Groups in the Department of Crop Genetics aim to increase understanding of plant biology and exploit plant biodiversity to enhance crop performance in a sustainable way.


Our focus is currently on wheat and Brassicas, which are of particular importance to agriculture and the global economy.

The projects within the Crop Genetics Department span a range of studies, from crop disease and pests to plant architecture and aspects of organ development and reproduction.  To achieve our goals we use a number of approaches including studies directly on field-grown crops and exploitation of discoveries made in model species in the lab. Knowledge gained from these discoveries is then translated for use in plant breeding.

The department is at the forefront of generating genetic resources for the plant/crop science communities, covering, for example, transformation of Brassica, wheat and barley, genetic mapping and resource development for forward and reverse genetics.

Crop Genetics Department group leaders are driven to address global issues related to food security and climate change, and have profound impact on the international plant research community through their engagement in both academic and industrial collaborations around the world. 

Members of the department are heavily involved in international scientific networks, hold positions on boards of international resource centres such as CIMMYT in Mexico and participate in multinational consortia to improve crop yield in developing countries.


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