their preservation and conversion
Fadil Al-Swedi PhD 2013 Genetic transformation of cauliflower with anti-stress genes
Shiren Mohamed 2012 The effects of elevated CO2, drought and mineral nutrition on the seed yield and quality of Safflower
Fazal Hadi PhD 2010 The physiological and molecular characteristics of chemically induced abiotic stress resistant mutants of cauliflower
Pankaj Kumar Banik ResM 2010 Future sustainability of organic vegetable production in the UK: Perception of the growers
Rima Rabah Nasser PhD 2009 Physiological aspects of the response to CO2 in Lentils (Lens culinaris Medic.)
Natasha de Vere PhD 2007 The ecology and genetics of Cirsium dissectum in the British Isles and implications for its conservation
Ahmed Abdullah PhD 2007 An evaluation of multivariate statistical techniques for the analysis of yield from barley breeding trials data
Ellis Luckhurst MPhil 2007 The effect of temperature on heading dates of winter cauliflower in west Cornwall.
Jihad Samaan PhD 2007 Characterisation of grain quality of Syrian durum wheat genotypes affecting milling performance and end-use quality.
Ehab Metwali PhD 2006 Improving abiotic resistance in cauliflower by mutagenesis and agrobacterium mediated transformation.
Gail Hastings MPhil 2004 An evaluation of the chemical composition of forage maize during vegetative development and grain fill.
Paul Challinor PhD 2003 An evaluation of pumice, unloaded clinoptilolite and nutrient-loaded clinoptilolite zeolites, as plant growth substrates in the intensive production of long season glasshouse crops.
Felisbertha Cunha PhD 2002 The infulence of extracts of Ascophyllum nodosum on plant and soil-borne pathogen interactions.
Manal Eed PhD 2001 The resistance to salt of Brassica sps. and improved resistance by direct selection and mutagenesis.
Stephen Burchett PhD 2000 The mechanism of action of liquid seaweed extracts in the manipulation of frost resistance in winter barley.
Grants & contracts
Grants in last 5 years
1998-01 Micropropagation of Agapanthus. £2,000.
1998-02 Climatic effects on the vernalization and curd growth of winter cauliflower and subsequent fluctuations in supply. MAFF HORT/LINK £358,000 (joint with HRI/Marshall Bros./Elsoms Seeds/OLGA).
2001-02 Knowledge transfer intitiative on impacts and adaptation to climate change in agriculture. MAFF Open Contract CTE0006, with IGER. £39,228.
2001-03 TCS PE Simmons Ltd. £79,000.
2003-05 KTP Shipton Mill Ltd. £81,500.
2002-06 Characterisation of grain quality of Syrian durum wheat genotypes affecting milling performance and pasta quality. (PhD programme). The Government of Syria £36,000.
2003-07 The effects of elevated CO2 and drought on the physiology and yield of Lentils. (PhD programme). The Government of Syria £36,000.
2003-07 Selection and genetic modification for improved stress resistance in cauliflower. (PhD programme). University of Plymouth Studentship.
2004-07 The suitability of multivariate analysis for the analysis of field crop data in Syria. (PhD programme). The Government of Syria £36,000.
2004 Personal Travel Award.The New Phytologist Trust £750.
2004 Ice nucleation, ice travel and frost damage in wheat at ear emergence. Seale-Hayne Education Trust. £2,500.
2006 The determination of Frost Tolerance of Miscanthus rhizomes. BiCal Ltd. £2,000
2007 Abiotic stress resistance evaluation in cauliflower. Pakistan High Commission. Postdoc Scholarship Muhammad Khan. $10,000
2007-10 The molecular characterisation of abiotic stress resistance mutants of cauliflower (PhD programme). Pakistan High Commission. £50,000.
2008-11 The expression of frost resistance in wheat as influenced by developmental stage (PhD programme). Iraq Education Commission. £50,000.
2008-11 The effect of drought and elevated CO2 on the production and oil quality of Safflower (PhD programme). Iraq Education Commission. £50,000.
2009-12 Supercooling and frost resistance of wheat at ear emergence (PhD programme). Libyan Higher Education Commission. £50,000.