NEPH: Nottingham Environmental Physiology Hub
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About NEPH

NEPH is a cross disciplinary group of people interested in how plants respond to the environment. We bridge faculties and campuses at the University of Nottingham and study topics from root to shoot, cell to ecosystem, biotic and abiotic stress and cover a range of species with a strong focus on crops.

word cloud covering the key research in NEPH

People measuring root physiology on maize in a glasshouse


University of Nottingham Physiology History

Nottingham and especially the Sutton Bonington campus (home of the university farm) has certainly made an impact in the plant and crop physiology world, here are some famous examples:Professor John Monteith pioneered the methods and principles of measuring canopy radiation (light) use efficiency (RUE) Professor John Monteith which is now a cornerstone of crop physiology.

He also co-developed the Penman-Monteith equation to predict evapotranspiration, used by the FAO. Roger Slack, a graduate of Nottingham was the co-discoverer of C4 photosynthesis along with Hal Hatch. C4 is a fascinating photosynthetic adaptation permitting high productivity in warm climates and he subject of much current interest for crop improvement. 


Daisy Dobrijevic selected for ASPB Conviron Scholars Program 2018-2019

Georgina Barratt wins one of two Plants People Planet Poster Prizes at the PEPG Workshop in Lisbon (2018)

Tamara Fitters is awarded her PhD September 2018

The next PEPG workshop to be organised by Amanda Rasmussen (UoN, NEPH) and co-organised by Marjorie Lundgren (University of Lancaster). 

Latest Publications

Vicente, J. , Mendiondo, G. M., Pauwels, J. , Pastor, V. , Izquierdo, Y. , Naumann, C. , Movahedi, M. , Rooney, D. , Gibbs, D. J., Smart, K. , Bachmair, A. , Gray, J. E., Dissmeyer, N. , Castresana, C. , Ray, R. V., Gevaert, K. and Holdsworth, M. J. (2018), Distinct branches of the N‐end rule pathway modulate the plant immune response. New Phytol: DOI:10.1111/nph.15387

Jonathon Ashley Gibbs, Michael P Pound, Andrew P French, Darren M Wells, Erik H. Murchie, Tony P Pridmore Plant Physiology Aug 2018, pp.00664.2018; DOI: 10.1104/pp.18.00664

Fitters, TFJ, Mooney, SJ and Sparkes, DL (2018) Sugar beet root growth under different watering regimes: a minirhizotron study. Environmental Experimental Botany, 155, 79-86.

Wright, AJD, Bussell, JS, Stevens, M, Back, MA and Sparkes, DL (2018) Physiological differences between sugar beet varieties susceptible, tolerant or resistant to the beet cyst nematode, Heterodera schachtii (Schmidt) under uninfested conditions. European Journal of Agronomy, 98, 37-45.


View from inside tractor with crops.

Licor6800 measuring growing beets




Nottingham Environmental Physiology Hub

The University of Nottingham
Division of Agriculture and Environmental Science
School of Biosciences
Sutton Bonington Campus
Loughborough, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 16293