University of Dundee

Latest News for 09/2020

December 2018

  • Dr Sarah McKim holding some barley
    05 Dec 2018

    New gene combinations in barley could prove a budding success for breeders and brewers across the world, according to a new study by plant scientists at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute. The study, published in New Phytologist, suggests new barley lines created by bringing together novel genetic variation, could dramatically benefit the brewing and distilling industries by offering improved grain quality.

October 2018

September 2018

February 2018

  • barley image © James Hutton Institute
    07 Feb 2018

    Dundee’s position as an international hub for research into cereals – particularly barley – has been given a boost with the award of a grant which will create new connections with Australia. The award of a £150,000 from the Universities UK International Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner initiative will allow the University of Dundee to bring seven Early Career Researchers from Australia to Dundee for periods ranging from one to twelve months between March 2018 and March 2019.  

January 2018

  • Sarah McKim
    10 Jan 2018

    A University of Dundee academic has been awarded more than £600,000 to study an increasing problem with the cereal crop barley that impacts the commercially important malting process and the shelf-life of animal feed.  Dr Sarah McKim, a School of Life Sciences researcher based at the James Hutton Institute, was awarded a BBSRC research grant to investigate the unfavourable trait, called ‘skinning’, and to develop tools to track it in breeding populations.  

October 2017

  • James Hutton Institute
    17 Oct 2017

    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.

June 2017

  • 14 Jun 2017

    Ten partnership building projects, including two from the School, have been awarded internal Pump-Priming Funding from the University’s SFC GCRF funding allocation. The aim of the competition, coordinated by Research & Innovation Services (RIS), is to enhance our ability to respond to funding opportunities under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

May 2017

  • 16 May 2017

    Scientists at the James Hutton Institute, in collaboration with the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Dundee and the Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University of China, have discovered that the pathogen responsible for the devastating crop disease potato late blight manipulates the plants’ growth and development to boost its infection process.

April 2017

  • Barley. Copyright James Hutton Institute
    26 Apr 2017

    An international consortium led in the UK by the James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee has published the first high-quality genome sequence of barley in the journal Nature. A ten-nation scientific consortium has reported the first high-quality genome sequence of barley, a development which will assist crop breeders in developing more resilient barley varieties suited to the requirements of the brewing, distilling, food and feed industries.

July 2015

  • 09 Jul 2015

    A James Hutton Institute and University of Dundee scientist has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant to undertake research on the fundamental mechanisms that underpin the inheritance of genetic characteristics in cereal crop breeding. It is hoped that results may assist the development of new cereal varieties suited to challenging growing conditions.