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Prof Martin Mortimer B.Sc Ph.D.

Professor of Agricultural Ecology Functional and Comparative Genomics

    Biography

    Personal Statement

    As a plant population biologist, I study the development and application of agro-ecology in tropical and temperate agro-ecosystems. Topics include : the mechanisms that, at population and community level, regulate species abundance in rice and wheat agro-ecosystems; assessment of the potential scale and impact of transgene outcrossing between feral and crop species; trait analysis of competitiveness in plants; and mathematical modeling of species interactions in plant and microbial systems. This research underpins the design of integrated weed management systems that optimises reliance on chemical interventions and maximises intrinsic regulatory processes within ecosystems.

    Personal Distinctions

    • Direct seeded rice - future directions in Asia (Invitation to Speak, Vietnam 2010)
    • Taking an ecosystem approach : early reflections (Keynote Speech, UKIERI 2009)
    • The development of sustainability indicators (Keynote Speech, IISC Bangalore 2009)
    • The UKIERI Climate Change programme (Invitation to Speak, NERC 2008)
    • The agro-ecology of rice-based cropping systems: the challenges of sustainable weed management (Invitation to Speak, Royal Society 2008)
    • Ecosystem services, vulnerability and risk assessment in adaptation measures for climate change (Invitation to Speak, University of Exeter 2008)
    • Natural resource management in fragile rice-based cropping systems (Invitation to Speak, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (Dhaka) 2006)
    • Sustainability indicators: biodiversity, plant communities and plant species (Keynote Speech, Malayasian Agricultural Research and Development Institute 2006)
    • Issues related to direct seeding of rice in rainfed cropping systems : a case study in northwest Ban (Keynote Speech, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology Pantnagar Uttar Ranchal India. 2005)
    • Seedling recruitment in direct seeded rice : weed biology and water management (Keynote Speech, Japanese Committee for International Year of Rice, 2004 2004)

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