Grain development in Brachypodium distachyon (NatGrain)

Lead Research Organisation: John Innes Centre
Department Name: Contracts Office


Grasses are one of the most important groups of plants for human well-being: Domesticated grasses constitute the major source of dietary calories and wild species define many terrestrial ecosystems. The major cereals evolved from wild grasses during the last 10,000 years as the result of human selection for traits that improved their utility for humans. The biology of wild grasses is poorly understood either at a population level or in terms of the traits that underpin their success. This project exploits the new genomic resources and advanced imaging techniques to investigate the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of natural variation in Brachypodium. We will focus on variation in grain-related traits associated with cell proliferation and cell growth. For example, grain size is an important trait in agriculture, often associated with yield, and its regulation is poorly understood.


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Description Several QTL have been associated with variation in different traits including flowering time, disease resistance, grain traits and plant architecture
Exploitation Route They are being used to map similar traits in the forage grasses
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment

Description Using Brachypodium as a model to study adaptation, growth and evolution in grass
Amount £155,000 (GBP)
Funding ID F00424R 
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2010 
End 06/2014
Title ABR6 x Bd21 Mapping Population 
Description Recombination Inbred population of over 100 lines, each genotyped at the F4/5 and F8/9 generations. has been shared with several labs in UK and USA 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Grant Award 2019 from JGI USA for Community Project, based on this resource 
Description Community Science Project 
Organisation U.S. Department of Energy
Department Genome-Enabled Plant Biology for Determination of Gene Function
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution we provided samples from grass to DOE
Collaborator Contribution they provided sequence information on genomes and transcriptomes
Impact manuscript in advanced draft
Start Year 2017