Understanding quality determinants in pea seeds to improve market opportunities that promote sustainable agriculture (QDiPS)

Lead Research Organisation: John Innes Centre
Department Name: Metabolic Biology

Abstract

Seed quality traits have been identified as a driver for making changes to agricultural systems, such that sustainability might be increased substantially through a greater use of pulse crops in rotations. Currently, both home and export premium markets exist for pulses of high quality, which can impact on choices in rotations. This project aims to identify the scientific basis for seed quality parameters in the three main pea crops for human food use - vining, canning and dried pulses. The project will identify compounds that are positively or negatively associated with quality and provide information on how these change in seeds as they mature and under different growing conditions. The work will link genetical and metabolomic scientific studies with industrial assessments of quality, through studies of materials grown and harvested according to current industrial standards by the industrial partners. Genetically marked lines will be used for metabolite profiling and for industrial sensory analysis. In this way, genes and markers linked to quality will be identified. The role of candidate genes will be explored by industrial analysis of variant lines, including some near-isogenic lines that are already available as laboratory stocks. Linking quality characters to biochemical and genetic information will facilitate the more robust and rapid identification of superior lines, by enabling the deployment of genetic markers in marker assisted selection. This will lead to greater efficiency in breeding programmes aimed at quality food markets. It will also provide opportunity to develop more robust methods for assessing maturity rapidly in the field. The identity of genes and markers associated with quality will provide opportunities to manipulate the genes in the biochemical pathways via mutagenesis and to identify novel sources of natural variation within germplasm. The impact of improvements to systems for quality assessment in pulses, and the reality of meeting current and increased market demands on UK sustainable agriculture, will be explored. Predictive modelling of the consequences of changes to rotations, land maps and land-use efficiency data will be used in a scoping study, building on socio-economic data and models currently under development in relation to climate change.

Technical Summary

The project will identify compounds that are positively or negatively associated with quality and provide information on how these change in seeds as they mature and under different growing conditions. The work will link genetical and metabolomic scientific studies with industrial assessments of quality, through studies of materials grown and harvested according to current industrial standards by the industrial partners. Genetically marked lines will be used for metabolite profiling and for industrial sensory analysis. In this way, genes and markers linked to quality will be identified. The role of candidate genes will be explored by industrial analysis of variant lines, including some near-isogenic lines that are already available as laboratory stocks. Linking quality characters to biochemical and genetic information will facilitate the more robust and rapid identification of superior lines, by enabling the deployment of genetic markers in marker assisted selection. This will lead to greater efficiency in breeding programmes aimed at quality food markets. It will also provide opportunity to develop more robust methods for assessing maturity rapidly in the field. The identity of genes and markers associated with quality will provide opportunities to manipulate the genes in the biochemical pathways via mutagenesis and to identify novel sources of natural variation within germplasm. The impact of improvements to systems for quality assessment in pulses, and the reality of meeting current and increased market demands on UK sustainable agriculture, will be explored. Predictive modelling of the consequences of changes to rotations, land maps and land-use efficiency data will be used in a scoping study, building on socio-economic data and models currently under development in relation to climate change.

Planned Impact

The support of UK pulse crop improvement is necessary to achieve the public good associated with these crops, that is the reduction in the environmental footprint of agriculture. Agriculture contributes about 75% of EU N2O emission (Crutzen et al 2007), and nitrogen fertiliser accounts for at least 40% of the energy demand of crop production. Increasing the contribution of pulses to rotations reduces emissions in two ways: the additional area given to pulses corresponds to a reduction in the area of nitrogen fertilisation, and pulses contribute nitrogen to the following crop reducing its fertiliser demand. Thus pulses are valuable break crop alternatives in rotations, when input costs are becoming prohibitively expensive. Although a choice in favour of pulses offers fertiliser cost savings for two crops, this has to be balanced against the perceived problems of pulse crops and access to premium markets. The crop value represents the incentive to farmers to grow legume crops. The value of field and vining crops is linked to many factors but, if quality is not high, crops may fail to reach the high premium markets and be graded as low value animal feed. Further incentives for farmers to choose to grow pulses could include assurance that the crop can access the market prices and profit margins that are intrinsically linked to quality food markets. Additional drivers exist with a high-value frozen food industry for home-produced crops. Together these factors can contribute to both the economic and environmental sustainability of farming. Paradoxically, although there is a wealth of genetic and biochemical information available for seed characteristics in several pulse crop species, measurement of pulse seed quality for vegetable use is often determined by visual and sensory data for which the underpinning biological processes are poorly defined. This is because the decision to harvest must be taken rapidly and on-farm, but the mapping of biochemical and organoleptic profiles to these on-farm measures are poor, and insensitive to the extremes of weather conditions at or just prior to harvest. As a consequence of this, there is a lack of genetic information to support and facilitate the selection of lines with superior quality. Seed quality traits can act as the driver for making changes to agricultural systems. Demand for high quality in the vegetable market persists and, consequently, systems for measuring quality must be robust and meaningful. This project will examine the scientific basis for seed quality parameters in pulses, by identifying compounds in seeds that are linked to quality, and by forging a link between genetical and metabolomic scientific studies and industrial assessments of quality. Linking quality characters to biochemical and genetic information will facilitate the more robust and rapid identification of superior lines, by enabling the deployment of genetic markers in marker assisted selection within breeding programmes. This proposal also aims to determine the impact of improvements to systems for quality assessment in pulses. It addresses the reality of meeting current and increased market demands, on UK sustainable agriculture by predictive modelling of the consequences of changes to rotations. Land maps and land-use efficiency data will be used in a scoping study to determine the impact of increased pulse area on the environment, building on socio-economic data and models currently under development in relation to climate change.
 
Description The impact of genetic variation on seed metabolism in pea has been studied. 1. Genetic variation for a large range of metabolites or small molecules in seeds has been described. Some of the metabolites have been identified and are involved in determining seed quality for food use. The metabolomics metadata arising from the project have been analysed and shown to define genetic variation for many classes of pea seed metabolites, including sugars, amino acids and secondary metabolites. Novel genetic loci have been identified and some possible candidate genes explored (Ellis et al., 2018). 2. A number of mutations which affect the accumulation of some of these metabolites have been characterised.

1. The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy profiling approach provided an unbiased assessment of changes to the metabolite composition of seeds and defined genetic variation for a range of pea seed metabolites. Mature seeds from recombinant inbred lines, derived from three mapping populations for which there is substantial genetic marker linkage information and grown in two environments/years, were analyzed by non-targeted NMR. Adaptive binning of the NMR metabolite data, followed by analysis of quantitative variation among lines for individual bins, identified the main genomic regions determining this metabolic variability and the variability for selected compounds was investigated. The correlation between bins showing high mean absolute deviation and those showing low p-values for marker association provided an indication of the extent to which the genetics of bin variation might be explained by one or a few loci. Variation in compounds related to aromatic amino acids, branched-chain amino acids, sucrose-derived metabolites, secondary metabolites and some unidentified compounds was associated with one or more genetic loci. The combined analysis shows that there are multiple loci throughout the genome that together impact on the abundance of many compounds through a network of interactions, where individual loci may affect more than one compound and vice versa. The outputs of this work provide a framework for the genetic analysis of the seed metabolome and for the use of genetic marker data in the breeding and selection of seeds for specific seed quality traits and compounds that have high commercial value.

2. A paper is currently being drafted describing the impact of a series of mutations on seed metabolism.
Exploitation Route Genetic markers linked to variation in seed metabolites may be exploited by breeders to alter seed composition for a variety of food uses. New mutations will be exploited for improved crops. Depending on the outcome of studies emanating from a further grant (BB/L025531), some of the lines are likely to provide advantage to human food, in having a greater concentration of resistant starch.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Healthcare

 
Description Knowledge transfer activities are ongoing to ensure that resources and associated genetic marker information will be well utilised in breeding programmes. The large datasets generated by the project are being investigated currently to ensure the data are mined extensively. A subset of the data has been analysed within a paper submitted for publication. The resources are being used in an additional grant with the aim to understand the importance of dietary resistant starches (BB/L025531). The genetic variants are bring trialled in the field to validate the conclusions from biochemical studies.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment,Healthcare
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops 
Organisation CGIAR
Department International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Collaborator Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Impact 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops document.
Start Year 2016
 
Description 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops 
Organisation CGIAR
Country Global 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Collaborator Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Impact 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops document.
Start Year 2016
 
Description 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops 
Organisation Emerging Ag Inc
Country Canada 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Collaborator Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Impact 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops document.
Start Year 2016
 
Description 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops 
Organisation Indian Council of Agricultural Research
Country India 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Collaborator Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Impact 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops document.
Start Year 2016
 
Description 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops 
Organisation Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Collaborator Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Impact 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops document.
Start Year 2016
 
Description 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops 
Organisation University of Auckland
Department Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Country New Zealand 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Collaborator Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Impact 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops document.
Start Year 2016
 
Description 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops 
Organisation University of Saskatchewan
Department Division of Nutrition and Dietetics
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Collaborator Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Impact 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops document.
Start Year 2016
 
Description 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops 
Organisation Versant Vision LLC
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Collaborator Contribution Invited participation and advisory role in the 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops report document.
Impact 10-Year Research Strategy for Pulse Crops document.
Start Year 2016
 
Description INFOGEST COST Action: Food digestion and plant proteins 
Organisation Estacion Experimental del Zaidin (CSIC)
Country Spain 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Academic input and advisory role in coordination of research activities in INFOGEST COST Action: Food digestion and plant proteins.
Collaborator Contribution Academic input and advisory role in coordination of research activities in INFOGEST COST Action: Food digestion and plant proteins.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2014
 
Description USDA vegetable project 
Organisation Washington State University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution With the passage of the new US Farm Bill, invited participation and advisory role in USDA vegetable pea project, with travel and subsistence funding. (Letter of intent for competitive funding accepted).
Collaborator Contribution With the passage of the new US Farm Bill, invited participation and advisory role in USDA vegetable pea project, with travel and subsistence funding. (Letter of intent for competitive funding accepted).
Impact N/A
Start Year 2014
 
Description Progress towards the perfect pea - Article on BBSRC website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Article on the BBSRC website discussing peas developed at JIC that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/food-security/2015/150814-pr-progress-toward-the-perfect-pea/
 
Description "Spot the GM pea" competition at Cheltenham Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact "Spot the GM pea" competition at Cheltenham Science Festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description 'International Year of Pulses at JIC' talk at Breeders' Day 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Breeders Day is an annual event held at JIC to demonstrate the the research that takes place at the JIC, within a context of breeding, agriculture and industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description 'Pulse Research Update' at John Innes Centre - PGRO & press visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 'Pulse Research Update' at John Innes Centre - PGRO & press visit
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 2016 Celebration of Peas, Beans and Legumes at The Cut Science Cafe in Halesworth, Suffolk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Science Café is a series of regular meetings held at The Cut in Halesworth, Suffolk to explore and discuss the latest ideas in Science and Technology in an informal atmosphere. Talk was given by Claire Domoney and Mike Ambrose, titled '2016 Celebration of Peas, Beans and Legumes' with debate/discussion after.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description A new species of peas source of valuable protein - Article in Farmer.pl 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Article in Farmer.pl discussing the John Innes Center research which has developed a new type of pea (Pidum elatius), which assists in the absorption of animal protein from food.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.farmer.pl/produkcja-zwierzeca/bydlo-i-mleko/nowy-gatunek-grochu-zrodlem-cennego-bialka,59...
 
Description Attendance at Mardlers event where speaker was Minette Batters, Deputy President of the NFU 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mardlers - the Norfolk farmers group of which JIC is an official member, meet once a month to listen to outside speakers and discuss various issues. On this occasion the speaker was Minette Batters the Deputy President of the NFU.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BBSRC Meeting: Identification of strategies to secure funding for excellent science and for delivery of requirements of industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact BBSRC Meeting: Identification of strategies to secure funding for excellent science and for delivery of requirements of industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Celebrating 50 years of John Innes research in Norwich at The Cut Science Cafe in Halesworth, Suffolk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Celebrating 50 years of John Innes research in Norwich at The Cut Science Cafe in Halesworth, Suffolk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cereals 2015 at Boothby Graffoe in Lincolnshire 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Cereals Event is an arable farming event which takes annually.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Exhibition at the Norfolk Farming Conference 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Exhibition at the Norfolk Farming Conference 2017, JIC Conference Centre, Norwich, Norfolk, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Exhibition at the Norwich Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Pea TimeVine display at the Norwich Science Festival. Part of the '50 years of John Innes Centre Research in Norwich' display at the Norwich Forum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Exhibition stand at Cereals 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Cereals Event is an arable farming event which takes annually.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description First Defra Research Advisory Group meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Defra and AHDB representatives, along with Research Advisory Group members and Genetic Improvement Network leads.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Genetic improvement of pea to replace soyabean in the diets of poultry and monogastric livestock (PeaGen) Conference Call 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Genetic improvement of pea to replace soyabean in the diets of poultry and monogastric livestock (PeaGen) Conference Call with project collaborators
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description HUNGer consortium meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact meeting with HUNGer consortium members
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Institute Open Day - Breeders Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of JIC caged pea plot area at Breeders' Day 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Institute Open Day - JIC Open Day 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact JIC Open Day 2017: Pea TimeVine and displays based around the research from the Domoney Lab
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://storify.com/JIC_Comms/open-day-2017
 
Description Interview with Chris Hill, Agricultural, Food and Farming Editor at Archant, including plant photography session for an Agriculture Review article. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview with Chris Hill, Agricultural, Food and Farming Editor at Archant, including plant photography session for an Agriculture Review article.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Interview with Di Cunningham on Future Radio's breakfast show 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Di Cunningham on Future Radio's breakfast show.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description JIC exhibition stand at Royal Norfolk Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Royal Norfolk Show is an annual event held over 2 days celebrating Norfolk's agriculture past, present and future and showcasing local food, farming and countryside.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description JIC research on pea seed traits and UK agriculture - Interview on BBC Look East 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview on BBC Look East (local news programme) discussing JIC research on pea seed traits and UK agriculture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description JIC research on pea seed traits and UK agriculture - Interview on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme discussing JIC research on pea seed traits and UK agriculture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description LEGATO-EUROLEGUME International Conference - Advances in grain legume cultivation and use 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Attendance at LEGATO-EUROLEGUME International Conference - Advances in grain legume cultivation and use
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Mardlers visit to JIC. Overview of projects talk given. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mardlers - the Norfolk farmers group of which JIC is an official member, meet once a month to listen to outside speakers and discuss various issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Adrian Russell, International pea breeder, and James Wallace, IAR Agri 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with Adrian Russell, International pea breeder, and James Wallace, IAR Agri
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Elsoms/Crites 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with Elsoms/Crites
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Seb from BRAVE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Telephone meeting with Seb from BRAVE regarding getting people to eat more British-grown pulses and using roasted peas as a healthy and sustainable snack.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description New Pea Variety Could Benefit Pig Protein Intake - Article on The Pig Site 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact News article on 'The Pig Site' discussing peas developed at JIC that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet. The new peas will cut costs for farmers because fewer of the novel peas will give the same or higher nutritional benefit than standard peas. Some breeders have already shown interested in the new peas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.thepigsite.com/swinenews/40282/new-pea-variety-could-benefit-pig-protein-intake/
 
Description New Pea Variety Could Help Livestock, Poultry Protein Intake - Article on The Beef Site 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact News article on 'The Beef Site' discussing peas developed at JIC that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet. The new peas will cut costs for farmers because fewer of the novel peas will give the same or higher nutritional benefit than standard peas. Some breeders have already shown interested in the new peas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.thebeefsite.com/news/48481/new-pea-variety-could-help-livestock-poultry-protein-intake/
 
Description New Pea Variety Could Help Livestock, Poultry Protein Intake - Article on The Cattle Site 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact News article on 'The Cattle Site' discussing peas developed at JIC that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet. The new peas will cut costs for farmers because fewer of the novel peas will give the same or higher nutritional benefit than standard peas. Some breeders have already shown interested in the new peas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.thecattlesite.com/news/48481/new-pea-variety-could-help-livestock-poultry-protein-intake/
 
Description New Pea Variety Could Help Poultry Protein Intake - Article on The Poultry Site 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact News article on 'The Poultry Site' discussing peas developed at JIC that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet. The new peas will cut costs for farmers because fewer of the novel peas will give the same or higher nutritional benefit than standard peas. Some breeders have already shown interested in the new peas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.thepoultrysite.com/poultrynews/35627/new-pea-variety-could-help-livestock-poultry-protein...
 
Description New pea offers consumers source of greater protein, at same cost to producers - Article in Produce Business UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Article in Produce Business UK discussing a new strain of pea that doesn't contain the several so-called anti-nutrients or trypsin inhibitors found in peas and other legume seeds that stop proteins being absorbed fully from the diet of humans, poultry and livestock.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.producebusinessuk.com/academia/stories/2015/08/26/new-pea-offers-consumers-source-of-grea...
 
Description New pea variety could help livestock and poultry absorb more protein - Article in Farmers Weekly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Article in Farmers Weekly discussing the novel types of pea plants developed at JIC that make their protein content more accessible to livestock and poultry when consumed. Some breeders have already shown interested in the new peas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.fwi.co.uk/poultry/new-pea-variety-could-help-livestock-and-poultry-absorb-more-protein.ht...
 
Description Norfolk Mardlers Dinner 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mardlers - the Norfolk farmers group of which JIC is an official member, meet once a month to listen to outside speakers and discuss various issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Norwich scientists make progress in pursuit of the perfect pea - Article in EDP newspaper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article in EDP newspaper discussing peas developed at JIC that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/tech/norwich_scientists_make_progress_in_pursuit_of_the_perfect_pea_1_41...
 
Description Opportunities in prospect from the Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network (PCGIN) - Article in The Pulse Magazine - The Official Journal of the PGRO 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Article in The Pulse Magazine - The Official Journal of the PGRO discussing 'Opportunities in prospect from the Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network (PCGIN)'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description PCGIN: The Pulse Crops Genetic Improvement Network - Interview on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme discussing PCGIN: The Pulse Crops Genetic Improvement Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description PGRO Pulse Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Open day held at PGRO to promote pulses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Pea Yield Enhancement Network (PeaYEN) 2018 review meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with Pea Yield Enhancement Network (PeaYEN) representative
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pea display at Gardeners' Question Time 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public recording event of BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time held at JIC. Pea display for visitor to view.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to JIC Governing Council: 'Translating Genetic Research In Species Pisum: from MfN to Breeders and Beyond' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Presentation to JIC Governing Council: 'Translating Genetic Research In Species Pisum: from MfN to Breeders and Beyond'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to YIELD farmer group, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) during visit to JIC: 'Benefits of the pea crop and its diverse uses' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation given by Claire Domoney to YIELD farmer group, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) during visit to JIC, titled 'Benefits of the pea crop and its diverse uses'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Press article - The Pulse Magazine - The Official Journal of the PGRO 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Pulse Magazine - The Official Journal of the PGRO. The John Innes Centre celebrates 50 Years in Norwich in 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Progress toward the perfect pea - Article in Farming Futures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Article in Farming Futures discussing peas developed at JIC that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet. Some breeders have already shown interested in the new peas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.farmingfutures.org.uk/blog/progress-toward-perfect-pea
 
Description Progress toward the perfect pea - Article in Phys.org 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Article in Farming Futures discussing peas developed at JIC that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet. Some breeders have already shown interested in the new peas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://phys.org/news/2015-08-pea.html
 
Description Progress toward the perfect pea - Article in Science Daily News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Article in Farming Futures discussing peas developed at JIC that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet. Some breeders have already shown interested in the new peas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150813074718.htm
 
Description Progress toward the perfect pea: peas developed that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet - Article in Medical News Today 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article in Medical News Today discussing peas developed at JIC that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/298141.php
 
Description Progress towards the perfect pea - Article in Crop Production Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Article in Crop Production Magazine discussing peas developed at JIC that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.cpm-magazine.co.uk/progress-towards-perfect-a-1848.html?osCsid=5qrirss360u348ru1hvh9u1tr7
 
Description Progress towards the perfect pea - Interview on Matthew Gudgin's BBC Radio Norfolk Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview on Matthew Gudgin's BBC Radio Norfolk programme discussing peas developed at JIC that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Protein availability in feed increased with new pea variety - Article in All About Feed 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Article in All About Feed discussing a new pea variety developed by JIC which will help animals absorb more protein from the diet. Some breeders have already shown interested in the new peas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.allaboutfeed.net/New-Proteins/Articles/2015/8/Protein-availability-in-feed-increased-with...
 
Description Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network (PCGIN) Stakeholder Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network (PCGIN) stakeholders, including representatives from UK government, industry, universities and research institutes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network (PCGIN) steering/management meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network (PCGIN) steering/management meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Radio broadcast - BBC Radio Norfolk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio broadcast on BBC Radio Norfolk. JIC Open Day 2017: 'The application of genetic research in pea at JIC to the development of novel foods' - hosted by Thordis Fridriksson
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Royal Norfolk Show supporting Agri-Tech and SAW (Mendel) stands 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Royal Norfolk Show supporting Agri-Tech and SAW (Mendel) stands.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Science advances providing a boost for plant breeding - Article in Farmers Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Science advances providing a boost for plant breeding - Article in Farmers Guardian
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Scientists at the John Innes Centre are developing a GM-free feed alternative from a wild pea. BBC Radio 4 - Farming Today 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme discussing the development pf a GM-free feed alternative from a wild pea by Scientists at the John Innes Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description TV Broadcast - BBC Look East 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TV broadcast on BBC Look East - JIC Open Day 2017: 'The application of genetic research in pea at JIC to its many uses in food and agriculture'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The potential of pea: diversity and genetic improvement - Cereals 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Stand at Cereals 2014 event. Display of genetic diversity; plant traits; crossing plants; Mendel's genes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Transatlantic Sessions on Conservation and Organic Agriculture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact PPP: Potential and Power of Pea presentation at Transatlantic Sessions on Conservation and Organic Agriculture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UK Legume community genetics and genomics resources workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact UK Legume community genetics and genomics resources workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UN International Year of Pulses at The Cut Science Cafe as part of the Norwich Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Norwich Festival is held annually as a celebration of the ground breaking scientific research associated with the city. Talk was given by Claire Domoney, entitled 'UN International Year of Pulses', as part of the Norwich Festival's series of The Cut Science Cafe talks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Visit of 30 undergraduate students from Wageningen University, The Netherlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Tour of JIC caged pea plot area - visit of 30 undergraduate students from Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description What to do now to capitalise on boom in pulses industry - Article in Farmers Weekly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Press article in Farmers weekly discussing the potential for the UK pulse industry to double in size in the next 5 years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.fwi.co.uk/business/what-to-do-now-to-capitalise-on+boom-in-pulses-industry.htm
 
Description Why treating winter beans more like wheat will boost yields - Article in Farmers Weekly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Press article in Farmers Weekly discussing increasing winter beans yields.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.fwi.co.uk/arable/why-treating-winter-beans-more-like-wheat-will-boost-yields.htm
 
Description YIELD visiting group to the John Innes Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact YIELD visiting group to the JIC, producing links and understanding of JIC research to a visiting group from agricultural industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016