Oak Ridge National Laboratory
School of Biology
Newcastle University, UK
Joint faculty appointment with Newcastle University
- PhD Plant Physiology, University College North Wales, 1986
- BSc (Hons) Botany, Glasgow University, 1982
My research is directed towards understanding the metabolic and molecular basis of photosynthetic plasticity across diverse genera possessing crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM), a specialised mode of photosynthesis that results in a substantial (i.e. up to 5 fold) improvement in plant water-use efficiency compared to other modes of photosynthesis (i.e. C3 and C4). Research interests span from plant ecophysiology through to whole plant physiology, biochemistry, gene expression and transcriptomics.
Recent Selected Publications
Haider, MS, Barnes JD, Cushman JC, Borland AM. 2012. A CAM- and starch-deficient mutant of the facultative CAM species Mesembryanthemum crystallinum reconciles sink demands by repartitioning carbon during acclimation to salinity. Journal of Experimental Botany 63, 1985–1996.
Borland AM, Barerra-Zambrano, VA, Ceusters J, Shorrock K. 2011. The photosynthetic plasticity of crassulacean acid metabolism: an evolutionary innovation for sustainable productivity in a changing world. Tansley Review. New Phytologist 191, 619–633.
Yang X, Li T, Weston D, Karve A, Labbe JL, Gunter LE, Sukumar P, Borland A, Chen J-G, Wullschleger SD, Tschaplinski TJ, Tuskan GA 2011. Innovative biological solutions to challenges in sustainable biofuels production. In MADS Bernardes, ed, Biofuel Production-Recent Developments and Prospects. Intech, Rijeka, pp 375–414.
Ceusters J, Borland AM, Godts C, Londers E, Croonenborgs S, Van Goethem D, De Proft MP. 2010. Crassulacean acid metabolism under severe light limitation: a matter of plasticity in the shadows? Journal of Experimental Botany 62: 283–291.
Ceusters J, Borland AM, Ceusters N, Verdoodt V, Godts C, De Proft MP 2010. Seasonal influences on carbohydrate metabolism in the CAM bromeliad Aechmea ‘Maya’: consequences for carbohydrate partitioning and growth. Annals of Botany 105, 301–309
Ceusters J, Borland AM 2010. Impacts of elevated CO2 on the growth and physiology of plants with crassulacean acid metabolism. Progress in Botany 72, 163–181.
Borland AM, Griffiths H, Hartwell J, Smith JAC (2009) Exploiting the potential of plants with crassulacean acid metabolism for bioenergy production on marginal lands. Journal of Experimental Botany, 60, 2879–2896