Joint EMBRAPA: UK Workshop on Wheat Improvement

Lead Research Organisation: Rothamsted Research



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Description This was a workshop with approx. 15 UK delegates. Hence outputs are difficult to quantify. However, it has clearly led to increased bilateral collaboration, with support from EMBRAPA and BBSRC Newton Fund. Paul Nicolson (JIC) received further funding as a result of the workshop: Brazil Partnership award with Embrapa Trigo (completed); Embrapa-BBSRC-Newton fund Pump-priming award (completed) and Embrapa-BBSRC-Newton fund full award (ongoing)
Exploitation Route Supported by joint BBSRC:EMBRAPA grants and Newton Fund grants.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

Description Common Interest Project: Bioinformatics Analysis of the Interactions between Fusarium graminearum and Wheat Plants: Investigating Genes Related to Early Stages of Infection
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation 
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 07/2012 
End 10/2013
Description Newton Foundation: Using HIGS and si-RNA technologies to explore and control Fusarium Head Scab disease in wheat fields
Amount £68,188 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/N004493/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2015 
End 03/2016
Description Project: Using disease risk forecasting, NGS and HIGS to explore and control Fusarium Head Blight disease in wheat fields
Amount £494,246 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/N018095/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2016 
End 11/2019
Description Science Without Borders: An Exploration of the Function of Specific Components of the Predicted Secretome of Fusarium graminearum During Wheat Infection
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Brazil 
Department Coordination of Higher Education Personnel Training (CAPES)
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 11/2013 
End 11/2017
Description Londrina Wheat workshop outcomes 
Organisation Embrapa Trigo
Country Brazil 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution At this workshop, Kim Hammond-Kosack met Professor Emerson de Ponte (Department of PhytoPathology , Universida de Federal de Viçosa,, Professor Dauri Tessmann (Department of Agronomy, Universida de Estadual de Maringá) and Dr José Maurício Cunha Fernandes ( EMBRAPA Trigo Passo Fundo).
Collaborator Contribution Post the workshop Jon West and Kim Hammond-Kosack started to develop jointly with these Brazilian scientists Fusarium head blight - wheat project ideas involving disease modelling and forecasting , species diagnostics via genomic sequencing of all five species found in the Fusarium complex in Southern Brazil and to explore new ways to control this serious disease.
Impact 1. Arrival of Dr Natalia Martins, from Embrapa LabEx, Brasilia as a Senior Research Fellow; 2. Ana Machado, a Master student from Professor De Ponte group , successfully applied for PhD funding within the CAPES 'Science Without Borders' Brazil schema; 3. A one year pump priming project funded by the Newton Foundation; 4. A successful follow-on project of 3 years duration. See further funding from more details
Start Year 2012