Brassica Rapeseed And Vegetable Optimisation

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

Abstract

Agriculture is facing the crucial challenge of adapting crop productivity to changes in the climate. More variable weather patterns require the development of crops that are able to perform more robustly under a wider range of environmental conditions. At the same time, climate change also provides new opportunities for increasing the length of the UK vegetable growing season and increasing food security by reducing imports of fresh produce during the winter, but this requires breeding new varieties that are able to produce robustly at different times of year.

The BRAVO consortium aims to meet these challenges through close interactions between academia and industry. To achieve this goal, we have brought together world-leading experts in both Arabidopsis and Brassica plant reproduction from research institutes and universities within the UK. As the result of a series of meetings between consortium members and stakeholders from the oilseed rape and vegetable Brassica industries, optimisation of flowering and coordination of developmental transitions in the production of high-quality seeds were identified as important common targets. These transitions that occur during plant reproduction such as to flowering, fertilisation, inflorescence growth, seed production, dispersal, and subsequent seed performance are now known to be managed by environmentally responsive gene networks built on a foundation of common components first described for their ability to control flowering time.

The goal of BRAVO is to provide a mechanistic understanding of the role of flowering time gene networks in the control of Brassica reproductive developmental transitions from vegetative growth through to seed production and seed vigour. Because these networks control environmental responsiveness, this knowledge can be exploited to increase robustness in the performance of oilseed and vegetable Brassicas. A key challenge is how to optimise individual traits when the same flowering time gene network has been optimised by evolution over millions of years for multiple functions, each of which is important for crop performance. In this proposal, we will combine genomics and phenomics technologies with approaches in developmental genetics and mathematical modelling to link genotype to phenotype for master regulators of key transitions during Brassica reproductive development. Through exploitation of available genetic resources, we will reveal the architecture of flowering time gene networks in Brassicas and how they have been modified in the past by plant breeders to cause trait variation, life history variation and climate adaptation. This will allow us to develop a predictive framework for designing strategies to vary specific crop characteristics without harming others, and to generate and test novel genetic variation with potential uses in future trait enhancement.

In parallel we will establish and exploit resources such as a gene expression atlas and targeted gene disruption which will allow the Brassica research and breeding communities to expand knowledge on important biological processes and use the outputs form BRAVO collectively to improve Brassica crop performance.

Long-term improved and sustainable Brassica crop performance can only be achieved through fundamental understanding of biological processes. The composition of the BRAVO consortium allows the combination of excellence in Brassica research with knowledge transfer from the closely related Arabidopsis model species. The project builds on and expands academia-industry interactions through industrial membership on the project's Supervisory Board, industry engagement and practical involvement in case studies, frequent consortium meetings and annual stakeholder events.

We believe this project provides a unique opportunity to align industry priorities with excellent fundamental research programmes in order to help secure the future yield of Brassica crops in the UK and worldwide.

Technical Summary

A fundamental challenge in modern crop science is the exploitation of big genomic data by linking variation in genotype to phenotype. Flowering time pathways are now recognised as master regulators of plant development, and as signal-processing machineries allowing plants to adapt to their environment. These genes affect all major reproductive processes from the timing of flowering, through inflorescence architecture, flower, fruit and seed development and finally seed vigour. The goal of BRAVO is to combine genomic tools, predictive biology and high throughput phenotyping to efficiently link genotype to phenotype across multiple reproductive traits sharing regulatory components from flowering time pathways in Brassica napus and B. oleracea. We hypothesise that investigating each transition as part of an integrated project could target breeding programmes towards loci offering the opportunity for a win-win: that is to positively manipulate more than one trait, and to predict inevitable trade-offs between traits that maximise yield in different environments.

High-throughput phenotyping will be used for association genetics approaches in both B. napus and B. oleracea to identify candidate genes linked to trait variation in variety panels. In parallel, construction and validation of in silico gene networks will be combined with large-scale EcoTILLING to make phenotypic predictions for each of ~200 Brassica varieties based on the ability of alleles to disrupt network architecture and critical outputs for each trait. Candidate genes controlling each trait and their place in the network will be validated in Brassica by exploiting our TILLING and transformation platforms together with our novel CRISPR pipeline at JIC.

Close integration of our research programme with industrial stakeholders will see germplasm with commercial potential taken into field trials, providing a seamless innovation pathway from laboratory to field.

Planned Impact

Oilseed rape is the second most important combinable crop in the UK with an annual market value in excess of £800M with the vegetable Brassica crop worth a further £227M (Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, FAOSTAT, 2014; Defra statistics, 2014). Varying environmental conditions often result in unpredictable heading, fertility, seed yield and seed quality resulting in estimated losses in excess of £30M per annum through poor establishment, up to £40M from unscheduled harvest and an estimated 20% loss (£160M in 2014) from pod shatter resulting partially from asynchronous development. The commercial seed industry also experiences significant losses through poor seed batch performance thus making production of high-yielding varieties with quality seed both as a commodity and for commercial seed multiplication a key target for the Brassica industry.

This project will address the delivery of more robust oilseed and vegetable Brassicas to combat these losses by targeting five, industry validated, fundamental concerns: (1) uniform and shortened flowering period through more determinate flowering, (2) fertility under changing environments, (3) reduced seed loss through infertility, pod shatter and pre-harvest sprouting, (4) properties of the seed coat for downstream processing and (5) the homogeneity and speed of seed development and germination. A greater understanding of the genetic control underlying these traits in current varieties and identifying allelic variation underlying phenotypic differences will have a large impact on the breeding of improved varieties to suit the UK market and help the oilseed and Brassica industry maintain and enhance its current competitive advantage.

The project targets two major BBSRC Agriculture and Food Security strategic priority areas: Priority 4: Reducing and re-using waste and Priority 5: understanding "genotype X environment = phenotype". The combined expertise of the academic partners together with their industrial collaborators will develop a strategic pipeline to optimise brassica productivity through understanding of the key developmental transitions and trade-offs during plant growth.

Specific impacts will take the form of:

1. Reducing industry waste and crop losses due to unscheduled harvest and yield and quality reduction through asynchronous pod development by understanding the factors controlling development.
2. Help ensure future crop supply in a changing environment by understanding environmentally sensitive developmental traits and how to genetically mitigate effects in future climate scenarios.
3. The introduction of new knowledge, technologies, tools and capabilities to the private sector to assist in crop breeding and management (i.e. associative transcriptomic pipeline for vegetable Brassicas, gene expression browser for accelerated gene discovery, database of allelic variation to facilitate marker assisted selection, CRISPR technologies). Through direct industry participation, shape further research development to best support industry.
4. Produce valuable new germplasm with desirable traits, associated markers and seeds, and work with project partners to assess their suitability for product development pipelines. Develop mechanisms for delivery and utilisation of outputs to foster continuous opportunity and commercial exploitation in industry.
5. Introduce and train young scientists and researchers in crop genomics and breeding as a career path to ensure quality future researchers in both public and private sector.
Nurture relationships between academia and industry stakeholders across the supply chain, enhancing understanding and interaction between research and industry thus increasing support for future collaboration.

Publications

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Corcoran E (2023) Automated extraction of pod phenotype data from micro-computed tomography. in Frontiers in plant science

 
Description The major goal of BRAVO is to identify the genetic networks that facilitate developmental transitions and to understand how they are affected by changes in environmental conditions. Our achievements so far strongly indicate that we will reach this ambitious goal thanks to the interaction between highly diverse disciplines including developmental genetics, bioinformatics, phenomics, genomics. Whilst serious setbacks due to Covid 19-induced restrictions have continued to impact the project, we had already collected parts of our large datasets allowing us to focus primarily on data analysis and computational modelling and so we have still managed to make significant progress. A key output from BRAVO will be an expression atlas providing detailed information of gene expression patterns at a genome-wide level throughout development of B. napus and B. oleracea. Material from four different B. napus varieties and a single B. oleracea variety at a range of developmental stages from vegetative tissue over apices (JIC) to individual and finely dissected reproductive tissues (RRes and UoN), has been transcriptome sequenced. Methodology for producing quality RNA for sequencing difficult reproductive tissues has been published (Siles et el., Plant Methods (2020)). Parallel funding for GCRF award also provided gene expression data for vegetative and apex tissues to the flowering stage for two lines of B. rapa. The first version of this atlas has been realised with the release of The Oilseed Rape Expression Resource (ORDER) (Jones et al., BMC Plant Biol (2020)) for the first two time-courses collected through the floral transition in B. napus. Work is currently underway to update the browser to include the other B. napus floral datasets, data for B. rapa and B. oleracea and the other developmental timecourses. RRes along with its collaborators is currently using the ORDER resource, and an in-house pilot version across seed development, to enable the identification of specific genes of interest during reproductive transition phases. Following meetings with colleagues at the EBI and BAR Toronto, we hope to link our expression data with the international EnsemblPlants genome browser and BAReFP browser. Using these data from the less complex diploid Brassica species, network modelling has been performed to identify specific genetic regulatory modules involved in mediating the vegetative to floral transition. Comparative modelling between Arabidopsis and B. rapa varieties selected for different lifecycle habits has been used to look at sub-functionalisation and identify key network differences between the varieties selected during breeding (Calderwood et al., Quan Plant Biol (2021)).These comparative approaches have been expanded to look at differences between the diploid B. rapa to B. oleracea, and diploid and polyploid networks (Funded DTP PhD studentships, Kristianingsih, Sing-Sidhu, Woodhouse). This methodology has been developed into an R package (Kristianingsih et al., greatR: Gene Registration from Expression and Time-Courses in R (2021)) and is currently in use by JIC. Further funding was achieved by Kristianingsih via the French Embassy Scientific and high-level scholarships (SSHN) for the development of structuring research collaborations (€ 2600; 2021 - 2021) to us this package to determine the basis of bract growth in Arabidopsis (collaboration with Besnard in INRA, Lyon). Focussing on key gene expression dynamics for the floral transition the role of the multiple BnFLC loci in the control of flowering time is being resolved. Our transcriptome data have been used in computational modelling linking FLC expression dynamics to floral response following vernalisation (Calderwood et al. (2021) New Phytologist). Additional projects to identify specific genetic regulatory modules involved in mediating developmental transitions and their environmental response are ongoing. Sequencing is also being performed to look at gene expression under environmental perturbation to study gene x environment effects. Combining expression data with phenotypic traits is pivotal to the work in all themes of the BRAVO programme. Therefore, efficient high-throughput phenotyping is essential in BRAVO. The B. napus diversity set has been run on the phenotyping platform at UoA. Software has been developed to extract specific features such as yellowness to automate the timing and characteristics of flowering time and plant architecture. These image data provide an excellent dataset for the measurement of plant development and architecture traits previously impossible to capture with manual assessment. Detailed phenotype and image data has also been collected post-harvest and a convolutional neural network-based quantification methodology developed on Arabidopsis (Hamidinekoo et al., (2020)) is being adapted for Brassica. Detailed CT scans of Brassica pods for the B. napus diversity set has been collected to provide pod and seed-based measurements without dissection for computational analysis. The core lines for our transcriptome time series have also been phenotyped at UoA to provide detailed phenotype information. This includes the core line which has been subjected to environmental perturbation to look at the impact on flowering, architectural and yield characteristics. These data have been supplemented with large scale phenotyping trials at UoN, RRes and John Innes. UoN have developed high throughput pollen viability scoring which has been used to assess male fertility of the B. napus diversity set under standard and stress conditions. RRes in collaboration with UoA have phenotyped the same population for female fertility and productivity traits. This study identified key traits and different reproductive strategies affecting seed yield in Spring and Winter OSR (Siles et al., BioRxiv (2020)). Phenotyping at JIC has provided flowering time and yield component data in an extensive nested trial to look at vernalisation and maturation environments on developmental traits and productivity. Germination of the resulting seed is now being phenotyped on the small plant high throughput Lemnatec system at UoA. Phenotyping of germination of the diversity set using a low-cost system and associative transcriptomics already identified key differences within the B. napus diversity set (Colmer et al., New Phytologist (2020)). Combined, these data provide a comprehensive phenotypic dataset to dissect key traits for yield, the effect of environment on phenotype and, ultimately, crop success. The detailed image datasets developed in BRAVO have underpinned development of collaborations between BRAVO partners and the Alan Turing Institute, firstly with Ahnert and Corcoran, but also within grant award BB/V509267/1. This award has supported two Turing fellows, Nichols (In too Deep: Unravelling the links between transcriptome dynamics and phenotypic changes in Brassicas using deep learning, (PI: Lars Ostergaard and Matt Hartley, JIC)) and Maas (Uncovering the cis-regulatory patterns that determine gene expression (PI: Rachel Wells, JIC, CoPI: Wilfried Haerty, EI)). Outputs from these projects are feeding directly into BRAVO. Furthermore, additional funding has been obtained by Hepworth and Nichols for further high throughput phenotyping of Brassica vegetables and translation and development of tools for Brassica vegetable crops with commercial partner, Elsoms Seeds. Using an associative transcriptomics pipeline from UoY and JIC, candidate genes have been identified for potential further studies. This includes candidate genes identified by RRes for important traits affecting seed yield for further characterisation. Moreover, the RNA-Seq results allowed RRes to corroborate and extend the candidate genes of interest for traits affecting seed yield. MetaGWA approaches, common in human studies but currently rarely used in crop plants, have also been used at for traits phenotyped in multiple environments. Furthermore, extensive phenotyping has been performed in B. oleracea. Crop scheduling is a key trait for breeding and production in B. oleracea vegetables. To dissect this, large-scale phenotyping of the B. oleracea diversity set for developmental response to vernalisation temperature and length has been performed at JIC using seed multiplied by project partner Syngenta. Seed fatty acid data has also been generated. Work by the UoW has determined the key timepoint for the juvenile-to-adult developmental transition. The population has also been phenotyped for germination. UoY and JIC have developed an associative transcriptomics pipeline for genome-wide association analysis within this species (Woodhouse et al., BMC Genomics (2021)) and potential candidate genes of interest have been identified. Such data is essential for the effective use of the population for further studies and therefore adds considerable value to the diversity set. Associative transcriptomics, network analysis and knowledge from model species have provided a number of candidate genes for further study. To efficiently determine the variation at the multiple loci of each gene in Brassica, ecoTILLING has been performed for both the B. napus and B. oleracea diversity sets using target enrichment sequence. Details of the BAITS developed, and sequence for all lines has been published to data repositories. This resource will be examined further for haplotype analysis and to determine variation between lines across these candidate genes. Together, BRAVO has developed a wealth of genotypic, expression and phenotypic data for exploitation to look at genetic control of traits and underlying gene networks for Brassica developmental transitions. These data and knowledge provide important resources for academic studies, translation and industry.
Exploitation Route The aim of BRAVO is to unravel mechanisms that control developmental transitions during the growth of Brassica crops with a focus on oilseed rape (B. napus) and vegetable brassicas (B. oleracea). We do this via genome-wide expression analyses coupled with phenotypic analysis of large diversity panels and mathematical modelling. As a direct output from BRAVO, we have created a public expression atlas for the community to exploit. Expression data for one model B. napus line has been provided on request to Prof. Rod Snowdon at Justus Liebig-University Giessen to annotate their new B. napus genome sequence. Expression data developed for B. rapa is being utilised for annotation of a new B. rapa genome sequence. B. oleracea expression data and new genome sequence being developed within BRAVO is being utilised to develop the predicted proteome, so complement proteomic studies (Jones, University of Warwick). Our progress so far involves coordination of experimental work and a close and continuous dialogue with stakeholders. These activities have and will continue to foster new collaborations and interactions across disciplines (e.g. between experimentalists and computer scientists). We have continued to collaboration between BRAVO and mathematician Dr. Daphne Ezer from the Alan Turing Institute. In the last year (2020) we have built on our interest in exploiting the large amount of gene expression data for use in machine learning-based approaches. We have been fortunate to win two grants in the Alan Turing Institute (ATI)-Norwich Bioscience Institutes (NBI) Catalyst Partnership. The two 12-month fellows will work directly on BRAVO-related projects that will allow a step-change not only in the potential for BRAVO, but for the Brassica community in general by developing tools for integrating biological processes and importantly for predictive breeding. One fellow is expanding our ongoing collaboration with mathematician Dr. Daphne Ezer previously at the Alan Turing Institute (now Univ York) on genome-wide mapping of cis-regulatory elements involved in regulating genetic networks. The other fellow is exploiting the detailed phenotypic datasets and apply the image-analysis software developed in collaboration between JIC, RRes and UoA to associate gene-regulatory patterns to specific developmental outputs. This collaboration has resulted in a new GWAS pipeline which is being directly applied to other projects using the Brassica diversity set and a step change in processing the phenotypic data collected in BRAVO, the tools from which will be applied to future studies. The computational analysis system developed will be taken forward into the Quality and Food Loss Network project on Brassica vegetables funded for early career researchers, Hepworth and Nichols. Germplasm from the study of the control of flowering time in B. oleracea is also being supported in the route to industry for both growth in vertical farms and variety development by seed breeding companies. The UoA phenotyping platform is currently being used for the EPPN2020 access experiment from Annaliese Mason, University of Bonn. The methodologies and computational pipelines for scoring images developed within BRAVO will be utilised within this project for the phenotyping of synthetic allotetraploid, allohexaploid and parental lines to help assess whether ploidy level increase and/or increase in heterozygosity are responsible for phenotypic differences between diploids, tetraploids and hexaploids. In addition, members of the BRAVO team have participated in and were invited speakers at conferences including the Plants and People conference (Max Planck, Potsdam), CSIRO Machine Learning in Genome Biology Symposium (Kiama, NSW, Australia) and VeGIN (DEFRA, UK). The International Partnering award from BBSRC established links with colleagues at CSIRO and University of Southern-Cross, Australia, resulting in them achieving major funding for Brassica research. BRAVO germplasm has been transferred grown in field trials in Australia. This should allow the study of environmental impacts. Due the pandemic, we have not been able to host our annual stakeholder meeting or visits by individual companies in 2020, however, these activities will pick as soon as we are able to so that we can continue to foster new collaborations and interactions across disciplines and between academia and industry. Attending meetings and conferences has been hugely affected in the last reporting year. Nevertheless, several members of the BRAVO team have participated in online conferences such as Cereals and UKBRC.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment

 
Description Despite the fundamental nature of the experimental programme, it is of utmost importance for the success of BRAVO that we maintain close interactions with stakeholders including the breeding industry, farmers and the public. In particular, we are grateful for the excellent dialogue and interactions we have with participants at our stakeholder and advisory committee meetings. These interactions have given us an essential steer and ensures that our findings will be picked up by industry as they emerge. However, this mutually beneficial interaction has been hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite it not being possible to hold in person interactions we have maintained industry contacts and there is still keen interest from industry to interact. We plan to continue such meetings in the future to disseminate all BRAVO outcomes effectively as many commercially important project outcomes are often realised beyond project end. Regarding traits, our work on pod shatter will continue within BRAVO. Through meetings with the Agriculture and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB), it is clear that there is an increasing interest in including pod shatter assessment of oilseed rape varieties that are on the UK Recommended List. This assessment will be through the use of the Random Impact Test system and the newly developed software associated with the analysis of data, both of which were developed at the JIC. We are currently repeating the third year of testing material from Recommended list trials. This would be a fantastic outcome in terms of impact and discussions on how best to facilitate this are ongoing between AHDB and JIC. Within BRAVO, we have also continued to support the commercialisation of rapid cycling Brassica vegetables previously developed within the Irwin group at JIC. This germplasm has been successfully transferred to industry and agronomic trials in vertical farming with a commercial recipient data have also formed the basis. The exploitation of flowering time control is also being explored in collaboration with our support from Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation. Work is still ongoing in plant growth and yield components, genotype environment interactions and environmental robustness. Discoveries here have clear potential routes to market. BRAVO interactions have also led to collaboration with industry investigating the induction of flowering with increased daylength in Brassica vegetables to support the development of reduced generation cycling time for exploitation in commercial breeding. Throughout the project, members of the BRAVO consortium have participated in a number of outreach and stakeholder-interaction activities all of which are included in the Engagements section of ResearchFish. Such interactions have been reduced compared to previous years as a direct consequence of the pandemic. Of particular highlights are articles from BRAVO team members in the farming press and national press, hosting farmers and breeders visiting institutes, school visits and talks with NFU, farmers and agronomists. Despite the restrictions experienced due to the pandemic, members of the BRAVO consortium have still managed to participate in outreach and stakeholder-interaction activities. These include articles from BRAVO team members in the farming press (e.g. Vegetable Farmer Magazine), virtual lectures to students and presentations to potential new academic and industrial collaborators. While we learn an immense amount about our own projects through these activities, they also contribute to making non-academics aware of the importance of science for addressing some of the biggest challenges facing the world's population today in terms of climate change and food security. There is no doubt that multidisciplinary, publicly-funded, scientific consortia such as BRAVO will be required to overcome these challenges to the benefit of society.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment
Impact Types Societal

 
Description A China-UK joint phenomics consortium to dissect the basis of crop stress resistance in the face of climate change
Amount £30,612 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/R02118X/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 06/2023
 
Description COVID-19 Grant Extension Allocation
Amount £77,648 (GBP)
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 09/2021
 
Description Deep learning-based phenotyping of crop seed banks and herbaria
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 2474235 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
End 09/2024
 
Description European Plant Phenotyping Network 2020
Amount € 5,000,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Union 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 05/2017 
End 01/2021
 
Description GCRF Foundation Awards for Global Agriculture and Food Systems Research - 'Genetic improvement of rice seed vigour for dry direct-seeded conditions'
Amount £650,000 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/P023428/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 04/2018
 
Description GCRF Impact Acceration Award- Comparative transcriptomic analysis of mesocotyl elongation in rice
Amount £38,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 03/2017
 
Description Global Challenges Research Fund - Impact Acceleration Award Extension 2017 - 'Development and validation of new open-source phenotyping platforms for analysis of rice seedling vigour'
Amount £5,740 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 02/2018
 
Description NASPA
Amount € 278,264 (EUR)
Funding ID NASPA 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Interreg : European Territorial Co-operation
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2018 
End 01/2021
 
Description Plamorf
Amount € 6,000,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 03/2019 
End 04/2025
 
Description Project with Brandon Biosciences Ltd to test the effect of seaweed extracts on pod shatter in oilseed rape
Amount € 170,000 (EUR)
Funding ID Project ID: 652506 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2018
 
Description Strategic LoLa
Amount £4,392,784 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/P003095/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2021
 
Title Random Impact Test version 2.0 
Description The Random Impact Test is to use for assessing pod shatter resistance in oilseed rape. We have further improved the method to also include other members of the Brassicaceae family including Arabidopsis, Capsella and Lepidium. Moreover, newly developed software for curve fitting has allowed more precise and automated calculations. 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We have been approached by industry and academics to carry out this assay on a range of material. 
 
Title Analysis of SNPs 
Description We created a semi automatic way of generating boxplots for SNPs highlighted by associative transcriptome analysis to take into account the sequence of the genes and how the difference in the nucleotide was affecting the trait. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Will be shared with collaborator. 
 
Title BRAVO target sequence capture V3 
Description This data set contains the bait sequences for a sequence capture library targeting specific genes in Brassica ssp.. Source sequences have been manually selected and processed with BaitLibraryBuilder (https://github.com/steuernb/BaitLibraryBuilder). 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact BAIT library underlying ecotilling for BBSRC BRAVO. Papers currently under review or development. 
URL https://zenodo.org/record/4473283
 
Title Brassica oleracea Associative Transcriptomics Pipeline 
Description A bioinformatics pipeline has been developed and made openly available for gene association studies in Brassica oleracea. R based scripts have been made available that allow gene expression marker analysis and visualisation of results. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4529809 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This pipeline will enable various trait studies in B. oleracea to be carried, which may identify candidate genes that could be used to help to guide future breeding programmes. 
URL https://github.com/JIC-CSB/Boleracea-AssociativeTranscriptomics
 
Title DeepPod 
Description Hamidinekoo A; Garzón-Martínez GA; Ghahremani M; Corke F; Zwiggelaar R; Doonan JH; Lu C (2020): Supporting data for "DeepPod: A Convolutional Neural Network Based Quantification of Fruit Number in Arabidopsis" GigaScience Database. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Being used as the basis of a Brassica pod deeplearning approach 
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.5524/100704
 
Title DeepPod (Aberystwyth Research Portal Dataset 2020) 
Description Supporting data for "DeepPod: a convolutional neural network-based quantification of fruit number in Arabidopsis." 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Too soon 
 
Title Macro for automatic tracing of seed/ovule size 
Description A Image J macro was created will allows for automatic analyses of image data to extract seed/ovule size data. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Shared with collaborators. 
 
Title Targeted sequencing of selected genes in Brassica oleraceae accessions 
Description A diverse set of Brassica oleracea accessions have been selected from the Diversity Fixed foundation Set (maintained by the University of Warwick) and sequenced using targeted sequence capture (https://zenodo.org/record/4473283#.YBGjxVCnw2w). Accessions were chosen to encompass as much variation as possible, by both ecogeographical origin and crop type. Seven different crop types are represented; Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Calabrese, Cauliflower, Kale and Kohl Rabi. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Sequencing underlying ecotilling for BBSRC BRAVO. Papers currently under review or development. 
URL https://www.ebi.ac.uk/ena/browser/view/PRJEB43076
 
Title Transcriptome dataset 
Description We have generated a Brassica tissue specific transcriptome data set across 5 genotypes, 18 distinct tissues and several developmental stage. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Will allow the identification of key regulators for yield traits. Will be available once published. 
 
Description AHDB pod shatter 2019 
Organisation Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution JI Enterprises contract work for AHDB to develop pod shatter testing for the recommended list. Contract work performed to measure pod shatter.
Collaborator Contribution Field trials and material provided for testing.
Impact Report delivered. Potential for future work identified.
Start Year 2019
 
Description BioLumic 
Organisation Massey University
Department Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health
Country New Zealand 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have developed dynamic phenotyping protocols and data analysis routines that are being evaluated for use in NZ, on research topics that overlap with core IBERS/NPPC research areas in grassland research, seed biology and photophysiology.
Collaborator Contribution Treatments for plants/seeds that exploit a deep knowledge of photophysiology but have a long term effect on plant production
Impact Invited visit and seminars at Massey University, NZ, with exchanges of ESRs planned
Start Year 2019
 
Description Brassica oleracea genome and proteome 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provision of the B. oleracea DH1012 genome and transcriptome sequence to the Jones group at University of Warwick
Collaborator Contribution Development of the B. oleracea DH1012 proteome for resource and publication development. This will allow us to go beyond gene transcription to the proteome.
Impact Outcomes will be realised towards the end of the project
Start Year 2021
 
Description Brassica plant morphology - plant form in oleracea 
Organisation University of Calgary
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Knowledge on the grwoth an form of B. oleracea. Images from researcha nd growth of specific materials for further imaging.
Collaborator Contribution Computational model development of plant form
Impact Computational models of plant form. Outcomes will be realised throughout this ongoing project
Start Year 2021
 
Description Collaboration with Rothamsted Research 
Organisation Rothamsted Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have planned to create joint genetic resources for the public and private research community for oilseed rape.
Collaborator Contribution We contributed seeds, expertise and money for sequencing.
Impact Objectives included in the new round of ISPs.
Start Year 2022
 
Description Collaboration with the National Institute of Agronomy and Botany (NIAB) 
Organisation National Institute of Agronomy and Botany (NIAB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We helped design and test an automated system for scoring seed germination based on computer vision and artificial intelligence.
Collaborator Contribution Our wrote the software and co-designed the system
Impact There is a publication, Colmer et al 2020 and a piece of new technology
Start Year 2016
 
Description Daphne Ezer at Alan Turing Institute 
Organisation Alan Turing Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collecting detailed expression profiles from a range of developmental stages and tissues of Brassica naps and Brassica oleracea.
Collaborator Contribution They have developed software to analyse expression data and identify genetic networks involved in plant development. In this project, the Ezer group will analyse our data in their pipeline and they have been successful in obtaining funding for a 12-month posted position to do so from within ATI. The postdoc participated in our most recent stakeholder meeting.
Impact Too early to list any outcomes. This is a multidisciplinary collaboration between experimentalists and mathematical modellers.
Start Year 2018
 
Description SWBio-DTP studentship 
Organisation University of Bath
Department Department of Biology and Biochemistry
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A new PhD project on 'Increasing seed yields by the targeted modulation of brassinosteroids (BR)' has been initiated with the University of Bath (Dr James Doughty). Recent preliminary research in the Kurup lab identified novel BR related loci that play a role in increased ovule primordia. We have generated transgenic lines in Arabidopsis that have increased ovule number in their gynoecia compared to control plants. This collaboration is to further investigate these findings.
Collaborator Contribution .
Impact This project will include a variety of disciplines- molecular biology, genetics, developmental cell biology, imaging, and bioinformatics. The collaboration outlined in this proposal is designed to benefit from the complimentary expertise and experimental resources within each institution.
Start Year 2022
 
Description Seed Vigour in OSR 
Organisation Elsoms Seeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Optimise the high throughput seed vigour phenotyping platform previously develop for monocot crop species for OSR.
Collaborator Contribution Access to elite varieties and input re desirable traits
Impact analyses of seed vigour in Brassica diversity set.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Testing seaweed extract for combatting pod shatter in oilseed rape 
Organisation Brandon Products Ltd
Country Ireland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Testing different formulars of seaweed extract in reducing pod shatter of oilseed rape. Assessing whether the effect occurs via the SHP/IND-mediated pathway by testing the effect of the extracts on gene expression in Arabidopsis fruits.
Collaborator Contribution Production of seaweed extracts and further refinement to identify active compounds.
Impact Seaweed extracts have been tested on several varieties of oilseed rape as well as on reporter lines of Arabidopsis. No effect has been detected on pod shatter resistance, but it does seem in Arabidopsis as if the valve margin auxin response minimum is compromised, suggesting the extract has an effect on the programme leading to seed dispersal.
Start Year 2016
 
Description new collaboration 
Organisation University of Bath
Department Department of Biology and Biochemistry
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A new PhD project on 'Increasing seed yields by the targeted modulation of brassinosteroids (BR)' has been initiated with the University of Bath (Dr James Doughty). Recent preliminary research in the Kurup lab identified novel BR related loci that play a role in increased ovule primordia. We have generated transgenic lines in Arabidopsis that have increased ovule number in their gynoecia compared to control plants. This collaboration is to further investigate these findings.
Collaborator Contribution The Bath partners will help with the characterisation of the above phenotypes, in particular investigations on the development of post zygotic barriers, if any in these lines. They will also help with semi-restricted seed yield experiments.
Impact This project will include a variety of disciplines- molecular biology, genetics, developmental cell biology, imaging, and bioinformatics. The collaboration outlined in this proposal is designed to benefit from the complimentary expertise and experimental resources within each institution.
Start Year 2017
 
Description targeted knockdowns in crops 
Organisation National Institute of Agronomy and Botany (NIAB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The NIAB crop transformation facility had an open call for transformations in crops (BBSRC funding to provide this capability to the research community free of charge). We utilised information regarding to seed size generated in our group to apply to the call to generate a knock-down in a locus of interest in rice in an attempt to see if the gene function translates from dicots species to monocot species.
Collaborator Contribution The partner NIAB has provided transformation and initial screening of rice knockdown lines.
Impact We have received RNAi rice lines which will be screened and assessed.
Start Year 2019
 
Title DeepPod Annotation Toolbox 
Description The annotation toolbox (also included in DeepPod project) has been registered in SciCrunch as RRID:SCR 017413 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Too soon 
 
Title DeepPod Project 
Description MATLAB 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Too soon 
URL https://github.com/AzmHmd/DeepPod.git
 
Title Gene Registration from Expression and Time-Courses in R (greatR) v0.1.0 
Description greatR is an R package for registering (aligning) gene expression profiles between two species (reference data and data to transform). This allows the comparative analysis as published in Calerwood et al. 2021 within an R based package for easy application. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2022 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The package is currently being used routinely within JIC and collaborating organisations. This is being used to explore package potential bfore updating and publication. 
URL https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/greatR/index.html
 
Title Random Impact Machine V2 
Description New version of the Random Impact Machine for pod shatter testing produced complete with upgraded software for the analysis of the results. Software is freely available on GitHub and currently submitted for publication. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Machine and software have been sold commercially as a packet. The systems is currently being investigated by the AHDB as a criteria for the variety National List testing system. 
 
Description 2nd BRAVO BBSRC sLoLA Stakeholder meeting 
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 Industry dissemination meeting for the BRAVO BBSRC sLoLa to update industry stakeholders on project progress across the previous year. The meeting also offers the opportunity to gather industry feedback to shape the project and potential further research opportunities. 40 members of industry and academia attended the meeting which is deliberately organised into short presentations with longer discussion sessions to encourage interaction. Since the meeting there have been requests for further information from a number of attendees and some industry visits have been arranged.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description AAB Presidential Look-Forward: Naturebased and engineered biology solutions to climate mitigation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation covering the high throughput phenotyping work in BRAVO
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description AHDB - Development of pod shatter testing from research to industry - The UK Recommended list 
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 Report back to AHDB on previous years study and develop plans for future study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Article for farming press 
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 Brief article written for BSPB Plant Breedig Matter magazine on hybrid breeding and farm saved seed. This will have reached a raming audience explaining variety production, the plant breeding process and breeding for important traits
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.bspb.co.uk/BSPB_Plant_Breeding_Matters_Spring_2018.pdf
 
Description Article published in the Times 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article reporting development of new short generation Broccoli
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Associative transcriptomics pipeline development meeting University of 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 Discussion with working group to develop the Brassica oleracea association transcriptomics pipeline. participants from within BRAVO and outside but with skills within the area. Current work on the pipeline discussed and decisions made about future direction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Attendance of a genome database 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 Attendence of the Ensembl 4 breeders workshop at EBI to discuss use of Ensembl plants database and future interaction and accessibility for data that is being generated by the BBSRC sLoLa BRAVO and the UK Brassica Research Community. The workshop included a planning session for future functionality that is desired within Ensembl plants. This discussion has influenced the work which will be taken forward at the EBI. Potential funding opportunities were discussed. Discussion of the data generated within BRAVO highlighted the potential use to the breeding community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Attendance of a genome database 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 Attendanec of the Ensembl 4 Breeders workshop at EBI to discuss use of Ensembl plants database and future interactions and accesibility for data that is being generated by the BBSRC sLoLa BRAVO and the UK Brassica Research Community. The workshop included a planning session for future functionality that is desired within EnsemblPlants. This discussion has influenced the work which will be taken forward at the EBI. Potential funding opportunities were discussed. Discussion of the data generated within BRAVO highlighted the potential use to the breeding community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC Radio Wales interview for What if ... series on climate change 
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 The series is a chance to highlight ongoing projects with a link to various aspects of climate change. The effect of milder winters was discussed in regard to vernalisation requirement of brassicas (both oilseed rape and vegetables). I was also asked to speculate on how Welsh Agriculture might look in 50 years time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description BBSRC Science showcase event at Camden BRI 
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 Industry-academia interactions in a BBSRC-organised event at Camden BRI to showcase relevant BBSRC projects. I presented the BRAVO programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBSRC sLoLa Brassica Rapeseed and Vegetable Optimisation 1st Annual Stakeholder Meeting 
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 Annual meeting with industry stakeholders for the BRAVO sLoLa. Including industry members from the breeding community, agronomy companies, farmers, NFU, AHDB, BSPB, BBSRC and academic partners. Meeting is to disseminate activities and outcomes from the BRAVO project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BRAVO Management Meeting November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 2019 BRAVO management meeting to discuss progress and future goals. Session for presentations of current research, followed by discussions on prioritising next steps and future work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BRAVO management meeting 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Meeting of the BRAVO management group to disseminate the latest results to industry, to gain input and direction and to discuss current and future work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BRAVO plant architecture at UK-BRC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of work on high throughput phenotyping at the UK Brassica research community conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description BRAVO stakeholder meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Annual BRAVO sLoLa stakeholder meetings where members of the breeding/growing industry discuss progress on the BRAVO project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BRAVO stakeholder meeting 2019 
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 2019 BRAVO stakeholder meeting for the dissemination of current research and project outcomes to the project stakeholders. Sessions are organised with short talks from the project members followed by longer discussion sessions to capture feedback on the ongoing work and direct potential work in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Brassica science - DSV networking event 
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 Visit to JIC by the breeding company DSV. As a breeding company DSV have had limited engagement with JIC and the UK Brassica research community. This visit has sparked stronger interaction between organisations and potential future employment opportunities for JIC graduates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Breeder's day at JIC - Presentation of Brassica research 
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/discussion on Brassica science at JIC involoving brassica research material. Good response from the audience , question and interactions with journalists leading to follow up talks and media interaction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Breeders Day (JIC), June 2018 
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 Breeders Day at the John Innes Centre is an event targeted mainly at industry and highlights where applied science can be taken out of the lab and go on to have dramatic commercial benefits.
I presented a large scale phenotyping experiment that I was carrying out at the time as part of my PhD. This sparked lots of questions from the vegetable breeders present at the day and le to interactions with journalists leading to talks and media discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Breeders Day 2019 
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 This event was designed to allow plant breeders, agronomists and policy makers to find out about some the JIC's latest developments in germplasm for future crops, both wheat and Brassica crops. Early career researchers presented their findings and discussions allowed us to understand key concerns from industry which we can help to address.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description British Science Week 2021 poster trail involvement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Participated in Rothamsted Research's British Science Week poster trail by creating a 'Meet the scientists' poster with a QR code link to a short video I made about GM crops. Posters will be displayed for 5th-14th March on a poster trail around Harpenden for school children to view. Scanning the QR code on the poster will take the audience to the GM crop video on YouTube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/LangdonMollie/status/1369315061626511374
 
Description Building Better Brassicas - Veg Farmer 
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 with Heather Mills, an independent journalist that works with Farmers Guardian and The Veg Famer magazines. This resulted in an article in Veg Farmer about the vegetable work being completed in the BBSRC BRAVO project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.vegetablefarmer.co.uk/
 
Description CSIRO Machine Learning in Genome Biology Symposium Kiama, NSW Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CSIRO Machine Learning in Genome Biology Symposium
Kiama, NSW Australia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Cafe Scientifique public outreach scientific talks 2019-2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Cafe Scientifique is a monthly event run by PhD students which hosts scientific talks for the general public held in a pub. I was involved in organising and hosting the events (liaising with venue holder, advertising events, chairing talks and Q&A sessions). 10-30 members of the public were regularly attending the monthly talks and were engaging in interesting discussion during the Q&A sessions. Current events are postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://twitter.com/csharpenden?lang=en
 
Description Canola EFP browser discussions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Discussion with BAR, Toronto about the development of a Brassica EFP browser with the data generated in BRAVO.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Cereals pitch 
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 NPPC director provided a short talk on phenotyping technologies being deployed at Aberystwyth
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Chinese Embassy delegation 
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 Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The science attachee from the Chinese Embassay was provided with a tour and information on our research and educational activities, including exisiting and proposed links with China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Climate change interview BBC Wales 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An interview focused on projects associated with climate change. Brassicas are a good illustration of winter temperature effects. Other aspects of climate change we work on are water use efficiency, together with abiotic stresses eg drought and flooding, nutritients, high temperature, salinity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Clover Seeds and CN seeds 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 Visit to JIC from members of Clover and CN Seed to discuss current industry needs and work ongoing at JIC where there could be potential interaction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Collaborators visiting from Saskatoon, Canada as part of BBSRC-NRC project 
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 The collaborative project is on rooting of oats, but there was considerable interest in our work on vernalsation effects on flowering time and plant architecture of canola as this is an important Canadian crop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Combatting the Challenges of Oilseed Rape - AHDB agronomy Showcase presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited speaker at an AHDB event following contact made at the Hutchinsons Winter Agronomy conference. Presentation on the broader challenger facing oilseed rape in the UK, mainly around establishment and seedling vigour, part of BRAVO. Questions sparked following the talk and good discussions at the event later with obviously good agronomist interest in developments. There has been the potential for further AHDB BRAVO interactions discussed. This is one of our preferred dissemination routes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Discussion with local school on application for Royal Society Partnering Award 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Discussion with Town Close School, Norwich on applying for a Royal Society Partnering Award to set up experiments at their school to address questions raised by their pupils on how environmental factors, both natural and pollutants, influence crop growth.
Our discussions focused on how to design and implement experiments which would address the questions the children had and be scientifically well designed.
We also discussed future interactions and finalised details to allow us to apply for a partnering award.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/blog/developing-our-future-climate-scientists/
 
Description Early Career Researcher's Conference, Barcelona Nov 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk given at Early Career conference by BRAVO post-doc, Jo Hepworth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Elevator pitch at Cereals 2018 
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 As part of an AgriTechEast event (Innovations Insight) at Cereals 2018, I gave a 2-min pitch about the BRAVO strategic LoLa grant on Brassica Rapeseed And Vegetable Optimisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.agritech-east.co.uk/tag/cereals-2018/
 
Description Elsoms Veg open day 
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 Stand at the Elsoms Vegetable open day displaying the current work of JIC. Discussed many current projects with the industry members that visited the open day and trials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Elsoms seeds 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 Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit by Elsoms seeds to discuss Speed breeding and speed cloning of disease resistance genes . Good discussions had.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Elsoms seeds 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 Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit regarding Brassica research at JIC. Good discussion had
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Engagement with Syngenta global 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I described the outputs of the project and how they could be exploited by Syngenta seeds. Specifically we discussed how the findings could be used to improve seed quality in seed productions, and how we might take the work forward
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Engagement with industry, agronomy company 
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 JIC site visit with Prime agriculture, the UK's largest independent agronomy company after they approached JIC with an interest in JIC science. Work presented from the JIC Brassica program as this is an area of key importance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Engagement with industry, breeding company 
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 Visit to JIC by CN Seeds (UK company with which we are engaged) and Clover Seeds (Chinese breeding company) after a request to KEC and interest shown in Brassica science at the John innes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Engagement with industry/stakeholder 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 2nd Annual BRAVO sLoLa stakeholder meetings where members of the breeding/growing industry discuss progress on the BRAVO project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Engagement with industry/stakeholder 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with Elsoms on several aspects of seed/reproductive research as avenues for future collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Engagement with industry/stakeholder 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussions with Elsoms regarding new technologies developed within this project (time-lapse system) for use in the industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Engagement with industry/stakeholder 
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 The second annual 'Brassica Rapeseed And Vegetable Optimisation' stakeholder meeting was organised on the 19the of February 2019 at Rothamsted Research. Besides project partners and members of the supervisory board, over 20 stakeholder/companies were invited to the meeting. Along with project presentation, vegetable and oilseed breeders presented challenges faced by them and this was followed by several feedback and discussion sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Fascination of plants, Aberaeron 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact NPPC staff ran a stall, aimed at introducing plant biology and crop breeding to the general public. The exhibits were "hands on" and illustrated bio-diversity, adaptation as well as the use of tachnology to study and improve plants/crops
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Festival of Science and Curiosity 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Festival of Science and Curiosity 2019 - 16th, 18th and 20th February 2019 - engaged with approx. 200-250 children (ages 2-9) (Feedback from 160) and approx. 100-150 parents (Feedback from 60).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description First Annual Stakeholder Meeting 
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 The first Annual BRAVO stakeholder meeting was organised on the 1st of February 2018 at Rothamsted Research. Besides project partners and members of the supervisory board, over 21 stakeholder/companies were invited to the meeting. Along with project presentation, vegetable and oilseed breeders presented challenges faced by them and this was followed by several feedback and discussion sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Flowering time in arabidopsis and brassica UEA, MSc lecture,2 hours 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact UEA MSc lectures by post-doc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Flying Farmers visit to JIC 
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 Visit by a group of farmers based throughout the UK so they could interact with science and de3velop an understanding of the crop science taking place at JIC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description GARNET 2018 invited talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited presentation of the BBSRC SLoLA BRAVO at the GARNET Arabidopsis conference in the model to crop session. Talk provoked good questions and discussions following the session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Growing Rapeseed in the UK - Presentation at a farming meeting/combine demostration day Wuhan, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Whilst visiting colaborators in Wuhan, China. I was asked to speak at a rapeseed demonstration day to attendees from government, farming and industry to explain how oiseed rape is farmed in the UK and the comparison with the Chinese system. Audience primarily did not speak English therefore presentation was performed with an interpreter, a Chinese speaking member of JIC staff. Great many questions and good feedback received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description HortQFLNet_AAB Kick-off Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of B. oleracea architechture work and high throughput phenotyping.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Hutchinsons Winter Agronomy Conference 
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 BRAVO information dissemination stand at the Hutchinsons Winter Agronomy Conference to provide the opportunity to interact with industry agronomists and farmers. Resulted in continues iteraction and participation from Hutchinsons with the BRAVO project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description I'm a Scientist - Plant Zone 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Text based chats with Primary and Secondary Aged Students over the month, answering questions and telling them about Alison Tidy's BRAVO work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022,2023
 
Description International Plant Systems Biology Meeting 
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 virtual International Plant Systems Biology meeting on 'Gene regulatory networks for polyploid and diploid Brassica sp. during reproductive transitions'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://meetings.embo.org/event/20-plant-systems
 
Description Interview for Horticultural press 
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 with Freelance journalist writing articles for Horticultural press resulting in article in the vegetable farmer
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview for BBC Radio 4 farming today 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio interview discussimg new short generation broccoli
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Interview for BBC Radio Norfolk Drive time 
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 Live radio interview discussing new short generation broccoli
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Interview for Bayer Oilseed Rape Guide Current Brassica research at JIC - genetics of resistance to the cabbage stem flea beetle 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Discussion on the current work being performed at JIC on Brassica including BRAVO, podshatter and cabbage stem flea beetle. Article produced in the first area of cabbage stem flea beetle for Industry publication on work combating the current issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview with National Public Radio, USA 
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 Interview with journalist at National Public Radio in the US regarding publication of Molecular Plant paper on temperature-induced acceleration of pod shatter in oilseed rape.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview with eastern daily press 
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 As ISP funding was publicised, local news media ran stories on the impact this will have to science, the environment, industry and the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Introduction to Associative Transcriptomics 
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 Ran a three day jtraining course ;on association trancriptomics for the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute. Training in how to use associative transcriptomics pipelines which are at the core of JIC brassica and BRAVO work. Dissemination of methodology. Material produced for the course has since been used to train PhD students and post-docs on the BRAVO project at JIC in how to peform AT. This has replaced face to face training.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited Speaker, Brassica2018, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to give Keynote lecture at Brassica 2018 entitled: The impact of flowering time genes on crop productivity: more than when to flower
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited Talk at Knowledge Transfer network event 
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 describing how understanding the regulation of flowering time can contribute to combating the impacts of climate change in Brassica breeding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited speaker at Canola Council of Canada 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Participating as a speaker/presenter in Canola Week sessions from November 30 - December 2. Audience included Canola breeders, growers and scientists and was attended by 150-200 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited talk at meeting on Resilient Crops, Aarhus University, Dec 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This meeting brought together breeders from across North Western Europe with academics (mainly Nordic) to discuss approaches to current and future climatic challenges
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description JIC Christmas Lectures focused on climate change and climate resilient crops 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Christmas lecture series with researchers involved in strategic programme research delivering presentations on their research focused on delivering climate resilient crops for alumni and stakeholders of the John Innes Centre
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description JIC Science Innovation Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact JIC scientists presenting their science to invited industry/companies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC-CAAS joint lab meeting, Wuhan, China 
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 Visit to the Oil Crops Research Institute, CAAS, Wuhan.

Meeting between collaborators to discuss current works and potential for the future. Presentation provided for staff, students and collaborators about current work at JIC. Current outcomes from my role within the collaborations are two publications over the last 3 years. Area of interest are comparable and a good relationship has been maintained over the past 15 years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description JIC/CSIRO partnering workshop UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop between JIC UK and CSIRO Australia as part of a partnering award looking at synergies between project, agriculture, environmental interactions and methodologies between the research institutes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Lecture to undergraduate students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A lecture on this project and related research and its impact in general terms was presented to 2nd year undergraduate students specialising in Plant Sciences module from Oxford Brookes University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Lives in Science - Schools Arts and Science workshop with Malca Schotten 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 15 pupils attended a school art workshop, with examples of lives in science and ongoing projects used to spark discussions about being a scientist and produce related artwork.Pupils developed a greater idea about working in science, career path, job diversity etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MSc lecture x 2 - Brassica genetics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two lectures on Brassica genetics given for the University of East Anglia Plant Breeding MSc course. Lectures contained information on past and current work at JIC and provoked questions and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MSc lecture x 2 - Brassica genomics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two lectures on Brassica genomics presented for the University of East Anglia Plant Breeding MSc course. Lectures for the teachig part of the students gaining this qualification. Lecture provoked questions and discussion from the students in this area. Ongoing work within Brassica genomics at the institute was included.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description MSc lecture x 2 - Hybrids and heterosis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two lectures given on Hybrids and Heterosis for the University of East Anglia Plant Breeding MSc course. Details of past and current work at JIC included. Lecture stimulated good discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mardlers dinner discussions 
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 A group of local landowners/farmers (the Mardlers) were invited to JIC for discussions on current research. The Mardlers regularly meet in the local area with a JIC representative being in attendance at every meeting. As an alternative this event was held onsite at JIC. Discussions were held about current research at JIC and opinions heard from both the science, farming and economic areas. Both scientist and other attendees were educated about opinions and practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Tozers Seeds 
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 We met to discuss opportunities and future collaborations in protected horticulture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Morley Innovation Day 
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 Stand at Morley Innovation Day to present the current Brassica work at John Innes to the farming community and general public. Discussions held with many of the stalls visiotrs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Multinational Brassica Genome Project Committee meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Participation and project dissemination at the MBGP consortium meeting. BRAVO project resources/ expression brwoser and related data to be integrated into the Multinational Brassica resources and network to coordinate development of Brassica resources worldwide.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description NFU discussion on translation of Brassica research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited to speak to the South Norfolk NFU group about Brassica research and it's implications for the national farming community. Discussions on our research into pod shatter, flea beetle, temperature effects on oilseed rape and improving yield were well received and sparked many questions and ideas on how best to tackle some of the challenges farmers are facing growing oilseed rape. We also discussed the the technologies e.g. CRISPR we our both using and developing and how this would provide benefits in the years to come. This included a two way exchange of ideas on how best to manage their challenges and what they would find useful in our future research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description NPPC website and data 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 A general website including information on activities at NPPC, platforms available, resources generated in terms of data and software. A secure access portal is provided for transfer of unpublished data between the Centre and users.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018,2019
URL https://www.plant-phenomics.ac.uk/
 
Description New Breeding Technologies - the case for Genome Editing invited Visit to NFU VI meeting 
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 Attendance of a Meeting of the NFU Voluntary Initiative with a colleague. Networking and discussion about JIC science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description New Scientist Live virtual 'Future of Food and Agriculture' 2020 event participation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participated by creating a short video on GM crops that was broadcasted on Rothamsted Research's virtual channel during the New Scientist Live virtual 'Future of Food and Agriculture' event. The video was watched by a wide range of audience members (general public, scientific, industry etc.) and the video was later uploaded to Rothamsted Research's YouTube channel and received further views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5Qm5q5sY1A
 
Description Norwich University of Arts Project to Develop artwork based on our science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentations on our science around vernalisation and the effects of cold temperatures on flowering time and crop development were presented to students who developed artwork and illustrations. Additional consultations took place to ensure the interpretations accurately illustrated our science.
We have gone on to use the illustrations and booklets produced to reach new audiences e.g. social media groups and at the Norwich Science Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description One month training visit to JIC by Researcher from Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute 
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 Third sector organisations
Results and Impact One Month visit by Researcher from the Oilseed Research Centre at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute for training in sequence analysis, primer and marker design for use in breeding activities at BARI to help improve mustard productivity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Opportunities for AI in plant biology and crop research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Plenary lecture to a wide audience including industry and academics on the potential for AI in plant research. There was a huge interest in our work, many questions, and follow up emails.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Optimising Brassica genetics to meet growing challenges - Bayer Annual Potato and Vegetable Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited speaker at the Bayer Potato and Vegetable Conference following initial BRAVO press release http://www.fruitnet.com/fpj/article/171098/ff. Good questions from the audience and discussions following the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Organised a meeting with Australian Collaborators 
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 Organised and ran a highly interactive three-day workshop to foster collaboration between UK and Australian Researchers working on on Brassica Genomics, genetics and phenology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Oxford Farming conference BBSRC Innovation Hub 
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 BRAVO stand representing BBSRC strategic target areas at the BBSRC Innovation Hub at the Oxford farming conference. Over 110 people involved in attending the event over 2 sessions. Multiple participant chose to come and discuss the work, application and potential future directions. Interviews performed with media attending the event. Email contact was established with several event attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participated in virtual 2021 'Work Experience Meet a Scientist' session 
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 Schools
Results and Impact Participated in Rothamsted Research's 2021 virtual 'Work Experience Meet a Scientist' session (held online) - where I spoke to ten 15-16 year old school children who were on their 'virtual' work experience about what it is like to work in science and do a PhD.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Plant Biology 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation at Plant Biology 2021 Worldwide Summit organised by the American Society of Plant Biologists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Plant Genomics Conference (Nanchang, China) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Plant Genomics Conference (Nanchang, China)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Poster presentation at 2019 'European Plant Sciences Retreat' conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented a poster on my PhD project at the 2019 'European Plant Sciences Retreat' conference hosted in Nottingham (UK).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Poster presentation at 2021 'Plant Science for Climate Emergency' virtual conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented a poster outlining my PhD project at the 2021 'Plant Science for Climate Emergency' virtual conference (held online).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at Brassica workshop, 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 Invited presentation in Brassica workshop at Plant and Animal Genome conference, 2019 entitled: Dissecting vernalisation: keeping the greens on your plate
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at 2021 'SWBio DTP Annual Student Virtual Conference' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented a talk outlining my PhD project at the 2021 'SWBio DTP Annual Virtual Student Conference' (held online).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at 2021 UK-Brassica Research Community 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented my PhD project at the Annual UK-Brassica Research Community (UK-BRC) conference at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden (UK).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at New Scientist Live event 
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 A live Q+A session at New Scientist Live event in November 2020 to discuss science and how imaging can help advance science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://live.newscientist.com/exhibitors/rothamsted-research#/
 
Description Presentation at STEM event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presentation to girls from a selection of schools at a STEM event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at UK-BRC 2020 
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 New findings presented at the Annual UK-BRC conference held virtually in Nov 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation at University of Copenhagen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at University of Copenhagen
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation for university students and faculty at University of Wuhan, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation for university students and faculty at University of Wuhan, China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to potential new collaborators at CIRAD 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussions with Dr Christophe PERIN at CIRAD, Montepelier (attended by Pete, Smita and Gui). Presentation from both sides regarding research, possible collaborations, new tools for analysing transcriptome data
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Press article for regional newspaper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article the the Press and Journal following press release about new short generation broccoli
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Prime Agriculture LLP 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 Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit by Prime agriculture to JIC to discuss ongoing work which may be of interest to crop consultants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description RWS, provided centre piece of IBERS marquee 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact NPPC provided rhizatrons and other phenotyping equipment as the centre piece in the IBERS marqee, with staff to explain the role of new computer assisted technologies in plant improvement and food security
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Radio interview- Radio 4 Farming Today 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview in the glasshouse among Brassica plants with Anna Hill from BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme. Specifically describing the BRAVO programme with clear connections and links to the GEN ISP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Recommended list board talk 
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 Visit to present work on Random Impact testing to the Recommended List Board for oilseeds. Good disccussion followed and furhter work has now been completed in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science in the Park at Wollaton Hall 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talking all about seeds - StoryTimeSTEM - Focus age Pre-school and Primary School
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Seminar at Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave Seminar at CSIRO, Black Mountain, Canberra
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Smita Kurup participated in New Scientist Live event with a focus on ' How Bioimaging can help research' 
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 focus on ' How Bioimaging can help research'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Spain-UK Plant Biotechnology forum 
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 A 2 day workshop organised by SRUK/CERU and the Embassy of Spain to highlight the importance of plant biotechnology to face future challenges, specifically to enhance collaboration between Spanish and British companies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://sruk.org.uk/ceru-events/spain-uk-plant-biotechnology-event/
 
Description Sustainable St Albans festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact To inform the public regarding the research undertaken within Rothamsted and specifically in BRAVO.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://sustainablestalbans.org/get-started/sust-festival/
 
Description Talk at Annual Stakeholder meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Annual BRAVO sLoLa stakeholder meetings where members of the breeding/growing industry discuss progress on the BRAVO project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at British Crop Production Council Farmers Club annual meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I gave a talk on our work on climate change and UK crop yields at the British Crop Production Council Event. The audience was between 100 and 200 famers, industry preventatives, seed merchants and agricultural supply chain company executives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bcpc.org/latest-news/press-release/technical-seminar-bcpc-farmers-club-22-september
 
Description Talk at Eastern Agritech event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk to a business audience on developing germplasm for 21st Century Horticultural production
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk at Farm Manager conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Director, Dr Achim Dobermann presented the work being carried out in BRAVO, and WP4 to the attendees at the Velcourt farm Manager's Conference on 12th January 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at OREGIN meeting, York, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to breeders and academia within the UK Oilseed RapE Genetic Improvement Network
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk at Vegetable consultants conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk and Q&A session to group of Vegetable consultants who inform framers, growers and producers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Cut: Science Cafe 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk at a local science cafe followed by panel debate and discussion session. Talk on Building Brilliant Brassicas ranged from researching current targets for crop improvement to genome editing. Good discussion, feedback and debate was received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Vegetable Farmer Magazine, February 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Vegetable Farmer is a magazine aimed at field vegetable, outdoor salad crop and potato growers. In the February 2021 issue, Heather Briggs, an independent journalist, wrote an article about the work of the BRAVO team, including about the large scale phenotypic experiment I had run within B. oleracea. The aim of the article was to inform breeders and growers of the research being carried out on heading date in B. oleracea and to promote discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://www.vegetablefarmer.co.uk/
 
Description The Vegetable Farmer, September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Vegetable Farmer is a magazine aimed at field vegetable, outdoor salad crop and potato growers. In the August 2018 issue, Heather Briggs, an independent journalist, wrote an article about the large scale phenotypic experiment I was carrying out at the time as part of my PhD. The aim of the article was to inform breeders and growers of the research being carried out on heading date in B. oleracea and to promote discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.vegetablefarmer.co.uk/
 
Description Towards development of future brassica transcriptomics collaborations 
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 with future potential collaborator at University of York to discuss potential future works based on current outcomes and knowledge from BRAVO
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK-BRC 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented a summary of my phenotypic experiment and associated GWAS work at the Annual UK-BRC conference. Conference was held virtually in November 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ukbrc.hosted.york.ac.uk/events_2020.html
 
Description Undergraduate visit from Edge Hill University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 8 Plant Science students (+ 2 staff) visited and we discussed the various projects currently running in the Phenomics Centre, which include the effect of altered vernalisation on flowering time and plant architecture. They also visited the new Seed Biobank and BEACON biorefining centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description VeGIN Stakeholder Meeting, November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN) Stakeholder meeting brings together individuals working a s part of the VeGIN team alongside stakeholders, breeders and researchers working in related fields to discuss the latest updates in vegetable based research in the UK. The purpose was to make more connections within the research community and to discuss ideas about how to go forward with those working in a related field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visit to INRA in Caen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Meetings , discussions with CSIRO partners on the most complementary approach between our organisations for future studies of phenology. I gave a Seminar to the INRA research group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit by YFC Cymru rural affairs group, tour of Phenomics glasshouse facility 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I was able to discuss the work we are undertaking to understand the responce of brassicas to changing winter temperatures and its implications for crop production/fodd security
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Visit from Bayer Crop Science 
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 Discussions on SeedGerm - tracking and assessing seed germination
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit from Collaborator, Southern cross university 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Discussions and a seminar from SCU visitor on future collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit to INRA Rennes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Seminar and discussion on joint collaborations and future activity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit to JIC by the Flying Farmers association 
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 Visit to the JIC by a farming group. Presentation given in an informal manner provocking discussion session. Furhte rdiscussions held over an informal lunch.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit with high school students 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 'Meet the Scientist' virtual chat hosted with high school students to disseminate information about our research and generally encourage them regarding science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Workshop JIC-CAAS on oilseed rape 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop and discussions with staff from OCRI-CAAS on future collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop JIC-CAAS on oilseed rape 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop with Chinese colleagues from Wuhan university to explore potential for collaboration and joint grant applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop presentation on AI for crops 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on Polyploid Gene Regulatory Networks Strategic Workshop on AI, The Alan Turing Institute.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Ystwyth Valley Farmers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This was one of many farming groups, including Young Farmers groups from across the UK, that have visited NPPC/IBERS over the past several years. The visitors are shown the breeding and phenotyping technologies and other science related topics such as climate change, GM, food science and environmental issues are often discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description presentation by Laura Siles at UK-BRC Nov 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Oilseed seed traits trade-offs' by Laura Siles at UK-BRC Nov 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description visit Lord Bourne Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Tour and discussion of the role of the NPPC as a National Facility, and its role in training
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018