Oat Genomics & Genetics

Lead Research Organisation: Aberystwyth University
Department Name: IBERS


Oat genetics and genomics research has relevance to the national and international monocot community. The research being undertaken includes; genetic mapping; development of resources such as germplasm, BAC libraries, orthologous markers for trait analysis; determination of the control of target traits; development of high-throughput phenotyping methods. A diploid model population is the subject of intensive genome and transcriptome sequencing efforts. This work supports fundamental research on genome evolution, particularly in regard to adaptive and domestication responses, and is exploited directly by the IBERS plant breeding programmes, leading to the development of superior varieties. Target traits in the breeding programmes include high oil content, high ?-glucan content, increased nutrient use efficiency and improved panicle architecture.


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Description This funding was for a departmental research programme initially at IGER and then at IBERS andwas for work on oat genetics. The outcomes of this programme have previously been reported to BBSRC. As this was not my area of research and I left over 4 years ago while the programme was still running I am not qualified to comment on the progress of this programme.
Exploitation Route The research is used for the development of superior oat varieties.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

Description Yes by oat breeders at Aberystwyth and commercially.
First Year Of Impact 2009
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Economic