Professor Markus Owen
Professor of Mathematical Sciences
Phone: +44 (0) 115 846 7214
Markus is a member of the Future Food leadership team. Markus is a Professor of Mathematical Biology. After joining the University of Nottingham in 2004 Markus became involved with Malcolm Bennett and the great CPIB team of experimentalists, engineers, computer scientists etc, modelling plant hormone transport and signalling. They use a range of dynamical mathematical modelling approaches, including differential equation models, parameter inference and computer simulation, in order to understand and predict the spatiotemporal nature of plant hormone signals, the pathways by which those signals are sensed and transduced, and the larger scale growth of root systems. For the latter, a number of researchers at Nottingham contribute, with colleagues from Forschungzentrum Jülich (Germany) and Penn State University (USA), to the development of the open source software OpenSimRoot – a Functional Structural Plant Model that allows simulation of root system growth, nutrient and water uptake and environmental effects.