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Jonathan Atkinson

Senior Research Fellow - Technologist in Phenomics, Faculty of Science



Dr. Jon Atkinson is a Senior Research Fellow employed by the Future Food Beacon of Excellence as a Technologist in Phenomics.

His research interests include cereal root physiology, root-soil interactions, and the development of phenotyping platforms at the anatomical, whole plant and field scales.

As part of his current role, Jon also manages the FutureFood MakerSpace - an innovation and training hub designed to solve phenomics problems in food research. He also co-manages the Laser Ablation Tomography suite, a BBSRC ALERT17 funded device for high throughput anatomical phenotyping.

Expertise Summary

My research interests are in the study of root architecture, anatomy, and more recently in root-soil interactions; specifically how roots respond to various signals and stimuli within the soil profile such as pore spaces or soil compaction.

I am currently part of several externally funded research projects covering a variety of research topics such as; pearl millet root anatomical responses to drought, water use efficiency in wheat, and a project designing a training course in plant phenotyping, data capture and analysis.

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