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Colville, Louise

Job title: 

Career Development Fellow, Comparative Seed Biology

Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology
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Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Wales, Bangor, 2002
  • PhD Biological Sciences, University of Exeter, 2006

I am a plant biochemist and have wide-ranging research interests in seed biology. My research focuses on the biochemical and molecular characterisation of plant stress, particularly seed ageing and desiccation stress, and the role of antioxidants and reactive oxygen species in seed biology. Through comparative studies across diverse taxa I aim to identify biochemical and molecular markers of seed quality and viability, and characterise the diversity and distribution of key molecules associated with seed storability across the plant kingdom. I am also interested in the biochemistry underlying ecological traits such as seed dispersal, dormancy, longevity and persistence, and contribute to several collaborative research projects in this area.

Selected publications: 

Colville, L., Blanco Sáez, C. M., Lewis, G. P. & Kranner, I. (2015, in press). The distribution of glutathione and homoglutathione in leaf, root and seed tissue of 73 species across the three sub-families of the Leguminosae. Phytochemistry.

Long, R., Gorecki, M., Renton, M., Scott, J., Colville, L., Goggin, D., Commander, L., Westcott, D., Cherry, H. & Finch-Savage, W. (2014, in press). The ecophysiology of seed persistence: A mechanistic view of the journey to germination or demise. Biological Reviews Available online

Chen, H., Osuna, D., Colville, L., Lorenzo, O., Graeber, K., Kuster, H., Leubner-Metzger, G. & Kranner, I. (2013). Transcriptome-wide mapping of pea seed ageing reveals a pivotal role for genes related to oxidative stress and programmed cell death. PLOS ONE 8 (10): e7847 Available online

Paulsen, T. R., Colville, L., Kranner, I., Daws, M. I., Högstedt, G., Vandvik, V. & Thompson, K. (2013). Physical dormancy in seeds: a game of hide and seek? New Phytologist 198: 496-503. Available online

Colville, L., Bradley, E. L., Lloyd, A. S., Pritchard, H. W., Castle, L. & Kranner, I. (2012). Volatile fingerprints of seeds of four species indicate the involvement of alcoholic fermentation, lipid peroxidation, and Maillard reactions in seed deterioration during ageing and desiccation stress. Journal of Experimental Botany 63: 6519-6530. Available online

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