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Dr. Jane Taylor

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching


Tel. +44 1524 593598




C28 Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, Lancaster University


Journal Articles:

Taylor, J., McAinsh, M. 2004. 'Signalling crosstalk in plants: Emerging issues.' Journal of Experimental Botany; 55: 147-149.

McAinsh, M., Taylor, J. (eds). 2004. Special Issue: Crosstalk in Plant Signal Transduction. Journal of Experimental Botany; 55: 395.

Taylor, J., Hatcher, P., Paul, N. 2004. 'Crosstalk between plant responses to pathogens and herbivores: a view from the outside in.' Invited contribution to Journal of Experimental Botany Special Issue; 55: 159-168

Hatcher, P., Moore, J., Taylor J., Tinney, G., Paul, N. 2004. 'Phytohormones and plant-herbivore-pathogen tripartite interactions: integrating the molecular with the ecological.' Ecology; 85: 59-69

Gushwa, N., Hayashi, D., Kemper, A., Abram, B., Taylor, J., Upton, J., Tay, C., Fiedler, S., Pullen, S., Miller, L, & Tallman, G. 2003. 'Thermotolerant guard cell protoplasts Nicotiana glauca (Graham), tree tobacco, do not require exogenous hormones to survive in culture and are blocked from re-entering the cell cycle at the G1/S transition.' Plant Physiology; 132: 1925-1940

Moore J., Paul, N., Whittaker, J., Taylor, J. 2003. 'Exogenous jasmonic acid mimics herbivore induced systemic increases in cell wall bound peroxidase activity and reductions in leaf expansion.' Functional Ecology;17:549-554.

Moore, J., Taylor, J., Paul, N., Whittaker, J. 2003 'Reduced leaf expansion as a direct cost of systemic induced resistance to herbivory.' Functional Ecology; 17: 75-81.

Moore, J.P., Taylor, J.E., Paul, N.D., Whittaker, J.B. 2003 'The use of clip cages to restrain insects systemically reduces leaf expansion in Rumex obtusifolius.' Ecological Entomology; 28: 239-242.

Tinney, G.W., Pritchard, S.C., Gonzalez, R., Paul, N.D., Hatcher, P.E., Taylor, J.E. 2002. 'RNA isolation from Rumex obtusifolius which eliminates oxalate contamination.' Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 20; 309.

Webb, A.A.R., Larman, M., Montgomery, L.T., Taylor, J.E., Hetherington, A.M. 2001. 'The role of calcium in ABA-induced gene expression and stomatal movements.' The Plant Journal; 26: 351-362

Taylor, J.E., Whitelaw, C.A. 2001. 'Signals in Abscission. Invited Tansley Review for New Phytologist.' New Pyhtologist; 151: 323-339

Paul, N.D., Hatcher, P.E.,Taylor, J.E. 2000. 'Coping with multiple enemies: an integration of molecular and ecological perspectives.' Trends in Plant Science; 5: 220-225.

Clarke, C.B., Taylor, J.E., Mansfield, T.A. 1999. 'Screening for enhanced salt tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana.' Journal of Experimental Botany Supplement; 50: 45.

Taylor, J.E., Abram, B.L., Boorse, G., Tallman, G. 1998. 'Approaches to evaluating the extent to which guard cell protoplasts of Nicotiana glauca (tree tobacco) retain their characteristics when cultured under conditions that affect their survival growth, and differentiation.' Journal of Experimental Botany; 49: 377-386. (Invited contribution to Special Issue).

Harris, N., Taylor, J.E., Roberts, J.A. 1997. 'Characterisation and expression of a mRNA encoding a wound-induced (win) protein from tomato abscission zones.' Journal of Experimental Botany; 48: 1223-1227.

Webb, A.R.R., Taylor, J.E., McAinsh, M.R., Hetherington, A.M. 1996. 'Calcium ions as intracellular second messengers in higher plants.' Advances in Botanical Research; 22: 45-96.

Taylor, J.E., Renwick, K.F., Webb, A.R.R., McAinsh, M.R., Furini, M., Bartels, D., Quatrano, R.S., Marcotte, W.R. Jr., Hetherngton, A.M. 1995. 'ABA-regulated promoter activity in stomatal guard cells.' The Plant Journal; 7: 129-134.

McAinsh, M.R., Webb, A.R.R., Taylor, J.E., Hetherington, A.M. 1995. 'Stimulus-induced oscillations in guard cell cytosolic free calcium.' The Plant Cell; 7: 1207-1219.

Karvouni, Z., John, I., Taylor, J.E., Watson, C.F., Turner, A.J., Grierson, D. 1995. 'Isolation and characterisation of a melon cDNA clone encoding phytoene synthase.' Plant Molecular Biology; 27: 1153-1162.

Taylor, J.E., McAinsh, M.R., Montgomery, L., Renwick, K.F., Webb, A.R.R., Hetherington, A.M. 1994. 'The use of transgenesis to investigate signal-transduction pathways.' Biochemical Society Transactions; 22: 949-952. Taylor, J.E., Coupe, S.A., Picton, S., Roberts, J.A. 1994. 'Characterisation and accumulation pattern of a mRNA encoding an abscission-related b -1, 4-glucanase from Sambucus nigra.' Plant Molecular Biology; 24: 961-964. Harris, N., Taylor, J.E., Roberts, J.A. 1994. 'Isolation of a mRNA encoding a nucleoside diphosphate kinase that is up-regulated by wounding.' Plant Molecular Biology; 25: 739-742.

Coupe, S.A, Taylor, J.E., Issac, P.G., Roberts, J.A. 1994. 'Characterisation of a mRNA that accumulates during development of oilseed rape pods.' Plant Molecular Biology; 24: 223-227.

Webb, S.T.J., Taylor, J.E., Coupe, S.A., Tucker, G.A., Roberts, J.A. 1993. 'Purification of b -1, 4-glucanase from ethylene-treated abscission zones of Sambucus nigra.' Plant, Cell and Environment; 16: 329-333.

Taylor, J.E., Webb, S.T.J., Coupe, S.A., Tucker, G.A., Roberts, J.A. 1993. 'Changes in polygalacturonase activity and solubility of polyuronides during ethylene-stimulated leaf abscission in Sambucus nigra.' Journal of Experimental Botany; 44: 93-98.

Coupe, S.A., Taylor, J.E., Isaac, P.G., Roberts, J.A. 1993. 'Identification and characterisation of a proline-rich mRNA that accumulates during pod development in oilseed rape ( Brassica napus L.).' Plant Molecular Biology; 23: 1223-1232.

Taylor, J.E., Tucker, G.A., Lasslett, Y.V., Smith, C.J.S., Arnold, C.M., Watson, C.F., Schuch, W., Grierson, D., Roberts J.A. 1990. 'Polygalacturonase expression during leaf abscission of normal and transgenic tomato plants.' Planta 183, 133-138

Edited Books:

Seymour, G.B., Taylor, J.E., Tucker, G.A. 1993 (Eds) Biochemistry of Fruit Ripening. London: Chapman and Hall.


Davies, W.J., Thompson, D.S., Taylor, J.E. 1998. 'Manipulation of growth of horticultural crops under environmental stress.' Proceedings of HRI Conference entitled 'Genetic and Environmental Manipulation of Horticultural Crops'.

Eds. K. Cockshull, D. Gray, G.B. Seymour & B. Thomas. CAB Wallingford pp. 157-174.

    Research Interests

    My research interests centre on the molecular changes that underpin plant responses to environmental stress. These can be divided into three areas:

    Signalling in response to biotic attack

    My major focus, in ongoing projects with Dr Nigel Paul and Dr Mike Roberts at Lancaster, is to examine the molecular basis of plant responses to herbivore and pathogen attack via a multidisciplinary approach through the use of molecular, biochemical and physiological studies. In the natural environment these stresses may act simultaneously and a particular focus is to define the signalling events and molecular outcomes in response to multiple stresses.

    Growth and development

    In addition I currently have collaborations with Prof. Gary Tallman (University of Pepperdine, Oregon, US) investigating the cues that regulate the differentiation of guard cells in culture, and with Prof. Bill Davies examining the intercellular signals that regulate plant growth.

    Science policy

    Research in collaboration with Prof. Brian Wynne and Claire Waterton at the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen) aims to examine the practical implications for environmental knowledge and life sciences policy, of commercialization processes within plant genomics research.

    Research tags

    plant science   environment   policy