Catalysing collaborations between wheat scientists in the UK and Central Asia

Lead Research Organisation: Rothamsted Research
Department Name: Plant Sciences




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Description This was an bilateral international workshop designed to bring together scientists from the UK and Central Asia to exchange information and establish collaborations. It was very successful, with visits to the two main wheat producing areas and research centres in Kazakhstan as well as a workshop with scientists from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Outputs are limited as there are few opportunities for joint funding. However, two collaborations have been established:
1. Establishment of a core collection of 250 Kazakh winter and spring wheats for marker analysis and phenotyping (Simon Griffiths, JIC)
2. Characterisation of Kazakh wheat lines derived from crosses with related wild species, as a source of variation in bioactive components (Alison Lovegrove, Rothamsted).
Exploitation Route In collaboration with UK and Central Asian plant breeders
Three collaborations have resulted from the workshop:
1. Laura Dixon (Leeds) formed a collaboration with Dr Yerlan Turuspekov from the IPBB and he is a collaborator on her RI FLF which was supported and started in October 2019. This Fellowship is initially funded for 4 years, with an extension of 3 years and she will continue to collaborate on regulating temperature adaptation in Kazakhstan wheat.
2. Simon Griffiths (JIC) and Yerlan Turuspekov (IPBB) have assembled a collection of Central Asian wheat genotypes for genetic fingerprinting, in order to underpin research on adaptation.
3. Simon Griffiths (JIC) and Yerlan Turuspekov (IPBB) co-supervise a Kazakh PhD student (Kanat Yermekbayev) funded by a "Bolashak" International Presidential Scholarship to study adaptation in wheat.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment