Rapeseed (Brassica napus) is the world’s third-largest source of vegetable oil, with the residual protein-rich meal used as feed for livestock. The crop is cultivated in rotation with cereals, helping manage weeds, pests and diseases. Sustainability drivers include genetic solutions to improve tolerance to pests and diseases, nutrient efficiency and co-product quality.
Our research uses state-of-the-art genomics to explore the molecular basis of both natural and induced genetic variation. By relating this to variation of crop traits, we underpin the predictive improvement of rapeseed by accelerating “traditional” breeding methods.
Much of our work is collaborative; providing genomics insights to a broad range of research programmes.
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Professor Ian Bancroft
Professor Bancroft is an expert in plant genomics who formerly worked at the John Innes Centre in Norwich.
Dr He 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.