Tim BEACON

Professor John Clifton-Brown

Research Scientist

jhc@aber.ac.uk

Aberystwyth University

Background

Professor John Clifton-Brown is a biomass champion, biomass breeder, agronomist and plant physiologist, specializing in miscanthus.

Research interests

Breeding Miscanthus
GHG
Global balances of land use for food and biomass etc..

BEACON activities

Engagement in the big picture
Providing guidance on experiments and samples for analysis

Recent Publications

Davey, C., Robson, P., Hawkins, S., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J., Donnison, I., Slavov, G. 2017. Genetic relationships between spring emergence, canopy phenology and biomass yield increase the accuracy of genomic prediction in Miscanthus. Journal of Experimental Botany 10.1093/jxb/erx339

Maddison, A., Camargo-Rodriguez, A., Scott, I., Jones, C., Elias, D., Hawkins, S., Massey, A., Clifton-Brown, J., McNamarra, N., Donnison, I., Purdy, S. 2017. Predicting future biomass yield in Miscanthus using the carbohydrate metabolic profile as a biomarker. GCB Bioenergy 9 (7) pp. 1264-1278. 10.1111/gcbb.12418

Hastings, A.F., Mos, M., Yesufu, J.A., McCalmont, J., Schwarz, K., Shafiei, R., Ashman, C., Nunn, C., Schüle, H., Salvatore, C., Scalici, G., Scordia, D., Wagner, M., Clifton-Brown, J. 2017. Economic and environmental assessment of seed and rhizome propagated Miscanthus in the UK. Frontiers in Plant Science 8 1058 10.3389/fpls.2017.01058

Purdy, S., Maddison, A., Nunn, C., Winters, A., Timms-Taravella, E., Jones, C., Clifton-Brown, J., Donnison, I., Gallagher, J. 2017. Could Miscanthus replace maize as the preferred substrate for anaerobic digestion in the United Kingdom?: Future breeding strategies. GCB Bioenergy 9 (6) pp. 1122-1139. 10.1111/gcbb.12419

Nunn, C., St. John Hastings, A.F., Kalinina, O., Özgüven, M., Schüle, H., Tarakanov, I., van der Weijde, T., Anisimov, A., Iqbal, Y., Kiesel, A., Khokhlov, N., McCalmont, J., Meyer, H., Mos, M., Schwarz, K., Trindade, L.M., Lewandowski, I., Clifton-Brown, J. 2017. Environmental Influences on the Growing Season Duration and Ripening of Diverse Miscanthus Germplasm Grown in Six Countries. Frontiers in Plant Science 8 907 10.3389/fpls.2017.00907

Jensen, E., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Thomas Jones, S., Clifton-Brown, J., Payne, R., Donnison, I. 2017. Towards Miscanthus combustion quality improvement: the role of flowering and senescence. GCB Bioenergy 9 (5) pp. 891-908. 10.1111/gcbb.12391

Kalinina, O., Nunn, C., Sanderson, R., Hastings, A.F., van der Weijde, T., Özgüven, M., Tarakanov, I., Schüle, H., Trindade, L.M., Dolstra, O., Schwarz, K., Iqbal, Y., Kiesel, A., Mos, M., Lewandowski, I., Clifton-Brown, J. 2017. Extending Miscanthus cultivation with novel germplasm at six contrasting sites. Frontiers in Plant Science 8 563 10.3389/fpls.2017.00563

Iqbal, Y., Kiesel, A., Wagner, M., Nunn, C., Kalinina, O., Hastings, A., Clifton-Brown, J., Lewandowski, I. 2017 (In press). Harvest time optimisation for combustion quality of different miscanthus genotypes across Europe. Frontiers in Plant Science 8 727

McCalmont, J., McNamara, N., Donnison, I., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J. 2017. Partitioning of ecosystem respiration of CO2 released during land-use transition from temperate agricultural grassland to Miscanthus x giganteus: Ecosystem respiration under Miscanthus. GCB Bioenergy 9 (4) GCB-B-OR-16-031 pp. 710-724. 10.1111/gcbb.12380

Clifton-Brown, J., McCalmont, J., Hastings, A. 2017. Development of Miscanthus as a Bioenergy Crop. In J. Love., J. A. Bryant. (eds) Biofuels and Bioenergy. Wiley pp. 119-132.

Kiesel, A., Nunn, C., Iqbal, Y., van der Weijde, T., Wagner, M., Özgüven, M., Tarakanov, I., Kalinina, O., Trindade, L.M., Clifton-Brown, J., Lewandowski, I. 2017. Site-specific management of miscanthus genotypes for combustion and anaerobic digestion: A comparison of energy yields. Frontiers in Plant Science 8 347 10.3389/fpls.2017.00347

McCalmont, J., Hastings, A., Mcnamara, N., Richter, G.M., Robson, P., Donnison, I., Clifton-Brown, J. 2017. Environmental costs and benefits of growing Miscanthus for bioenergy in the UK. GCB Bioenergy 9 (3) pp. 489-507. 10.1111/gcbb.12294

Davey, C., Jones, L., Squance, M., Purdy, S., Maddison, A., Cunniff, J., Donnison, I., Clifton-Brown, J. 2017. Radiation capture and conversion efficiencies of Miscanthus sacchariflorus, M. sinensis and their naturally occurring hybrid M. × giganteus. GCB Bioenergy 9 (2) pp. 385-399. 10.1111/gcbb.12331

Clifton-Brown, J., Hastings, A., Mos, M., McCalmont, J., Ashman, C., Awty-Carroll, D., Cerazy, J., Chiang, Y., Cosentino, S., Cracroft-Eley, W., Scurlock, J., Donnison, I., Glover, C., Golab, I., Greef, J., Gwyn, J., Harding, G., Hayes, C., Helios, W., Hsu, T.W., Huang, L., Jezownski, S., Kim, D., Kiesel, A., Kotecki, A., Krzyzak, J., Lewandowski, I., Lim, S.H., Liu, J., Loosely, M., Meyer, H., Murphy-Bokern, D., Nelson, W., Pogrzeba, M., Robinson, G., Robson, P., Rogers, C., Scalici, G., Schuele, H., Shafiei, R., Shevchuk, O., Schwarz, K., Squance, M., Swaller, T., Thornton, J., Truckses, T., Botnari, V., Vizir, I., Wagner, M., Warren, R., Webster, R., Yamada, T., Youell, S., Xi, Q., Zong, J., Flavell, R. 2017. Progress in upscaling Miscanthus biomass production for the European bio-economy with seed-based hybrids. GCB Bioenergy 9 (1) pp. 6-17. 10.1111/gcbb.12357

McCalmont, J., Mcnamara, N., Donnison, I., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J. 2017. An interyear comparison of CO2 flux and carbon budget at a commercial-scale land-use transition from semi-improved grassland to Miscanthus x giganteus. GCB Bioenergy 9 (1) pp. 229-245. 10.1111/gcbb.12323

Lewandowski, I., Clifton-Brown, J., Trindade, L.M., Van De Linden, G., Schwarz, K., Müller-Sämann, K., Anisimov, A., Chen, C., Dolstra, O., Donnison, I., Farrar, K., Fonteyne, S., Harding, G., Hastings, A., Huxley, L., Iqbal, Y., Khokhlov, N., Kiesel, A., Lootens, P., Meyer, H., Mos, M., Muylle, H., Nunn, C., Ozguven, M., Roldán-Ruiz, I., Schüle, H., Tarakanov, I., van der Weijde, T., Wagner, M., Xi, Q., Kalinina, O. 2016. Progress on optimizing miscanthus biomass production for the European bioeconomy: Results of the EU FP7 project OPTIMISC. Frontiers in Plant Science 7 01620 10.3389/fpls.2016.01620

McCalmont, J., Davies, J., Clifton-Brown, J., Holder, A.J., Fraser, M. 2016. Miscanthus as a bedding source: A Welsh case study. SRUC and SEPA Biennial Conference - Agriculture and the Environment XI What future for our farming systems?: Environmental challenges and integrated solutions.

Davey, C., Nipper, R., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J., Jensen, E., Donnison, I., Slavov, G. 2016. Selection and Genome-Wide Prediction of Phenology and Biomass Yield in Miscanthus. Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXIV.

Clifton-Brown, J., Schwarz, K., Hastings, A. 2015. History of the development of Miscanthus as a bioenergy crop: from small beginnings to potential realisation. Biology and Environment 115 (1) 13 pp. 45-57. 10.3318/BIOE.2015.05

Purdy, S., Maddison, A., Cunniff, J., Donnison, I., Clifton-Brown, J. 2015. Non-structural carbohydrate profiles and ratios between soluble sugars and starch serve as indicators of productivity for a bioenergy grass. AoB PLANTS 7 plv02 10.1093/aobpla/plv032

Purdy, S.J., Cunniff, J., Maddison, A.L., Jones, L.E., Barraclough, T., Castle, M., Davey, C.L., Jones, C.M., Shield, I., Gallagher, J.A., Donnison, I.S., Clifton-Brown, J.C. 2015. Seasonal Carbohydrate Dynamics and Climatic Regulation of Senescence in the Perennial Grass, Miscanthus. Bioenergy Research 8 (1) pp. 28-41. 10.1007/s12155-014-9500-2

Ings, J., Mur, L.A.J., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Bosch, M., Robson, P.R. 2014. Revealing the Molecular and Physiological Responses to Water Deficit in the Bioenergy Crop Miscanthus x giganteus. Plant Biology Europe - FESPB/EPSO 2014 Congress.

Slavov, G.T., Nipper, R., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Allison, G.G., Bosch, M., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S., Jensen, E. 2014. Genome-wide association studies and prediction of 17 traits related to phenology, biomass and cell wall composition in the energy grass Miscanthus sinensis. New Phytologist 201 (4) pp. 1227-1239. 10.1111/nph.12621

Slavov, G.T., Nipper, R., Robson, P.R., Farrar, K., Allison, G.G., Bosch, M., Clifton-Brown, J.C., Donnison, I.S., Jensen, E.F. 2014. Genome-wide association studies and prediction of traits related to phenology, biomass and cell wall composition in Miscanthus sinensis. Plant & Animal Genome XXII Conference.

Clifton-Brown, J.C., Purdy, S.J., Hayes, C.M., Ashman, C.R., Jones, L.E., Farrar, K., Huang, L.S., Gallagher, J.A., Glover, C.M., Hinton Jones, M.E., Jensen, E.F., Loosley, R.M., Maddison, A.L., McCalmont, J.P., Nunn, C., Robson, P.R., Slavov, G.T., Warren, R.D., Webster, R.J., Youell, S.J., Donnison, I.S., Davey, C.L., Jones, C.M., Barraclough, T., Castle, M., Cunniff, J., Cracroft-Eley, W., Greef, J.M., Hastings, A., Harding, G., Lewandowski, I., Meyer, H., Mos, M., Nelson, W., Richter, G., Rodgers, C., Schwarze, K., Squance, M., Swaller, T., Shield, I., Xi, Q., Karp, A., Flavell, R. 2014. Recent advances in Miscanthus science and breeding. International Bioenergy Conference 2014.