IMPROMALT: Improving winter malting barley quality and developing an understanding of the interactions of introgressions with genetic background

Lead Research Organisation: The James Hutton Institute
Department Name: Cell & Molecular Sciences

Abstract

Maltsters, brewers and distillers are concerned about the long-term sustainability of the barley crop. Seasonal problems in many parts of Europe resulted in a restricted malting barley supply that has only just been alleviated by an above average harvest in Argentina. Within the UK, drought conditions resulted in reduced barley crop quality, i.e. higher protein samples, particularly in Eastern England, where much English malting barley is sourced. Under predicted climate change scenarios, such drought conditions are likely to become more frequent and will affect the spring crop much more than the winter crop, which can escape the worst effects of summer drought through a much earlier maturity. Whilst winter barley might therefore provide a more consistent supply, the proportion bought by English maltsters has declined by over 25% over the past 20 years. This decline is due to the reduced quality level of the winter crop compared to the spring so that distillers can produce 16 more litres of raw spirit per tonne of malt on average from the latter. For an industry predicted to use 600,000t of barley from the 2012 harvest, this is a highly significant difference in production efficiency.

All current UK winter barley malting varieties have been derived from Maris Otter, first recommended in 1965. Maris Otter combined the spring malting quality attributes of an older variety, Proctor, with the winter habit of Pioneer. Proctor was the major spring malting variety in the UK for many years but the introduction of Triumph was a quantum leap forward for the spring crop in terms of both quality and yield. In a previous project, we have analysed DNA fingerprints of UK spring and winter barley malting cultivars to identify genetic differences between the two crops that are associated with malting quality. Whilst plant breeders have previously tried to introgress spring quality attributes into winter barley, they have relied on chance events to assemble the right genes, which is an impossible task when the crops differ at thousands of genes. But we now have the knowledge and tools to conduct the introgression of spring attributes into winter barley in a highly targeted manner to test the hypothesis that their introduction will improve winter malting quality. The germplasm emerging from this proposal will then be used by the plant breeding partners of the project in further rounds of crossing and selection to develop improved winter malting quality cultivars that approached the spring quality levels but in a suitable agronomic background for contemporary farming practise and would thus re-generate interest in using winter barley for malting for use in brewing and distilling. As indicated in the previous paragraph, greater use of the winter crop is likely to provide a more consistent supply of malting barley in the future. As malting supplies are becoming tighter due to a variety of market factors, a switch to the higher yielding winter crop would also mean that the effects of competition for land for more profitable crops would have a less pronounced effect upon malting barley supply. As six row barley varieties tend to have a higher yield than two row, a longer term aim is to develop six row malting types that would further decrease the land area required to secure a malting barley supply.

Technical Summary

We will augment existing genotypic and phenotypic information upon elite UK barley varieties to refine key malting quality QTL to more tightly defined intervals. We will then utilise the resources of the UK barley breeding industry to conduct a targeted introgression programme to develop pre-competitive germplasm that combines the top malting attributes of spring barley varieties into winter varieties to improve the sustainability of UK malting barley in the threats of climate change and land competition through the earlier maturity and greater yield of the winter crop. We will utilise the genetic resources developed in this proposal to fine map the QTL and generate a candidate gene list that we will then explore through phenotypic, expression and sequence analyses to identify the likely causal polymorphism in the main candidate for a target. In the process, we will develop QTL near-isogenic pairs, the most tightly defined of which we will use in a time-course experiment to sample the transcriptome at daily stages following imbibition in the malting process.. We will combine RNA-Seq analysis with alignment against the genomic and transcript assemblies being developed for barley, taking account of information being developed under the recently funded barley genome sequencing project (BB/I00663X/1), to align regions of SNP diversity against the genome to identify the gene. The project will not only provide germplasm that will ultimately help sustain the production of a product that contributes over £2.4 billion annually to the exchequer and accounts for 23% of all UK exports in the Food and Drink sector but also provide knowledge and resources to derive a fuller understanding of the action and interaction of genes to provide good malting quality.

Planned Impact

The major beneficiaries of this research will be:
The plant breeding community. Initially this will be restricted to the Consortium members, who will be able to access the germplasm and markers to gain a competitive edge in developing new varieties that will increase their royalty earning potential. This will spread to other plant breeders worldwide through either the use of the improved winter varieties in their own crossing programmes and/or the eventual public release of the markers and protocols for selecting improved varieties.
The farming community. Increased usage on winter malting barley would extend the market opportunities for growers and enable them also to spread their harvest load with an earlier maturing crop. Under predicted climate change scenarios, the drought escape mechanism provided by the early maturity of winter barley means that the crop is less susceptible to large fluctuations in grain protein content so that farmers will be more likely to secure a planned-for malting premium.
Maltsters, brewers and distillers. This end user sector will benefit as the development of improved winter barley cultivars means that it has a wider pool of material to select from and, within limits, can effectively switch from one crop type to the other to take account of seasonal variations differentially affecting the overall quality of one, such as the Eastern region barley crop of 2011. Currently, all winter barley malting varieties produce epiheterodendrin and are thus unsuitable for the distilling market. The introgression of the epiheterodendrin null character into the winter barley crop means that the crop can then be considered for use in the distilling industry, opening further market opportunities for Scottish farmers as well as improving the long term sustainability of the industry.
Society. The distilling sector alone contributes over £2.5 billion to the exchequer annually and so contributes strongly to the overall benefit of UK society. In addition, te industry employs around 10,000 directly and 40-50,000 indirectly. The brewing industry contributes over £3 billion to the exchequer annually and accounts for approximately 600,000 direct and indirect employment so the sustainability of the malting, brewing and distilling sector contributes massively to the UK economy.
 
Description We have incorporated additional genotypic and phenotypic data for all barley lines that have been added to the National List up to and including 2014 to make a total of over 700 spring and winter barley lines for exploring marker associations with 40 and 28 characters of economic importance for spring and winter barley respectively. This has enabled us to refine the chromosomal regions that we are transferring from spring to winter barley to improve the malting potential of the winter crop and thus help eliminate unwanted regions of the spring genome. Additionally, we can define more precisely where we want recombination to occur between a winter habit gene and a region that affects starch digesting capacity in barley to bring an additional improvement in quality to the winter crop. If successful, this approach will result in combining the higher yield potential of winter barley with the higher malting quality of spring barley to produce a crop that will effectively produce more bottles of beer and/or whisky per hectare and thus reduce the demand on land.

The first introgression produced by each of three of the breeding companies have been sown in individual trials by the company. Where there is sufficient seed, the lines have also been sown in a common trial at JHI. These will be harvested in the autumn and seed sent for evaluation in malting analyses by member companies of the Maltsters Association of Great Britain.

We have also used the genotypic information to show that whilst there are still considerable differences amongst newer spring barley varieties, they are tending to cluster much closer together than older varieties, suggesting a narrowing of diversity. This trend is less marked in winter barley where there is still considerable diversity within the two-row ear type.
We have now included genotypic data for varieties that have been place on the National List between 2014 and 2017. We have used a subset of barley varieties recommended since 1970 to produce a 'circle of barley' to provide a means of visualising the changes in the relationships between these elite barleys over time.

2019 Update. We have preliminary information that our targeted introduction of genes from spring barley into winter barley has significantly improved the malting quality of the winter crop for at least one malting character and is almost significant for another. Malting analyses from the 2018 harvest are in progress and will help bolster these findings.

We have also constructed a pedigree tree of all the lines in the project, most of which can be traced back to old barley landraces from the 19th century. The tree highlights that early breeding crossed freely across different germplasm groups in contrast to the current practice of crossing within groups
Exploitation Route Narrowing the QTL intervals will improve our chances of cloning at least one of the introgression targets. We have also supplied the breeding partners of the project with revised markers to help them in their selection in their respective backcrossing programmes.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

URL http://www.barleyhub.org/projects/impromalt/
 
Description Knowledge and germplasm developed during the project is being implemented in current breeding programmes
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Economic

 
Description AHDB Cereal Quality Research Call
Amount £217,967 (GBP)
Funding ID 2140025120 
Organisation Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2017
 
Description Flavourful
Amount £34,948 (GBP)
Organisation James Hutton Institute 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Health & Life Sciences Round 2
Amount £37,421 (GBP)
Funding ID 133107 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Title IMPROMALT Database 
Description Collection of genotypic and phenotypic data associated with the IMPROMALT project 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Still emerging 
URL http://www.barleyhub.org/projects/impromalt/
 
Description VICCI Barley Resource Use Efficiency Project 
Organisation Teagasc
Department Teagasc Food Research Centre
Country Ireland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supplied barley genotype panels assembled in IMPROMALT project for additional phenotyping and in a different environment
Collaborator Contribution Generate Resource Use Efficiency data (i.e. an additional set of phenotypes) on genotype panels that we are working on to provide complementary data.
Impact Too early for any - only just started
Start Year 2015
 
Title Helium 
Description Pedigree visualisation software 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Uptake by commercial and academic parties 
URL https://ics.hutton.ac.uk/helium/
 
Description AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Monitoring 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 Presentation of IMPROMALT project results and findings to one of its funding bodies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description AHDB Farmers Group visit 
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 Presenting research on barley at JHI to a grower group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AHDB Monitoring Meeting 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on IMROMALT project to AHDB monitoring committeee
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description AHDB Monitoring 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 Presentation of project to AHDB R&D committee for advice and feedback
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
 
Description AHDB Ramularia Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discuss research on Ramularia and identify a strategy for funding research on control methodologies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Baillie Gifford Visit 
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 Presntation of barley and the importance of IBH to an invetsment house
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Barely Away Days at Birnam 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of barley related research activities and the value of IBH
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Barley Breeding whats hot and whats not 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Survey of international researchers to identify future barley R&D priorities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Barley Information Portal 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Barley Information Portal (www.barleyhub.org) and associated facebook page has been developed to promote barley and UK barley research to the wider world. There are specific pages for defined research projects but also some general information pages that ultimately will provide a 'one-stop shop' for people trying to find useful facts about barley, including information gathered during the course of various research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://www.barleyhub.org
 
Description Barley Lecture at OSU 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Describing barley research programme at JHI to Crop and Soil Science school at OSU
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Breeding for malting quality 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Lecture to students of Masters in Brewing Science at Nottingham University. Participants are from industry (e.g. SAB Miller member cos) as well as people seeking to develop a career in brewing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2016
 
Description Cereals 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attend Cereals 2017 to present plans for the International Barley Hub and engage with relevant stakeholders about barley research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Cereals 2018 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Manned a stand at Cereals to present JHI barley related research work and the International Barley Hub to a wide audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cereals in Practice 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of barley research at JHI at an open day jointly organised with SRUC. Topics presented included work on BBSRC funded projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
URL http://www.hutton.ac.uk/events/cereals-practice-2016
 
Description Cereals in Practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of JHI and SRUC research work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CiP 2016 
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 Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of IMPROMALT project at Cereals in Practice 2016 and participate in press briefing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Crop Production in Northern Britain 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on Impromalt to Conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Defra RAG meeting York 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Review progress towards integration of DEFRA crop Genetic Improvement Networks and options for dissemination and further integration with other projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Defra Research Advisory Group, Rothamsted 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting to integrate the Defra Genetic Improvement Networks and integrate with other crop research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Diageo vist 
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 Talk about potential exchanges of staff between IBH and Diageo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Discussions with KWS 
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 Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discuss potential for research collaborations with KWS
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ESA14 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on the processability project plus a presentation on Scotch Whisky
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Follow on projects from IMPROMALT 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Review results and identify research areas for follow-on projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Food supply chain meeting at Agrii 
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 Presentation at an event to promote novel foods, including barley.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IAEA CRP Monitoring 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Acting as monitoring officer on the development of barley. Presented barley work at JHI as part of the meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description IBGS 12 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote speaker at International Barley Genetics Symposium in Minneapolis, USA. Talked on the barley market and the impacts of genetical research on the development and assessment of new varieties
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description IBH & APGC Project Board Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Develop business case for IBH and APGC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description IBH 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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Reviewing ongoing research activity under IBH soft-start and making future plans
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IBH Industry 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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Review research from IBH soft-start and identify future priorities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IBH Industry Strategy Groupo 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 Discuss research strategy for IBH and how to develop it
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description IBH Research & Innovation meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion of ongoing research from IBH soft-start
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IMPROMALT Steering Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Review results from harvest 2018 and agree plans for quality analyses and discuss future research plans
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IMPROMALT Steering Group Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Reviewing progress of IMPROMALT project, discussing dissemination activities and plans for future research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description InchDairnie Distillery visit 
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 Identify potential collaborations with a local distillery
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Innovate Epiheterodendrin project close-out meeting 
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 Discuss te findings of the Innovate EPH project and identify commercialisation routes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Institute of Brwing & Distilling Scottish section visit 
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 Present barley research and IBH to an industrial group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview on Tasmania Country Hour 
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 Interview for radio programme following talk art ABTS
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited article Brewer & Distiller 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Two page article in a trade newsletter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description KWS UK Breeding Visit 
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 Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussions with a private breeding company about research findings and targets that could be taken up to improve barley performance
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Lecture at UdL, Spain 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited lecture at University of Lleida, Spain on barley research at JHI
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Lecture to Nottingham MSc in Brewing course 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited lecture on barley genetics and breeding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lectures to Nottingham Raw Materials in Brewing MSc course 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of barley and its importance to the UK malting, brewing and distilling industries to postgraduate students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description MAGB Technical Symposium 
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 Presentation to staff of MAGB member companies learning about raw materials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MAGB Technical Symposium 
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 Present relevant research work on barley malting quality to staff of Maltsters Association of Great Britain member companies and host a site visit
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description MAGB Technical Symposium Elgin 
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 Present research on malting barley and its importance to early-career maltsters to broaden their knowledge
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Secobra UK 
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 Secobra UK plant breeding to discuss potential collaborative R&D projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Monogram Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote talk on cereal quality at UK annual Monogram network meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Nottingham Brewing Raw Materials course 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on aspects of barley research to Nottingham University students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at MAGB lunch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Lecture on barley and IBH to a group of maltsters
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at Monogram 2017 meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation at meeting; resulted in invitation to ABTS in Tasmania (see later)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to AB InBev 
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 Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussions with AB InBev about barley research relating to malting quality and possible research areas for future collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation to Australian Barley Technical Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk on barley for distilling
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to Hutton Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Brief talk on the barley supply chain
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to World Distilled Spirits Congress 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation of IMPROMALT project at an International industry conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Scottish Enterprise IBH and APGC Business Case discussions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Review IBH business plan and identify way forward
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Secobra Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of a new breeding programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at SASA 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited lecture on barley breeding and associated research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at Scottish Agronomy Conference 
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 Invited talk on barley genetics and breeding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk to CSIRO 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk on barley for tislling at CSIRO Canberra
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk to University of Quennsland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk on barley for distilling to staff iof UQ
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description VIBES visit 
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 Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Present JHI research work to VIBES assessors of awards in the climate change category, which we won
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.vibes.org.uk/
 
Description VICCI Meeting 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Act as Steering group member for TEAGASC VICCI project and inform about relevant research @JHI
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description VICCI Open Day 
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 Industry/Business
Results and Impact Associated research at TEAGASC based on IMPROMALT collection being demonstrated at their Open Day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description VICCI Steering group meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Review progress of TEGASC VICCI project and explore opportunities for further funding and integration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit Arbikie Distillery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Identify opportunities for collaboration with a local distillery for using barley as a unique selling point
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019