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Professor Murray Grant

Elizabeth Creak Chair in Food Security

Murray’s research related to CEIA activities focusses on the genetic basis of crop improvement to enhance resistance to biotic stress (pathogens & pests) though the use of novel genetic technologies and exploiting existing genetic diversity. To this end, with generous support from the Elizabeth Creak Trust he has established the Elizabeth Creak Horticultural Technology Centre which is dedicated towards genetic improvement of UK Horticulture Crops. He brings expertise in genomic applications to improving crop resilience  to biotic and abiotic stress in face of global climate change.


He leads University of Warwick's Plant Disease Resistance group (read more) where the application of various “omics” techniques (including untargeted metabolomics) can enable the study of disease and resistance in important plant species such as ash, enset and banana.

Key papers

  • Parry, Geraint, Benitez-Alfonso, Yoselin, Gibbs, Daniel J., Grant, Murray, Harper, Andrea L., Harrison, C Jill, Kaiserli, Eirini, Leonelli, Sabina, May, Sean T., McKim, Sarah, Spoel, Steven, Turnbull, Colin, van der Hoorn, Renier A. L., Murray, James, 2020. How to build an effective research network : lessons from two decades of the GARNet plant science community. Journal of Experimental Botany, 71 (22), pp. 6881-6889.

  • Hodgetts, J., Karamura, G., Johnson, G., Hall, J., Perkins, K., Beed, F., Nakato, V., Grant, Murray, Studholme, David J., Boonham, N., Smith, J., 2015. Development of a lateral flow device for in-field detection and evaluation of PCR-based diagnostic methods forXanthomonas campestrispv.musacearum, the causal agent of banana xanthomonas wilt. Plant Pathology, 64 (3), pp. 559-567 

  • Muzemil, Sadik, Chala, Alemayehu, Tesfaye, Bizuayehu, Studholme, David J., Grant, Murray, Yemataw, Zerihun, Mekonin, Shiferaw, Olango, Temesgen Magule, 2021. Evaluation of 20 enset (Ensete ventricosum) landraces for response to Xanthomonas vasicola pv. Musacearum infection. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 161, pp. 821-836.

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