LIDo banner

Apply now

Find out more about the different routes to entry and our eligibility criteria

Isoprenoids and their role in the development of climate resilient crops (Acronym: IsoRes)


In order to feed the global population by 2050, a 70% increase in food production is required. To meet these demands, our future food systems need to be resilient to erratic environmental fluctuations, arising from climate change, and global pandemics. Isoprenoid compounds represent the largest classes of natural products known. They are compounds of high value with multiple industrial uses. It has become evident that isoprenoids are important in enabling crop plants to tolerate biotic and abiotic stresses. In the present project we will elucidate how isoprenoids confer resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses at a molecular and biochemical level.

Disciplines and Techniques
Project supervisor/s
Professor Paul David Fraser
Biological Sciences ( 1b6a8b22c).html)
Royal Holloway University of London
Maruthi M N Gowda
Agriculture, Health and Environment (
Natural Resources Institute (NRI) University of Greenwich
A new plant-based source of ketocarotenoids for aquaculture feed
Nogueira, N., Enfissi, E.M.A., Maria Martinez, M., Menard, G.N.C., Driller, L., Eastmond, P.J., Schuch, W., Sandmann, G. and Fraser, P.D
PNAS 114, 10876-10881
Metabolite database for root, tuber and Banana crops to facilitate modern breeding in understudied crops
Price, EJ., Drapal, M., Perez-Fons, L., Amah, D., Bhattacharjee, R., Heider, B., Rouard, M.,Swennen, R., Becerra Lopez-Lavalle, L.A. and Fraser, P.D
The Plant Journal, 101, 6, 1258 -1268
A transcriptomic, metabolomic and cellular approach to the physiological adaptation of tomato fruit to high temperature
Almedia, J. Perez-Fons, L and Fraser, P.D.
Plant Cell and Environment, 1-19
New Plant Breeding Techniques and their regulatory implications: An opportunity to advance metabolomics approaches
Enfissi, EMA., Drapal, M., Perez-Fons, L., Nogueira, M., Berry, HM., Almeida, J and Fraser, P.D
J. Plant Physiol
The metabotyping of an East African cassava diversity panel: A core collection for developing biotic stress tolerance in cassava
Perez-Fons, L., Ovalle, T.M., Colvin, J., Becerra Lopez-Lavalle, L.A. and Fraser, P.D.
PLoS ONE 15(11), e0242245