18 June 2019
Professor Richard J A Buggs
Senior Research Leader
Genetics, Genomics, Evolution, Disease resistance
I lead the Plant Health and Adaptation research group at Kew. My research uses evolutionary genomics methods to understand the basis of pest and pathogen susceptibility of plants. My largest project is on the genomics of ash tree species, seeking genes for low susceptibility to ash dieback and the emerald ash borer. My students also work on birch tree genetics in the context of climate change. I have recently started a project on disease and stress tolerance in hazelnut. I am a Professor of Evolutionary Genomics at Queen Mary University of London where I also have a research group and teach an MSc module. I am based in the Jodrell Lab at Kew four days a week, and spend one day per week at Queen Mary University of London.
- Professor of Evolutionary Genomics, Queen Mary University of London
- Member of Trees and Woodlands Scientific Advisory Group (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (2021-present)
- Fellow of the Linnean Society
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- NERC Peer Review College member
- DPhil, University of Oxford, 2005
- BA (1st class), University of Cambridge, 2000
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
- Editor: Plants People Planet
Genomic resources for healthy ash trees
Finding genes in ash trees to overcome ash dieback and the emerald ash borer.
Genomics of British oak trees
Sequencing the genomes of over 2000 British oak trees to understand how their DNA affects their health and growth
Landscape scale genomic-environment data to enhance the food security of Ethiopian agri-systems
Investigating food insecurity in Ethiopia resulting from climate change and population growth, and genetic and species diversity of Ethiopian agri-systems as the key to resilience.
UK National Tree Seed Project
Ensuring that high quality, genetically diverse seed and associated data from UK trees and shrubs are available to support conservation and research.
Nocchi, G., Brown, N., Coker, T.L.R., Plumb, W.J., Stocks, J.J., Denman, S. & Buggs, R..A. (2021)
Genomic structure and diversity of oak populations in British parklands.
Plants, People, Planet
Buggs, R.J.A. (2021)
The origin of Darwin’s “abominable mystery”.
American Journal of Botany 108: 22-36
Wang, N., Kelly, L.J.K., McAllister, H.A., Zohren, J. & Buggs, R.J.A. (2021)
Resolving phylogeny and polyploid parentage using genus-wide genome-wide sequence data from birch trees.
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 160: 107126.
Kelly, L.J., Plumb, W.J., Carey, D.W., Mason, M.E., Cooper, E.D., Crowther, W., Whittemore, A.T., Rossiter, S.J., Koch, J.L. & Buggs, R.J.A. (2020)
Convergent molecular evolution among ash species resistant to the emerald ash borer.
Nature Ecology & Evolution 4: 1116–1128.
Stocks, J.J., Metheringham, C.L., Plumb, W., Lee, S.J. Kelly, L.J., Nichols, R.A. & and Buggs, R.J.A. (2019)
Genomic basis of European ash tree resistance to ash dieback fungus.
Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1686–169
Borrell, J.S., Zohren, J., Nichols, R.A. & Buggs, R.J.A. (2020).
Genomic assessment of local adaptation in dwarf birch to inform assisted gene flow.
Evolutionary Applications 31: 161-175
Sollars, E.S.A., Harper, A.L., Kelly, L.J., Sambles, C.M., [...] & Buggs, R.J.A. (2017).
Genome sequence and genetic diversity of European ash trees.
Nature 541: 212–216.