Context

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.

The research

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.

Project activities and publications

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Julia Crawford
Administrator
julia.crawford@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 328800
Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD

Featured researcher
Professor Ian Bancroft

Professor Ian Bancroft

Professor Bancroft is an expert in plant genomics who formerly worked at the John Innes Centre in Norwich.

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Featured researcher
Zhesi He

Zhesi He

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.

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Contact us

Julia Crawford
Administrator
julia.crawford@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 328800
Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD