Plant Environmental Physiology

Promoting the science and practice of plant environmental physiology.


Co-Chairs: Tom Thirkell (BES) and Amanda Cavanagh (SEB)
Social media: Twitter, Facebook


The Plant Environmental Physiology Group (PEPG) is one of the Special Interest Groups 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.


  • 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

Events and Meetings

Check out the events page for all our upcoming meetings!

Committee members

  • Richard Webster: Communications officer
  • Tracy Lawson
  • Matt Davey
  • Colin Osborne
  • Howard Griffiths
  • Lucy Rowland
  • Marjorie Lundgren
  • Richard Webster
  • Jen Cuniff