Prof Greg Tucker
Professor of Plant Biochemistry
Greg’s research is focused on the molecular biology of the plant cell wall and phytonutrients. In particular:
Applications of this research include cell wall deconstruction during the production of sugars from biomass for the generation of biofuels such as ethanol. In this respect he is the Director of the lignocellulose to ethanol (LACE) programme at The University of Nottingham, which is part of the BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC).
Another application is in the control of softening during the ripening and senescence of fruit and vegetables. This degradation results in the deterioration and eventual wastage of the fruit and thus manipulation of this process, through the application of genetic modification or physiochemical means, provides a means of extending the shelf life of these commodities.