15-IWYP: Molecular Dissection of Spike Yield Components in Wheat

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

Abstract

We face a major challenge in understanding the genetic architecture of yield potential in wheat. We propose a systematic genetic approach to identify potential developmental bottlenecks in the early stages of spike and grain development. We hypothesise that this approach will contribute to the identification of novel allelic variation that will deliver step-changes in wheat yield potential. Increasing wheat yields will require simultaneous improvements of both the 'source' and 'sink' and that the various yield components must be studied together to address the known negative correlations that exist between some of these traits (e.g. grain number and weight). However, a reductionist and systematic approach can be used as an initial step to understand the gene networks regulating each individual yield component. This knowledge can then be applied to assemble the best allelic combinations.

This proposal is focused on the 'sink' side of the equation and specifically on the simultaneous increase of the number of grains per spike and the size of the individual grains. These yield components are mainly determined during a relatively narrow and well-defined window in the early stages of spike and carpel/grain development. We propose to focus on the critical early periods of spike and carpel/grain development, combine favourable alleles previously identified by our groups, and exploit exome sequenced tetraploid and hexaploid TILLING (Targeting Induced Local Lesions in Genomes) populations to identify novel allelic variants. The past wheat TILLING population will allow rapid evaluation of genes in null double-mutants, whereas the bread wheat population will complement this approach and allow deployment into elite bread wheat varieties.

In this project we will identify and characterise a set of genes regulating grain number and weight, and develop novel allelic combinations to enhance overall spike yield in wheat. We have validated a set of both natural and novel induced allelic variants from the TILLING populations that affect specific spike yield components and have systematically developed the germplasm, techniques, and functional genomics resources required to address the proposed objectives. We will exploit emerging genomic advances and will work closely with breeders to rapidly introduce this variation into CIMMYT germplasm. The variation and allelic combinations generated within this project have not previously been utilised in traditional wheat breeding programmes and, therefore, represent an unprecedented opportunity to make significant progress in the genetic yield potential of wheat.

The main direct outcomes expected from this research are:

(1) Identification and characterisation (molecular, physiological and agronomic) of novel gene variants controlling wheat spike yield components
(2) Creation of double and triple mutants targeting all homoeologs for the selected genes to overcome functional redundancy
(3) Generation of adapted germplasm with new allelic combinations affecting complementary spike yield components

Technical Summary

Urgent action is needed to sustainably increase global wheat production. However, limited knowledge of the genes controlling wheat yield is hampering efforts to advance towards this goal using science-based solutions. The aim of this proposal is to define, characterize, and manipulate genes that regulate the early stages of spike and carpel/grain development and that govern spike yield components (grains per spike and grain weight). We will apply innovative sequencing-based approaches to exploit novel sources of induced genetic variation in these two traits to increase the genetic yield potential of wheat. We will test if this potential is realized in elite wheat varieties. Understanding the genes controlling different yield components will allow us to combine and exploit variation across all three homoeologous genomes, and to overcome the perennial problem of functional redundancy observed in polyploid wheat. The combination of novel allelic variants in genes affecting grain number and weight represents an opportunity to generate significant increases in wheat yield potential not previously exploited in wheat improvement programmes.

Planned Impact

Who might benefit from this research?

This research will benefit a series of non-academic parties. This include wheat and cereal breeders in the UK and globally; farmers in Europe, the US and elsewhere based on our collaborative work with the International Centre for Wheat and Maize Improvement (CIMMYT); and the general public.


How might they benefit from this research?
Breeders will be those which will benefit most directly. The work and resources developed in this project will allow them to develop wheat lines with enhanced yield potential using genetic markers to track what has until now been an extremely complicated trait to follow with markers. We will generate genetic material which will be in adapted backgrounds allowing them to assess the lines in their target environments and make the most informed decisions. This project will deliver the tools for breeders to develop the next generation of wheat varieties with improved yield based on specific allelic combinations.

Farmers will benefit from having access to higher yielding wheat varieties across different target environments. They will exploit these benefits by growing wheat varieties developed after the end of the project. The fact that we will characterise the effect of different genes across development will allow us to provide combinations of genes which will enhance yield in different ways. This will allow us to develop wheat varieties which achieve enhanced yield in different ways, which we hypothesise would also be more stable yield. If this is the case, farmers would benefit enormously from having more resilient yielding wheat varieties in their fields.

The general public will benefit through access to wheat based products derived from the varieties that include the new allelic combinations and genes produced in this project. This will require time between discovery and delivery, but ultimately the general public will receive the benefits of these new varieties. The public will also benefit from having increased yielding varieties across the world since this will help maintain food security and also political stability in many countries which depend on wheat as a staple crop. Food riots and political instability in recent years have been linked to food and bread prices (for example the Arab Spring) and recent immigration to Europe is predominantly from countries that have wheat-based diets. The reasons behind immigration are complex, but improving food security in the countries of origin will be an important factor to ensure that local food demands are met and to reduce social instability.

Publications

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Description The aim of this project is to define, characterize, and manipulate genes that govern spike yield components (grains per spike and grain weight). We have sequenced the transcriptome of an early spike and carpel/grain development time course and identified ten candidates to evaluate for spike yield components. To facilitate access to this data, we created wheat expression databases (WheatExp and www.wheat-expression.com) that have received over 30,000 page views in the past 12 months. Based on forward screens of the sequenced Kronos (durum) and Cadenza (bread wheat) mutant lines we developed ten populations segregating for yield traits. We combined phenotypic extremes from these populations into bulks to identify genomic regions containing mutant alleles underlying the traits. We have completed three populations and developed genetic markers for specific genomic regions, while another seven populations are ongoing. We have developed NILs for mutants in the candidate genes GW2, ARF2-1, and ARF2-2. Field trials have shown a consistent and significant effect of the GW2-A mutation on TGW. Double mutants of GW2 in Kronos showed a significant increase in TGW which translated into an increase in spike yield in replicated row trials. These double mutants will be further tested in the field . We have backcrossed the GW2-A mutant alleles into 23 elite CIMMYT lines and combined it with the Elf-Am3 mutant for increased spikelet number into two CIMMYT durums and Kronos. We will evaluate the combined effects of these mutants on yield . An additional five breeding companies have started introducing mutant alleles identified in this project into their advanced breeding lines. To facilitate training of new scientists in this area, we developed the www.wheat-training.com website.
Exploitation Route Crossing into novel varieties by UK and international breeders
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

 
Description The mutants identified in this project are currently being introduced into European elite cultivars as well as into CIMMYT cultivars. We have generated triple mutants across candidate genes and generated phenotypic variation beyond what is possible by using available allelic variation. We have also generated expression browsers which are being used by industry to study genes and pathways of interest.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Bioinformatics Community of Practice (Eight-month training at BecA)
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bioinformatics Community of Practice (Eight-month training at BecA)
URL https://acaciaafrica.org/bioinformatics-community-practice/
 
Description Bioinformatics Training Workshop pre-Monogram
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bioinformatics Traning Workshop pre-Monogram
 
Description Bioinformatics for Plant Biology Course 2018
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bioinformatics for Plant Biology Course 2018
 
Description PhD lecture on Wheat genomics to Catholic University in Chile
Geographic Reach South America 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact PhD lecture on Wheat genomics
 
Description Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course
 
Description UK Global Food Security Science Advisory Board
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/
 
Description Undergraduate course UEA MSc
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Undergraduate course UEA MSc
 
Description Workshop on Soft Skills, BGRI Meeting
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Workshop on Soft Skills, BGRI Meeting
 
Description International Wheat Yield Partnership
Amount £1,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 05/2021
 
Description Wheat floral organ size and its effects on grain size
Amount £549,750 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/S016945/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2019 
End 05/2022
 
Title PolyMarker 
Description Update on Primer design for polyploid species 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact New biology 
URL http://bar.utoronto.ca/efp_wheat/cgi-bin/efpWeb.cgi
 
Title Wheat Expression 
Description The majority of RNA-seq expression studies in plants remain underutilised and inaccessible due to the use of disparate transcriptome references and the lack of skills and resources to analyse and visualise this data. We have developed expVIP, an expression Visualisation and Integration Platform, which allows easy analysis of RNA-seq data combined with an intuitive and interactive interface. Users can analyse public and user-specified datasets with minimal bioinformatics knowledge using the expVIP virtual machine. This generates a custom web browser to visualise, sort and filter the RNA-seq data and provides outputs for differential gene expression analysis. We demonstrate expVIP's suitability for polyploid crops and evaluate its performance across a range of biologically-relevant scenarios. To exemplify its use in crop research we developed a flexible wheat expression browser (www.wheat-expression.com) which can be expanded with user-generated data in a local virtual machine environment. The open-access expVIP platform will facilitate the analysis of gene expression data from a wide variety of species by enabling the easy integration, visualisation and comparison of RNA-seq data across experiments. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This database provides open access to over 400 RNAseq studies in wheat and the underlying algorithms are all available to adapt to any species with a reference genome. Over 11,000 sessions from >5,000 and >50,000 pageviews 
URL http://www.wheat-expression.com
 
Title Wheat TILLING 
Description Database with data from exome captured wheat mutants 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Over 2,000 unique users across >5,000 sessions. 
URL http://www.wheat-tilling.com
 
Title Wheat TILLING 
Description This resource consists of TILLING populations developed in tetraploid durum wheat cv 'Kronos' and hexaploid bread wheat cv 'Cadenza' as part of a joint project between the University of California Davis, Rothamsted Research, The Earlham Institute, and John Innes Centre. We have re-sequenced the exome of 1,535 Kronos and 1,200 Cadenza mutants using Illumina next-generation sequencing, aligned this raw data to the IWGSC Chinese Spring chromosome arm survey sequence, identified mutations, and predicted their effects based on the protein annotation available at Ensembl Plants. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Over 5000 access 
URL http://www.wheat-tilling.com/
 
Title Wheat Training 
Description This website provides background information and practical resources to help both budding wheat scientists as well as researchers looking to expand their work into wheat. There is a need to improve crops to feed the world's growing population with the backdrop of climate change. Translation of fundamental plant biology research (e.g. from Arabidopsis thaliana) into crops such as wheat provides a potential route to deal with this challenge. However learning even simple tasks such as growing and crossing wheat plants requires time and effort, while material and methods sections in published articles are often short and cannot substitute teaching aids. This is also true for more complex topics such as the genomics aspect of wheat. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact >4,500 sessions from >2,700 users 
URL http://www.wheat-training.com/
 
Title Wheat Training 
Description Wheat Training website to help new researchers engage with wheat 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact http://www.wheat-training.com/ 
URL http://www.wheat-training.com/
 
Title eFP expression browser 
Description Expression browser for wheat data 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact New biology 
URL http://bar.utoronto.ca/efp_wheat/cgi-bin/efpWeb.cgi
 
Description 10 Pangenome Project 
Organisation University of Saskatchewan
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration for 10 pangenome project
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration for 10 pangenome project
Impact Sequencing of 10 wheat varieties
Start Year 2017
 
Description Bayer 
Organisation Bayer
Department Bayer CropScience Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Wheat genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Wheat breeding and molecular knowledge
Impact joint projects
Start Year 2012
 
Description KWS 
Organisation KWS UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Breeder know how and germplasm
Impact joint projects
Start Year 2009
 
Description Limagrain 
Organisation Limagrain
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Germplasm and breeder know-how
Impact Phd Studentship, field trails, among others
Start Year 2009
 
Description Punjab Agricultural University 
Organisation Punjab Aricultural University
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Know how on wheat genomics and genetics, training.
Collaborator Contribution Gernplasm, local knowledge
Impact Have helped partners implement marker technology.
Start Year 2011
 
Description RAGT 
Organisation RAGT Seeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Wheat germplasm and know how
Impact Shared projects
Start Year 2009
 
Description Syngenta 
Organisation Syngenta International AG
Country Switzerland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Have shared germplasm for use in their breeding programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Have taken up JIC IP to use in their breeding operations.
Impact This has just started.
Start Year 2017
 
Title Expression Browser in wheat 
Description Expression browser for wheat gene expression data 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact New biology 
URL http://www.wheat-expression.com/
 
Description ABC (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Descifrado el genoma del trigo, el cereal más cultivado del planeta
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://abci-descifrado-genoma-trigo-cereal-mas-cultivado-planeta-201808162031_noticia.html
 
Description Agricultural Industries Confederation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
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Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Agribusiness Meeting: A step change in plant breeding to achieve a UK competitive advantage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Australian, UK scientists solve 30-year wheat rust genetics puzzle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
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Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Australian, UK scientists solve 30-year wheat rust genetics puzzle
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uos-aus082418.php
 
Description BBC News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Wheat gene map to help feed the world
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45173968
 
Description BBC World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
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Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC World: wheat genome (Pallab Ghosh)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBSRC Food Priming Partnership Workshop 
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 BBSRC Food Priming Partnership Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CPM Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact CPM Magazine interview on wheat genome and genetics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cpm-magazine.co.uk/2018/08/21/genetics-hope-future-wheat/#
 
Description Cibus 2018, Salone internazionale dell'alimentazione 
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Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Cibus 2018, Salone internazionale dell'alimentazione
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Discussion Norman Lamb, MP 
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Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion Norman Lamb, MP
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussion with Gov Office Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion with Gov Office Science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussions with Syngenta 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussions on collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Eastern Daily Press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact How Norwich scientists' wheat DNA breakthrough could help feed the world
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/farming/john-innes-centre-norwich-wheat-genome-1-5655948
 
Description El Confidencial (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact El pan del futuro ya está aquí: científicos secuencian los 107.891 genes del trigo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.elconfidencial.com/tecnologia/ciencia/2018-08-16/secuencian-genoma-trigo-pan-futuro_1604...
 
Description El Mundo (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact El genoma del trigo harinero ayudará a crear variedades más resistentes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.elmundo.es/ciencia-y-salud/ciencia/2018/08/16/5b75ab13468aeb3d7e8b458b.html
 
Description El Pais (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact El genoma del alimento que da a la humanidad una de cada cinco calorías
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/08/16/ciencia/1534414224_631189.html
 
Description FSOV-Paris 
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 Meeting with French breeders to discuss FSOV activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
 
Description Farmers Weekly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Scientists apply for GM wheat and Crispr brassica field trials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.fwi.co.uk/arable/scientists-apply-for-gm-wheat-and-crispr-brassica-field-trials
 
Description Garnet York 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Garnet York 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Gatbsy Plant Science Students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Can wheat genomics help alleviate food insecurity?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Genoma completo del trigo augura mayor rendimiento y seguridad alimentaria al mundo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Genoma completo del trigo augura mayor rendimiento y seguridad alimentaria al mundo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.economiaynegocios.cl/noticias/noticias.asp?id=496697
 
Description International Computation Biology Society: Africa meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact International Computation Biology Society: Africa meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Italian Society of Genetics (SIGA) and Plant Biology (SIBV) Joint meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote at PISA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description JIC Annual Science Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact JIC Annual Science Meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC 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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact JIC Open Day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC Science Innovation Showcase 
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 Talk at JIC Science Innovation Showcase with over 100 industry representatives
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description KWS Wheat network discussions 
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 Discussion with KWS scientist and breeders on wheat networks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote: Canadian Wheat Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Canadian Wheat Symposium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote: From Seed to Pasta III 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From Seed to Pasta III
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MSc course on Model to Crop 
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 MSc course on Model to Crop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018,2019
 
Description Monogram Bioinformatics Workshop 
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 Monogram Bioinformatics Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Oxford Farming Conference talk 
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 Oxford Farming Conference talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp0QJDivWgA
 
Description Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Previously grainy wheat genome comes into focus 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Previously grainy wheat genome comes into focus
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2018/08/wheat-genome-focus/
 
Description Rachel Lambert, Senior Livelihoods Adviser, Agriculture Research DFID 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Rachel Lambert, Senior Livelihoods Adviser, Agriculture Research DFID
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Radio Cardiff 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Radio interview for genome paper: Radio Cardiff
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.mixcloud.com/pythagoras_trousers/pythagoras-trousers-episode-421-mapping-the-wheat-genom...
 
Description Radio Extramadura (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview in spanish regarding wheat genome sequence
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.canalextremadura.es/alacarta/radio/audios/principio-de-incertidumbre-la-secuenciacion-del...
 
Description Redburn 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk at Redburn investment bank
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Wheat's complex genome finally deciphered, offering hope for better harvests and nonallergenic varieties
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/08/wheat-s-complex-genome-finally-deciphered-offering-hope-bette...
 
Description Science and Faith 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Is it ethical to oppose modern plant breeding technologies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Spiegel Online 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Researchers crack wheat puzzles - and hope for fewer hunger victims
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/weizen-forscher-entschluesseln-genom-und-wollen-hunger-eind...
 
Description Talk Aarhus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk at Aarhus University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Atlantic 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Scientists Finally Crack Wheat's Absurdly Complex Genome
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/wheat-genome-is-best-thing-since-sliced-bread/56...
 
Description The Economist 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Revealing the wheat genome could lead to hypoallergenic bread
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2018/08/18/revealing-the-wheat-genome-could-lead-to...
 
Description The Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Scientists sequence wheat genome in breakthrough once thought 'impossible'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/16/scientists-sequence-wheat-genome-in-breakthrough-onc...
 
Description Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course (last year course PLL1)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Training in "Bioinformatics to advance wheat breeding" 
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 Training in "Bioinformatics to advance wheat breeding"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Wired Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact AFTER 13 YEARS, SCIENTISTS FINALLY MAP THE MASSIVE WHEAT GENOME
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.wired.com/story/after-13-years-scientists-finally-map-the-massive-wheat-genome/
 
Description podcast Wheat Genome 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dewing Grain podcast Wheat Genome
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.dewinggrain.co.uk/podcast-item/?id=34