Scientists from the International Barley Hub have discovered a genetic pathway to improved barley grain size and uniformity, a finding which may help breeders develop future varieties suited to the needs of growers and distillers.
This PhD project aims to provide comprehensive training for the successful candidate in potato genetics (diploid and tetraploid) as well as plant-pathogen genomics/coevolution. The student will be exposed to complex computational aspects of state-of-the-art diverse NGS data and different scripting languages. Importantly, the student will be a full member of the Dundee Effector Consortium (DEC), which unites more than 50 researchers on all aspects (including computational genetics/genomics) of plant-pathogen coevolution.
In barley and wheat substantial proportions of the chromosomes are inherited together as a large linkage block, preventing the generation of novel combinations of alleles that that could be exploited in breeding programs. In these crops, the distribution of meiotic crossover events is skewed toward the telomere regions meaning that up to half of the genes rarely if ever recombine.
Plants show a remarkable sensitivity to their environment. Seasonal changes provide plants with cues to maximise their performance and survival. Day length and the intensity of the sunlight are examples of such signals that help plants decide if they should flower or their seeds should remain dormant. One area where we understand very little is how seasonal cues may control how flower morphology.
This year, our traditional poster session for PhD students entering into their third year formed part of a Dundee-Tokyo Postgraduate Student Research Symposium, including a group of PhD students and academics from University of Tokyo.