Professor Gail Taylor


Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences Building
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Tel: +44 (0)2380592335,
Fax: +44 (0) 2380594459


Dr Suzanne Milner
Tel: +44 (0)2380594387

The University of Southampton will contribute to the project through overall co-ordination and to workpackage 3 on modeling approaches.

Gail Taylor leads the Plant and Environment group which has been involved in research on second generation SRC trees since 1990. This includes work on genetics and genomics of improvement, funded by DEFRA, where five QTL hotspots for biomass yield have recently been identified – the Poplar Biomass Loci (PBL) (Rae et al., 2009) that are now being resolved to the level of the gene using RNAi approaches that are available in poplar for proof of concept. In addition she was a PI in the project TSEC-BIOSYS – Towards a sustainable energy economy, funded by NERC, ‘A whole systems approach to understand the potential of bioenergy for the UK’( Within the project Southampton led the workpackage on environmental impacts of bioenergy crops with particular emphasis on ecological processes, water use and greenhouse gas mitigation potential and bioenergy crops (Rowe et al 2009; Oliver et al., 2009). She also supervised the research on spatial biomass supply from SRC crops using empirical modeling approaches (Aylott et al., 2008, 2010). She is responsible for the UKERC Research Atlas in Bioenergy, is subject editor for Global Change Biology Bioenergy, editorial associate for Biofuels and Biotechnology for Biofuels.

Within Carbo-BioCrop Southampton will focus on improvements to the ForestGrowth-SRC process-based model with a better description of below ground processes feeding into soil carbon pools. This will enable UK ‘carbon opportunity maps’ for SRC to be developed.

  • Aylott MJ, Casella E, Tubby I, Street NR, Smith P and Taylor G (2008). Yield and spatial supply of bioenergy poplar and willow short-rotation coppice in the UK. New Phytologist 178: 358-370.
  • Aylott MJ, Casella E, Farrall Kand Taylor G (2010) Social, economic and environmental impacts on the supply of biomass from short rotation coppice in England. Biofuels (in review).
  • Oliver RJ, Finch JW and Taylor G (2009). Second generation bioenergy crops and climate change: a review of the effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 and drought on water use and the implications for yield. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 1: 97-114
  • Rowe RL, Street NR and Taylor G (2009). Identifying potential environmental impacts of large-scale deployment of dedicated bioenergy crops in the UK. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 13: 271–290
  • Rae, AM, Street NR, Robinson K, Harris N and Taylor G (2009) Five QTL hotspots for yield in short rotation coppice bioenergy poplar: The poplar biomass loci. BMC Plant Biology 9: (1), 23.