Gail Taylor

gail taylorProf. Gail Taylor is a plant biologist at the University of Southampton and director of the Taylor Lab which aims to understand the functioning of plants in relation to environment, particularly the changes in environment predicted for future decades. The Taylor lab works on trees, mostly the model tree genus, Populus (poplar), and on leafy salad crops, particularly lettuce and watercress, but also on some native herbs and plant communities. This research spans from the molecular, which utilises second generation sequencing to develop genomic resources in poplar and other non-model plants, through to the ecosystem, where the lab studies the greenhouse gas balance and carbon footprint of bioenergy cropping systems, aiming to develop sustainable biofuel crops. Recent work including developing an ecosystem services approach to assess the global footprint of imported bioenergy feedstocks to the UK.