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School of Biology
Faculty of Biological Sciences
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
Professor Urwin moved to the University of Leeds as a postdoctoral scientist working on a project to develop novel strategies to control plant parasitic nematodes.
Urwin has remained at Leeds as a member of staff within the Centre for Plant Sciences, where he holds a personal chair in plant nematology. He explores fundamental areas of nematode biology at the molecular level and is committed to strategic biological science aimed at developing crops such as rice, banana and potato that are resistant to nematode pathogens.
The approaches taken by the group to overcome this challenge include developing biofumigation to replace the withdrawn nematicides and using GM technology that utilises anti-feedant technology as well as newly developed behavioural repellents and RNAi to provide plant based resistance to nematodes in several crops. His group are also undertaking fundamental research using the model species C. elegans and utilising the data we have generated by the sequencing the Globodera pallida genome and multiple transcriptomes, to identify novel strategies and targets for engineering nematode resistance.