The wheat Diverse MAGIC platform: Community Access to Resources, Protocols and Tools

Lead Research Organisation: National Inst of Agricultural Botany
Department Name: Centre for Research

Abstract

Context
Wheat is the UK's most important crop, covering 1.6 million hectares and with an annual harvest worth £1.6 billion. Globally, demand for wheat is rising rapidly: it is estimated that by 2050, yield must rise by 60%. The best way to achieve gains in the key wheat breeding targets is to develop improved varieties. The ongoing revolution in genetic and molecular tools for wheat breeding is poised to deliver step changes in wheat genetic gain. However, comparatively little investment has been focused on the development of suitable biological resources to best take advantage of these tools.
This project builds on previous publicly-funded investment in a state-of-the-art wheat biological platform: the Multiparent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross (MAGIC) population (termed, 'Diverse MAGIC'). Created over four years by inter-crossing 16 UK wheat varieties over multiple generations, the resulting population of over 600 lines represents a unique resource within the UK and worldwide. By capturing large amounts of genetic variation (from the 16 parents) and efficiently reshuffling these over multiple generations of crossing, the population is well placed to serve as a central resource for a broad spectrum of the UK wheat bioscience community.

Aims and objectives
This project brings together expertise from the plant and animal MAGIC sectors, to develop Diverse MAGIC into an integrated community platform for wheat genetics and breeding. This will be achieved by developing Diverse MAGIC resources, tools and community engagement programs that will enable effective use of Diverse MAGIC within the UK community. Specifically, it will:
1) Enlarge the Diverse MAGIC population to 800 lines.
2) Provide access to Diverse MAGIC seed.
3) Establish a catalogue of genetic and phenotypic variation present in the 16 MAGIC parents.
4) Provide baseline field phenotype and high-density genotype data on the whole population.
5) Develop bioinformatic and software tools tailored to wheat MAIC.
6) Provide dissemination and training events to promote uptake of MAGIC in wheat.
7) Establish and promote Diverse MAGIC 'community phenotyping' events.
8) Collate the wheat MAGIC resources generated, and make freely accessible via the project website.

Applications and benefits
The biological and supporting resources generated by this project will stimulate new research, amplify output from existing wheat programs, and aid the translation of scientific discoveries to breeders, farmers and processors. The Diverse MAGIC resource complements existing UK wheat resources for gene validation, and will help promote collaborative research within the crop genetics sector.

Technical Summary

Multi-parent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross (MAGIC) populations represent a new generation of plant mapping resources ideally suited to community-based crop improvement. This project is based around a new wheat population recently completed at NIAB with BBSRC funding: the 16 parent Diverse MAGIC population. Using the expertise in plant and animal multi-parent populations developed at NIAB and WTCHG, this project will build germplasm, analytical and database resources around Diverse MAGIC, transforming it into a complete community resource for wheat R&D.
1) Biological resource utilization
The Diverse MAGIC population will be consolidated, and germplasm made available for public access. Phenotypic data on the parents and population will be generated using traditional and precision phenomics approaches, providing baseline datasets to pump-prime community engagement. Field trials will also serve as a community phenotyping resource, allowing third parties to collect additional phenotypic data. Dissemination and training will be provided at MAGIC workshops, in which Diverse MAGIC datasets will be used to demonstrate the analytical software and resources developed at WTCHG.
2) Wheat analysis tools
WTCHG will develop a suite of tools and software for wheat MAGIC, based around those they previously developed for Arabidopsis MAGIC. A catalogue of genetic variants between the 16 founders will be developed, the population genotyped with a high-density genetic marker array, and a high-resolution genetic map constructed. The software HAPPY will be adapted to construct genome mosaics for the Diverse MAGIC population, and software adapted to perform QTL mapping in wheat. All project resources will be made freely accessible via the project website and associated database.

Planned Impact

The immediate beneficiaries of this project will be academic and commercial groups working on the development of new varieties of wheat for use by UK agriculture. This follows from the fact that the 16 founders of the Diverse MAGIC population capture much of the genetic variation segregating in wheat varieties commonly grown in the UK. Use of the Diverse MAGIC population will help identify genetic loci containing variation that affect traits of UK agronomic importance for selection within the UK genepool. This will have a long-term beneficial impact on UK food security and the sustainable intensification of agriculture. A notable feature of the population is that it includes older UK varieties in addition to modern accessions. This means that it can detect QTL segregating between these two groups, potentially identifying favourable alleles which have been "left behind." This is not practical in association mapping panels since population structure is confounded with variety age.

Commercial wheat breeders will benefit by:
1) Markers diagnostic for linkage between individual genes or small genetic intervals and components of the traits measured on the population.
2) Release of all trait and marker data, which can be combined with their own from this and other populations.
3) Protocols and software for their own analyses in MAGIC
4) Release of seed. The MAGIC lines will be highly recombined and may have novel combinations of QTL. These lines are candidates for further assessment and for crossing.

Breeders and other stakeholders will be invited to view plots at events during which we will inform the community of the availability of these resources for their own research and breeding. NIAB is a regular contributor to events such as CEREALS: the leading technical event for the UK arable industry. We will ensure that the project is represented there and will attend in person to disseminate information.

MAGIC populations have been created or are being created for other crops and in other countries. The development of statistical and computational methods in this project will be of direct use for marker and trait mapping in these other populations. We are already in contact with the researchers and breeders involved in many of these populations. We will build on these contacts informally, through correspondence and visits, and also through the workshops organised within this project.

NIAB / WTCHG staff will benefit from exposure to complementary expertise in each other's institutes. For NIAB this will result in improved application of big-data methods to their research interests in agricultural science and genetics. For WTCHG, it will open opportunities for broader application of its statistical genetics research in agriculture and for future funding and collaboration with plant science communities.

The size of this project and the disciplines involved, encompassing statistical/quantitative genetics, molecular genetics and agronomy will provide opportunities for training of scientific and technical staff in these fields. This will occur on an ad-hoc basis and through the scheduled training courses and workshops.
 
Title SEED: Grow, Splice Discover 
Description Advisor to All Seeing Eye in development of "SEED: Grow, Splice, Discover", a Virtual Reality computer game, finalist and winner of the Wellcome Trust/Epic Games Developing Beyond competition 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Increased engagement of general public with plant breeding in general and in the role of crop improvement in social, economic and food security. 
URL http://allseeing.co/seed/
 
Description Since starting in the last quarter of 2015, we have:

(1) continued the F-generation development of the Diverse MAGIC wheat population, sown field plots over 2 seasons to bulk up seed for yield plots, undertaken one community yield trial, with a second community yield trial underway. Phenotyped ca.50 traits over 1 field season, and finalised trials analysis. Preliminary QTL analysis undertaken.

(2) Undertaken experiments to increase the final population size of the Diverse MAGIC population.

(3) investigated root phenotypic variation present in the 16 parental lines, determining the extent and extremes of variation present.

(4) Determined and catalogued the genetic variation present in the 16 parental lines for a set of genetic markers that tag known agronomically relevant phenotypic traits.

(5) Using CT scanning, determined phenotypic differences in ear morphology in the 16 parental lines.

(6) Genotyped the Diverse MAGIC population using a 35k SNP array.

(7) Have submitted DNAs for exome capture of founders and a subset of progeny.
Exploitation Route Completion of the Diverse MAGIC population will create a biological resource for use within the wheat R&D sector, both in the UK and internationally.

The genetic and phenotypic characterisation of the parental lines undertaken could be used by project partners and interested parties to undertake detailed genetic analyses of the complete population. To date, various academic collaborators have accessed or are using the Divese MAGIC popualiton for wheat-based R&D, as detailed elsewhere in the ResarchFish reporting forms.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

 
Description Collaboration with University of nottingham on wheat root phenotyping 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Department School of Life Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provide wheat germplasm for phenotyping at Nottingham. generation and analysis of phenotypic data.
Collaborator Contribution Nottingham: Sample preparation, set-up, growth, imaging and primary image analysis of 22 wheat varieties using the 2D wheat seedling root system, 20 reps each (total samples = 440).
Impact Wheat root phenotype dataset, finding significant differences in multiple root traits between varieties. EOI submitted to the IWPY funding call in 2017
Start Year 2016
 
Description NIAB-IBERS wheat 8-parent MAGIC seedling screen 
Organisation University of Wales
Department Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provision of a pump-priming research plan, provision of germplasm, travel to meetings at IBERS
Collaborator Contribution Experimental design, set-up and implementation in the seedling scanalyser phenotyping system at IBERS. Capture and analysis of phenotype data.
Impact Establishing NIAB-IBERS collaboration in wheat seedling shoot phenotyping
Start Year 2016
 
Description NIAB-Oxford collaboration on the Diverse MAGIC population 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific and strategic input into project development. Provision of wheat Diverse MAGIC germplasm, under MTA.
Collaborator Contribution Subcontract to NIAB to phenotype the Diverse MAGIC population. NERC Fellowship application submission for Oxford PI, with a NIAB subcontracted component
Impact Subcontract for NIAB to grow and phenotype the Diverse MAGIC population in the 2018 field season - active. NERC fellowship application by Oxford PI - not funded.
Start Year 2017
 
Description NIAB-SRUK collaboration of wheat grain feed quality using the Elite and Diverse MAGIC population 
Organisation Scotland's Rural College
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific advice. Provision of Elite and Diverse MAGIC germplasm, under MTA.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific advice. Evaluation of Elite and Diverse MAGIC founders for feed quality
Impact Supporting data. Draft grant proposal
Start Year 2017
 
Description NIAB-TEAGASC collaborative work on septoria phenotyping of 16-parent MAGIC population 
Organisation Teagasc
Department Teagasc Food Research Centre
Country Ireland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supply germplasm of the Diverse MAGIC population, sufficient for field trials, under MTA. Supply MAGIC expertise.
Collaborator Contribution Sow, care and phenotype a Diverse MAGIC field trial for assessment of S. tritici disease resistance.
Impact A TEAGASC Marie Curie funding application for a 2-year postdoc to work on S. tritici resistance in the Diverse MAGIC population, with NIAB personel as advisors to the project. Notice was given in Jan 2018 that the project has been funded, and is due to start later in 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Abstract and presentation at Monogram 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Abstract and presentation at Monogram 2016 conference, titled "The Diverse MAGIC population: a community resource for wheat genetics and breeding"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Association of French Breeders workshop 
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 NIAB hosted Association of French Breeders workshop on wheat pre-breeding including talks, glasshouse and field demonstrations at NIAB Sophi Taylor (6/7/17). Increased international coordination on pre-breeding and shared examples of best practice and impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBSRC 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 Supporters
Results and Impact Visit of Steve Visscher (Head of International Strategy, BBSRC) to discuss pre-breeding & visit plots 9/6/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BMGF Grand Challenges workshop 
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 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "Grand Challenges" meeting, Berlin, Germany flipchart "Tools & technologies to accelerate cereal crop genetic gain" 15/10/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description British Science Foundation event: Science Cafe public meeting, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact British Science Foundation event: Science Cafe public meeting, 2016
Sparked keen interest and discussion amongst the members of the public present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description CIMMYT wheat breeding visit to NIAB 
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 CIMMYT wheat breeding visit to NIAB: Alexey Morgounov and Tom Payne (16/6/17) including meeting and field visit to inspect breeding material in the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cereals 2016 
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 Demonstration plots and information boards for the project materials at Cereals 2016, the UKs major event for the arable industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Cereals Event (Cambridgeshire) 
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 Display of Pollination Bag technology on wheat plants at the 2016 Cereals event, the largest showcase for Arable farming in the UK. Bags were displayed on plants in plots and discussed with visitors to the display.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.cerealsevent.co.uk/
 
Description Conference abstract and poster submission to Monogram 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference abstract and poster submission to Monogram 2017, titled "The Diverse MAGIC population: resource generation"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Conference abstract and poster submission to Monogram 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference abstract and poster submission to Monogram 2017, titled "Exploiting Biomedical Imaging approaches for non-destructive grain phenotyping"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Conference abstract and poster submission to Monogram 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference abstract and poster submission to Monogram 2017, titled "The Diverse MAGIC population: a community resource for wheat genetics and breeding"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DivSeek 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact DivSeek UK node meeting and invited talk "Phenotyping for Seed Diversity" 30/10/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Essex lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited guest lecture "Wheat breeding and genetics" University of Essex 2nd Year Undergraduate Plant Sciences (22/01/2019)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IWYP 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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hosting International Wheat Yield Partnership Programme Conference - visit to NIAB, including talks, glasshouse and field tour (80 international visitors) 12/6/19
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited seminar (Cranfield University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar at Cranfield University "Technology-driven plant breeding" followed by Q&A and networking event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar (The University of Bristol, Biological Sciences) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited seminar (3/4/17) followed by networking lunch at The University of Bristol to describe work with a view to sharing knowledge and establishing new collaborative partnerships
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar (The University of Southampton DTP summer school) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited seminar on "Developments in wheat genetics and breeding" at University of Southampton Food Security Doctoral Training Programme summer school (27/4/17) including 1 hour seminar, Q&A and attendance at networking dinner allowing extended discussions with Food Security PhD students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar (University of Adelaide, Australia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar at The University of Adelaide including Q&A session and networking event involving academics and industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar (York) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar at The University of York, School of Biology - overview of genetics and breeding work at NIAB
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited speaker Gregor Mendel Institute, Austria 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk, NIAB MAGIC research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description MAGIC CARPET poster presentation at Monogram 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation. Sparked questions and increased interest in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MAGIC CARPET poster presentation at PAG 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact poster presentation at the Plant and Animal Genomes conference, San Diego, USA, Jan 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MAGIC CARPET poster presentation at PAG 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation. Raised interaction with the project and project results
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description NIAB Directors Day (Cambridge) 
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 Other audiences
Results and Impact Display of Pollination Bags at NIAB Directors Day - an invitation event for supporters of NIAB and key stakeholders. Formal tours of plots including an overview of project objectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description NIAB Open Day (Cambridge) 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Display of Pollination Bags on wheat ears in the field and discussion of project objectives and outcomes to date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description NIAB 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 International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NIAB Open Day (27/6/17) including formal presentation of a seminar on the future of plant breeding innovation plus Q&A, tours of breeding material in the field and poster displays.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description NIAB Poster Day 2017 
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 Poster and practical demonstrations to disseminate current work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description NIAB-EMR talk 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at NIAB-EMR, March, 2017: overview of my research at NIAB-Cambridge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Plenary lecture (University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Plenary invited lecture on "Crop Genetics & Breeding" (25/5/17) at University of Agricultural Science, Bangalore, India as part of the Directorate of Post Graduate Studies "Post Graduate Science Week" 23-26th May 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Poster presentation at NIAB Staff day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster at NIAB Staff Day on what MAGIC resources
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presenting MAGIC demonstration plots at NIAB Open Day 2015 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presenting MAGIC demonstration plots at NIAB Open Day 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presenting NIAB MAGIC deomonstration field plots and poster at NIAB Directors Day, 2015 
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 Presenting NIAB MAGIC deomonstration field plots and poster at NIAB Directors Day, 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Pulse community workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 10/6/18 Invited talk "The UK cereals community & NIAB wheat resources" to UK Pulse Community workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description QMPB 
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 NIAB run a two week intensive course in Quantitative Methods for Plant Breeding, covering relevant aspects of statistics, quantitative genuetics and population genetics. There are 25 participants every year. To date, no-one has said they would not recommend the course to others. The course has also been put on in Australia, France, India (once at ICRISAT and once at the Punjab Agricultural University) and Malaysia. We update it every year to disseminate developments and methods resulting from out own research work in MAGIC, genomic selection, association mapping and plant breeding strategy. It has resulted in a global set of new contacts, some of which have resulted in successful collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2009,2010,2011,2012
URL http://www.niab.com/pages/id/360/quantitative_methods_in_plant_breeding
 
Description Undergraduate Industrial lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited industrial lecture (12/12/18) on "Wheat genetics & breeding" at University of Essex (2nd Year undergrads) giving them context within their Food Security coursework
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit of Agrii to NIAB 
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 Visit of Agrii to NIAB (20/7/17) to tour wheat pre-breeding plots and discuss potential collaborations taking material forward to commercialisation for specific end-uses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit of HarvestPlus representative to NIAB 
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 Visit to NIAB of Jenny Walton (HarvestPlus) to discuss collaborative plant breeding opportunities (1/2/18)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit of KWS wheat breeders to NIAB 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit of Mark Dodds and Lisa Bergstein, KWS wheat breeding to NIAB pre-breeding plots to select material to progress (12/7/17)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit of Wageningen University Plant Breeding students to NIAB 
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 Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Visit of Wageningen Plant Breeding students to NIAB (11/7/17) - including talk (overview of NIAB research and Q&A), glasshouse and field tour
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit of working group from Government of Punjab (Pakistan) 
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 Talk delivered to Government of Punjab (Pakistan) visitors (20) "Pre-breeding at NIAB" and glasshouse tour (7/12/17) including Q&A and discussion of collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017