Other Countries Partnering Award, Canada: Genomic selection in cereals for grain quality and improved soil health

Lead Research Organisation: John Innes Centre
Department Name: Crop Genetics

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Description The scheme enabled an international collaboration between the UK, USA and Canda to be established. The original research partners are described in the collaborations and partnerships. All partners undertook field trials and analyses of barley grain produced in the different regions with their own funding. This has enabled a substantial amount of data on the performance of malting barley in the region. The results will be analysed during a PhD project as described in the narrative impact section
Exploitation Route An iCASE project with JIC and Liverpool University has been awarded, and the student will start in October 2018. The project will involve analysis of the result from the partnering project to identify barley cultivars with added-value traits.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment

 
Description The project has generated substantial interest from both academic and industry, and has contributed to the development of infrastructure to support the malting industry in the Eastern states and provinces of USA and Canada. The PI has been invited to present the project both in N America and Europe. The publicity generated has contributed to development of heritage crops for niche markets, developing the concept of adding value rather than commodity products. The collaboration enabled comparisons to be made in farming supply chains that is very relevant to all countries involved. For the UK, new insight into adding value and soil health has been gained. This has contributed to on-going discussions with UK farming groups, levy boards and agronomists. For example, PI hosted a workshop on Conservation agriculture at the JIC where the common concepts of conventional and organic farming were explored. With predicted future importance of conservation as 'public good' in UK farming, this discussion was very topical and relevant. An iCASE project with JIC and Liverpool University has been awarded, and the student will start in October 2018. The project will involve analysis of the result from the partnering project to identify barley cultivars with added-value traits.
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment
 
Description UK-Canada Agrifood workshop
Geographic Reach North America 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact A research framework document for joint UK-Canada research projects was established for the Agrifood sector. This will result in joint funding opportunities and engagement with stakeholders. Additionally, a reciprocal workshop in Canada is currently being planned
 
Description Capturing novel quality and soil health traits for sustainable barley production 
Organisation New Heritage Barley Limited
PI Contribution this is a collaborative project to characterise novel traits in barley for the brewing and distilling industries. Our contribution is to provide seed and field trial facilities as well as expertise in barley growing
Collaborator Contribution They provide expertise in association genetics and mapping. They also provide facilities and expertise for metabolomics analysis. New heritage barley is a spin-out company from the John Innes Centre that is investing in this project
Impact The collaboration only started in October 2018, with a student being recruited to the project
Start Year 2018
 
Description Capturing novel quality and soil health traits for sustainable barley production 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution this is a collaborative project to characterise novel traits in barley for the brewing and distilling industries. Our contribution is to provide seed and field trial facilities as well as expertise in barley growing
Collaborator Contribution They provide expertise in association genetics and mapping. They also provide facilities and expertise for metabolomics analysis. New heritage barley is a spin-out company from the John Innes Centre that is investing in this project
Impact The collaboration only started in October 2018, with a student being recruited to the project
Start Year 2018
 
Description collaborative trials on malting barley 
Organisation Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Country Canada 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution supplied seed
Collaborator Contribution The organisations involved initially were JIC (UK) Michigan State, Cornell, Virginia Tech and Penn State universities and Deer Creek Malt Ltd in the USA and Agriculture and Agrifood Canada. During the project, additional researchers joined from Vermont and Maine Universities, as well as from Sugar Creek malting Ltd (Indiana, USA) which is also performing trials in partnership with Three Floyds brewing.
Impact Data available produced by the partners will be analysed in an iCASE PhD project from October 2018
Start Year 2016
 
Description collaborative trials on malting barley 
Organisation Cornell University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution supplied seed
Collaborator Contribution The organisations involved initially were JIC (UK) Michigan State, Cornell, Virginia Tech and Penn State universities and Deer Creek Malt Ltd in the USA and Agriculture and Agrifood Canada. During the project, additional researchers joined from Vermont and Maine Universities, as well as from Sugar Creek malting Ltd (Indiana, USA) which is also performing trials in partnership with Three Floyds brewing.
Impact Data available produced by the partners will be analysed in an iCASE PhD project from October 2018
Start Year 2016
 
Description collaborative trials on malting barley 
Organisation Michigan State University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution supplied seed
Collaborator Contribution The organisations involved initially were JIC (UK) Michigan State, Cornell, Virginia Tech and Penn State universities and Deer Creek Malt Ltd in the USA and Agriculture and Agrifood Canada. During the project, additional researchers joined from Vermont and Maine Universities, as well as from Sugar Creek malting Ltd (Indiana, USA) which is also performing trials in partnership with Three Floyds brewing.
Impact Data available produced by the partners will be analysed in an iCASE PhD project from October 2018
Start Year 2016
 
Description collaborative trials on malting barley 
Organisation Penn State University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution supplied seed
Collaborator Contribution The organisations involved initially were JIC (UK) Michigan State, Cornell, Virginia Tech and Penn State universities and Deer Creek Malt Ltd in the USA and Agriculture and Agrifood Canada. During the project, additional researchers joined from Vermont and Maine Universities, as well as from Sugar Creek malting Ltd (Indiana, USA) which is also performing trials in partnership with Three Floyds brewing.
Impact Data available produced by the partners will be analysed in an iCASE PhD project from October 2018
Start Year 2016
 
Description collaborative trials on malting barley 
Organisation Virginia Tech
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution supplied seed
Collaborator Contribution The organisations involved initially were JIC (UK) Michigan State, Cornell, Virginia Tech and Penn State universities and Deer Creek Malt Ltd in the USA and Agriculture and Agrifood Canada. During the project, additional researchers joined from Vermont and Maine Universities, as well as from Sugar Creek malting Ltd (Indiana, USA) which is also performing trials in partnership with Three Floyds brewing.
Impact Data available produced by the partners will be analysed in an iCASE PhD project from October 2018
Start Year 2016
 
Description Discussions in North America about heritage barley trials 
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 Visit trials and discuss collaboration with Michigan State University and at Cornell University, Penn State and Agriculture and Agrifood Canada about barley trials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Pint of Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact present to the general public as part of the Pint of Science event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://pintofscience.com/
 
Description Re-introducing heritage barley: Science into practise 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited speaker at the RMI analytics Heirloom and Terrior Barley and Malt Symposium. The results of the projects including commercialisation of heritage malt were presented
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Transatlantic Sessions in Conservation and Organic Agriculture 
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 We held a workshop to discuss current thinking in conservation and organic agriculture, with speakers from UK and USA. This was an opportunity to discuss potential collaborations, and future joint research. These discussions are ongoing, though no specific projects have yet materialised
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Transatlantic science connection for better beer 
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 Press release about partnering award
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Transatlantic sessions in malting barley research 
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 Symposium on the collaboration in malting barley research initiated in the USA and Canada partnering awards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description presentation to National Farmers Union 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact presentation of the New Heritage Barley project to the NFU
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description radio interview for Pint of Science 
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 interview about the Pint of Science event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016