Prof Greg Tucker
Prof Greg Tucker

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:

  • Breakdown of biomass to provide a feed stock for the production of biofuels and biorenewables
  • Extension of postharvest shelf life of fruit and vegetables by genetic, chemical or physical means
  • Effect of post-harvest handling and processing on the nutritional value of fruit and vegetables

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.



  • Prof Nigel Minton
  • Alan Burbidge
  • Klaus Winzer
  • Dr Ying Zhang
  • Prof Pete Licence
  • Prof Jon Garibaldi
  • Dr Jamie Twycross
  • Prof Brigette Nerlich
  • Prof Jon King
  • Prof Greg Tucker
  • Prof Cameron Alexander
  • Prof Dave Barratt
  • Prof Charlie Hodgman
  • Dr Stephen Heeb
  • Louise Dynes