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Understanding the biology of cereal crops to provide rational methods for crop improvement is a major theme in Plant and Crop Sciences and fully aligned with global challenges relating to Food Security. The research combines genetics, genomics and physiology for identification of genes and genomic regions controlling major crop traits. Target cereal crops are wheat, rice and barley.
Ian and Julie King are focused on significantly increasing the gene pool of wheat via the introgression of genetic variation from wild and cultivated Triticeae species. John Foulkes is phenotyping novel wheat germplasm for key resource-use targets (nitrogen- and water-use efficiency) and Debbie Sparkes is using an understanding of crop physiology to inform crop management systems. Erik Murchie is working on improving photosynthesis in cereal crops with a focus on rice and wheat. Zoe Wilson is working male fertility in barley. The alien introgression studies are unique in the UK and the programme is part of major BBSRC and international initiatives on wheat.
Wheat improvement strategic programme - ancestral introgressions, harnessing natural variation and phenotyping novel wheat germplasm (Ian King, Julie King, John Foulkes)
Understanding cereal physiology (Debbie Sparkes)
Improving Crop Photosynthesis (Erik Murchie)
Abiotic and Biotic Stress
Fundamental Research Using Model Plants
Models to Crops
Fruit and Vegetable Crops
Centre for Plant Integrative Biology - CPIB
Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre
Crops for the Future Research Centre - CFFRC
The University of Nottingham
C21 Plant Sciences, Sutton Bonington Campus
Loughborough, LE12 5RD
telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 6372
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