Professor Richard Beckett
Prof Beckett’s research interests lie in redox enzymes and general stress physiology of lichens and bryophytes.

He has active international collaborations with Russian Academy of Science, Kazan, Moscow State University, the University of As in Norway, and the Zittau campus of Dresden Technical University, Germany.

He is currently associate editor of the Journal of Bryology and the Lichenologist.

 Quote:   "There is no such thing as an ordinary cat". 
Position:   Professor and Academic Leader
Qualifications:   PhD
BSc (Hons)
Discipline:   Biodiversity Cluster
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
Telephone:   033 260 5141
 Recent Publications:   Beckett RP, Minibayeva FV, Vinogradova A, Liers C. 2014. Hydration can induce laccase and peroxidase activity in Peltigeralean and non-Peltigeralean lichens. Lichenologist (in press).

Beckett RP, Zavarzina AG, Liers C. 2013. Oxidoreductases and cellulases in lichens: Possible role in lichen biology and soil organic matter turnover. Fungal Biology 117: 431-438.

Liers C, Ullrich C, Hofrichter M, Minibayeva FV, Beckett RP. 2011. Oxidoreductases from lichenized ascomycetes: Purification and characterization of a heme-peroxidase from Leptogium saturninum that oxidizes high-redox potential substrates. Fungal Genetics and Biology 48: 1139-1145.

Kranner I, Minibayeva FV, Beckett RP, Seal C. 2011. Tansley review: What is stress? Concepts, definitions and applications in seed science. New Phytologist 188: 655-673.

Li JLY, Sulaiman M, Beckett RP, Minibayeva FV. 2010. Cell wall peroxidases in the liverwort Dumortiera hirsuta are responsible for extracellular superoxide production, and can display tyrosinase activity. Physiologia Plantarum 138: 474–484.

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