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Organization profile

Organisation Profile

Our group studies the response of plants to changes in the spectral composition of radiation, how these signals are processed and received a the level of the leaf and whole plant.

We  place this research in context by considering how the spectral composition of radiation perceived by plants changes depending on their environment.  This can mean studying the different responses of plants in sun and shade, and even refining what we understand by 'shade' through studying how plant canopies evolve over the year and interact with seasonal changes in radiation.

These responses become particularly ecologically relevant when we contextualise them to the other abiotic and biotic interactions that plants experience in the environment. This can involve (1) elucidating the response of plants to combined stress factors, or (2) understanding how plant traits influence community-level processes, or even (3) how changes in the climate may interact with the spectral cues that plants use to trigger phenological development.

The core expertise in our group is in plant physiological ecology. But starting from an ecophysiological perspective, identifying the processes that respond to environmental factors, gives us great interdisciplinary scope to scale up these responses allowing further understanding of plant ecology and biometeorology, and utilising molecular and genomic approaches to link our findings with new knowledge of receptors and signalling pathways.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.



Contribution of PIP2 aquaporins to photosynthesis in response to increased vapour pressure deficit

Israel, D., Khan, S., Warren, C. R., Zwiazek, J. J. & Robson, T. M., 1 Jan 2020, (In preparation) In : Journal of Experimental Botany.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Contributions of cryptochromes and phototropins to stomatal opening through the day

Wang, F., Robson, T. M., Casal, J. J. & Aphalo, P. J., 12 Feb 2020, In : Functional Plant Biology. 47, 3, p. 226-238 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

DLI & spectra app' providing information about variation in DLI and light quality under screens and nets anywhere in the world

Kotilainen, T., Aphalo, P. J., Robson, T. M. & Cerliani, L., 2020, Acta Horticulturae.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review


Greater capacity to exploit warming temperatures in northern populations of European beech is partly driven by delayed leaf senescence

Garate Escamilla, H. A., Brelsford, C. C., Hampe, A., Robson, T. M. & Garzon, M. B., 16 Jan 2020, In : Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. p. 1-10 10 p., 107908.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Plant growth drives soil nitrogen cycling and N-related microbial activity through changing root traits

Legay, N., Clément, J-C., Grassein, F., Lavorel, S., Lemauviel-Lavenant, S., Personeni, E., Poly, F., Pommier, T., Robson, T. M., Mouhamadou, B. & Binet, M-N., 12 Feb 2020, In : Fungal Ecology. 44, April 2020, 100910.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access


Univ La Laguna, Universidad de la Laguna, Fac Biol, Dept Ecol

T Matthew Robson (Visiting researcher), Beatriz Fernández-Marín (Other role)
9 Feb 202020 Feb 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

COST meeting CLIMO Climate Smart Forestry

T Matthew Robson (Scientific Committee Member)
8 Sep 201912 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Scion, Scion

T Matthew Robson (Visiting researcher), Alan G. Jones (Other role)
5 Oct 201911 Oct 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Eliane Schermer

T Matthew Robson (Host)
18 Oct 201926 Oct 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

University of Nottingham

T Matthew Robson (Visiting researcher), Erik Murchie (Other role), Alexandra Burgess (Other role)
30 Jun 20194 Jul 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

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