Association genetics of UK elite barley

Lead Research Organisation: Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland
Department Name: UNLISTED


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Comadran J (2011) Patterns of polymorphism and linkage disequilibrium in cultivated barley. in TAG. Theoretical and applied genetics. Theoretische und angewandte Genetik

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Moragues M (2010) Effects of ascertainment bias and marker number on estimations of barley diversity from high-throughput SNP genotype data. in TAG. Theoretical and applied genetics. Theoretische und angewandte Genetik

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Rostoks N (2006) Recent history of artificial outcrossing facilitates whole-genome association mapping in elite inbred crop varieties. in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

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Waugh R (2009) The emergence of whole genome association scans in barley. in Current opinion in plant biology

Description We developed an approach called GWAS for the first time in barley to use existing genetic materials - plant cultivars - to identify a number of genes and markers for use in plant breeding. This project has been the platform for a number of other funded projects and the scientific outputs published in several highly cited publications
Exploitation Route They are being used extensively by the plant breeding sector and by the academic sector studying some of the genes we have identified.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

Description Yes. we developed marker technology that is used by all barley geneticists and commercial breeding companies across the world. We also identified a number of diagnostic markers that are being used for MAS. The GWAS population has been distributed to several groups and has been used to identify a number of important barley genes. A number of high impact papers have been published based on the concepts explored in this grant and using the basic population. It has led to further direct followup funding through the ongoing 'IMPROMALT program.
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Economic

Description AHDB research call
Amount £65,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 21130015 Integrated platforms for barley breeding and genetic research (INTEGRA-2) 
Organisation Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2017
Title 50K SNP chip 
Description We developed a 50K SNP chip using illumina technology for use by the entire barley genetics and breeding communities. A publication describing the resource has been uploaded to the publication outputs. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The platform has had widespread uptake in the barley genetics and breeding communities with in the region of 20,000 assays (genotypes) already collected through research in the public domain. The extent of usage in the commercial sector is - we believe- considerable but accessing the specific numbers impossible. 
Title SNP Genotyping Platform 
Description A high multiplex SNP assay platform for cultivated barley 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Used heavily by the worldwide barley breeding and academic (genetics) sectors