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TIGR2ESS: Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies

A Global Challenges Research Fund project


Dr Martin Battle is a PDRA in the Lawson Plant Physiology Lab at the University of Essex. Prior to joining the TIGR2ESS team, his PhD studies focused on circadian photobiology and green light responses in Arabidopsis thaliana. As part of FP2a, his current research involves improving understanding of water use efficiency and leaf hydraulics in Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) and Pearl Millet (Pennisetum glaucum).


  • 2014 - 2018: PhD Biological Science, University of Essex.
  • 2011 - 2014: BSc Genetics, University of Essex.

Funding and Awards

2015 - 2017: Eastern Academic Research Consortium - Synthetic Biology PhD Studentship.


Martin Battle is a plant biologist with research experience in molecular plant biology, genomics and plant physiology. His research aims to identify overlooked properties and traits in plant species and accessions, which will grant unique advantages in the presence of natural stressors which are becoming more prevelant in the changing global climate, such as reduced water availability.


Key publications: 

Battle, M.W. and Jones, M.A., 2020. Cryptochromes integrate green light signals into the circadian system. Plant, cell & environment, 43(1), pp.16-27.


Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Lawson Plant Physiology Lab, University of Essex.
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