Professor Nick Talbot

Welcome to the Nick Talbot research group

Welcome to the home of Nick Talbot’s research group on the internet. Whether you’re a prospective student, postdoc or just curious to find out about the work that goes on in our laboratory, I hope that you find this website interesting.

Research in our group involves the understanding of how fungi are able to cause disease in plants, specifically we are interested in one of the world’s most devastating diseases called rice blast, which each year destroys a substantial proportion of the world-wide rice harvest. Since rice is responsible for providing around a quarter of the world’s calories and is a staple crop for more than half of the world’s population, understanding how this disease operates is of critical importance to global food security. You can read about the projects and see the publications that have resulted from our work.

Our laboratory is located on the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus within the Geoffrey Pope building; we are part of the Biosciences in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. The University is organised into large interdisciplinary Colleges to enable researchers to utilise a full range of contemporary methodologies and address significant scientific questions. As a consequence, we utilise mathematics, cell biology, biochemistry, genomics, proteomics, bioformatics and a wide range of molecular genetic tools in our research. We also interact with social scientists so that we are able to understand the social and humanitarian consequences of crop diseases and the control measures that we are trying to develop. Furthermore, we interact extensively with industry and out-reach services to try and apply the fundamental discoveries that we make.

If you have any further questions please contact us.

Professor Nick Talbot

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact
Professor of Molecular Genetics