Dr. Jemma Taylor BSc PhD MRSB
Research Fellow in Agri-environmental Science

Tel.: +44 (0)1707 284548

Jemma is a plant scientist with experience in molecular biology, plant breeding, genetics and genetic engineering. She joined the university in 2023.

Jemma’s work to date has included sustainable production of lupins in the UK, improving the establishment of miscanthus, alternative proteins, working with stakeholders to create innovative solutions for agricultural challenges, breeding better rocket and international projects relating to underutilised plant species, including lupins. Jemma is interested in exploring the potential of underutilised crops for UK and international production to improve food security, and different methodologies such as regenerative agriculture to produce food more sustainably.

Jemma is a Member of the Royal Society of Biology and a Member of the Society of Experimental Biology.


Jemma has a BSc in Plant Science from the University of Nottingham and a PhD in Plant and Environmental Sciences from the University of Warwick, a CASE Award project with industrial partners Elsoms Seeds.

Previous employment

Before joining the University of Hertfordshire, Jemma spent 3 years at Crop Health and Protection (CHAP), one of the UK Agri-Tech Centres, 2.5 years at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, based at the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst and 18 months at Elsoms Seeds.

Selected projects

Recent publications

  • Mancinotti, D., Czepiel, K., Taylor, J.L., Golshadi Galehshahi, H., Møller, L.A., Jensen, M.K., Motawia, M.S., Hufnagel, B., Soriano, A., Yeheyis, L. & Kjaerulff, L. (2023). The causal mutation leading to sweetness in modern white lupin cultivars. Science Advances, 9(31): eadg8866. DOI.
  • Hufnagel, B., Soriano, A., Taylor, J., Divol, F., Kroc, M., Sanders, H., Yeheyis, L., Nelson, M. & Péret, B. (2021). Pangenome of white lupin provides insights into the diversity of the species. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 19(12): 2532-2543. DOI.
  • Taylor, J.L., De Angelis, G. & Nelson, M.N. (2020). How have narrow-leafed lupin genomic resources enhanced our understanding of lupin domestication? In: Singh, K., Kamphuis, L., Nelson, M. (eds) The Lupin Genome. Compendium of Plant Genomes. Springer, Cham. DOI.
  • Hufnagel, B., Marques, A., Soriano, A., Marquès, L., Divol, F., Doumas, P., Sallet, E., Mancinotti, D., Carrere, S., Marande, W., Arribat, S., Keller, J., Huneau, C., Blein, T., Aimé, D., Laguerre, M., Taylor, J., Schubert, V., Nelson, M., Geu-Flores, F., Crespi, M., Gallardo, K., Delaux, PM., Salse, J., Bergès, H., Guyot, R., Gouzy, J. & Péret, B. (2020). High-quality genome sequence of white lupin provides insight into soil exploration and seed quality. Nature Communications, 11(1): 492. DOI.
  • Teferra, B., Yeheyis, L., Nelson, M., Taylor, J., McNaughton, D., Sergeant, A. & Sanders, H. (2019). Farmers decisions and determinants of crop rotations with Lupin: the case of West Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Review of Agricultural and Applied Economics (RAAE), 22(1): 24-31. DOI.

Dr. Jemma Taylor's extended publications list.

University of Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire, 2023.