Professor Ian Bancroft
CNAP Chair of Plant Genomics

Profile

Career

2013 - Professor Department of Biology, University of York
1998 - 2013 Project Leader John Innes Centre
1994 - 1998 Senior Post-doc John Innes Centre
1989 - 1994 Post-doc John Innes Centre
1987 - 1988 Post-doc Michigan State University
1986 PhD University of Lancaster
1983 BSc University of Lancaster

 

Research

Overview

Key research interests

Our research focuses on the relationships between genome evolution and the control of characteristics of plants that are of relevance to food security, health, conservation or sustainability. We use Brassica napus (a species that includes oilseed rape and several other crop types) as a model for polyploid genomes and have developed computational approaches for the deployment of “second generation” sequencing technologies to analyse molecular variation. Exploiting comparative genomics and the transcriptome as a means of analysing both gene sequence variation and gene expression variation, either directly or via our network of collaborations we are uncovering the genetic bases of a range of traits in B. napus including leaf, seed and seed oil composition.  We are applying the technology in additional species, including various traits in Triticum aestivum – bread wheat, and ash dieback tolerance in the European Ash tree Fraxinus excelsior.

Two references

  • A.L. Harper, M. Trick, J. Higgins, F. Fraser, L. Clissold, R. Wells, C. Hattori, P. Werner and I. Bancroft (2012). Associative Transcriptomics of traits in the polyploid crop species Brassica napus Nature Biotechnology 30:798-802

  • Bancroft, C. Morgan, F. Fraser, J. Higgins, R. Wells, L. Clissold, D. Baker, J. Meng, X. Wang, S. Liu and M. Trick (2011). Dissecting the genome of the polyploid crop oilseed rape by transcriptome sequencing. Nature Biotechnology 29:762-6

Discoveries

Genetic studies in many crops and most species of industrial or medical interest are hampered by the genetic complexity arising from polyploidy and/or lack of genomic resources. We have discovered that these limitations can be overcome by transcriptome sequencing-based approaches.

Projects

  • BBSRC Renewable Industrial Products from Rapeseed (RIPR) Programme (BBSRC)
  • Commercialising thermo-stable rapeseed oil for the bio-lubricants industry (BBSRC / Innovate UK)
  • Evolution of genomes: structure function relationships in the polyploid crop species Brassica napus (ERA-CAPS)
  • Broadening the genetic diversity underpinning seed quality and yield related traits in mustard rape and oilseed rape (BBSRC)
  • Oilseed rape genetic improvement network (Defra)

Research group(s)

StatusNameProject
Senior Research Associate Dr Andrea Harper Broadening the genetic diversity underpinning seed quality and yield
Research Associate Dr. Lenka Havlickova Renewable Industrial Products from Rapeseed
Research Associate Dr. Zhesi He Evolution of genomes: structure function relationships in the polyploid crop species Brassica napus
Research Associate Dr. Natalia Stawniak Commercialising thermo-stable rapeseed oil for the bio-lubricants industry
PhD Student Aoife Sweeney The genetic basis of micronutrient efficiency in Brassica napus
PhD Student Helen Riordan The genetic basis of boron efficiency in Brassica napus
PhD Student Harjeevan Kaur The genetic control of seed oil content  in Brassica napus
PhD Student Varanya Kittipol The genetic control of seed glucosinolates  in Brassica napus
Senior Research Technician Sophia Cheng  
Senior Research Technician Swen Langer  
Research Technician Alison Fellgett  

 

Professor Ian Bancroft

Contact details

Prof. Ian Bancroft
Professor
CNAP, Department of Biology
University of York
Heslington
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44(0)1904 328778

http://www.cnap.org.uk/