Increased efficiency and sustainability

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

Abstract

Increasing yield, both intrinsic yield and closing of the yield gap, must be achieved with increased efficiency and sustainability with regard to fertiliser and water input. Increased yield and efficiency in both higher and lower yielding environments, in present and future climates, requires genetic improvements in yield traits per se, as well as in tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses. We will address two topics with shared objectives across the wheat and other John Innes Centre (JIC), Rothamsted Research (RRes), Earlham Institute and Quadram Institute Bioscience programmes. Both require intensive high throughput field phenotyping, aided by the newly- established unique RRes and JIC facilities for in-field automated phenotyping, focussed on wheat research and employed to evaluate novel germplasm, including donor germplasm, segregating and TILLING populations. We will also further develop our specific automated high throughput field phenotyping methodologies for monitoring wheat performance, the genetic dissection of key traits and the development of improved germplasm. Exploiting these approaches, we will dissect a range of traits using the germplasm and other resources developed within this proggramme. These traits include those involved in tolerance to drought and temperature stress, root and shoot development, crop height, inflorescence and grain architecture, seed size and architecture, root response to nutrient availability, use of nitrogen and other nutrients. The effect of these traits on biomass, and the potential and stability of grain yield, will be quantified.

Publications

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Description During the project, we have provided BBSRC with a google.doc site, which lists all DFW outputs (including data access sites, germplasm generated, datasets generated, publications, and public engagement activities). This document is updated on a regular basis. All the objectives during the DFW reporting period have been met, and many exceeded. All the committees within DFW are running including the key data coordination task force (DCTF) and Breeder's toolkit committees, both with WP1 representation. A second annual open day was held at Rothamsted in 2019 and included substantial inputs and field demonstrations from WP1. Face-to-face interactions, for example, a DFW open day and demonstrations at Cereals 2020, both of which were cancelled, were limited in 2020 by Covid-19. However, with fewer restrictions in place in 2021, the Cereals event was attended and 1:1 presentations were made to UK government cabinet members.

Specific highlights from WP1 are:
Highlights include: modelling climate impacts, new insights into how key genes (NAM1, Rht8, FT-1, NAM-1) alter the development of wheat during stem extension or grain filling with positive effects on grain number/size, and so yield and the development of new crop monitoring approaches. We implemented a haplotype-based approach across wheat cultivars which has revealed several important points for breeding. (1) We found that gene-based sequences alone were insufficient to fully differentiate between wheat haplotypes, as were commonly used array-based genotyping chips due to their gene centric design. (2) We showed that breeders have actively selected for a large region on chromosome 6A which limits potential yield gains by limiting genetic diversity in UK germplasm. (3) We successfully used the haplotype-based approach for a focused discovery of novel haplotypes from the Watkins landrace collection and documented their potential for trait improvement in modern bread wheat. These results also provide a framework for defining and exploiting haplotypes to increase the efficiency and precision of wheat breeding towards optimising its agronomic performance.

Adaptation for target and for future environments:
• Yield variability of maize and winter wheat in European cropping systems were investigated using multipole crop models
• Modelling analysis of genetic yield potential and yield gaps
• The genetic yield potential of wheat in Europe under 2050 climate was estimated by designing in silico wheat ideotypes based on genetic variation in existing wheat germplasm. Wheat ideotypes showed a substantial increase in yield, up to 90%, compared to current local cultivars. Ideotype design is a powerful tool for estimating crop genetic yield potential in target environments and providing traits for improvements to accelerate breeding.
• Identification of a gene for providing high and low temperature tolerance during meiosis.
• Wheat recognizes a long day as ~13 hours. We identified varieties that still see 13 hours as a short day.
• We are identifying genes controlling this flexibility of drilling date.
• Discovery of two new genes that increase crop height.
• Studied the effect of high temperature on wheat development and yield using two UK wheat genotypes showing different levels of sensitivity to heat stress.
• The Ph1 story was completed after 60 years, in terms of identifying the gene within the Ph1 locus responsible for controlling homoeologous recombination through use of CRISPR mutants.
• Practical studies on impacts of heat stress initiated including physiological and RNAseq data
• Work with CIMMYT on drought stresses initiated
• From a comparative analysis of two UK bread wheat varieties under high temperature stress, a range of compounds (metabolites) was identified that enhance the capacity for detoxification of reactive oxygen species (ROS) which form under stress.
• Drone-based thermal imagery giving insights into drought responses of a mapping population
• On wheat polyploidisation, the major meiotic gene, ZIP4, duplicated from its chromosome group 3 location and inserted into chromosome 5B. We have shown previously that this copy of ZIP4 on 5B (ZIP4 5B) promotes homologous pairing and crossover and suppresses homoeologous crossover. We therefore thought that ZIP4 5B could have a major role in stabilising fertility in this polyploid crop. During the reporting period, we showed that 56% of the meiocytes exhibited meiotic abnormalities, leading to 50% of tetrads possessing micronuclei, 50% of the pollen being small, and a near 50% reduction in grain number in wheat carrying a deletion of ZIP4 5B. Thus, the duplication of ZIP4 (ZIP4 5B) is indeed responsible for preserving up to 50% of grain number in wheat.
• Identification of lines from NIAB's synthetic wheat programme which are drought resistant, whilst also having reasonable yields without drought. Preliminary data from drought trial has already been used in a successful European Plant Phenotyping Network application to study drought recovery and additionally used to identify lines for a WUE experiment to be carried out at the University of Lincoln.
• We analysed genetic variation within transcription factor triads, identifying that they are highly conserved as three functional copies. This lays the foundation for their exploitation in wheat breeding.

Canopy architecture and phenology:
• Identification of phenotypes for stacked loss-of-function mutations in GA2ox9 (increased height) and GA3ox2 (extreme, non-flowering dwarf).
• Inclusion of ten new Rht-1 dwarfing alleles in the Breeder's Toolkit.
• Triple mutants of GA20ox underdevelopment as well as gene edited lines
• One Rht-1 allele has been identified as potentially providing a significant resistance to preharvest sprouting. A new GA-insensitive dwarfing gene discovered, acting downstream of Rht-1.
• A field experiment has shown that mutations in GA20ox2 (rice Semidwarf-1) give a height reduction of 20-30%, depending on the strength of the D mutant allele and, in contrast to Rht-1 alleles, show good pollen release. These semi-dwarfing alleles might be useful alternatives to Rht-1, especially for hybrid wheat production.
• Back-crossing mutations in various genes in GA (GA20ox4, GA3ox2, GA2ox4, GA2ox9, EUI) and strigolactone (D14, D3, SPL14, TB1) signalling. Preliminary glasshouse data show various effects on architecture, particularly culm height and tiller number.
• Stacking of mutations in ABA 8-hydroxylase-1, which is involved in ABA turnover, in both red- and white-grained lines. Experiments to assess pre-harvest sprouting sensitivity indicate that partial loss of ABA turnover results in an increase in dormancy and resistance to PHS
• Scanalyzer-derived data identified multiple development specific QTL for height (growth)

Reproductive development:
• Continued development of germplasm containing variant alleles of TEOSINTE BRANCHED1 (TB1), to test for the effect of these alleles on multiple yield-related traits.
• Forward genetics screen has identified an amino acid transporter as a key regulator of spikelet architecture.
• Investigation of QTL on chromosome 2DS that regulates wheat spikelet architecture, narrowing the QTL interval and five candidate genes identified.
• VERNALIZATION1 (VRN1) was shown to genetically regulate the flowering time response of winter wheat to rising ambient temperatures.
• Identification of new genes and biological processes that influence the formation of grain-producing florets in wheat, and that the variation for these genes can improve the nutritional content of grain by boosting protein levels. Work has identified genes that transport nitrogen-based nutrients around the plant, providing genetic insights into how we might be able to grow plants with less fertilizer inputs.
• Importance of T6P metabolism being investigated in diversity panels and for precursor treatments in field trials
• The novel P1 and P2 long-glume alleles have been provided to the WP3 and are being tested within the BTK for their effect on grain weight, specific weight and yield.
• We are currently collaborating with the GEN ISP to better understand how the gene expression gradients affect development across the spike. We are also conducting field experiments to address the effect of photosynthates levels on spike fertility using precise germplasm.
• We showed how delayed senescence can increase grain size and yield
• We generated new data to show that FT2 might be responsible for increased grain number in Avalon x Cadenza
• We determined that there is no yield penalty for 8 new GA-sensitive semi-dwarfing genes from the Paragon EMS-based mutant population.


Soil/root interactions:
• X-ray imaging has determined that wheat root elongation behaviour is regulated by soil bulk density.
• Field experiments found genotypic effects with respect to soil water uptake.
• Comparison of the growth of wheat exposed to root impedance, either by a confining pressure in a sand culture experiment or by soil drying, at a range of nitrate availabilities.
• Extraction of undisturbed 1m soil columns for X-ray Computed Tomography imaging to reveal in situ root-soil interactions. Multiple (>60) field cores (1m depth) taken from DFW trials in 2019 at Rothamsted and scanned using Nottingham X- ray CAT scanner. Root analysis in progress.
• Electrical resistance tomography under Scanalyzer used to measure root activity
• Interactions between root impedance and P-availability investigated
• Modelling of penetrometer resistance completed
• Links between soil moisture and root length distribution determined
• Soil structure accounts for c.60% of the variation in root number density at depth in soil across a range of genotypes (greater than any differences between genotype alone suggesting the importance of the soil environment on root behaviour).

Nutrient Use Efficiency (NUE):
• Analysis of an N-related pathway in wheat varieties to establish (i) response to N fertilizer application and capture of N, and (ii) to retain N within the plant under drought stress.
• Genome-wide identification, phylogeny and expression profile of the Nitrate/Peptide Transporter gene family
• Trehalose 6-phosphate shown to coordinate sink strength with photosynthesis through regulation of sucrose transport.
• The DFW toolkit, including Breeders Toolkit (150-300 lines per year) in field trials for performance in multiple years (2017-21).
• The Paragon x Chinese Spring population was screened under the Rothamsted field scanalyzer, leading to the identification of growth-stage specific QTL.
• Nitrogen variety trials undertaken under Scanalyzer to investigate dynamics of responses to N-application
• Genetic diversity in GS and links to N losses in wheat investigated
• Ammonia losses measured in relation to apoplastic ammonia levels and nitrogen fertilizer application
• Detailed analysis of genes families for specific amino acid and nitrate transporters (NPF) in wheat completed
• Further analysis of specific amino acid transporters for their role in delivery of N to grain seed
• A recent publication examined 'A roadmap for lowering crop N requirements'
• We have carried out a detailed analysis of expression levels of nitrogen-metabolism genes in NAM RNAi lines with delayed senescence. This work identifies candidate genes for regulation of nitrogen remobilisation and metabolism in wheat during grain filling.

Innovative technologies: in-field phenotyping:
• Optimized development of cost-effective phenotyping and phenotypic analysis.
• Low-cost ground-based technology developed using raspberry pi devices (Crop Quant)
• New algorithms for identification and quantification of specific wheat growth phases from images developed using Scanalyzer data extended to any RGB image capture device including drone based
• Substantial application of machine learning and deep learning approaches adopted for wheat crop image analysis
• Electrical resistance tomography under Scanalyzer used to measure root activity
• Breeders Toolkit (BTK) material extensively phenotyped at both John Innes and Rothamsted using drone technology and under phenotyping gantries at both sites
• Practical algorithms developed for automated counting of wheat ears in images of plots
• Development of algorithms to adjust for sunlit and shaded areas of canopies in images, necessary for calculation of multiple vegetative indices.
• Improved methods to extract information on canopy development and senescence from drone captured images
• Development of drone-based thermal imagery to evaluate water use in trials
• Development of protocols for imaging individual leaf thermal measurements (using Scanalyzer) to compare with drone acquired data
Exploitation Route • Breeders are using germplasm and molecular markers to produce new wheat varieties
• Data from phenotyping and final yield performance is available on GrassRoots: https://grassroots.tools/dfw/
• Suppressor screens have led to the identification of around 40 novel Rht-1 dwarfing mutations. Many other alleles are in the pipeline and backcrossing to remove excess mutations is in progress. These novel alleles are much in demand by the wheat breeders.
• Root exudates may play and important role in metering water up take by roots.
• Improved workflow for drone imaging especially using thermal imagery useful for drone-based crop monitoring providers.
• Modelling predicts that drought tolerance during reproductive development is important for achieving higher yield potentials and greater yield stability for wheat under future climate change in Europe
• New algorithms for rapid crop phenotyping may be adopted by the breeding industry to advanced crop improvement
• Very important implications for breeders to consider the 'field soil' environment during screening and development of new lines. Furthermore, recommendations on soil management to maximise the development of biopores at depth in soil could have important agronomic consequences which will be demonstrated over time.
• The design of wheat ideotypes could provide an effective roadmap for plant scientists and breeders to identify target traits for crop improvement and genetic adaptation to maximise wheat yields under future climates.
• The availability of new improved dwarfing alleles for wheat breeders.
• Alleles have been identified that increases GPC by 25%, and in the process, as well as other inflorescence architecture genes that boost GPC. We anticipate these will be of interest to breeding companies that aim to increase the quality of grain. Similarly, our work on an amino acid transporter has provided insights into how plants respond to nutrient input conditions, which may lead to genetic strategies for improving nitrogen use efficiency in crops. This work will require additional funding, development of germplasm and cooperation with breeders.
• We have developed backcrossed (to BC3), stacked mutation in the three homoeologues of numerous genes in wheat hormone signalling pathways, including GA, ABA and SL. A number of these have potential for use in crop improvement to modify various aspects of crop architecture and environmental responses. These lines throw light on the role of plant hormones in controlling crop development and the response to the environment and will be invaluable in further investigation of these processes.
• Identified compounds protective against oxidative stress may be targeted for breeding and further investigated as potential beneficial agro-chemicals.
• Findings from drought trial being used as preliminary data for future funding application with University of Essex focused on drought recovery and photosynthesis
• We have shared the germplasm for the novel P1 allele and the new Watkins haplotypes for chromosome 6A with the UK and international breeding community through the WP3 Breeders' Toolkit. We have also shared germplasm with the IWYP US hub.
• We have made all genetic markers and associated information available through publications.
• We have had 1-to-1 meetings with four major wheat breeding companies to go in depth into the haplotype-based approach and how they can use this within their breeding programmes. This is now being further developed for future research programmes on how to implement these approaches.
• We developed a haplotype visualisation browser (www.crop-haplotype.com) to allow users to work with the data in an interactive manner. This will allow its more effective use within research and industrial programmes.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

URL https://designingfuturewheat.org.uk/
 
Description Findings have been used in terms of delivery of results and germplasm to stakeholders (breeders, CIMMYT), sharing of data, creation of a spin-out company, and multiple examples of media engagement. Delivery of germplasm Key to this work package of DFW is trait dissection, mechanistic understanding of processes involved, germplasm development and delivery to industry via WP3. This includes germplasm and markers for increased yield through altered phenology, new diagnostic haplotypes for alternative semi-dwarfing genes, new QTL and nitrogen use efficiency for grain yield. All useful traits are incorporated in the Breeders Toolkit and directly accessed by breeders. • There is significant commercial interest in novel alleles of wheat architecture genes. Novel mutants in genes involved in gibberellin biosynthesis and signalling are being introgressed into winter and spring cultivar to be assessed as alternatives to Rht-1 dwarfing alleles. A further 5 Rht-1 (15 in total) have been included in the BTK. All alleles are currently being introgressed into 3 elite varieties. • Provision of germplasm to CIMMYT for improved grain quality traits such as improved GPC, which includes alleles detected in the Cadenza TILLING population. We have also continued to work with KWS for a floret architecture trait, and the outcomes of this work is contributing to a patent application. • We have identified two genes that control glume and floral organ length in wheat, P1 (Adamski et al 2021 Plant Cell) and P2 (Chan et al 2022 bioRxiv). Both genes are closely related transcription factors, which are allowing us to understand inflorescence architecture in wheat. We introduced the novel allele for P1 into the DFW WP3 Breeders' Toolkit and this was found to increase grain weight, albeit not grain yield. Importantly though, we found significant increases across sites for specific weight, which is an important breeding target. • We worked to decipher the genetics of a major grain yield effect on chromosome 6A (Brinton et al 2020 Communications Biology). We used a haplotype-based approach and found that breeders have maintained multiple genes as an intact chromosome 6A haplotype to maximise phenotypic expression and have consequently limited genetic diversity across the chromosome. We used this information to identify additional haplotypes across this region which have a potentially beneficial effect and have not been tested in UK agriculture. These three novel haplotypes have been incorporated into the DFW WP3 Academic Toolkit and as such will be evaluated shortly. • Lines from the NIAB drought trial with good performance under drought were shared with University of Lincoln for water use efficiency (WUE) studies. • Phenotyping of performance of all lines in the Academic and Breeders Toolkits achieved as part of WP1 and data is delivered to WP3 and the breeders. • It is now recommended that a new (non-GM) zip4-ph1d mutant generated in WP1 is used in breeding, as preservation of homologous pairing in these lines reduces the chromosome rearrangements seen with the ph1b mutant that is traditionally used to introgress desirable wild relative chromosome segments into wheat. Take up of technology by industry Improvements in automated phenotyping (drone technology, algorithms) allows more detailed and higher throughput of germplasm screening. Considerable industry interest is being shown in algorithms developed and in possible roll out of drone-based technology. Development of spin-out company Formation of spinout company SugaROx, which has now been registered with Companies House Media engagement BBC Radio 4, Farmers Weekly, Farming UK, CPM Magazine, Western Morning News and Devon Live report on research showing subsidies paid to farmers for protecting the environment will lead to more stable incomes compared to other forms of payment (Harkness et al 2021, Stability of farm income: the role of agricultural diversity and agri-environment scheme payments. Agricultural Systems, 187: 103009). Appearances on Country File and Channel 4 Food Unwrapped TV programmes. Sharing of data All data is being placed in a common DFW data depository (Grassroots) with free access. Data from NIAB drought trial has been shared with the Semenov group to be incorporated into the Sirius crop model which will be widely applied, and additionally data was used as part of a successful European Plant Phenotyping Network application. Presentations have been made at multiple international meetings, at the annual Defra WGIN Stakeholders meeting and at the key industry sector event, Cereals, when held, including in 2021.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description A member of the Science Board of the G20 wheat initiative set up by the G20 agricultural ministers to coordinate wheat research across the G20 countries
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact By coordinating wheat research to address food security issues across the G20 countries, it makes more effect use of the funding by G20 government agencies
 
Description AGG Wheat Scientific and Technical Steering Committee
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Bioinformatics Community of Practice (Eight-month training at BecA)
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bioinformatics Community of Practice (Eight-month training at BecA)
URL https://acaciaafrica.org/bioinformatics-community-practice/
 
Description Bioinformatics Training Workshop pre-Monogram
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bioinformatics Traning Workshop pre-Monogram
 
Description Bioinformatics for Plant Biology Course 2018
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bioinformatics for Plant Biology Course 2018
 
Description Discussion with DEFRA on gene editing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Food Systems Assessment Panel Meeting
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Grant Writing Workshop
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Grant Writing Workshop
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Grant Writing Workshop (2021_2)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description MSc course on Model to Crop
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description MSc course on Wheat Yield
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description PhD lecture on Wheat genomics to Catholic University in Chile
Geographic Reach South America 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact PhD lecture on Wheat genomics
 
Description Scientific writing for grad students (Catholic University of Chile)
Geographic Reach South America 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Soft skills workshop
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Three lectures for PLL1 last year Plant Science course
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Three lectures for PLL1 last year Plant Science course (2022)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course
 
Description Transforming UK Food Systems Panel
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description UK Global Food Security Science Advisory Board
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/
 
Description Undergraduate course UEA MSc
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Undergraduate course UEA MSc
 
Description Visit by Adam Stains, Matt Freeman and Harriet Trewin, BBSRC: Discussion on latest developments in crop breeding techniques
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Visit by Green Party Norfolk County Councillors
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Visit from Government Office of Science (Nancy Bailey, Neil Waby, Rebecca Nohl)- Discussion on CRISPR gene editing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Visit from the Board of GenOk, Norway (senior advisors to Government in Norway and Finland) with Harwood W. to discuss advances in genetic modification and genome editing.
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Visit of Norman Lamb MP
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Workshop on Soft Skills, BGRI Meeting
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Workshop on Soft Skills, BGRI Meeting
 
Description 18-BTT: Induction of double haploids in wheat using CENH3 mutants and genome editing
Amount £222,680 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/S020888/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 03/2021
 
Description BBSRC response mode award
Amount £582,712 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/R007233/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 04/2021
 
Description IWYP Call 2: Rooty-A root ideotype toolbox to support improved wheat yields
Amount £151,462 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/S012818/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 11/2021
 
Description International Wheat Yield Partnership
Amount £1,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 05/2021
 
Description Strategic Training Award for Research Skills
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 02/2020
 
Description Wheat floral organ size and its effects on grain size
Amount £549,750 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/S016945/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2019 
End 05/2022
 
Title DFW landrace pillar website, data repository, and user guide. 
Description This is where all data generated for landrace cultivars within WP3 (Germplasm) of DFW is made available to the wider community. This includes the composition of the Breeders Toolkit, The AE Watkins whole collection, The AE Watkins core collection (1050), the Gediflux historic collection of winter wheats (430), Paragon x Watkins NAM populations (12000), over 90 genetic maps, QTL data, a large number of near isogenic lines developed from Watkins landrace cultivar alleles, and detailed descriptions of how these resources can be applied to diverse questions in wheat research and breeding and how to access them. Although some genotypic information is presented here the main route for accessing the information is by linkage to Cerealsdb. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The website is the portal by which a number of research groups have queried DFW germplasm and then requested these resources. Germplasm requests are now handles by the derived germplasm specialist within the Germplasm Resource Unit. 
URL http://wisplandracepillar.jic.ac.uk/
 
Title PolyMarker 
Description Update on Primer design for polyploid species 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact New biology 
URL http://bar.utoronto.ca/efp_wheat/cgi-bin/efpWeb.cgi
 
Title Wheat Expression 
Description The majority of RNA-seq expression studies in plants remain underutilised and inaccessible due to the use of disparate transcriptome references and the lack of skills and resources to analyse and visualise this data. We have developed expVIP, an expression Visualisation and Integration Platform, which allows easy analysis of RNA-seq data combined with an intuitive and interactive interface. Users can analyse public and user-specified datasets with minimal bioinformatics knowledge using the expVIP virtual machine. This generates a custom web browser to visualise, sort and filter the RNA-seq data and provides outputs for differential gene expression analysis. We demonstrate expVIP's suitability for polyploid crops and evaluate its performance across a range of biologically-relevant scenarios. To exemplify its use in crop research we developed a flexible wheat expression browser (www.wheat-expression.com) which can be expanded with user-generated data in a local virtual machine environment. The open-access expVIP platform will facilitate the analysis of gene expression data from a wide variety of species by enabling the easy integration, visualisation and comparison of RNA-seq data across experiments. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This database provides open access to over 400 RNAseq studies in wheat and the underlying algorithms are all available to adapt to any species with a reference genome. Over 11,000 sessions from >5,000 and >50,000 pageviews 
URL http://www.wheat-expression.com
 
Title Wheat TILLING in EnsemblPlants 
Description Update of sequenced mutants and coordination with ensemblPlants 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact over 7000 mutants distributed from over 300 orders 
URL http://plants.ensembl.org/Triticum_aestivum/Info/Index
 
Title Wheat Training 
Description This website provides background information and practical resources to help both budding wheat scientists as well as researchers looking to expand their work into wheat. There is a need to improve crops to feed the world's growing population with the backdrop of climate change. Translation of fundamental plant biology research (e.g. from Arabidopsis thaliana) into crops such as wheat provides a potential route to deal with this challenge. However learning even simple tasks such as growing and crossing wheat plants requires time and effort, while material and methods sections in published articles are often short and cannot substitute teaching aids. This is also true for more complex topics such as the genomics aspect of wheat. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact >4,500 sessions from >2,700 users 
URL http://www.wheat-training.com/
 
Title Wheat Training 
Description Wheat Training website to help new researchers engage with wheat 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact http://www.wheat-training.com/ 
URL http://www.wheat-training.com/
 
Title eFP expression browser 
Description Expression browser for wheat data 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact New biology 
URL http://bar.utoronto.ca/efp_wheat/cgi-bin/efpWeb.cgi
 
Description 10 Pangenome Project 
Organisation University of Saskatchewan
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration for 10 pangenome project
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration for 10 pangenome project
Impact Sequencing of 10 wheat varieties
Start Year 2017
 
Description A meeting between CIMMYT and DFW funded by BMGF to discuss collaboration projects 
Organisation International Centre for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT)
Country Mexico 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I organised a meeting funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation brought together members of the BBSRC's coordinated wheat programme (Designing Future Wheat) with members of CIMMYT (who breed wheat for the resource poor in the developing world), discuss potential opportunities for interaction. These opportunities are taken forward by writing proposals for Newton , GCRF or IWYP funding calls
Collaborator Contribution See above
Impact This interaction is still ongoing between members of BBSRC's coordinated wheat programme (Designing Future Wheat) and researchers within CIMMYT with proposals being written for IWYP and Newton calls
Start Year 2018
 
Description ACACIA 
Organisation International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
Country Kenya 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution JIC lead to develop ACACIA (Alliance for Accelerated Crop Improvement in Africa)
Collaborator Contribution African partners for ACACIA
Impact Training, workshops, staff exchange
Start Year 2017
 
Description Amino acid analysis in grain 
Organisation Rothamsted Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I provided the germplasm and material for the experiment.
Collaborator Contribution Jane Ward performed analysis of amino acids in wheat grain, which will contribute to our publication on a new gene that controls wheat inflorescence development.
Impact We know that a mutant line produces grain that contains higher amounts of amino acids
Start Year 2018
 
Description Amino acid analysis in plant tissue 
Organisation Heidelberg University
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We provided the tissue samples
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators analysed amino acid levels in different tissue samples of different genotypes of wheat.
Impact All outputs include results that will be used in upcoming publications
Start Year 2017
 
Description Amino acid transporter experiments 
Organisation University of Adelaide
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I provided the DNA sequences and plasmids for the experiments.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators helped me localise the protein to the plasma membrane of wheat cells, and they performed xenopus experiments to show that the protein transports arginine across the cell membrane.
Impact The results from these experiments will be used in upcoming publications
Start Year 2020
 
Description Analysis of miRNA 
Organisation University of Adelaide
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I provided the germplasm and the RNA samples.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators performed Northern blot analysis to analyse the presence of miRNAs in my tissue samples.
Impact Outputs are results that will be used in a publication.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Bayer 
Organisation Bayer
Department Bayer CropScience Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Wheat genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Wheat breeding and molecular knowledge
Impact joint projects
Start Year 2012
 
Description Collaboration with KWS 
Organisation KWS UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution I interact with plant breeders and pre-breeding researchers at KWS-UK to investigate inflorescence architecture and development traits in bread wheat
Collaborator Contribution Allow me to phenotype their populations, perform genotype analysis and they share germplasm resources.
Impact Molecular markers for use in breeding programs and genetic knowledge to help optimize inflorescence development traits in bread wheat.
Start Year 2016
 
Description EIAR 
Organisation Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are currently sequencing 200 teff genomes
Collaborator Contribution They have provided access to germplasm and DNA
Impact none so far
Start Year 2020
 
Description Grain protein content 
Organisation John Innes Centre
Department Germplasm Resources Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I provided the grain that was being analysed.
Collaborator Contribution The GRU analysed grain protein content for my samples, and also provided access to results for an entire mutant population that will contribute to a publication
Impact Outputs include GPC results which will be used for publications, and support the use of this material in breeding programmes.
Start Year 2019
 
Description KWS 
Organisation KWS UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Breeder know how and germplasm
Impact joint projects
Start Year 2009
 
Description Limagrain 
Organisation Limagrain
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Germplasm and breeder know-how
Impact Phd Studentship, field trails, among others
Start Year 2009
 
Description NIAB 
Organisation National Institute of Agronomy and Botany (NIAB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborate with James Cockram, Greg Mellers and Beatrice Corsi to identify genetic regions that regulate inflorescence architecture in bread wheat using the NIAB UK winter wheat MAGIC population
Collaborator Contribution Provide access to their MAGIC population field trials and perform QTL analysis.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description Punjab Agricultural University 
Organisation Punjab Aricultural University
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Know how on wheat genomics and genetics, training.
Collaborator Contribution Gernplasm, local knowledge
Impact Have helped partners implement marker technology.
Start Year 2011
 
Description RAGT 
Organisation RAGT Seeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Wheat germplasm and know how
Impact Shared projects
Start Year 2009
 
Description Syngenta 
Organisation Syngenta International AG
Country Switzerland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Have shared germplasm for use in their breeding programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Have taken up JIC IP to use in their breeding operations.
Impact This has just started.
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Passo Fundo 
Organisation The University of Passo Fundo
Country Brazil 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution information on genetic basis of resistance to wheat blast
Collaborator Contribution information on research tools and data relating to specific resistances
Impact student secondment to my laboratory for nine months
Start Year 2017
 
Description VIB_Ghent 
Organisation Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie
Department VIB Gent
Country Belgium 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are working to annotate the cis-regulatory landscape of polyploid wheat
Collaborator Contribution They have run BLSSpeller on multiple Poacaea genomes
Impact none so far
Start Year 2020
 
Description Wheat transformation 
Organisation National Institute of Agronomy and Botany (NIAB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We provided the DNA samples of the plasmid to be transformed into wheat
Collaborator Contribution The Crop Transformation team transformed wheat (cv. Cadenza) with the transgene of interest.
Impact The work is still ongoing, but will contribute to a publication
Start Year 2020
 
Title Crop Haplotype 
Description The Crop Haplotypes website provides an interactive graphic visualisation of the shared haplotypes between the wheat genome assemblies generated as part of the 10+ Wheat Genome Project (Brinton et al, 2020; Walkowiak et al, 2020). We used chromosome-level genome assemblies of nine wheat cultivars (ArinaLrFor, Jagger, Julius, Lancer, Landmark, Mace, Norin61, Stanley, SY-Mattis) and the Chinese Spring RefSev1.0 assembly alongside scaffold-level assemblies of five additional cultivars (Cadenza, Claire, Paragon, Robigus and Weebill). For more details on the cultivars and overall context of the project see this link and the manuscript describing these assemblies (Walkowiak et al, 2020). To call haplotype blocks we used a combination of whole chromosome level NUCmer alignments and gene-based pairwise alignments using BLASTn. Briefly, we defined haplotype blocks as physical regions with =99.99% sequence identity (across a fixed bin size of 5-, 2.5- or 1-Mbp) between pairwise comparisons of cultivars in the 10+ Wheat Genome Project. More details on this haplotype analysis and the underlying methodologies can be found in the manuscript "A haplotype-led approach to increase the precision of wheat breeding" (Brinton et al, 2020). 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2020 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact We used this software for two publications (Brinton et al 2020 Comms Biology and Walkowiak et al 2020 Nature) 
URL http://www.crop-haplotypes.com/
 
Title Expression Browser in wheat 
Description Expression browser for wheat gene expression data 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact New biology 
URL http://www.wheat-expression.com/
 
Title PolyMarker 
Description PolyMarker is an automated bioinformatics pipeline for SNP assay development which increases the probability of generating homoeologue-specific assays for polyploid species. PolyMarker generates a multiple alignment between the target SNP sequence and the selected reference genome (from the drop off menu in green below). It then generates a mask with informative polymorphic positions between homoeologs which are highlighted with respect to the target genome. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Over 160,000 pageviews over the past 24 months 
URL http://www.polymarker.info/
 
Title Wheat Training 
Description This website provides background information and practical resources to help both budding wheat scientists as well as researchers looking to expand their work into wheat. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Roughly 1000 pageviews per month from across the world 
URL http://www.wheat-training.com/
 
Description ABC (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Descifrado el genoma del trigo, el cereal más cultivado del planeta
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://abci-descifrado-genoma-trigo-cereal-mas-cultivado-planeta-201808162031_noticia.html
 
Description AICC Conference keynote 
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 AICC Conference keynote
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Advisory board feedback for USDA CAP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As a member of the three person advisory board we hear updates on the progress of USDA CAP and provide feedback for the consortium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.triticeaecap.org/about/t-cap-scientific-advisory-board/
 
Description Agricultural Industries Confederation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Agribusiness Meeting: A step change in plant breeding to achieve a UK competitive advantage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Argentinian International Wheat Congress (keynote) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Opening keynote Argentinian International Wheat Congress
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Australian, UK scientists solve 30-year wheat rust genetics puzzle 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Australian, UK scientists solve 30-year wheat rust genetics puzzle
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uos-aus082418.php
 
Description BBC News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Wheat gene map to help feed the world
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45173968
 
Description BBC World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC World: wheat genome (Pallab Ghosh)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBSRC Food Priming Partnership Workshop 
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 BBSRC Food Priming Partnership Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Borlaug Dialogue 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Bolaug Dialogue
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Breeders Toolkit Committee Maeeting at Bayer CropScience Cambridge 
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 The Breeders Toolkit Committee met to decide on which of the nominated alleles and lines should be included in the Breeders Toolkit for the production of derived germplasm by the GRU and DFW WP3 and future commercial multi site trials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://wisplandracepillar.jic.ac.uk/toolkit.htm
 
Description Breeders Toolkit commercial visits 
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 From the 4th to the 6th July DFW and Germplasm Resource Unit scientists visited 9 commercial and academic sites where the DFW Breeders Toolkit was being grown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://wisplandracepillar.jic.ac.uk/toolkit.htm
 
Description CIMMYT-UK Bill and Melinda Gates World Cafe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact World café discussion on future collaboration between DFW and CIMMYT
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CPM Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact CPM Magazine interview on wheat genome and genetics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cpm-magazine.co.uk/2018/08/21/genetics-hope-future-wheat/#
 
Description Cereals Event 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Cereals Event talk on plant breeding technologies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Chairing wheat genetics symposium, Tuln, Austria 
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 Chaired a session of Wheat Genetic symposium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cibus 2018, Salone internazionale dell'alimentazione 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Cibus 2018, Salone internazionale dell'alimentazione
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference organiser of PAG San Diego attracting 3800 plant and animal researchers 
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 I am on the organising committee of the largest plant and animal ag genomics conference attracting some 3800 researchers, policy makers, industry etc
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019
 
Description Conference presentation at PAG XXVI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was invited to present a seminar in the Gene Introgression Workshop at PAG XXVI conference in San Diego.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Core skills workshop for Bioinformatics Community of Practice 
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 Core skills workshop for Bioinformatics Community of Practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DBT-BBSRC Smart Agriculture Conclave 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact DBT-BBSRC Smart Agriculture Conclave
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DFW Presentation to DEFRA chief science advisor 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A discussion of the outcomes and impact of WISP and DFW programmes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Daily Mail Online 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Genetic make-up of wheat has been decoded for the first time: Scientists say it could lead to low allergy varieties and crops that need less water
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6068177/Genetic-make-wheat-decoded-time.html
 
Description Demonstration of plant tissue culture as part of the JIC open day 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On the 16th Sept, as a part of the JIc Open Day, Harwood W., Atkinson N., Hinchliffe A., Hundleby P., Hayta S., Amador M. ran a stand demonstrating plant tissue culture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussion Norman Lamb, MP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion Norman Lamb, MP
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussion on gene editing and regulations with BSPB, Royal Society, UKPSF, breeders 
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 Discussion on gene editing and regulations with BSPB, Royal Society, UKPSF, breeders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with AHDB 
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 Discussion on gene editing with AHDB
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with Mid Anglia branch of the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) 
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 Discussion on gene editing with Mid Anglia branch of the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU East Anglia (full membership) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion on gene editing with NFU East Anglia complete membership
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU East Anglia Crop Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on gene editing with NFU East Anglia Crop Board
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU East Midlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on gene editing with NFU East Midlands
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU National Crops Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on gene editing with NFU National Crops Board
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU National Regional Crops Board 
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 on gene editing with NFU National Regional Crops Board
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU National SouthWest Regional Crops Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on gene editing with NFU National SouthWest Regional Crops Board
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU South West 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on gene editing with NFU South West
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU West Midlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on gene editing with NFU West Midlands
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion with Gov Office Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion with Gov Office Science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussions with Syngenta 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussions on collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Eastern Daily Press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact How Norwich scientists' wheat DNA breakthrough could help feed the world
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/farming/john-innes-centre-norwich-wheat-genome-1-5655948
 
Description El Confidencial (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact El pan del futuro ya está aquí: científicos secuencian los 107.891 genes del trigo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.elconfidencial.com/tecnologia/ciencia/2018-08-16/secuencian-genoma-trigo-pan-futuro_1604...
 
Description El Mundo (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact El genoma del trigo harinero ayudará a crear variedades más resistentes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.elmundo.es/ciencia-y-salud/ciencia/2018/08/16/5b75ab13468aeb3d7e8b458b.html
 
Description El Pais (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact El genoma del alimento que da a la humanidad una de cada cinco calorías
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/08/16/ciencia/1534414224_631189.html
 
Description FSOV-Paris 
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 Meeting with French breeders to discuss FSOV activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
 
Description Farmers Weekly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Scientists apply for GM wheat and Crispr brassica field trials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.fwi.co.uk/arable/scientists-apply-for-gm-wheat-and-crispr-brassica-field-trials
 
Description Garnet York 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Garnet York 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Gatbsy Plant Science Students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Can wheat genomics help alleviate food insecurity?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Genoma completo del trigo augura mayor rendimiento y seguridad alimentaria al mundo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Genoma completo del trigo augura mayor rendimiento y seguridad alimentaria al mundo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.economiaynegocios.cl/noticias/noticias.asp?id=496697
 
Description German Plant Breeding Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact German Plant Breeding Society: keynote
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Global Food Security: WORKING GROUP OF CROP BREEDERS AND CLIMATE MODELLERS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Global Food Security: WORKING GROUP OF CROP BREEDERS AND CLIMATE MODELLERS
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description IWGSC Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IWGSC Webinar on new genomic tools in wheat
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description International Computation Biology Society: Africa meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact International Computation Biology Society: Africa meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited seminar - CRAG, Barcelone 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar at CRAG research institute in Barcelona, as part of an exchange of scientists between JIC, CRAG and MPIPZ (Germany)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited seminar - Early Careers Researcher 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 an invited seminar and participated in discussion group for ECRs from JIC, MPIPZ and CRAG.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited seminar - Enza Zaden 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I was invited to deliver a seminar at the head quarters of Enza Zaden (Enkhuizen, Netherlands) about Speed Breeding and how they might be able to use it more effectively in their company. I have since discussed potential projects with their pre-breeding team about improving the control of flowering for cucurbits and onion within their breeding programs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited seminar - MPIPZ Cologne 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was invited to deliver a seminar at the Max Planck Insititute for Plant Breeding in Cologne, where I talked about our recent advances in understanding genes that control inflorescence architecture in wheat. The visit sparked interesting discussions about genes controlling reproductive development in cereals and the networking was important for my career development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited seminar - Milan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I delivered an invited seminar on the genetic regulation of inflorescence architecture at the Department of Biosciences, University of Milan. The talk resulted in me being invited to be an external supervisor/mentor for a PhD student, and I have discussed project opportunities with Fabio Fornara and Lucio Conti.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited seminar - wheatCAP Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I was invited to be a keynote speaker at the wheatCAP symposium - Bridging the Gap: Using Functional Genomics to Unlock Yield Potential, held in San Diego. My talk influenced the views of multiple post-graduate students at the symposium, and I will be hosting a student at JIC who invited me to talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.triticeaecap.org/whpss/
 
Description Invited seminar at IPK Gatersleben 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was invited to deliver a seminar at IPK Gatersleben in Germany, to discuss research outcomes and network to help develop new project ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited speaker University of Reading 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on the genetics of adaptation in wheat
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invitred speaker at IPK Gatersleben to give Vavilov Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dissemination on the genetics of adaptation in wheat landraces.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Italian Society of Genetics (SIGA) and Plant Biology (SIBV) Joint meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote at PISA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description JIC Annual Science Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact JIC Annual Science Meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC Open day 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact JIC Open Day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC Science Innovation Showcase 
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 at JIC Science Innovation Showcase with over 100 industry representatives
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Jersey Farming Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Jersey Farming Conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Jesus College, Cambridge conference on Food, Farming and Climate Change 
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 Jesus College, Cambridge conference on Food, Farming and Climate Change
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description John Innes Centre open day to the public 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact To show the general public plant science research in practise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description KWS Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact KWS Lecture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description KWS Wheat network discussions 
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 Discussion with KWS scientist and breeders on wheat networks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote: Canadian Wheat Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Canadian Wheat Symposium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote: From Seed to Pasta III 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From Seed to Pasta III
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MSc Domestication 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact MSc course on Domestication
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MSc course on Model to Crop 
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 MSc course on Model to Crop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020
 
Description MSc on Wheat Yield 
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 MSc course on Wheat Yield
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020
 
Description Meeting and presentation to discuss interactions between those international groups involved in meiosis research on wheat and barley in Paris 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting has led to the proposal to hold a much larger meeting on cereal meiosis researchers in 2019 at RRes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Member of the board of the G20 wheat initative 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I am a board member of the G20 wheat initiative set up by the G20 agricultural ministers to facilitate coordination of wheat research in the G20 countries. We organise working group to facilitate such coordination, and to identify priorities for funding by funding agencies within the G20 countries
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description Member of the management board of CGIAR wheat programme (CIMMYT and ICARD) to breed wheat for the resource-poor in the developing World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A management board member of CGIAR wheat programme (CIMMYT and ICARD) to breed wheat for the resource-poor in the developing World
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019
 
Description Monogram Bioinformatics Workshop 
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 Monogram Bioinformatics Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description NBT platform meetings in Brussels 
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 The New Breeding Techniques Platform ('NBT Platform') is a coalition of SMEs, large industry and prominent academic and research institutes which strives to bring clarity to the European debate on New Breeding Techniques. http://www.nbtplatform.org/about-the-nbt-platform

Prof. Harwood W. represented the JIC on the NBT platform at meetings in Brussels on: 21st Sept 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Norfolk forum Science 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 provide the general public with an insight into plant science research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Opening Lecture Eucarpia Congress (Budapest) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Opening Lecture@ Eucarpia (Budapest)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Organisation a day workshop at Eucarpia meeting , Clermont_Ferrand Paris, with INRA (French) and Proweizen (German ) and CIMMYT researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The worship was to discuss possible collaborations which could lead to bids into the EU for funding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Oxford Farming Conference talk 
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 Oxford Farming Conference talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp0QJDivWgA
 
Description Participation in Breeder's Day 2017 
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 Breeder's Day event at John Innes Centre, showcasing the potential applied outcomes from our research to industry and public breeders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pint of Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Norwich Science Festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Plenary talk at Genomics in breeding meeting, IPK Gatersleben, Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Gave plenary talk at the main crop institute in Germany.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Update on progress in INEW project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cerealsdb.uk.net/cerealgenomics/INEW/index.html
 
Description Presentation at JIC annual science meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Describing the DFW Breeders Toolkit to JIC staff and science impact advisory board
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at Plant and Animal Genome Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation was W257 Developmental and Physiological Dissection of QTLs in Wheat NAM Populations
Stefano Bencivenga, Luzie U. Wingen, Scott Boden and Simon Griffiths, John Innes Centre, Norwich, United Kingdom
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pag.confex.com/pag/xxvi/meetingapp.cgi/Person/49737
 
Description Presentation at the conference for the UK Millers and bakers (NABIM-london) on DFW 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Was asked to provide further information on the coordinated DFW programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation for Beccles U3A 'GM to Gene Edited Crops' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 20 Sep 2017 Wendy Harwood gave a Presentation for Beccles U3A entitled: 'GM to Gene Edited Crops'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation on DFW at the DEFRA stakeholders WGIN meeting at RRES 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Request for more information on the programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation on WISP/DFW to ACC1 Cereals and Grains conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The presentation was to inform the cereal grain (rice, maize and wheat) processes community on the step change which has occurred in wheat research and the involvement of WISP/DFW in the step change
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation on WISP/DFW to the BBSRC legume community 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The presentation was to describe how the UK coordinated wheat programme was put together, and the impact the programme has had on the step change which has occurred in wheat research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation on WISP/DFW to the BBSRC rice community 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation described how the coordinated WISP/DFW UK wheat programme was put together, and the impact the programme has had on the step change which has occurred in wheat research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Press Release - Landmark study generates first genomic atlas for worldwide wheat 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact This press release was picked up by160 news outlets with an online reach of 795 million (calculated in monthly visits to the websites on which the story appeared) outlets included Mail Online and many local and regional news outlets across UK. This is because the story was picked up by the Press Association the wire used by all the regional press. The press release was also covered in the international media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/landmark-study-generates-first-genomic-atlas-for-worldwide-wheat...
 
Description Press release: "Major award recognises UK and global impact of wheat scientist" 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/major-award-recognises-uk-and-global-impact-of-wheat-scientist/
 
Description Press release: "Previously grainy wheat genome comes into focus" 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised. The press release led to the production of 85 stories (26 online, 11 association, 3 daily newspaper, 1 magazine, 1 news service, 23 news website, 20 other and 1) following the publication of her paper. The total ad value is the estimated cost of how much your coverage adds up if you took out an advert of equivalent prominence in that publication. This is: £133,518.86 to date. Monthly visits is for the online stories is worth = £1,611,830,585
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/previously-grainy-wheat-genome-comes-into-focus/
 
Description Previously grainy wheat genome comes into focus 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Previously grainy wheat genome comes into focus
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2018/08/wheat-genome-focus/
 
Description Rachel Lambert, Senior Livelihoods Adviser, Agriculture Research DFID 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Rachel Lambert, Senior Livelihoods Adviser, Agriculture Research DFID
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Radio Cardiff 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Radio interview for genome paper: Radio Cardiff
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.mixcloud.com/pythagoras_trousers/pythagoras-trousers-episode-421-mapping-the-wheat-genom...
 
Description Radio Extramadura (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview in spanish regarding wheat genome sequence
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.canalextremadura.es/alacarta/radio/audios/principio-de-incertidumbre-la-secuenciacion-del...
 
Description Radio Interview - BBC Radio 4 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I discussed the benefits of the Speed Breeding technique that has been developed at JIC in collaboration with researchers in Australia on a radio interview on BBC4 as part of the Gardener's Question Time programme. As the interview was on radio, it is difficult to gauge the impact; however, multiple people from outside the institute heard the interview and said that it has changed their understanding of the capabilities of plant breeding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b0bgmxpv
 
Description Redburn 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk at Redburn investment bank
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Royal Norfolk Show 
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 I participated in the Royal Norfolk Show, but presenting for the John Innes Centre stall, where I discussed our work on improving wheat by optimizing inflorescence architecture and accelerating breeding using speed breeding. We spoke to multiple members of the general public about these specific topics, as well as general areas of plant science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SIGA Congress Angelo Bianchi 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Over 100 attendants and discussion of new tools for wheat genomic research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description School visit (NDPS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact discussion with year 6 students on gene editing and genetics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Wheat's complex genome finally deciphered, offering hope for better harvests and nonallergenic varieties
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/08/wheat-s-complex-genome-finally-deciphered-offering-hope-bette...
 
Description Science Cafe - Norwich Science Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I conducted a Science Cafe event with Prof. Enrico Coen, where we discussed the benefits of plant science and the excitement that comes with identifying genes that regulate key aspects of plant development, both in model and crop species. The event included presentations from myself and Prof. Coen, followed by a Q & A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science Showcase Event at John Innes Centre 
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 I participated in the John Innes Centre Science Showcase Event to inform industry and business about the research the is taking place at JIC, and to help develop new academic/industry links.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science and Faith 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Is it ethical to oppose modern plant breeding technologies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Scientific Soft Skills workshop 
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 Scientific Soft Skills workshop in Cairo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Seminar Ghent Biosciences 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar Ghent Biosciences
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Seminar University of York 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar University of York
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Seminar University of Zurich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar University of Zurich
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Seminar at International Wheat Genetics Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was invited to present a seminar at the International Wheat Genetics Symposium in Tulln, Austria, April 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Seminar at Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented a seminar on the recent advances from our group investigating the genetic control of inflorescence architecture at the Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium on The coordination of development. The seminar increased the awareness of the scientific possibilities of wheat research to an audience that mainly included Arabidopsis researchers, and it was important for my career development because I was exposed to new ideas and knowledge, and I developed important contacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Spiegel Online 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Researchers crack wheat puzzles - and hope for fewer hunger victims
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/weizen-forscher-entschluesseln-genom-und-wollen-hunger-eind...
 
Description Talk - Flower Development Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar to present at a scientific conference on floral development in plants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk Aarhus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk at Aarhus University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Atlantic 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Scientists Finally Crack Wheat's Absurdly Complex Genome
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/wheat-genome-is-best-thing-since-sliced-bread/56...
 
Description The Economist 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Revealing the wheat genome could lead to hypoallergenic bread
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2018/08/18/revealing-the-wheat-genome-could-lead-to...
 
Description The Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Scientists sequence wheat genome in breakthrough once thought 'impossible'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/16/scientists-sequence-wheat-genome-in-breakthrough-onc...
 
Description Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course (last year course PLL1)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Training in "Bioinformatics to advance wheat breeding" 
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 Training in "Bioinformatics to advance wheat breeding"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Turgrass Science Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Turgrass Science Symposium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Velcourt Agronomist annual conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Velcourt Agronomist annual conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Visit from Sygenta to discuss wheat research outcomes 
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 visit from Syngenta team members including Yann Manes, Laurent Gervais, Duncan Warner, Olga Zhadenova and David Feuerhelm, top discuss some of the germplasm developed from IWYP projects and certainly anything that may be of value in a hybrid program.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Wired Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact AFTER 13 YEARS, SCIENTISTS FINALLY MAP THE MASSIVE WHEAT GENOME
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.wired.com/story/after-13-years-scientists-finally-map-the-massive-wheat-genome/
 
Description core skills workshop (2 days) as part of AfriPlantSci workshop 
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 core skills workshop (2 days) as part of AfriPlantSci workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description member of the G20 wheat Initiative Science board during 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The members of the science board discuss how to better coordinate the wheat research activities in the G20 countries
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description member of the management board of the CGIAR wheat programme (CIMMYT and ICARDA) to breed wheat for the resource poor in the developing world 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I offer advice to the management team of the wheat CGIAR programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description member of the organising committee for PAG 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 Suggest plenary speakers for inviting to speak at PAG 2020 meeting attracting 3000 animal and plant researchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description participant in G20 wheat initiative Nitrogen use efficiency workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participated in a discussion on priorities for funding in the wheat research area nitrogen use efficiency.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description podcast Wheat Genome 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dewing Grain podcast Wheat Genome
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.dewinggrain.co.uk/podcast-item/?id=34