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Plant Environmental Physiology Group

Background to the Group

The Plant Environmental Physiology Group (PEPG) is one of the special interest groups (SIGs) within the British Ecological Society and the Society for Experimental Biology.

Plant environmental physiology represents the study of short-term acclimation and long-term adaptation of plants to changing environmental conditions. Our traditional goal has been to integrate leaf and plant- level responses to biotic and abiotic stress under field and laboratory conditions. Increasingly, our focus has been either to set molecular physiology in an ecological context, or to provide a basis for scaling root and shoot level responses to canopy, ecosystem and region in the context of climate change, whether for crops or natural vegetation. Our remit is to:

  • Advance and promote the science and practice of plant environmental physiology
  • Integrate the plant environmental physiology community and research opportunities within and outside the BES and SEB
  • Support, train and liaise with young plant environmental physiologists

The group holds its Annual General Meeting at the BES Annual Meeting in September – the PEP group is an informal group, with as much emphasis on social interaction as on academic subjects. It is an excellent forum for meeting people working in similar fields, for socialising as well as general networking. Members interested in holding conferences, meetings, workshops or field meetings can apply through the Group Secretary for BES financial assistance and support for student attendance.

The main secretary is Prof. Howard Griffiths, with Dr Colin Osborne being the group secretary within the SEB and Dr Matt Davey being the group secretary within the BES.  However, please contact any of the steering group members below if you would like to propose any activities such as meetings, symposium or training event:


BES secretary

SEB Secretary

Head of Communications

Post Grad representative

Post Doc representative

Steering committee members

Main contact

Howard Griffiths
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge