J.KingPrincipal Research Fellow in Crop Genetics, University of Nottingham, UK
Sunday, January 13, 6:15 PM / Town & Country Ballroom

Talk Title:  Introducing New Genetic Variation Into Wheat 

Bio:

As Research Director of the Nottingham/BBSRC Wheat Research Centre at The University of Nottingham, UK, my main research interest is focused on transferring genetic variation for agronomically and scientifically important traits from wild and distantly related species into wheat, and to distribute the germplasm generated world-wide for exploitation in breeding programmes and in scientific research.


Much of the work undertaken on wheat has been based on my earlier work (for both PhD and postdoctoral) on the forage grasses at The Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, Abersywtyth, where the entire genome of Festuca pratensis was transferred into Lolium perenne (the world’s most important forage grass) in small overlapping chromosome segments.


The wheat/wild relative research has generated over 1000 new introgresisons from ten wild wheat relatives. This will enable the systematic exploitation of genetic variation from wheat’s wild relatives for both research and breeding. The success of the programme has resulted from combining specific wheat/wild relative crossing strategies with cutting edge marker technologies.