China Partnering Award: towards a common toolkit for oilseed rape research

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


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Description We organised a brassica workshop at the john innes centre and invited 5 representatives from the chinese academy of sciences oilseeds crop research insitute in China in Septembeer 2017. We shard unpublished work and discussed sharing resources and expertise iuncluding sharing seeds, genome sequence information and access to facilities. We attended a follow up meeting in Wuhan in May 2019. At this meeting we signed a joint laboratory agreement, which should enable OCRI-CAAS to apply for more money for UK bilateral meetings in future. We shared updated publications and protocols.
Exploitation Route This has led to a new collaboration between the JIC and CAAS developing new breeding tools for oilseed rape research. the work is funded £100,000 by JIC and will involve further exchange of research personnel.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

Description CEPAMs funding at the John Innes cENTRE
Amount £99,752 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 08/2019
Description Genomic approaches to increasing resilience in oilseed rape seedling establishment in the Yangtze River basin
Amount £316,311 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/P022677/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 06/2019
Title New Brassica transformation method introduced to UK. 
Description The method allows us to make transgenic brassica plants, using more varieties and with increased efficiency compared to the previous method was using. This has been transferred to BRACT, the UK crop transformation service, based at JIC. The efficiency is good enough to enable gene editing of brassica crops. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Currently it is too recent to have led to any impacts. However, it will soon be made available for the whole research community after which substantial academic impacts are expected. 
Description OCRI-CAAS partnership 
Organisation Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We formed a collaborative partnership for this porposal seconding a researcher from the oilseeds crop research institute in Wuhan China to the UK. We are capacity building in China by installing a state of the art automated seed vigour phenotyping platform in Wuhan which has been used to investigate seed vigour in near market chinese oilseed rape germplasm. We also provide training of researchers and access to our genetics pipelines.
Collaborator Contribution They ahve brough skill and expertise in rapeseed cultivation in China plus access to Chinese state and private sector breeding programmes. OCRI-CAAS have facilitated the transfer of their improved crop transformation protocols to the UK.
Impact Project meeting between JIC researchers and OCRI-CAAS, September 2017. Installation of the automated phenoytping platform, December 2017. The collaboration is multidisciplnary, requiring our expertise in computer vision and machine learning. Miniconference in May 2019 in Wuhan, China. Researchers from JIC networked with scientists from the chinese academcy of agribultural science and Huazhong agricultural university in Wuhan. The Chinese partners placed a postdoc on secondment to facotlitate the learning by JIXC staff of the brassica transformation protocol used in Wuhan.
Start Year 2017