University of Dundee

AgriTech

Edgar Huitema 

Understanding pathogen threat to global food production

Edgar Huitema aims to disable the molecular processes that underpin P. capsici incited disease epidemics. In a bid to develop smart and sustainable pathogen control strategies, the Huitema Laboratory aims to understand the molecular mechanisms by which P. capsici adapts and responds to its host environment and suppresses immunity in plants. Knowledge gleaned from these studies will be used to improve crop immunity and develop synthetic biology based solutions to fight disease epidemics.

Sarah McKim

Making better barley

Sarah McKim investigates the genetic basis of traits in barley, with a focus on grain number, plant height and grain quality. The ultimate aim of this research is to learn how to control these features in cultivated barley to improve yield. The McKim lab identifies and characterises master genetic regulators to learn how they control barley plant development and how they interact with each other, in order to better predict their performance in the field. A major project currently underway is pinpointing the genetic regulation of barley grain husk adhesion, a key malting process trait.

Ingo Hein

Protecting crops through understanding plant pathology and potato genetics

Ingo Hein’s research connects the disciplines of plant pathology and potato genetics. His work encompasses fundamental and applied aspects of host and pathogen genomics as well as genetics to deliver crop protection against biotic threats. He has developed genomic tools to effectively harness and study the naturally occurring diversity of co-evolving plant and pathogen components that determine the outcome of the infection process. This fundamental knowledge is utilised, often with commercial partners, to identify and develop complementary pathogen control mechanisms.