Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme
   
   
  

Improving photosynthesis in wheat using wide crossing with wild relatives in novel environmental conditions

 

Project title

Improving photosynthesis in wheat using wide crossing with wild relatives in novel environmental conditions
  

Project description

There is an urgent need to increase food production by at least 60% to meet global population demand. Wheat’s distant relatives provide a vast resource of novel genetic variation for agronomically important traits. One trait that has the potential to produce a step – change in yield is a higher photosynthetic efficiency, an area with global renewed interest. This project will test photosynthesis in a series of lines derived from wheat – wild relative crosses (e.g. Triticum urartu and Aegilops mutica). Thousands of such crosses have been generated at Nottingham’s Wheat Research Centre. Novel environmental conditions will be used including sub-ambient (pre-industrial) CO2 levels. It will measure photosynthetic, photoprotective and photorespiratory properties using chlorophyll fluorescence, reflectance, gas exchange, imaging, molecular physiology, leaf anatomy. There will be opportunities to gain further experience in cutting edge phenotyping at Bayer CropScience.

This is a physiology-based project in a lively interdisciplinary research environment.  Wheat wild type introgressions are genotyped in parallel and there will be an opportunity for genetic analysis. This work will make an academically outstanding contribution in a highly relevant field.

School

School of Biosciences
  

Supervisor/s

Dr Dr Erik Murchie (erik.murchie@nottingham.ac.uk)

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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466946
Email: bbdtp@nottingham.ac.uk