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Nicholas J. B. Brereton


Ph.D., Willow Development and Composition, Imperial College, London, 2011

Current position

Research Associate, BiofuelNet/GenoRem/ Projects, University of Montreal, Ca (07/2014-present)


  1. Gonzalez, E., Brereton, N. J., Marleau, J., Guidi Nissim, W., Labrecque, M., Pitre, F. E. and Joly, S. (2015). Meta-transcriptomics indicates biotic cross-tolerance in willow trees cultivated on petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated soil. BMC Plant Biol 15: 246.
  2. Berthod, N., Brereton, N. J., Pitre, F. E. and Labrecque, M. (2015). Five willow varieties cultivated across diverse field environments reveal stem density variation associated with high tension wood abundance. Front Plant Sci 6: 948.
  3. Brereton, N. J., Ahmed, F., Sykes, D., Ray, M. J., Shield, I., Karp, A. and Murphy, R. J. (2015). X-ray micro-computed tomography in willow reveals tissue patterning of reaction wood and delay in programmed cell death. BMC Plant Biol 15: 83.
  4. Brereton, N. J. B. (2014). A natural approach to enhancing lignocellulosic bioenergy crops: undermining the mending wall. Biofuels 5 (2): 95-97.
  5. Brereton, N. J., Pitre, F. E., Shield, I., Hanley, S. J., Ray, M. J., Murphy, R. J. and Karp, A. (2014). Insights into nitrogen allocation and recycling from nitrogen elemental analysis and 15N isotope labelling in 14 genotypes of willow. Tree Physiol 34(11): 1252-1262.
  6. Brereton, N. J., Ray, M. J., Shield, I., Martin, P., Karp, A. and Murphy, R. J. (2012). Reaction wood - a key cause of variation in cell wall recalcitrance in willow. Biotechnol Biofuels 5(1): 83.
  7. Brereton, N. J. B.*, Ray, M. J.*, Shield, I., Karp, A. and Murphy, R. J. (2012). Variation in cell wall composition and accessibility in relation to biofuel potential of short rotation coppice willows. Bioenergy Research.
  8. Brereton, N. J., Pitre, F. E., Ray, M. J., Karp, A. and Murphy, R. J. (2011). Investigation of tension wood formation and 2,6-dichlorbenzonitrile application in short rotation coppice willow composition and enzymatic saccharification. Biotechnol Biofuels 4: 13.
  9. Brereton, N. J. B., Pitre, F. E., Hanley, S. J., Ray, M., Karp, A. and Murphy, R. J. (2010). QTL mapping of enzymatic saccharification in short rotation coppice willow and its independence from biomass yield. Bioenergy Research 3(3): 251-261.
  10. Pitre, F. E., Brereton, N. J. B., Audoire, S., Richter, G., M., Shield, I. and Karp, A. (2010). Estimating root biomass in willows using the electrical capacitance method. Plant Biosystems 144 (2): 479-483.
Protocols by Nicholas J. B. Brereton
  1. Sample Preparation for X-ray Micro-computed Tomography of Woody Plant Material and Associated Xylem Visualisation Techniques