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Spatial variability of organic matter properties determines methane fluxes in a tropical forested peatland (2018)
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Girkin, N. T., Vane, C. H., Cooper, H. V., Moss-Hayes, V., Craigon, J., Turner, B. L., …Sjögersten, S. (2019). Spatial variability of organic matter properties determines methane fluxes in a tropical forested peatland. Biogeochemistry, 142(2), 231-245. doi:10.1007/s10533-018-0531-1

Tropical peatland ecosystems are a significant component of the global carbon cycle and feature a range of distinct vegetation types, but the extent of links between contrasting plant species, peat biogeochemistry and greenhouse gas fluxes remains un... Read More

Characterisation of CRISPR mutants targeting genes modulating pectin degradation in ripening tomato (2018)
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Wang, D., Samsulrizal, N., Yan, C., Allcock, N. S., Craigon, J., Blanco-Ulate, B., …Seymour, G. B. (2018). Characterisation of CRISPR mutants targeting genes modulating pectin degradation in ripening tomato. Plant Physiology, 178(4), doi:10.1104/pp.18.01187

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is a globally important crop with an economic value in the tens of billions of dollars, and a significant supplier of essential vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in the human diet. Shelf life is a key quality trait r... Read More

Effect of feeding system on enteric methane emissions from individual dairy cows on commercial farms (2018)
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Eckert, M., Bell, M., Potterton, S., Craigon, J., Saunders, N., Wilcox, R., …Garnsworthy, P. (2018). Effect of feeding system on enteric methane emissions from individual dairy cows on commercial farms. Land, 7(1), doi:10.3390/land7010026

This study investigated the effects of feeding system on diurnal enteric methane (CH4) emissions from individual cows on commercial farms. Data were obtained from 830 cows across 12 farms, and data collated included production records, CH4 measuremen... Read More

Does the diurnal pattern of enteric methane emissions from dairy cows change over time? (2018)
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Bell, M., Craigon, J., Saunders, N., Goodman, J., & Garnsworthy, P. (2018). Does the diurnal pattern of enteric methane emissions from dairy cows change over time?. animal, 12(10), 2065-2070. doi:10.1017/S1751731118000228

Diet manipulation and genetic selection are two important mitigation strategies for reducing enteric methane (CH4) emissions from ruminant livestock. The aim of this study was to assess whether the diurnal pattern of CH4 emissions from individual dai... Read More

The emergent rhizosphere: imaging the development of the porous architecture at the root-soil interface (2017)
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porous architecture at the root-soil interface. Scientific Reports, 7(14875), doi:10.1038/s41598-017-14904-w. ISSN 2045-2322

The rhizosphere is the zone of soil infuenced by a plant root and is critical for plant health and nutrient acquisition. All below ground resources must pass through this dynamic zone prior to their capture by plant roots. However, researching the un... Read More

Methylation profiling RIN3 and MEF2C identifies epigenetic marks associated with sporadic early onset Alzheimer’s disease (2017)
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Boden, K. A., Barber, I. S., Clement, N., Patel, T., Guetta-Baranes, T., Brookes, K., …Bottley, A. (2017). Methylation profiling RIN3 and MEF2C identifies epigenetic marks associated with sporadic early onset Alzheimer’s disease. doi:10.3233/ADR-170015. ISSN 2542-4823

A number of genetic loci associate with early onset Alzheimer’s disease (EOAD), however the drivers of this disease remains enigmatic. Genome wide association and in-vivo modelling have shown that loss-of-function e.g. ABCA7, reduced levels of SIRT1,... Read More

Genetic improvement of tomato by targeted control of fruit softening (2016)
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Uluisik, S., Chapman, N. H., Smith, R., Poole, M., Adams, G., Gillis, R. B., …Seymour, G. B. (2016). Genetic improvement of tomato by targeted control of fruit softening. Nature Biotechnology, 34, 950-952. doi:10.1038/nbt.3602

Controlling the rate of softening to extend shelf life was a key target for researchers engineering genetically modified (GM) tomatoes in the 1990s, but only modest improvements were achieved. Hybrids grown nowadays contain 'non-ripening mutations' t... Read More

Effects of lameness treatment for claw horn lesions on lying behaviour in dairy cows (2016)
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Miguel-Pacheco, G. G., Thomas, H. J., Kaler, J., Craigon, J., & Huxley, J. N. (2016). Effects of lameness treatment for claw horn lesions on lying behaviour in dairy cows. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 179, doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2016.04.001. ISSN 0168-1591

Lameness affects lying behaviour in dairy cattle, increasing total lying time and the number of lying bouts. However, there is limited information about the effect of lameness treatment on dairy cow behaviour. This study investigated the effect of fo... Read More

An objective approach to model reduction: Application to the Sirius wheat model (2014)
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Craigon, J., Cox, G., Crout, N., Jao, Y., Tarsitano, D., Wood, A., & Semenov, M. (2014). An objective approach to model reduction: Application to the Sirius wheat model. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 189-190(100), 211-219. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.01.010

An existing simulation model of wheat growth and development, Sirius, was evaluated through a systematic model reduction procedure. The model was automatically manipulated under software control to replace variables within the model structure with co... Read More

To what extent can zero tillage lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from temperate soils? (2014)
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Mangalassery, S., Sjögersten, S., Sparkes, D. L., Sturrock, C., Craigon, J., & Mooney, S. J. (2014). To what extent can zero tillage lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from temperate soils?. Scientific Reports, 4, doi:10.1038/srep04586. ISSN 2045-2322

Soil tillage practices have a profound influence on the physical properties of soil and the greenhouse gas (GHG) balance. However there have been very few integrated studies on the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2... Read More