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Agricultural Research

Improving tomatoes for us all.

Classic crop breeding methods rely on the genetic diversity present in elite lines, however recent studies have revealed that most of this diversity is hidden and inaccessible to classical breeders due to the so-called epigenetic (above genetics) regulation.

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Reducing arsenic accumulation in rice grains

A research bursary has been awarded to Dr Mohan Thotegowdanapalya Chandrashekaraiah from the Warwick University School of Life Sciences. This will fund his project, entitled 'Development of a novel strategy to reduce arsenic accumulation in rice grains'.

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Testing epigenomic approaches to characterise environmental adaptation in crops and related wild species

Carrots are a nutritionally and economically important crop, with a market value of £290 million in 2014. The UK Vegetable Genebank holds a globally significant collection of carrot seed, with over 1,500 samples, including old varieties and seeds from wild relatives of carrot. Characterising and conserving the diversity contained within our collections ensures their utility for agricultural improvement and food security.

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Understanding the cause of sheep foot rot

Sheep are an important source of milk and meat to many people throughout the world. Footrot is an infectious disease of sheep and occurs in all sheep farming countries of the world. It affects the sheep by causing painful inflammation of the skin between the digits and causes lameness and so is a major concern of animal welfare.

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Identification of gene sequences involved in day length adaptation and nutritional quality in onion (Allium cepa L.)

Project summary  Onion is the second most commonly grown vegetable in the  world. Genetic studies aimed at onion improvement have been  limited due to outcrossing and high h...

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Success and failure in the invasion process of non-native agricultural weeds in Britain

The first part of the project was spent to get data on non-native agricultural weeds in Britain. A dataset was compiled using the data from the New Atlas of the British and Irish Flora which was then updated with data

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Regulation of polar growth in plant roots: the interplay of signaling and vesicle trafficking.

With a continuously growing global population there is an ever-increasing need to develop new ways to improve and safeguard crop yield. In order for plants to achieve high yields, ...

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Genome-wide association genetics to identify conserved virulence effectors and targets for durable host resistance in a globally important bacterial pathogen of common bean (Phaseolus vulgais)

Adapting a staple food crop to the UK climate
Common bean (Phaseolus vulgans) is the most important food legume for direct human consumption.

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Supporting carefully selected research projects in Warwickshire universities, hospitals and Wellesbourne Crop Centre