Gregory Reeves Scientific Officer
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Greg Reeves is a current PhD student in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. His research focus is on investigation of the genetic basis for aspects of C4 photosynthesis. Engineering C4 photosynthesis into C3 crops could potentially increase current yields, while adding greater nitrogen- and water-use efficiency. Improving crop productivity through transferring the more efficient C4 photosynthesis into less photosynthetically efficient, yet economically important, crops (notably rice and wheat) is a potential solution to food security issues. For his Master’s research, Greg studied the inheritance of disease resistance and spicy flavour in chile peppers, where he discovered a new gene that inhibits disease resistance, helped sequence the chile pepper genome and broke the world record for “hottest pepper”. Upon completion of a PhD, he aspires to become a plant breeder.

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