Dr Ian Bingham

Scotland's Rural College

Research Interests

My current research interests are in developing and applying an understanding of the physiological determinants of resource use efficiency (especially nitrogen use efficiency) and the response of crops to foliar disease to guide variety improvement and crop management practice. Physiological questions are addressed at the tissue, whole plant and crop scales. Increasingly modelling is being used to integrate understanding across these scales and to investigate the complex interactions between soil, root and crop canopy processes. Research on nitrogen use efficiency is seeking to identify the physiological mechanisms and morphological traits associated with efficient capture and utilisation of N by barley. Research on disease tolerance of barley is focused on quantifying the impact of asymptomatic and symptom expressing phases of Ramularia collo-cygni infection on yield formation.

Selected Publications

  • Ney B, Bancal MO, Bancal P, Bingham IJ, Foulkes J, Gouache D, Paveley N, Smith J. (2013). Crop architecture and crop tolerance to fungal pathogens and insect herbivory. Mechanisms to limit crop losses. European Journal of Plant Pathology. 135: 561-580
  • Bingham IJ, Hoad SP, Thomas WTB, Newton AC. (2012). Yield response to fungicide of spring barley genotypes differing in disease susceptibility and canopy structure. Field Crops Research 139: 9-19
  • Bingham IJ. (2012). Factors affecting the longevity of clover roots following shoot excision and its implications for managing N cycling in arable cropping systems. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 50: 199-207
  • Walters DR, Avrova A, Bingham IJ, Burnett FJ, Fountaine J, Havis ND, Hoad SP, Hughes G, Loosely M, Oxley JP, Renwick A, Topp CFE, Newton AC. (2012). Control of foliar diseases in barley: towards an integrated approach. European Journal of Plant Pathology 133: 33-73
  • Bingham IJ, Karley AJ, White PJ, Thomas WTB, Russell JR. (2012). Analysis of improvements in nitrogen use efficiency associated with 75 years of spring barley breeding. European Journal of Agronomy 42: 49-58
  • Bingham IJ, Wu L. (2011). Simulation of wheat growth using the 3D root architecture model SPACSYS: Validation and sensitivity analysis. European Journal of Agronomy 34: 181-189
  • Newton AC, Flavell A , George T, Leat P, Mullholland B, Ramsay L, Revoredo R, Russell Steffenson BJ, Swanston JS, Thomas WTB, Waugh R, White P, Bingham I. (2011). Barley: a resilient crop? Strengths and weaknesses in the context of food security. Food Security 3: 141-178
  • Bingham,I.J., Bengough,A.G. & Rees,R.M. 2010. Soil compaction-N interactions in barley: Root growth and tissue composition. Soil & Tillage Research, 106, 241-246
  • Bingham IJ, Topp CFE (2009). Potential contribution of selected canopy traits to the tolerance of foliar disease by spring barley. Plant Pathology 58: 1010-1020
  • Bingham IJ, Walters DR, Foulkes MJ, Paveley ND (2009). Crop traits and the tolerance of wheat and barley to foliar disease. Annals of Applied Biology 154, 159-173
  • Bingham, I. J. and Rees, R. M. (2008). Senescence and N release from clover roots following permanent excision of the shoot. Plant Soil 303, 229-240. Full Text
  • Bingham IJ, Blake J, Foulkes MJ, Spink J. (2007). Is barley yield in the UK sink limited? II. Factors affecting potential grain size. Field Crops Research 101: 212-220
  • Bingham IJ, Blake J, Foulkes MJ, Spink J. (2007). Is barley yield in the UK sink limited? I. Post-anthesis radiation interception, radiation-use efficiency and source-sink balance. Field Crops Research 101: 198-211
  • Bingham IJ. (2007). Quantifying the presence and absence of turgor for the spatial characterization of cortical senescence in roots of Triticum aestivum (Poaceae). American Journal of Botany 94: 2054-2058
  • Walters DR, Bingham IJ (2007). Influence of nutrition on disease development caused by fungal pathogens: implications for plant disease control. Annals of Applied Biology 151, 307-324. Full Text