Germplasm Resources Unit

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

Abstract

The Germplasm Resources Unit (GRU) is a national capability supported by the BBSRC for the curation, promotion and dissemination of germplasm which serves academic, industrial and non-industrial groups both within the UK and internationally. We have established a strong and growing reputation as a centre of best practise for long term curation and distribution of key germplasm collections of cereals, legumes and brassicas. Our information management and external database system ‘SeedStor’ provides users with a highly functional web interface to search and interrogate the GRU collections.

The GRU collections resource the John Innes Centre’s BBSRC funded Institute Strategic Programme’s and the UK/international bioscience community’s use and exploitation of these resources.

The GRU collections form part of the UK’s conservation effort to the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) as well as being a key centre for the curation and verification of newly generated resources handed over to the GRU for long term curation and distribution such as the in silico wheat TILLING populations. The GRU will develop closer alignment with evolving data generated using genomics and phenomics technologies.

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Krasileva KV (2017) Uncovering hidden variation in polyploid wheat. in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

 
Description In total, 8399 lines of cereal and legume germplasm were requested from the GRU since the start of the current grant.

From April 2017 to Feb 2019, 825 requests for germplasm were received and were processed (or are being processed) by the GRU team. Out of which, about one third (257 orders, 31.2%) were in direct support of BBSRS Institute Strategic Programs at John Innes Centre (or JIC close collaborators). Additional one third (287 orders, 34.8%) of the germplasm requests were received by UK based project outside of the JIC. The remaining one third of the germplasm orders came from 68 other countries and territories worldwide. Additionally, 74 ad-hoc phytosanitary related jobs were carried out by the GRU team in conjugation with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in DEFRA to assist safe, legal and swift seed export by the ISPs and their collaborators. Additional 116 Jobs were in request of germplasm related information. We can see a gradual decline in numbers of this type of Jobs associate with an increase of end-users searching for data in SeedStor database to efficiently satisfy their needs.
Exploitation Route The fundamental task of thin National Capability Grant is to preserve the germplasm and prevent its loss. The current users are plant scientist, crop breeders, and educators who had requested samples of the material (often uniquely curated by us internationally) for their science, breeding or education project. The germplasm is often central and critical for many of these project.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Education,Environment

URL http://www.seedstor.ac.uk
 
Description From April 2017 to Feb 2019, 825 requests for germplasm were received and were processed (or are being processed) by the GRU team. We asked our end users to state their overarching objective for which they requested the material (From April 2017 to Feb 2019). Expectedly, the main sector is the academic plant science research from which came 73% of the seed requests. Requests from the private sector totalled in 14%, this includes crop breeding, commercial use, pre-breeding/ breeding research, baking and farming). Additional 7% of the requests related to education (in schools, universities, colleges and public demonstrations). The remaining 6% were reported to relate to conservation, hobby growing thatching, and other unspecified peruses. The GRU is curating, regenerating and distributing a serious of new wheat collections named "Breeder toolkit". These collections are the core practical result of the Designing Future Wheat (DFW), a BBSRC funded consortium which spans eight research institutes and universities and aims to develop new wheat germplasm containing the next generation of key traits. The GRU has engaged in a tight collaborative effort with all major wheat breeders in the UK (9 breeding companies) to further evaluate the material and to facilitate its incorporation into the private sector breeding lines. "Breeder toolkit" is an integration and curation effort of plant material and information, originated from 25 research group across the UK to ensure the long-lasting impact of DFW of future food security.
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Education
Impact Types Cultural,Economic

 
Description Consultation on genebank's practices for phytosanitary regulation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact DEFRA is shifting for full cost recovery of phytosanitary inspection and consultation (which in the past was delivered as a governmental service). While the new regulations, costs and derived fees were made based on the breeding and seed industry need, they initially overlooked the need of the germplasm resources units in the UK. The grant holder joined the consultation to raise the needs of this sector and reported to the UKPGR group. The APHA (DEFRA) representative came to visit the Germplasm Resource Unit at the JIC to further study the genebanking sector needs
 
Description UK-PGR group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL http://ukpgrg.org/
 
Title SeedStor 
Description SeedStor acts as the publicly available database for the seed collections held by the Germplasm Resources Unit (GRU) based at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. The GRU curates germplasm collections of a range of temperate cereal, legume and Brassica crops and their associated wild relatives, as well as precise genetic stocks, near-isogenic lines and mapping populations. With >35,000 accessions of wheat, barley, oat and pea. SeedStor is a fully searchable system that allows our various collections to be browsed species by species through to complicated multipart phenotype criteria-driven queries. The results from these searches can be downloaded for later analysis or used to order germplasm via our shopping cart. The user community for SeedStor is the plant science research community, plant breeders, specialist growers, hobby farmers and amateur gardeners, and educationalists. Furthermore, SeedStor is much more than a database; it has been developed to act internally as a Germplasm Information Management System that allows team members to track and process germplasm requests, determine regeneration priorities, handle cost recovery and Material Transfer Agreement paperwork, manage the Seed Store holdings and easily report on a wide range of the aforementioned tasks. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The work of JIC has become more efficient and more defective. 1. The unit capacity increased for seed dissemination 2. Automatic prioritization of stock for regeneration ensures that resources are accurately and effectively spent 3. Assosiated information is gradually uloaded to the database adding value to the curated germplasm collections 4. Users enjoy an Amazon like experiance when they order seeds. 5. We are able to comunicate and resieve feedbacks in automated manner to improve our work 6. Reports for the international bodies (EURISCO, FAO) are easily produced 7.Reports to founders funders are easily generated 
URL http://www.seedstor.ac.uk
 
Description DFW Breeder toolkit collaboration 
Organisation John Innes Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The GRU is curating, regenerating and distributing a serious of new wheat collections named "Breeder toolkits". These collections are the core practical result of the Designing Future Wheat (DFW), a BBSRC funded consortium which spans eight research institutes and universities and aims to develop new wheat germplasm containing the next generation of key traits. The GRU further develops the "Breeder toolkit" plant material and related information in a tight collaborative effort with all major wheat breeders in the UK (LSBP, BAYER, RAGT, Elsoms, Syngenta, KWS, DSV, Limagrain) and the relevant DFW WP leaders. "Breeder toolkit" is an integration and curation effort of plant material and information originated from 25 research group across the UK to ensure the long-lasting impact of DFW for future food security.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators have been developing the plant material and the related information which the GRU is then curating, and regenerating to form an accessible seed collection and an accessible database for industrial use.
Impact 1) A new collection of phenotyped plant material with proven advantageous genomic area is being finalised and soon will be active in the GRU database (SeedStor) 2) A total of 13 requests for newly developed plant material were delivered for breeding companies free of IP to be integrated in running breeding programs.
Start Year 2017
 
Description DFW Breeder toolkit collaboration 
Organisation National Institute of Agronomy and Botany (NIAB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The GRU is curating, regenerating and distributing a serious of new wheat collections named "Breeder toolkits". These collections are the core practical result of the Designing Future Wheat (DFW), a BBSRC funded consortium which spans eight research institutes and universities and aims to develop new wheat germplasm containing the next generation of key traits. The GRU further develops the "Breeder toolkit" plant material and related information in a tight collaborative effort with all major wheat breeders in the UK (LSBP, BAYER, RAGT, Elsoms, Syngenta, KWS, DSV, Limagrain) and the relevant DFW WP leaders. "Breeder toolkit" is an integration and curation effort of plant material and information originated from 25 research group across the UK to ensure the long-lasting impact of DFW for future food security.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators have been developing the plant material and the related information which the GRU is then curating, and regenerating to form an accessible seed collection and an accessible database for industrial use.
Impact 1) A new collection of phenotyped plant material with proven advantageous genomic area is being finalised and soon will be active in the GRU database (SeedStor) 2) A total of 13 requests for newly developed plant material were delivered for breeding companies free of IP to be integrated in running breeding programs.
Start Year 2017
 
Description DFW Breeder toolkit collaboration 
Organisation Nottingham Scientific
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The GRU is curating, regenerating and distributing a serious of new wheat collections named "Breeder toolkits". These collections are the core practical result of the Designing Future Wheat (DFW), a BBSRC funded consortium which spans eight research institutes and universities and aims to develop new wheat germplasm containing the next generation of key traits. The GRU further develops the "Breeder toolkit" plant material and related information in a tight collaborative effort with all major wheat breeders in the UK (LSBP, BAYER, RAGT, Elsoms, Syngenta, KWS, DSV, Limagrain) and the relevant DFW WP leaders. "Breeder toolkit" is an integration and curation effort of plant material and information originated from 25 research group across the UK to ensure the long-lasting impact of DFW for future food security.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators have been developing the plant material and the related information which the GRU is then curating, and regenerating to form an accessible seed collection and an accessible database for industrial use.
Impact 1) A new collection of phenotyped plant material with proven advantageous genomic area is being finalised and soon will be active in the GRU database (SeedStor) 2) A total of 13 requests for newly developed plant material were delivered for breeding companies free of IP to be integrated in running breeding programs.
Start Year 2017
 
Description DFW Breeder toolkit collaboration 
Organisation Rothamsted Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The GRU is curating, regenerating and distributing a serious of new wheat collections named "Breeder toolkits". These collections are the core practical result of the Designing Future Wheat (DFW), a BBSRC funded consortium which spans eight research institutes and universities and aims to develop new wheat germplasm containing the next generation of key traits. The GRU further develops the "Breeder toolkit" plant material and related information in a tight collaborative effort with all major wheat breeders in the UK (LSBP, BAYER, RAGT, Elsoms, Syngenta, KWS, DSV, Limagrain) and the relevant DFW WP leaders. "Breeder toolkit" is an integration and curation effort of plant material and information originated from 25 research group across the UK to ensure the long-lasting impact of DFW for future food security.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators have been developing the plant material and the related information which the GRU is then curating, and regenerating to form an accessible seed collection and an accessible database for industrial use.
Impact 1) A new collection of phenotyped plant material with proven advantageous genomic area is being finalised and soon will be active in the GRU database (SeedStor) 2) A total of 13 requests for newly developed plant material were delivered for breeding companies free of IP to be integrated in running breeding programs.
Start Year 2017
 
Description DFW Breeder toolkit collaboration 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The GRU is curating, regenerating and distributing a serious of new wheat collections named "Breeder toolkits". These collections are the core practical result of the Designing Future Wheat (DFW), a BBSRC funded consortium which spans eight research institutes and universities and aims to develop new wheat germplasm containing the next generation of key traits. The GRU further develops the "Breeder toolkit" plant material and related information in a tight collaborative effort with all major wheat breeders in the UK (LSBP, BAYER, RAGT, Elsoms, Syngenta, KWS, DSV, Limagrain) and the relevant DFW WP leaders. "Breeder toolkit" is an integration and curation effort of plant material and information originated from 25 research group across the UK to ensure the long-lasting impact of DFW for future food security.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators have been developing the plant material and the related information which the GRU is then curating, and regenerating to form an accessible seed collection and an accessible database for industrial use.
Impact 1) A new collection of phenotyped plant material with proven advantageous genomic area is being finalised and soon will be active in the GRU database (SeedStor) 2) A total of 13 requests for newly developed plant material were delivered for breeding companies free of IP to be integrated in running breeding programs.
Start Year 2017
 
Description DFW WP4 
Organisation Earlham Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Designing Future Wheat (DFW) is a BBSRC funded consortium which spans eight research institutes and universities and aims to develop new wheat germplasm containing the next generation of key traits. The GRU is not an integral funded partner of the consortium. The GRU collaborates with WP4 for data access and analysis. The core of this collaboration is shearing GRU database and management system (SeedStor) software code with WP4. In a collaborative effort, APIs were developed to enable automatic data harvesting from SeedStor. Thus, DFW consortium end users would use the information stored on SeedStor DB behind the scene when using the consortium germplasm related data
Collaborator Contribution DFW WP4 developed the necessary tools to enable automatic data harvesting from SeedStor. This added feature could be used by the GRU in the future to collaborate with other potential future users
Impact Interdisciplinary: Plant science and Computer sciences Output: The necessary set of functions and procedures were developed and coded into SeedStor. These will allow the creation of applications that access the SeedStor curated data and use it in DFW newly constructed operating system.
Start Year 2018
 
Description DFW WP4 
Organisation Rothamsted Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Designing Future Wheat (DFW) is a BBSRC funded consortium which spans eight research institutes and universities and aims to develop new wheat germplasm containing the next generation of key traits. The GRU is not an integral funded partner of the consortium. The GRU collaborates with WP4 for data access and analysis. The core of this collaboration is shearing GRU database and management system (SeedStor) software code with WP4. In a collaborative effort, APIs were developed to enable automatic data harvesting from SeedStor. Thus, DFW consortium end users would use the information stored on SeedStor DB behind the scene when using the consortium germplasm related data
Collaborator Contribution DFW WP4 developed the necessary tools to enable automatic data harvesting from SeedStor. This added feature could be used by the GRU in the future to collaborate with other potential future users
Impact Interdisciplinary: Plant science and Computer sciences Output: The necessary set of functions and procedures were developed and coded into SeedStor. These will allow the creation of applications that access the SeedStor curated data and use it in DFW newly constructed operating system.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Exome capture 
Organisation John Innes Centre
Department Department of Crop Genetics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The GRU team curates, regenerates, monitors viability and disseminates an in-silico TILLING population collection of 4x Kronos and 6X Cadenza wheat lines. All accessions, containing a mutation in any gene of interest can be ordered online via SeedStor database.
Collaborator Contribution The collection is comprised of 4x Kronos and 6X Cadenza wheat lines which were EMS-mutagenized, and forward developed as SSD lines from Rothamsted Research (Cadenza) and University of California, Davis (Kronos) sequenced by exome capure (Cristobal Uauy group, JIC, for Cadenza, and J Dubcovsky group, UC Davis, for Kronos). Genome Browser is available at and is linked to the seedstor where germplasm can be ordered.
Impact The collaboration adds value to the developed plant material; the linked databases and the professional curation, regeneration and distribution allows this high value plant material to be well distributed globally. Indeed 212 seed requests from 23 countries took place since the collaborative effort began.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Exome capture 
Organisation Rothamsted Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The GRU team curates, regenerates, monitors viability and disseminates an in-silico TILLING population collection of 4x Kronos and 6X Cadenza wheat lines. All accessions, containing a mutation in any gene of interest can be ordered online via SeedStor database.
Collaborator Contribution The collection is comprised of 4x Kronos and 6X Cadenza wheat lines which were EMS-mutagenized, and forward developed as SSD lines from Rothamsted Research (Cadenza) and University of California, Davis (Kronos) sequenced by exome capure (Cristobal Uauy group, JIC, for Cadenza, and J Dubcovsky group, UC Davis, for Kronos). Genome Browser is available at and is linked to the seedstor where germplasm can be ordered.
Impact The collaboration adds value to the developed plant material; the linked databases and the professional curation, regeneration and distribution allows this high value plant material to be well distributed globally. Indeed 212 seed requests from 23 countries took place since the collaborative effort began.
Start Year 2017
 
Title SeedStor: A Germplasm Information Management System and Public Database 
Description SeedStor (https://www.seedstor.ac.uk) acts as the publicly available database for the seed collections held by the Germplasm Resources Unit (GRU) based at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. SeedStor is a fully searchable system that allows our various collections to be browsed species by species through to complicated multipart phenotype criteria-driven queries. The results from these searches can be downloaded for later analysis or used to order germplasm via our shopping cart. The user community for SeedStor is the plant science research community, plant breeders, specialist growers, hobby farmers and amateur gardeners, and educationalists. Furthermore, SeedStor is much more than a database; it has been developed to act internally as a Germplasm Information Management System that allows team members to track and process germplasm requests, determine regeneration priorities, handle cost recovery and Material Transfer Agreement paperwork, manage the Seed Store holdings and easily report on a wide range of the aforementioned tasks. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Internally, embedding SeedStor in the GRU work routines allow the team members and GRU manager to track and process of germplasm requests much more efficiently then before. It helps to determine plant regeneration priorities in an accurate manner and to handle cost recovery and Material Transfer Agreement paperwork swiftly. Service was improved as users can easily brows the collections and search for their accession of interest. SeedStor code is currently used in collaborative effort to enable future computerised use of the stored information for the use of Developing Future Wheat consortium 
URL https://www.seedstor.ac.uk/
 
Description A workshop: Transatlantic Sessions on Conservation and Organic Agriculture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A GRU team member (Simon Orford) presented a presentation about the potential use of our curated land-races of wheat and barley in the developing industry of "Organic breeding"; Breeding plants for the organic sector. The workshop brought together farmers and researchers from both sides of the Atlantic with a common interest in crops for conventional, conservation and organic agriculture. The purpose of the workshop is to consider how we might work together to improve the choice of crop cultivars, preserve soil health and add value to products.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBC Gardeners Question Time 
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 Exhibited a GRU stand in the JIC Conference Centre for the BBC Gardeners Question Time live recording for the weekly radio program. Aimed at the audience members as they arrived for the Show. Approx 250 members of the public attended
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qp2f
 
Description BTK meeting with industry in Bayrr 
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 As part of Designing Future Wheat consortium, WP leaders and all UK wheat breeding representatives met in Bayer offices in Cambridge research park. A member of the GRU group (Simon Orford) presented the Breeder toolkit consent and main findings for which germplasm is curated. The purpose of the meeting was to agree with industry which of the new developed germplasm should be further developed under the breeder toolkit umbrella. Industry agreed to test the new material and to share agreed results for lines which will be then curated in the GRU.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Breeders open day at JIC 
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 Breeders and stockholders from across the breeding industry visited JIC field station greenhouses and the Germplasm Resource Unit.
Followups included ordering of seeds and information by new users, and a story in the Farmers' Guardian
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DFW training course 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The UK national pre-breeding program, Designing future wheat JIC team was conducting a week long academic course for early-career wheat scientists and wheat breeders.
1. The GRU PI gave a theoretical talk in the course regarding wheat genetic resource
2. A GRU team member demonstrated wheat crosses techniques in an hand on workshop manner
3. GRU supplied plant material for other workshops in the course
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Elsoms Seeds, breeder 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 A group of commercial breeders visited the GRU from Elsoms Seeds Ltd.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Flying farmers group 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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A visit of the flaying farmer association to the GRU as part of a JIC day visit
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description German brewing industry tour visit orginized by Chris Ridout 
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 Commercial visitors from RMI Analytical group representing the German brewing industry visited the GRU as we are renown for supplying seeds of heritage verities for the brewing industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Master student course visit and training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact There is an MSc program in plant breeding and genetics taking place in JIC.
1. The PL in this Grant lectured in the topic of plant germplasm curation and genetic resources
2. The Students visited the unit and the team conducted a mini workshop to demonstrate the work and impact of genebank and to exemplify the existing diversity in the GRU collections
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Norfolk Show July 2018 
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 training and manning a stand at the Norfolk Show on behalf of The "Science, Art and Writing" (SAW Trust ,JIC).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://royalnorfolkshow.rnaa.org.uk/
 
Description Press Visit, popular science journalists and agricultural reporters visited the Germplasm Resource Unit 
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 As part of 'Pulse Research Update'  day in which press representatives visited the John Innes Centre and the Earlham Institute, the group of gournalists held a visit in the GRU facilities and learnt first handed about seed curation and the importance of collection preservation. The primary topic was our active pea collection but the journalists took a great interest in the other core germplasm collection as well.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description RNAA Spring Fling Organising Committee 
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 Spring Fling for the Norfolk Show Committee. Consultation role during the year for the overall planning of the event (3 meetings) with emphasis to science and education. Followed up by attending the one day event. Event aimed at 5000 4-9 yer olds
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019
URL http://springfling.rnaa.org.uk
 
Description School visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A GRU member of team presented an artistic view of our plant science in the Science, Art and Writing (SAW) initiative which breaks down traditional barriers between the arts and sciences. Through creative use of science in the classroom, SAW inspires artistic and scientific endeavour. Children realise that science and the arts are interconnected - and they discover new and exciting ways of looking at the world. SAW projects are accessible to all ages and abilities. They stimulate exploration, enquiry and creativity and they are fun.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/laboratories/anne-osbourn/saw-project/
 
Description Turkish Breeders visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A Turkish leading wheat breeder visit the unit for discussion diversity capture methods
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit from BASF, Germany 
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 As part of the GRU engagement to the breeding industry we invited a Breeder from BASF multinational wheat breeding company to explore the wheat diversity and to engage in future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visitors from DEFRA 
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 Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Visit of DEFRA permanent secretary, Clare Moriarty and her entourage in the Germplasm Resource Unit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Woman in Science 
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 Exhibit Stand of GRU to present use of Drones in plant phenotyping
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Work experience students 
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 High school student visit the GRU and have a tour and explanation of RevGenUK platform and the practice of germplasm curation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Year 10 science camp 
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 Students spend a day performing experiments in the lab. They receive training on basic equipment and protocols. Approximately 20 year 10 students from different schools across the region visit the JIC annually and between 1-2 spend at least 0.5-1 day in the lab.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description syngenta visit to GRU 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A delegation breeders scientists from a major international breeding company visited the Germplasm Resource Unit to discuss around the some of the newly developed germplasm. Ideas and thoughts were exchanged in relating to germplasm and traits that may be of value in a novel wheat hybrid breeding programs. The GRU team was enriched by the insight to the industrial novel goals. The industrial partner learned about the availability of plant material that may be introduced into their future programs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018