Professor Neil Willey

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  • Qualifications:Plants & Environment;
  • Position:Director UWE Graduate School
  • Department:HAS - Applied Sciences
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 82314

Area of expertise

My research focuses on plants and pollutants, in particular the uptake and effects of environmentally relevant radionuclides and toxic metals. I have expertise in the mechanisms of uptake, the phylogenetic constraints on uptake, and the molecular effects of radionuclides in plant cells. My research is used to predict soil-plant transfer of radionuclides in models of radionuclide movement in natural and agricultural ecosystems. I have developed methods to select plants for phytoremediation of radionuclides and edited Phytoremediation: Methods and Reviews (Humana Press, NJ, USA, 2007). I am member of the Transfer-Exposure-Effects (TREE) Consortium, a £2.5mi 2013-2018 environmental radioactivity project funded by NERC, Environment Agency and the Nuclear Decomissioning Authority with a post-doc and PhD student at UWE.

I am the author of Environmental Plant Physiology (to be published by Garland Science, 2015), an advanced undergraduate textbook on plant-environmental interactions aimed at biological, environmental and agricultural science students.


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