Wheat is one of the most important crops in the world, but as the population grows and the climate changes, we will need to develop more resilient, nutrient and water-efficient varieties.
We are looking for novel sources of abiotic stress tolerance in a diverse panel of landrace wheat varieties, which harbour a wealth of genetic and phenotypic variation. Using transcriptome analysis, we are identifying potential gene targets conferring increased resistance to abiotic stress, and attempting to understand how these genes are regulated under normal and stress conditions.
Dr Andrea Harper
Dr Harper's research focuses on developing statistical genetics approaches which are capable of associating trait variation with different types of genetic markers and flexible enough to be adapted to a range of plant species.
Professor Ian Bancroft
Professor Bancroft is an expert in plant genomics who formerly worked at the John Innes Centre in Norwich.