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Dr Meriel Jones

Honorary Senior Lecturer Biochemistry & Systems Biology

Research

Current research - onion and garlic

This has developed from my earlier work on the biosynthesis of flavour precursors in onions and garlic, working in collaboration with UK growers and consultants, as well as biological and medical scientists in the EU and USA. One unexpected outcome was improved classification of onions for the UK market, including development of a new, sweet onion crop for the UK (see personal website).

I have provided consultancy to industry and the media on flavours and secondary metabolites and about fungal control and identification. In November 2013 I appeared on BBC1 in 'Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds' to talk about onion flavour and watch him cook. See a clip at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01ldds9


Current research - plants and fungi

My research interests centre on how plants and fungi respond to their environment, including through the production of secondary metabolites. My research with fungi has concentrated on their roles as pathogens (white rot of onion) and mycorrhiza in the life history of the bee orchid.


Research Grants

Regulated Transcript Stability

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)

July 2007 - June 2010

Garlic & Health: the development of high quality garlic and its influence on biomarkers of artherosclerosis and cancer in humans for disease prevention.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

February 2000 - April 2004

Improvement of some potential forage crops for livestock in Saudi Arabia

KING SAUD UNIVERSITY (SAUDI ARABIA)

January 2012 - September 2015

OVS Health Trust Fellowship programme

CHARITIES AID FOUNDATION (UK)

November 2011 - February 2014

Wazeera Abdullah - bench fees

REPUBLIC OF IRAQ MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

August 2014 - September 2016

Co-ordination of nitrate and nitrogen metabolite signalling at the level of transcript stability.

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)

April 2001 - April 2004

Sensing and the biological response in plants (SENSIBLE).

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

April 2006 - March 2010

Proteomic lead analysis of nitrogen regulation and signalling in aspergillus nidulans.

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)

November 2003 - October 2006

Aleya Ferdausi - Bench Fees

ASSOCIATION OF COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITIES (UK)

August 2014 - January 2016

University of Liverpool Institutional Discipline Bridging.

MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (MRC)

October 2003 - October 2006

UK fundamentals for mild onion production.

MINISTRY AGRIC/FISHERIES/FOOD

January 1998 - December 2001