Dr Laura Bowden
Research interests/Areas of expertise
- Seed vigour – improving methods for seed vigour assessment, and investigating the potential of new techniques.
- Analysis of historical seed testing data to look into the effect of environmental and other (e.g. varietal, geographical) factors on seed quality. Implications of climate change on the quality of seed produced in Scotland.
- Investigating the effect of biostimulants on seed quality and seedling emergence.
- Various representative roles for the International Seed Testing Association; Seed Symposium Convenor; Member of the Moisture Committee from 2013, and Vice Chair from June 2016; Member of the Seed Science Advisory Group; Member of the Wild Species Working Group and on the Editorial Board for Seed Science and Technology from 2013.
- Executive Committee member of the International Society for Seed Science since October 2018
- Joined SASA in July 2010 to work as the seed physiologist for the OSTS.
- From April 2008 I worked as a research technician at Warwick HRI on a systems biology project investigating the genetics of biotic and abiotic stress responses in Arabidopsis.
- From 2003 to 2007 I studied for a PhD jointly at the University of Reading and the Millennium Seed Bank Project, RBG Kew. My research focussed on seed development and factors influencing the ability to germinate, tolerate desiccation and acquire maximum longevity.
Factors influencing the radicle emergence test for swede rape. Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2018. :183-186. . 2018.
The impact of light and high light on seed germination and the radicle emergence test . Seed Science and Technology. 46(3):465-471. . 2018.
Environmental and other factors affecting the quality of wheat seed produced in Scotland. Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2016. :87-92. . 2016.
Time-Series Transcriptomics Reveals That AGAMOUS-LIKE22 Affects Primary Metabolism and Developmental Processes in Drought-Stressed Arabidopsis. Plant Cell. 28(2):345-366. . 2016.
A local regulatory network around three NAC transcription factors in stress responses and senescence in Arabidopsis leaves. Plant Journal. 75(1):26–39. . 2013.
Developmental changes in the germinability, desiccation tolerance, hardseededness, and longevity of individual seeds of Trifolium ambiguum. Annals of Botany. 105(6):1035-1052. . 2010.
Post-abscission, pre-dispersal seeds of Digitalis purpurea remain in a developmental state that is not terminated by desiccation ex planta. Annals of Botany. 103(5):785-794. . 2009.
Priming and re-drying improve the survival of mature seeds of Digitalis purpurea during storage. Annals of Botany. 103(8):1261-1270. . 2009.