Liverpool Skylilne

Natural Sciences and Psychology

Dr Rachael Symonds

Dr Rachael Symonds

Telephone: 0151 231 2273


I am interested in all aspects of the molecular physiology of plant abiotic stress tolerance, with a particular focus on water relations in underutilized vegetables and crop wild relatives. Current projects include investigating the drought tolerance characteristics of wild and cultivated Amaranthus species and the development of molecular markers to study the genetic diversity of vegetable amaranth.


Journal article

Cleasby P, Symonds RC, Massawe FJ. 2016. Bambara Groundnut for Food Security in the Changing African Climate Lichtfouse E. Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, >DOI

Rao ES, Kadirvel P, Symonds RC, Geethanjali S, Thontadarya RN, Ebert AW. 2015. Variations in DREB1A and VP1.1 Genes Show Association with Salt Tolerance Traits in Wild Tomato (Solanum pimpinellifolium) Subudhi PK. PLOS ONE, 10 :e0132535-e0132535 >DOI

Massawe F, Mayes S, Cheng A, Chai H, Cleasby P, Symonds R, Ho W, Siise A, Wong Q, Kendabie P, Yanusa Y, Jamalluddin N, Singh A, Azman R, Azam-Ali S. 2015. The Potential for Underutilised Crops to Improve Food Security in the Face of Climate Change Procedia Environmental Sciences, 29 :140-141 >DOI

Sangu E, Tibazarwa F, Nyomora A, Symonds R. 2015. Expression of genes for the biosynthesis of compatible solutes during pollen development under heat stress in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) Journal of Plant Physiology, 178 :10-16 >DOI

Luoh JW, Begg CB, Symonds RC, Ledesma D, Yang R-Y. 2014. Nutritional Yield of African Indigenous Vegetables in Water-Deficient and Water-Sufficient Conditions Food and Nutrition Sciences, 05 :812-822 >DOI

Rao ES, Kadirvel P, Symonds RC, Ebert AW. 2013. Relationship between survival and yield related traits in Solanum pimpinellifolium under salt stress Euphytica, 190 :215-228 >DOI

Rao ES, Kadirvel P, Symonds RC, Geethanjali S, Ebert AW. 2012. Using SSR markers to map genetic diversity and population structure of Solanum pimpinellifolium for development of a core collection Plant Genetic Resources, 10 :38-48 >DOI

Suckling CC, Symonds RC, Kelly MS, Young AJ. 2011. The effect of artificial diets on gonad colour and biomass in the edible sea urchin Psammechinus miliaris AQUACULTURE, 318 :335-342 >DOI >Link

Symonds RC, Kelly MS, Suckling CC, Young AJ. 2009. Carotenoids in the gonad and gut of the edible sea urchin Psammechinus miliaris AQUACULTURE, 288 :120-125 >DOI >Link

Thompson AJ, Mulholland BJ, Jackson AC, McKee JMT, Hilton HW, Symonds RC, Sonneveld T, Burbidge A, Stevenson P, Taylor IB. 2007. Regulation and manipulation of ABA biosynthesis in roots Plant, Cell and Environment, 30 :67-78 >DOI

Symonds RC, Kelly MS, Caris-Veyrat C, Young AJ. 2007. Carotenoids in the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus: Occurrence of 9 '-cis-echinenone as the dominant carotenoid in gonad colour determination COMPARATIVE BIOCHEMISTRY AND PHYSIOLOGY B-BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, 148 :432-444 >DOI >Link

Thompson AJ, Jackson AC, Symonds RC, Mulholland BJ, Dadswell AR, Blake PS, Burbidge A, Taylor IB. 2000. Ectopic expression of a tomato 9- cis -epoxycarotenoid dioxygenase gene causes over-production of abscisic acid The Plant Journal, 23 :363-374 >DOI


Symonds RC, Kelly MS. 2013. Carotenoids in Sea Urchins Sea Urchins Biology and Ecology Academic Press 9780123972132

de la Peña RC, Ebert AW, Gniffke PA, Hanson P, Symonds RC. 2011. Genetic Adjustment to Changing Climates: Vegetables Crop Adaptation to Climate Change John Wiley & Sons 9780470960905